Wednesday, January 28, 2015
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Bob Dunning: Hey, we’re no longer the worst job

BobDunning2W

By
From page A2 | May 01, 2014 |

Now that CareerCast has come out with its list of the 10 best jobs and 10 worst jobs for 2014, I’m happy to report that my occupation is no longer at the bottom of the barrel.
Yes, the category of “newspaper reporter,” which presumably also includes “newspaper columnist,” soared from worst job in America in 2013 to second-worst job in 2014.
Turns out we flipped spots with “lumberjack,” which must be distressing for the folks up at Humboldt State, where every student is, by definition, a Lumberjack.
In addition to reporters and lumberjacks, the bottom three includes “enlisted military personnel.” This led one CNBC commentator to remark that these three were placed where they are because “they tend to be dangerous jobs with low pay.”
While the hazards of lumberjacking or fighting wars is well-known, newspaper reporting is dangerous as well. I mean, sports writers live in mortal fear of being struck by a foul ball, while columnists fear being struck by a foul politician. For sure, I never attend a Davis City Council meeting without wearing my football helmet.
According to CareerCast, we newspaper types ranked near the bottom because “reporters have always had long hours and tight deadlines with low pay, but with the move to digital, the hiring outlook is brutal.”
What does “digital” mean, anyway?
The mid-level income for reporters is listed as $37,090, which means they failed to factor in my six-figure salary with the floating decimal point.
Then again, since I’ve been at this daily grind for nearly 45 years now, that means my writing career has netted me a cool 1.699 million dollars, most of which is still stored under my East Davis mattress. And that doesn’t include the literally hundreds of free hot dogs I helped myself to in the press box from my days as a sports writer.

Other worst jobs include taxi driver, garbage collector, broadcaster and firefighter, with the last pulling down a meager $45,250 a year. Again, those figures can’t possibly include Davis firefighters.
On the flip side, the most popular occupation in Davis, “tenured university professor,” was listed as the second-best job in the country, right behind “mathematician.” Unless, of course, you’re a professor at Humboldt State, having to share your wisdom with all those lowly Lumberjacks.
With a mid-level income of $68,970, the average American tenured university professor makes far less than his or her UC Davis counterpart.
“Actuary” came in at No. 4 because they are “the people who determine how long something is going to last.” Like those soon-to-be-extinct newspaper reporters.
“Typically they work for insurance companies, estimating how long people are going to live or the statistical likelihood that they will get a particular disease.” Such as in-grown fingertips from all that typing.
For reasons I’ll never understand, “dental hygienist” is the sixth-best job around, ranking as the least stressful of all 200 jobs surveyed.
You’re telling me it’s not stressful to have your fingers surrounded all day by 32 teeth belonging to someone else?
Are you kidding?
“Talk to a dental hygienist and they’ll tell you the best part of their job is that they’re in control of the situation.”
I’ll give them that, seeing as how I’m generally strapped to an adjustable gurney with my mouth pried open and the hygienist possessing every weapon in the room. They can even lecture me about what’s wrong with the world as they clean my teeth and fluoridate my molars, secure in the knowledge that at that moment I am incapable of talking back.
The mid-level income for a dental hygienist is $70,210, which is irrelevant. You couldn’t pay me 10 times that much to work all day inside a complete stranger’s mouth.
I’d much rather stay home and count the $1.699 million from my high-stress, no-future job that has kept me fat and happy all these years.

— Reach Bob Dunning at bdunning@davisenterprise.net

Comments

comments

.

News

 
Shrem Art Museum is a work of art itself

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Police ID suspect in South Davis hit-and-run crash

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1

 
Thieves swipe Gold Rush-era nuggets

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Blizzard-stricken East digs out amid second-guessing

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2 | Gallery

UC Davis doctors strike

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
CASA seeks volunteers to advocate for kids

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Community invited to Fenocchio memorial

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

 
Teens Take Charge program accepting applications

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

SHE to lead Center for Spiritual Living in sound healing

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

 
Take a hike with Tuleyome on Feb. 7

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4 | Gallery

 
The Soup’s On for NAMI-Yolo

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Sip wines at St. James’ annual tasting

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
Kiwanis Crab, Pasta Feed benefits local charities

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Registration open for PSA Day at Davis Media Access

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Brick sales will benefit Hattie Weber Museum

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4 | Gallery

Capay Valley Almond Festival will tempt your taste buds

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

 
State fails to track billions in mental health funds

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

Rebekahs’ crab feed benefits local families

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

 
Covered California enrollment events planned

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

Learn pattern darning tips at guild meeting

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

 
Suds for a bug: Contest is over

By Kathy Keatley Garvey | From Page: A7

CSU chancellor calls for increasing graduation rates

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
.

Forum

Family feels cut off here

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

 
It’s the final freedom

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

 
Tom Meyer cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: A6

Move past the stereotypes

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

 
A stunning contradiction here

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

Let’s speak with accuracy

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

 
Think again on euthanasia

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

.

Sports

Devil snowboarders place second in short and slushy GS

By Margo Roeckl | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Williams-less Gauchos will test Aggie men

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1

 
Davis club ruggers open with nationally celebrated Jesuit on Friday

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Lady Blue Devils take care of business

By Thomas Oide | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
DHS ski team takes second on a déjà vu day

By Tanya Perez | From Page: B8 | Gallery

.

Features

Name droppers: Arboretum director wins leadership award

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Lemon tree, very pretty: Our most local fruit?

By Dan Kennedy | From Page: A10 | Gallery

.

Arts

Granger Smith to play at The Davis Graduate

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9 | Gallery

 
Young musicians to perform Winter Concerto Concert

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9 | Gallery

Art science speaker series event set for Feb. 5

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

 
Red Meat, Deke Dickerson bring rockabilly honky-tonk twang to The Palms

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A9 | Gallery

.

Business

.

Obituaries

Death notice: Betty J. Cogburn

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
Mary Beth Warzecka

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

.

Comics

Comics: Wednesday, January 28, 2015

By Creator | From Page: B6