Saturday, October 1, 2011

The Ten Most Hated Jobs

A recent article at CNBC draws on a survey of hundreds of thousands of employees which determined the 10 most hated jobs. Despite the hard job put in by teachers and nurses, it may be surprising that they didn’t make the list. The jobs in the list are not the low level jobs. The survey found that limited growth opportunities and lack of reward caused more dissatisfaction than the low pay, long hours, and thankless tasks.

The pain then, is psychological. It’s the lack of direction and meaning in what they do that is the problem. People know that they are capable of contributing more but the hierarchical bureaucracy prevents them from doing it.

The Ten Most Hated Jobs:
  1. Director of Information Technology 
  2. Director of Sales and Marketing 
  3. Product Manager 
  4. Senior Web Developer 
  5. Technical Specialist 
  6. Electronics Technician 
  7. Law Clerk 
  8. Technical Support Analyst 
  9. CNC (computer numerical control machines, e.g., lathes) Machinist 
  10. Marketing Manager
I know a friend who though not from an IT department, performs IT tasks for his group. He can claim to perform four (maybe more) of the jobs listed above. He must hate his job, I thought. When asked about it, he said the respect of his peers and co-workers keep him going. The top heavy bureaucracy bears down on the staff and only the deep camaraderie and the common desire to contribute make the employees function. Wow, their director of IT must be hating his/her job more, I assumed. On the contrary, my friend says the managers love their jobs as much as the staff hate them. The clueless supervisors/managers can go on leave full time and it won't make a difference. My friend hopes they give it a try.

1 comment:

  1. Interesting there are two marketing roles in the list. I'm a "Marketing director" according to my job title, but I don't hate my job perhaps because it's for an environmental engineering firm and I personally believe in the societal value of what our scientists and engineers do.



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