What do a garbage collector, a janitor and a funeral director have in common? They all are considered to be better jobs than broadcasting.
Careercast.com came out with a list of the best and worst jobs of 2012. Broadcaster finished 191st out of 200.
I can't argue with some of the points in the survey. Yes, it's a stressful job. It's true, the job market in our industry is not great. And pay is declining while responsibilities are increasing (but isn't that the case in most jobs today?) We had an entry level employee announce the other day that he got paid more when he worked at Target.
Broadcasting remains a great profession. Our workday is never routine. Reporters and photographers don't know from day to day what assignment they may receive when they walk in the door. We are given access to interesting events and people and we're afforded the chance to use our creativity and curiousity daily. Where else do you get a chance to meet a presidential candidate, your favorite sports hero or a local legend and get paid for it?
Not everything is perfect. TV and radio stations are 24/7 operations. I like to say we're open more than QuikTrip (Cashier ranks 170th). As I tell students, the reality of broadcasting is the hours can be awful. We work evenings, overnights, weekends, holidays. Unfortunately news stories don't happen during bankers hours (Bank teller ranks 158th).
If I had to do it again I would consider a profession in broadcasting. But, to be safe, I would give software engineering a close look (software engineer ranks #1.)
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