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Top Careers in New York City to Avoid

Top Careers in New York City to Avoid
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Whether it’s due to over-saturation of the job market, low job growth, or low pay, there are many careers that may seem reasonable to pursue in NYC, but should actually be avoided.

Some careers in NYC to avoid may make sense as a holdover until you grab the job you really want, but there are always alternatives offering fewer hours, better pay, and upward growth.

[tps_header]We’ve put together a list of the top careers in NYC to avoid, with alternative career choices that will provide you with better opportunities.[/tps_header]

Careers to Avoid #4: Reporter

Annual Salary for Reports: $37,090 (median salary)

Expected Growth for Reporters: -13%

Why You Should Avoid it:

While many people would love to be a hot shot New York City reporter in print news, inspired by films like Zodiac and All The President’s Men, in 2014, it’s not a great career move.

With low growth rate and low pay in a city that’s becoming more expensive, a Newspaper Reporter is a career in NYC to avoid.

Alternate Career to Pursue: Technical Writer

Annual Salary for Technical Writers: $71,750 (median salary in NYC)

Expected Growth by 2020: 15%

Number of Technical Writers in NYC: 1,350

Why You Should Pursue it:

If you enjoy writing, consider instead the path of a technical writer.

You may not have the glory of working on the beat, but you’ll use your technical skills to proofread and write for major corporations, earning a reasonable pay.


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