Worst jobs in America



I know, most people who find themselves unemployed right now would say that there is no job they wouldn’t accept right now, in order to get a paycheck. But let’s face it, there are some jobs out there that are dangerous, have high amounts of stress and don’t offer enough compensation in return. According to CareerCast, the Top 10 Worst Jobs in America are:

  • lumberjack
  • dairy farmer
  • taxi driver
  • seaman
  • emergency medical technician (EMT)
  • roofer
  • garbage collector
  • welder
  • roustabout
  • ironworker

While most people would agree that garbage collector isn’t the most glamorous of jobs, other careers like EMT’s may have many dedicated employees who love helping others in crisis situations, but it’s the overall stress and relatively low pay of the position that elevates it to a worst-job status.

So what do you think about the worst jobs in America list? Do you work currently or have you worked in the past in one of these professions? If you are unemployed now, is there any job you would absolutely refuse to take?

14 comments Add your comment


February 20th, 2009
9:48 am

I CNA at a Nursing Home. High stress. Low pay for what those fabulous people do. They are remarkable. It takes a special person to work in a Nursing Home . However, the pay is terrible for what they have to contend with.


March 2nd, 2009
3:37 pm

How is it possible that an EMT has low pay? They are practically saving lives.


March 4th, 2009
10:20 am

I used to file worker’s compensation claims. I have seen claims where beginning EMT’s for certain private companies make as little as $8.00 per hour. The highest rate I ever saw was $12.00 per hour.


March 7th, 2009
9:41 pm

I can see why an EMT is on the list. An EMT is an EMT for the reason of a step in the door. For fire and police depts. And also my job as a paramedic. When i started as an EMT i made 12.00 an hour. The benefits were really decent though. When you work this job you need tough skin and leave everything at work.


March 9th, 2009
7:28 pm

great guys. im getting certified as an EMT tomorrow evening. Truth be said though, in Atlanta, you can easily find an EMT job making $750 a week. Its not easy, but the pay is decent+benefits


June 30th, 2009
9:11 am

Remodel Project Management is also one of the worst jobs in America. Low pay for the 18 hour days and handling complant after complant. HGTV is the biggest contributer to the remodle world because they set the expectations that a remodel in your house can be done in a few days, NOT IN THE REAL WORLD! Project Mangers have very high stress for little pay.


September 17th, 2009
4:13 pm

I work as an EMT in were I can say first hand that we don’t get payed for what we do. I work a 48 hours, most of the time dealing with drunks and drug users. I have worked too many pediatrics codes, putting my licenses on line, all for less then 11.00 dollars an hour.


September 21st, 2009
1:35 am

I can say CNA ’s are the most underpaid and unappreciated people you can find. I work as a PCT (patient care technician), that’s fancy for a CNA with extra work. I draw blood and do EKG’s in addition to pateint care. The course is longer then the CNA eight months vs four weeks. You would never know it, they treat PCT’s just as bad as CNA’s. In fact they still refer to us as “Aid’s”. I make $15.00 an hour plus a $2.00 shift diff on weekends. We work with two PCT’s and five nurses on my floor. The nurses treat us like absolute S#@%! Why I’m still there? No idea! I can tell you this, I play lotto every week lol.

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October 19th, 2009
1:13 pm

nurse- not enough pay for the abuse – want to get out asap


November 16th, 2009
1:07 pm

EMT, is a horrible job!!!! As one poster, Jamie above incorrectly pointed out: You can easily find a job making $750 a week, then states its not easy. Do you think you could be more wishy washy next time. I have grossed over $750 a week, but I put in a lot of hours. The job just wears your body out and you are often times mistreated by the nursing staff and nurses fear their jobs because a skilled paramedic can do it for way less. But in all fairness to nurses, they get burned out as well due to volume. In my experience, nurses tend to be more polite outside of metro areas.

I left law enforcement for EMS and I thought LE officers were treated crappy. WOW!!! For me, EMS is on the worst list for a reason. Been injured twice and one time was directly related to the work.

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