What do careers as advertising account manager, public relations executive, photographer and broadcaster have in common? The answer is that these four careers, and others, are included in Career Cast’s list of “Most Overrated Jobs of 2016”, which scores professions by factoring in U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers on growth outlook and pay, as well as variables such as workplace environment and stress.
According to the Forbes report on the CareerCast’s list, “think running advertising campaigns for corporate clients is all cocktail parties and glitz? CareerCast wishes to relieve you of your illusions. According to the firm, handling an ad job requires long hours spent overseeing projects for a clientele that is watching every detail with intense interest and possibly changing course or throwing out new ideas and needs in real time. In the end, you have to spend a lot of time under pressure making someone else’s wishes come true.
“Also highlighted on the annual ranking of overrated positions is that of broadcaster. When we see anchors or reporters on television, reading the news or reporting on the scene of an event or occurrence, such a job can seem exhilarating: being on TV, finding out the news as it happens, rushing off to cover the latest issues of the day.
“The reality is a bit different. Most broadcasters start out in tiny markets, says CareerCast, and those in front of the camera are often tasked with handling many of the chores behind it as well. Top if off with quite meager pay – a median $38,000 a year – and you’ve got yourself a perfect example of a job that is falls into the overrated category.”
According to O’Dwyer’s, “According to CareerCast online content editor Kyle Kensing, PR careers appeal to young job seekers, as evident by the current popularity of PR-related majors among college students. However, it’s also a job known for long hours and a stress-inducing environment (a common theme among jobs deemed “overrated”), which were among the reasons for its inclusion in the list.”
While this overrated-jobs list was released in September, it’s hard to see how much will change in 2017.