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100 least popular jobs in America

  • 100 least popular jobs in America

    Spend enough time watching the Discovery Channel and you’ll eventually run into Mike Rowe doing one stomach-churning task after the other on the hit TV show “Dirty Jobs.” The Baltimore-born host is also known for his CNN series “Somebody’s Gotta Do It,” whose title underscores the fact that some jobs are so menial and unsavory that practically nobody does them (though somebody does have to, one way or another).

    The reasons a certain field might not contain very many many professionals vary widely. Certain positions are only held by a small number due to their unpleasant nature, but the fact that the 100 least popular jobs in America are collectively held by only 6,360 individuals means that some careers are only attainable in particular geographic locations, with an extensive education or with a set of unteachable interpersonal skills.

    Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Stacker listed the 100 least popular jobs in America by total engagement. Every position’s number of total workers in the United States is listed alongside its average annual wage and average hourly wage, where each of those figures is available.

    Read on to see if you hold one of the least popular jobs in the nation.

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  • #100. Materials Scientists

    Total workers in 2017: 7,470
    Average annual wage: $101,910
    Average hourly wage: $48.99

  • #99. Hearing Aid Specialists

    Total workers in 2017: 7,380
    Average annual wage: $57,030
    Average hourly wage: $27.42

  • #98. Architecture Teachers, Postsecondary

    Total workers in 2017: 7,280
    Average annual wage: $91,000
    Average hourly wage: Not available

  • #97. Shoe and Leather Workers and Repairers

    Total workers in 2017: 7,180
    Average annual wage: $27,550
    Average hourly wage: $13.25

  • #96. Life Scientists, All Other

    Total workers in 2017: 7,120
    Average annual wage: $82,270
    Average hourly wage: $39.55

  • #95. Forest and Conservation Workers

    Total workers in 2017: 7,080
    Average annual wage: $31,320
    Average hourly wage: $15.06

  • #94. Artists and Related Workers, All Other

    Total workers in 2017: 7,010
    Average annual wage: $66,590
    Average hourly wage: $32.01

  • #93. Traffic Technicians

    Total workers in 2017: 6,980
    Average annual wage: $49,290
    Average hourly wage: $23.70

  • #92. Epidemiologists

    Total workers in 2017: 6,870
    Average annual wage: $76,230
    Average hourly wage: $36.65

  • #91. Nuclear Technicians

    Total workers in 2017: 6,850
    Average annual wage: $80,000
    Average hourly wage: $38.46

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