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The Least Recommended Jobs

Here at PayScale, we talk a lot about finding a job you love. But what about jobs people hate? This list of the 10 Least Recommended Jobs reveals which jobs workers with that title are least likely to recommend to others.

Press Operator

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1. Press Operator

Even though they are the second highest-paid workers on our list, Press Operators are the least likely to recommend their jobs. Only 17 percent of Press Operators would encourage others to follow in their footsteps. Is it because the printing industry has to compete with the digital age, or just because the smell of ink will slowly drive you crazy?

Crew Leader

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2. Crew Leader

Crew leaders are responsible for managing and motivating their teams, often in a restaurant or related setting. However, they aren’t very motivated themselves, since only 18 percent of Crew Leaders recommend their job to others.

File Clerk

3. (tie) File Clerk

File Clerks are generally entry-level office workers who are responsible for a variety of odd jobs and administrative tasks that keep business running smoothly. However, they don’t report much enthusiasm for the work – only 20 percent would recommend the job to others.

Auto Repairer

3. (tie) Auto Maintenance Repairer

Even for true gearheads, working with cars all day isn’t a dream job. In fact, Automotive Maintenance Repairer made our list of least recommended jobs, since only 20 percent of these workers would recommend their job to others.

Shipping Clerk

5. Shipping Clerk

Spending your days in a warehouse doesn’t seem to be the ideal working environment. Only 21 percent of Shipping Clerks would recommend their job to others. Shipping clerks make sure that deliveries come in on time and get routed to the correct location, a growing need as more shopping goes online. However, it’s not the kind of work people seem to get excited about.

Retail Supervisor

6. (tie) Retail Shift Supervisor

No matter how much you may love a good old-fashioned shopping spree, the Retail Shift Supervisors who work in the malls of America don’t seem to love their jobs. In fact, Retail Shift Supervisors tie for sixth place on our list of least recommended jobs, with only 22 percent of them encouraging others to follow in their footsteps.

Cashier

6. (tie) Cashier

Cashiers don’t just tie for sixth place on our list of least recommended jobs; they also report the lowest median salary ($13,600). Having a job you don’t love and a paltry paycheck is a rough combination for these workers.

Data Entry Operator

6. (tie) Data Entry Operator

Only 22 percent of Data Entry Operators say they would recommend their job to others. Spending all day in front of a spreadsheet doesn’t inspire much enthusiasm amongst these workers.

Warehouse Worker

9. (tie) Warehouse Worker

Warehouse Workers may get to drive forklifts around their “office,” but this perk isn’t enough to get these workers excited about their jobs. In fact, only 23 percent of Warehouse Workers recommend their jobs.

Client Services Rep

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9. (tie) Client Services Rep

Client Services Representatives play a key role in the sales funnel of any organization, but only 23 percent of CSRs recommend their job to others. The good news is that their median salary is the highest on our list of least recommended jobs, but since it’s only $34,900, even that silver lining isn’t very bright.

Bartender

9. (tie) Bartender

You would think that having such close proximity to a stiff drink would make being a Bartender a dream job, but only 23 percent of the folks behind the bar of your local watering hole recommend their job. Relying on tips, dealing with customers who have over-imbibed and working such late hours makes being a bartender one of the jobs people hate the most.

Barista

9. (tie) Barista

You may love your morning latte, but Baristas don’t report loving their jobs. In fact, with a median salary of just $14,800 and just 23 percent of Baristas telling us they would recommend their job to others, these workers come in ninth on our list of least recommended jobs.

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