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Few workers in these professions would recommend their job.

Least Recommended Jobs


 

PayScale polled workers to ask if they would recommend their current job to others. These jobs came in at the bottom of the list.

Corrected/Updated: In the original article published Feb. 6, 2014, we showed 10 jobs at the bottom of a list of 50 jobs that were most recommended by workers. We have updated to show jobs that were truly least recommended.

#1 Cashier


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16% Recommend Their Job
$13,400
U.S. Median Salary
25% Male / 75% Female
Projected Future Growth: 2.6%

Making change and dealing with customers who may range from pleasant to nightmarish doesn’t seem to foster enthusiasm for this line of work – especially not at such a low wage. With only 16% of Cashiers urging others to follow in their footsteps, it topped our list of the least recommended jobs.

Sources: PayScale, Bureau of Labor Statistics 

#2 Bank Teller


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26% Recommend Their Job
$23,000
U.S. Median Salary
22% Male / 78% Female
Projected Future Growth: 1%

When you add up the numbers, only 26 percent of Bank Tellers recommend their job to others. Evidently their assumed love of math isn’t enough to make them love their jobs.

Sources: PayScale, Bureau of Labor Statistics   

#3 Truck Driver, Heavy


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29% Recommend Their Job
$41,300
U.S. Median Salary
96% Male / 4% Female
Projected Future Growth: 11.3%

While the pay and job prospects are pretty high comparatively to other jobs on this list, it’s apparently not enough to encourage Truck Drivers to recommend a life on the road to others.

Sources: PayScale, Bureau of Labor Statistics 

#4 Office Clerk, General


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30% Recommend Their Job
$25,900
U.S. Median Salary
12% Male / 88% Female
Projected Future Growth: 6.2%

Not surprisingly, Office Clerks don’t find their duties particularly enticing and less than a third would recommend their job to others. It can, of course, be a way to get your foot in the door at an office and gain some work experience.

Sources: PayScale, Bureau of Labor Statistics   

#5 Auto Mechanic


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35% Recommend Their Job
$38,600
U.S. Median Salary
99% Male / 1% Female
Projected Future Growth: 8.6%

If you’re a car nut, you’d think working on cars all day might be a great gig. But, apparently, only 35 percent of Auto Mechanics love their job enough to recommend it to someone else. Working on someone else’s car may not have the same allure as working on your own.

Sources: PayScale, Bureau of Labor Statistics   

#6 Secretary


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36% Recommend Their Job
$27,000
U.S. Median Salary
2% Male / 98% Female
Projected Future Growth: 13.2%

Secretaries and receptionists can be the glue that holds an office together. But, only 36 percent would recommend pursuing that particular career path.

Sources: PayScale, Bureau of Labor Statistics   

#7 Field Service Technician

37% Recommend Their Job
$44,200
U.S. Median Salary
96% Male / 4% Female
Projected Future Growth: 0%

Field Service Technicians work across a number of industries and interact directly with customers to troubleshoot issues with equipment and make repairs. If you like people and enjoy being out of the office, it could be a fitting career. While it’s the highest paid position on this list, only 37 percent of field service technicians would recommend it, possibly because the projected job growth rate is 0 percent.

Sources: PayScale, Bureau of Labor Statistics   

#8 Sales Associate


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38% Recommend Their Job
$17,600
U.S. Median Salary
43% Male / 57% Female
Projected Future Growth: 9.8%

In malls across America, Sales Associates are answering questions about the newest smartphones or grabbing you another jean size. While not well-paid, this job can be everything from a summer gig to the start of a career in retail. However, only 38 percent of sales associates recommend submitting your application for this position.

Sources: PayScale, Bureau of Labor Statistics   

#9 Warehouse Manager


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39% Recommend Their Job
$44,000
U.S. Median Salary
90% Male / 10% Female
Projected Future Growth: 4.9%

Responsible for the transportation and storage of products, as well as the safety of their employees, Warehouse Managers have a big job. If you like having some downtime in your work day, this is probably not the job for you. About 39 percent of warehouse managers would recommend tackling this career.

Sources: PayScale, Bureau of Labor Statistics   

#10 Customer Service Representative (CSR)

43% Recommend Their Job
$30,000
U.S. Median Salary
26% Male / 74% Female
Projected Future Growth: 12.6%

While Customer Service Reps probably have to deal with more than their fair share of irate customers, depending on the company they work for, 43 percent would still recommend their job to others. But, a larger percentage would not.

Sources: PayScale, Bureau of Labor Statistics   

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