Quick, what's the worst job in the United States today? CareerCast ranked 200 jobs from best to worst based on physical demands, work environment, income, stress, and hiring outlook to come up with this: lumberjack.
Staking claim to the top spot in this year’s Worst Jobs list is Lumberjack. These timber harvesters scored in the bottom 10% in all of our ranking categories except income, where they ranked in the bottom 25%. Unemployment for Lumberjacks is very high, and the demand for their services is expected to continue to fall through 2016. And while working outside all day may seem like a great job perk, being a lumberjack not only is considered the worst job, but also one of the world’s most dangerous.
“The second you lose respect for the trees or the tools, it can come back and bite you,” says Jake Rosa owner of Dry Brook Custom Sawmilling in Upstate New York. As for job prospects, Rosa says, "It's not that the demand for the job is declining. It's finding people who want to do it and work hard at it that is declining.” He adds, “We're still using paper and wood products all the time, but nowadays, kids would rather play video games instead of working hard and getting their hands dirty."