According to career website CareerCast, journalism – newspaper reporting to be specific – fares the worst out of 200 different jobs.
Yes, siree. That means my job apparently ranks lower than that of a janitor, maid or dishwasher.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I have no doubt that washing and cleaning contribute in very practical ways to society.
These jobs are decent ways of putting food on the table.
And I don’t deny the downsides of newspaper reporting, especially in the US where the situation is extremely challenging, with circulation reaching its lowest levels.
There is extreme competition to get into the national-level publications, and you have to be good enough to keep your seat as there is someone hungrier and cheaper waiting to bump you off.
In Singapore, it’s not that bad yet.
In 2009, The Washington Post reported that newspaper circulation has hit its lowest level in seven decades, a trend that began as early as 1987, as papers faced mounting competition for eyeballs and advertising revenue.
Future prospects of the job aside, don’t get me started on dates which have been interrupted by calls from the newsroom with queries about a story due to run the next day.