Newspaper reporter makes 'endangered jobs' list


Travel agent. Meter reader. Newspaper reporter.

They're all among CareerCast's 2014 list of endangered jobs, with the hiring outlook for newspaper reporter positions expected to drop 13 percent by 2022, according to the company's forecast.

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"Declining subscription and dwindling advertising sales have negatively impacted the hiring power of some newspapers, while others have ceased operations altogether," the company writes in a 38-word epitaph for the field. "Online outlets continue to replace traditional newspapers, and the long-term outlook for newspaper reporters reflects the change."

Lumberjacks, who landed just below reporters at the bottom of CareerCast's recent “Best Jobs of 2014" list, appear to be playing a long game, revenge-wise: While they still make the endangered jobs list, their hiring outlook is projected to fall only 9 percent by 2022. CareerCast finds a way to make this loss sting a bit more for newspaper types: "with less wood pulp needed for paper-based product, demand in the industry is down," it writes.

Printing workers might also wish to rein in their vacation plans for 2022: CareerCast projects their hiring outlook will fall by 5 percent, because "The world is going digital, which means less work done on paper."

Related: Newspaper reporter: Now better than being a lumberjack

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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