"I got out of the TV biz because I wanted a more stable career with less stress, less pressure, less immediate deadlines," said Andrea Hurst, an account supervisor with public relations firm Crosby-Volmer International Communications. "Now there are days that make my old reporting job seem like a cakewalk."
Hurst checks her email as soon as she wakes up in the morning and right before she goes to bed.
Her job is to get the word out about her clients, but often her pitches fall upon deaf ears. The journalism field has been shrinking and there are more PR people vying for the attentions of fewer media outlets.
"I deal with rejection on weekly or daily basis," she said.
A CNNMoney analysis of Census data shows these jobs -- which have roughly the same amount of men and women workers -- have little disparity in salaries.