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The worst jobs in America

Stacker Logo By Betsy Vereckey of Stacker | Slide 1 of 51: American workers are reporting higher overall job satisfaction in 2019, with 85% of respondents to a quarterly poll by CNBC, First in Business Worldwide, and SurveyMonkey reported in July. Those numbers are virtually unchanged from first-quarter reporting, and expected to remain throughout the rest of the year. They also represent a continued uptick in job satisfaction since the decade prior, which was wrought by the Great Recession of 2008 and punctuated with massive layoffs lasting into the 2010s. 

Work satisfaction is typically based a combination of multiple factors, including pay and benefits, work environment, public and personal perceptions of the work, work-life balance, and interpersonal relationships with colleagues. With wage growth largely flat when adjusted for inflation, many Americans feel like they are underappreciated at work. On top of that, there are plenty of jobs that are just plain unattractive to the average American worker.

The more tedious and dangerous the job is and the less a person is paid to do it, the more miserable the job is likely to make him or her. To help make this point clear, Stacker has looked at data from PayScale and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine the 50 worst jobs in the United States. For this list, we examined 500 occupations to calculate their “misery score.”

Stacker developed the “misery score” using a combination of four factors: meaning, median income, job satisfaction, and projected job growth. PayScale defines meaning as jobs most people feel make the world a better place; the median income comes from 2017 Bureau of Labor Statistics; “job satisfaction” is based on PayScale’s survey; and projected job growth by 2028 statistics from the BLS. All four factors are weighed equally for the final "misery" index.

Some people feel that working in a miserable job is a part of life, while others do not have the luxury of choosing the job they want. Despite the rationale, many Americans are finding themselves doing less than they would like. With Americans 55 and older driving much of the job growth, there is a sense that many senior citizens are struggling to make ends meet.

Read on to learn whether your job made the list of the 50 worst jobs in America.

You may also like: States with the fastest growing rent

Worst jobs in America

American workers are reporting higher overall job satisfaction in 2019, with 85% of respondents to a quarterly poll by CNBC, First in Business Worldwide, and SurveyMonkey reported in July. Those numbers are virtually unchanged from first-quarter reporting, and expected to remain throughout the rest of the year. They also represent a continued uptick in job satisfaction since the decade prior, which was wrought by the Great Recession of 2008 and punctuated with massive layoffs lasting into the 2010s. 

Work satisfaction is typically based a combination of multiple factors, including pay and benefits, work environment, public and personal perceptions of the work, work-life balance, and interpersonal relationships with colleagues. With wage growth largely flat when adjusted for inflation, many Americans feel like they are underappreciated at work. On top of that, there are plenty of jobs that are just plain unattractive to the average American worker.

The more tedious and dangerous the job is and the less a person is paid to do it, the more miserable the job is likely to make him or her. To help make this point clear, Stacker has looked at data from PayScale and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine the 50 worst jobs in the United States. For this list, we examined 500 occupations to calculate their “misery score.”

Stacker developed the “misery score” using a combination of four factors: meaning, median income, job satisfaction, and projected job growth. PayScale defines meaning as jobs most people feel make the world a better place; the median income comes from 2017 Bureau of Labor Statistics; “job satisfaction” is based on PayScale’s survey; and projected job growth by 2028 statistics from the BLS. All four factors are weighed equally for the final "misery" index.

Some people feel that working in a miserable job is a part of life, while others do not have the luxury of choosing the job they want. Despite the rationale, many Americans are finding themselves doing less than they would like. With Americans 55 and older driving much of the job growth, there is a sense that many senior citizens are struggling to make ends meet.

Read on to learn whether your job made the list of the 50 worst jobs in America.

You may also like: States with the fastest growing rent

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