If you’ve read the latest unemployment figures with just a touch of schadenfreude, then indulge your guilty pleasure no more. Several new reports suggest that media professionals do not have it quite so easy, either.
A feature in the Atlantic asks “Is your job killing you?” After considering the health effects of long hours, working nights and sitting in a cubicle for hours, Brian Fung concludes that “work can be lethal” – although the evidence suggests that the unemployed still have it worse.
Meanwhile, CareerCast, a job website, has released its 2012 Jobs Rated report, and magazine and newspaper reporters evidently have the fourth-worst job in America, ranking 196 on the 200-job list. Only oil rig workers, soldiers, dairy farmers and lumberjacks have it worse, based on criteria such as work environment, stress, physical demands and hiring outlook. According to Victoria Brienza:
For the first time ever, two different media jobs made our Worst Jobs list: Newspaper Reporter and Broadcaster. As the digital world continues to take over and provide on-demand information, the need for print newspapers and daily newscasts is diminishing. To be sure, both jobs once seemed glamorous, but on-the-job stress, declining job opportunities and income levels are what landed them on our Worst Jobs list.That's good news for event coordinators (ranked 82), receptionists (85) and ad execs (98), though, who landed in the top half of the CareerCast list. Editors made it to 119. I guess we know who they’re taking their frustrations out on. Oh wait, let me fix that before it gets to my editor: on whom they are taking out their frustrations, I mean.
And to add insult to injury, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon recently pronounced journalists to be outrageously overpaid. And – ouch – unprofitable. Meanwhile, Dimon, who earned $23 million last year, defended the six-figure-plus salaries at his company, which average over $300,000 per employee. Must be nice.
But at least we still have jobs, right?
By Michael Moran Alterio