These Are The 10 Worst Jobs In Chicago

We used data to identify which jobs in Chicago are the ones that make you question your career choices.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarJobs - 3 years ago

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How do you define the “worst jobs” out there?

Is it a job that makes your work 100 hours a week? Or one that’s so boring you’d rather be doing anything else?

Maybe it’s one that makes you watch the White Sox play everyday.

Well, at Zippia, we let the numbers be our guide to determining the best jobs from the worst jobs. We collected data about various criteria people like about their job and then figured out which jobs had the least of the things people like.

These aren’t touchy-feely ideas like “making a difference” or “being valued by the company”. We can’t adequately quantify feelings, so we stick to the hard numbers.

After the dust settled on our keyboards and data mainframes, we were were left with this set of the ten jobs that are the worst of the worst in Chicago:

  1. Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors — $35,770
  2. Recreation and Fitness Studies Teachers, Postsecondary — $45,740
  3. Statistical Assistants — $49,160
  4. Motorboat Mechanics and Service Technicians — $27,580
  5. Textile Knitting and Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders — $18,660
  6. Historians — $49,010
  7. Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers — $26,010
  8. Ambulance Drivers and Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians — $23,910
  9. Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials — $27,620
  10. Food Servers, Nonrestaurant — $22,320
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How We Calculated The 100 Worst Jobs In Chicago

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In order to find the worst jobs in Chicago, we went to the ultimate source of job statistics, the BLS and their online database buddy, ONet.

Trust me, it takes a certain kind of crazy to dive into those numbers, and I’m not sure I made it out in one piece.

Once we had the data, we looked at the following for each of the 647 job titles available:

  • Average Annual Salary — The higher paying, the better
  • Entry Level Pay (10th Percentile Salary) — You can be new to your job and still get paid well
  • Job Availability — All else equal, more jobs mean more chances to snag one
  • Education required — The lower the bar on education, the more people can do it

We then ranked each job across each criteria from 1 to 647, with 1 being the worst.

Finally, we averaged the ranks across each criteria to create a Zippia Worst Job Score. The job with the lowest Zippia Worst Job Score has to be the worst job that Chicago has to offer.

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The 100 Worst Jobs In Chicago

Below is the list of the 100 worst jobs in Chicao with their associated salaries.

  1. Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors — $35,770
  2. Recreation and Fitness Studies Teachers, Postsecondary — $45,740
  3. Statistical Assistants — $49,160
  4. Motorboat Mechanics and Service Technicians — $27,580
  5. Textile Knitting and Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders — $18,660
  6. Historians — $49,010
  7. Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers — $26,010
  8. Ambulance Drivers and Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians — $23,910
  9. Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials — $27,620
  10. Food Servers, Nonrestaurant — $22,320
  11. Psychiatric Aides — $28,250
  12. Forest and Conservation Workers — $40,100
  13. Occupational Therapy Aides — $21,410
  14. Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Teachers, Postsecondary — $52,770
  15. Funeral Attendants — $30,130
  16. Sociology Teachers, Postsecondary — $54,350
  17. Hearing Aid Specialists — $40,770
  18. Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand — $28,400
  19. Graduate Teaching Assistants — $25,130
  20. Residential Advisors — $24,910
  21. Bailiffs — $36,100
  22. Marriage and Family Therapists — $39,520
  23. Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary — $50,020
  24. Shampooers — $19,090
  25. Costume Attendants — $36,260
  26. Anthropology and Archeology Teachers, Postsecondary — $56,910
  27. Tour Guides and Escorts — $33,280
  28. Athletic Trainers — $43,330
  29. Patternmakers, Metal and Plastic — $40,710
  30. Helpers–Roofers — $27,760
  31. Model Makers, Wood — $30,930
  32. Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers — $25,540
  33. Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders — $28,440
  34. Directors, Religious Activities and Education — $41,840
  35. Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers — $62,160
  36. Motion Picture Projectionists — $26,240
  37. Shoe Machine Operators and Tenders — $31,130
  38. Sewers, Hand — $28,340
  39. Gaming Change Persons and Booth Cashiers — $24,760
  40. Demonstrators and Product Promoters — $33,890
  41. Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing — $29,100
  42. Proofreaders and Copy Markers — $41,200
  43. Slot Supervisors — $27,580
  44. Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary — $64,310
  45. Transportation Attendants, Except Flight Attendants — $24,990
  46. Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers, Motor Vehicles — $33,340
  47. Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary — $61,200
  48. Watch Repairers — $35,630
  49. Museum Technicians and Conservators — $43,780
  50. Set and Exhibit Designers — $49,070
  51. Parking Enforcement Workers — $42,760
  52. Locker Room, Coatroom, and Dressing Room Attendants — $23,020
  53. Chiropractors — $54,050
  54. Communications Teachers, Postsecondary — $59,400
  55. Interpreters and Translators — $41,060
  56. Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic — $32,050
  57. Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals — $25,930
  58. Archivists — $55,260
  59. Broadcast Technicians — $40,920
  60. Etchers and Engravers — $34,450
  61. Clergy — $43,570
  62. Education Teachers, Postsecondary — $51,710
  63. Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors — $35,830
  64. Social Science Research Assistants — $56,110
  65. Concierges — $31,090
  66. Conveyor Operators and Tenders — $33,390
  67. Cutters and Trimmers, Hand — $24,760
  68. Animal Control Workers — $43,850
  69. Curators — $53,580
  70. Audio-Visual and Multimedia Collections Specialists — $46,030
  71. Agricultural and Food Science Technicians — $43,660
  72. Rehabilitation Counselors — $42,320
  73. Dental Laboratory Technicians — $36,010
  74. Helpers–Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters — $33,770
  75. Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health — $40,380
  76. Dietetic Technicians — $25,390
  77. Motorcycle Mechanics — $36,510
  78. Helpers–Carpenters — $29,780
  79. Geography Teachers, Postsecondary — $64,750
  80. Bicycle Repairers — $26,580
  81. Survey Researchers — $56,830
  82. Baggage Porters and Bellhops — $26,330
  83. Private Detectives and Investigators — $38,870
  84. Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers — $27,930
  85. Physics Teachers, Postsecondary — $67,120
  86. Library Technicians — $34,700
  87. Self-Enrichment Education Teachers — $37,460
  88. Library Assistants, Clerical — $26,480
  89. File Clerks — $29,720
  90. Radio and Television Announcers — $51,710
  91. Protective Service Workers, All Other — $29,090
  92. Tank Car, Truck, and Ship Loaders — $37,350
  93. Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary — $64,360
  94. Helpers–Painters, Paperhangers, Plasterers, and Stucco Masons — $32,430
  95. Craft Artists — $44,100
  96. Recreation Workers — $25,270
  97. Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary — $58,130
  98. Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products — $21,710
  99. Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders — $25,810
  100. Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers — $45,250

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