The 10 Most Hated Jobs in America

Do you have one of those most hated jobs?

I used to work in middle management at one of our country’s largest corporations. (Soft drink, anyone?)  I actually liked my job, though looking back on it now I was definitely filled with frustration by all the useless meetings, the endless planning without seemingly doing anything, the corporate ladder maneuvering, and the constant management turnover.  I didn’t realize I had two out of the ten most hated jobs: marketing manager and marketing director.

Steve Denning at Forbes explains that the ten most hated jobs in America are ones in which the employees have very little autonomy, irregular working hours, lack of strong direction from the top, and general disrespect. According to a survey conducted by CareerBliss, the most reviled jobs are:

  1. Director of Information Technology
  2. Director of Sales & Marketing
  3. Product Manager
  4. Senior Web Developer
  5. Technology Specialist
  6. Electronics Technician
  7. Law Clerk
  8. Technical Support Analyst
  9. CNC Machinist
  10. Marketing Manager

If you want to love your job, on the other hand, it appears having autonomy and being able to help others is the way to go. Denning says a report by the National Organization of Research cites the following ten jobs as the “happiest”:

  1. Clergy
  2. Firefighters
  3. Physical therapists
  4. Authors
  5. Special Education Teachers
  6. Teachers
  7. Artists
  8. Psychologists
  9. Financial Service Sales Analysts
  10. Operating Engineers

I wonder where parenting would land on these lists of jobs. Parents certainly deal with irregular hours and disrespect, but we do enjoy a fairly flat management hierarchy. Besides, who can argue with how worthwhile and meaningful the job is?

What do you think about these lists? Is your job on either one, and do you agree?

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