World’s Worst Jobs

Dear, Anita,

I have the worst job in the world. My boss is demanding and yells all the time, I often have to work late to meet unreasonable deadlines, and I don’t get paid what I deserve. Of course, I found this all out AFTER I went to work for the company. How can I make sure I get into a better job next time?

Dear, Grass is Greener,

You are not alone. As a matter of fact, 70 percent of Americans are “not engaged” or are “actively disengaged” with their jobs, according to Gallup’s State of the American Workplace study. It does sound like you have several reasons for being unhappy in your current situation. However, remember the old adage… “Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t.” Sometimes, you may have it better than you thought.

For example, check out the #WorldsToughestJob interview that has gone viral:

This job requires 24/7 work weeks. No vacation. No salary. Wait… what? This “Director of Operations” job description from American Greetings, while quite accurate, is not an apples-to-apples comparison to your for-pay job.

But even according to the recently released 2014 Jobs Rated report from CareerCast, you don’t have the worst job in the world. That dubious honor goes to lumberjacks, who work outdoors in extreme weather conditions operating dangerous machinery that could cause bodily injury – all for $24K a year. Other jobs in the bottom 10 include:

  • Newspaper reporter – job growth is declining as more print publications go defunct
  • Broadcaster – highly competitive and stressful
  • Firefighters and military personnel – duh… dangerous
  • Taxi driver – stressful and low pay
  • Head cook – imagine the nerve-racking lunch rush
  • Flight attendant – air rage
  • Garbage collector – no explanation needed

The Jobs Rated report also lists the Best Jobs of 2104, based on projected job growth, median salary, and working conditions. Have you got a degree? Many of the highest-rated jobs require higher education. The top 10 positions include mathematician, university professor, statistician, actuary, software engineer, computer systems analyst, occupational therapist, audiologist, speech pathologist, and dental hygienist (although I would argue that sticking your fingers in someone else’s mouth is not a great work environment). Click here for the full list of 200 rated jobs.

To check out a company before you accept another job offer, you may want to do a little snooping on Here, employees can anonymously rate their companies and managers. Take this with a grain of salt, though, as we all know disgruntled workers tend to complain the loudest. Smaller mom-and-pop businesses may not show up on Glassdoor, so reconnoiter within your local network. Check LinkedIn also to see if you have any connections that you can chat with about a company’s culture.

But what may be a good fit for someone else may not work for you. Don’t just accept the first offer you receive just to get out of your current situation. Besides the obvious criteria of “can I do the job?” and “does it pay enough?”… consider your personal satisfaction, the company culture, and the opportunities for personal and professional growth.

Readers: How would you rate your job based on working climate, pay rate, and how you forecast the future of the position?

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ian DifferentI
    May 07, 2014 @ 10:12:55

    And I’m faced with relentless ethical dilemmas and for a person with my role I’m supposed to demonstrate leadership in this area. Keeps me awake. Take a look at my blog and see what I’m up against. Its called



  2. Abhilash Ganguly
    May 06, 2014 @ 09:47:01

    Reblogged this on abhilash ganguly and commented:
    The is tribute to a person who holds the toughest job in the world, cheers to all the mothers of this universe and any other known to mankind.



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Anita Clew's blog posts are intended for general guidance and should never be taken as legal advice. In all instances where harassment, inequity, or unfair treatment is believed to be present, please consult your HR Department or legal representation.
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