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Your Take: Are These Really the Most Hated Jobs?

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CNBC listed the ten most hated jobs:

  • Marketing Manager
  • CNC Machinist
  • Technical Support Analyst
  • Law Clerk
  • Electronics Technician
  • Technical Specialist
  • Senior Web Developer
  • Product Manager
  • Director of Sales and Marketing
  • Director of Information Technology

There were three “types” of jobs that I saw on the list – boring jobs, being in charge or being part of a group with uncertain goals and direction, and stepping stone jobs.

CNC Machinist, tech support, and the like fit into that boring category. Tech support is absolutely crucial for a company but I doubt many IT specialists saw that as their dream job. For many, at least the ones I know, it’s a job that pays the bills and puts food on the table. Anything fun or fulfilling comes outside of work.

As for the uncertain goals and direction, that’s the reason why the Director of IT and Director of Sales and Marketing are up there. Lack of direction from above is cited as a big reason why these are unpopular jobs and I can believe it. In many companies, these are cost centers. The company’s business isn’t in IT or sales & marketing, it’s in doing whatever it is that pays the bills. Those “things” are what get the focus and attention of upper management, IT and other departments like accounting and HR, don’t. Without direction, it’s hard to know what you should be doing, hard to work towards goals, and more importantly, be satisfied that you’re doing what you’re supposed to.

Finally, the stepping stone jobs. There are some jobs where you work long hours, do menial work, and take the pain because it gives you a step up. Why do financial analysts work a bazillion hours? They get paid pretty well for it but they’re working towards their next job. Law clerks, #7 on the list, are like that. Do a good job clerking for a judge and it means bigger and better things.

I haven’t done any of the jobs on this list before but these are probably the worst of the worst in terms of white collar, office-type of jobs. You just need to watch one episode of Dirty Jobs and you’ll see a job that you probably would try your best to avoid doing. 🙂

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14 Responses to “Your Take: Are These Really the Most Hated Jobs?”

  1. Dave says:

    When I saw this list, I thought the same thing, that they’re all white collar jobs. That being said, this list is bogus. I’m sure the guy who’s making $10/hour cleaning crud off the underside of a sewer really feels for the Director of IT bringing home his six figure paycheck that hates his job. Maybe that Director of IT should go clean crud off the bottom of a sewer for a couple of weeks and he won’t hate his cushy office job so much…

  2. Justin says:

    This list is the result of a survey conducted by CareerBliss, a website that mostly lists white collar jobs. Very few of the jobs there are entry level. So yeah, I can see why these jobs would make this list and not dishwasher or short order cook.

  3. Serge says:

    I’m in IT support field and strongly disagree with author. While some IT jobs could be mundane and boring, mine is busy and it’s moments of satisfaction in small stuff like new gadget or it toy or fresh smelling 1/2 mil new storage system :D. Tech could be exciting is you know it and like it. Now dealing with users… that’s whole another topic…

  4. Shirley says:

    The white collar worker with a job that he/she really enjoys is most likely the same person that had a goal and worked hard for it, either by getting the educational tools needed or by starting at the bottom and working up. Following that thought, it seems like you would know whether or not that job was right for you before you ever got to the point of hating it.

    Perhaps if changing the way you think about the job is the only change you can make, that would be a helpful change in your everyday life. Attitude can be the solution.

  5. lottie j says:

    what? my husband is a CNC machinst and he likes it. and it’s not white collar, it’s blue collar. even the programmers are stil considered blue collar, and all the manual machinists want to be CNC machinists, so i’m confused…? and if you think CNC machinists are making much more than $10 an hour, think again. maybe that’s the complaint?

    obviously everybody hates the IT dept at every job because they’re a bunch of condescending jerks who treat everybody like idiots, but why are they so unhappy? they usually get paid ridiculous salaries and play world of warcraft all day. oh, that’s right. they should be starfleet commanders by now since they have those fabulous educations and people skills.

    • Jim says:

      It could just be whoever the study just didn’t talk to the right people!

      • Greg says:

        “everybody hates the IT dept at every job because they’re a bunch of condescending jerks”

        Your attitude is the attitude problem being revealed in the survey. There are plenty of IT pros who bend over backwards for customers, including myself. Wouldn’t you be depressed dealing with the percentage of customers with an attitude like yours? Why don’t YOU try being courteous?

  6. Well said, Shirley. That is exactly what I did. My college degree is in Finance and when I got out, I got a job as an Accountant and HATED it.

    I did have an interest in computers and programming though. While I kept the Accounting gig, I studied and was able to leave and get a tech support job. I loved it, but knew that I really wanted to be a programmer. So, I studied more and finally reached the goal.

    Don’t get me wrong, I was thankful for the tech support job, but it is good to have goals to reach for.

  7. Wilma says:

    I’m not sure what is in the job descriptions of the list but I’m sure that if I was given a chance to learn them I may like them. Learning some thing new keeps you focused and engaged. I’ll trade my warehouse specialist job with some one on that list for a week. I need some AC and a nice desk to prop my tired feet on. Your job is what you make of it.

  8. elloo says:

    This is silly. Be happy with having any job.

    • Strebkr says:

      I wouldn’t be happy with just any job. I worked hard to get where I am and I’ll continue to do so to get where I want to go.

  9. Monica says:

    While it’s true that a lot of tech support jobs are horrible, I absolutely love mine. It’s challenging, I get a great sense of accomplishment when I can close a ticket, I’m paid quite well and the support for my role is great. I wouldn’t say that it’s my dream job, but it is an excellent starting point. I guess it also depends on what kind of tech support you’re doing and who you work for.

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