Jobs That Make the World a Worse Place

These workers aren't just low on morale, they were the most likely to say that their jobs make the world a worse place. Find out which jobs earn this unwanted title in the list below.

Fast Food Worker

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1. Fast Food Workers

25% say "My job makes the world a worse place"
Median Pay: $16,700


You know the feeling of regret you feel after binging on drive-through tacos at two in the morning? Evidently, Fast Food Workers know that feeling all too well. Twenty-five percent of them say their job makes the world a worse place, making them number one on our list of jobs that make the world more terrible.

Picker

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2. Picker

21% say "My job makes the world a worse place"
Median Pay: $24,800


Pickers are the whirling cogs that keep warehouses running. They make sure that you receive your online purchases and direct products from factories to delivery systems. However, 21 percent of them tell us that their job makes the world a worse place. Maybe it’s too much time trapped in a warehouse?

Table Games Supervisor

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3. Table Games Floor Supervisor

20% say "My job makes the world a worse place"
Median Pay: $50,900


Even if you’re working for the house, seeing gamblers lose their money day after day wears on you. That’s probably why one-fifth of Table Games Floor Supervisors say that their job actually makes the world a worse place.

Merchandise Manager

4. (tie) Merchandise Planning Manager

18% say "My job makes the world a worse place"
Median Pay: $94,400


Merchandise Planning Managers have the highest salary on our list of jobs that make the world a worse place. Despite a median typical salary of $94,400, 18 percent are pretty negative about the value their jobs bring to the world. Maybe there is such a thing as too much shopping?

SEO Manager

4. (tie) Search Engine Marketing (SEM) Strategist

18% say "My job makes the world a worse place"
Median Pay: $52,300


Search Engine Marketers help companies make sure they come up tops in your internet search results – for a price. But evidently tracking Google’s ever-changing algorithm and dealing with frustrated clients bidding for key terms has them pretty down about their work’s contribution to society..

Valet

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4. (tie) Valet

18% say "My job makes the world a worse place"
Median Pay: $21,900


No matter how much you love cars, getting paid just above minimum wage to park other peoples’ vehicles just doesn’t inspire people who work as Valets. Tied for number four on our list, 18 percent say that their job makes society worse.

Paralegal

7. Paralegal

16% say "My job makes the world a worse place"
Median Pay: $40,000


Lawyers get a bad rap, but it’s Paralegals and Legal Assistants who are the most depressed about their job. Sixteen percent of these legal workers say that their job makes the world a worse place.

Laundry Attendant

8. (tie) Laundry Attendant

14% say "My job makes the world a worse place"
Median Pay: $18,600


We never suspected that Laundry Attendant would make our list of Most Meaningful Jobs, but a whopping 16 percent of these workers say that their job is actually making the world a worse place.

Garbage Truck Driver

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8. (tie) Garbage Truck Driver

14% say "My job makes the world a worse place"
Median Pay: $36,600


Even though we literally depend on them to clean up after us, 16 percent of Garbage Truck Drivers don’t see the value of their work and told us that it makes the world a worse place.

cash posting clerk

9. (tie) Cash Posting Clerk

13% say "My job makes the world a worse place"
Median Pay: $31,300


Cash Posting Clerks basically balance checkbooks for companies day in and day out, and it turns out that sending past-due notices is kind of a downer. Sixteen percent of Cash Posting Clerks say their work makes the world a worse place.

commercial photographer

9. (tie) Commercial Photographer

13% say "My job makes the world a worse place"
Median Pay: $45,200


Commercial Photographer sounds like a pretty awesome job – a lot of people dream of getting paid to take pictures. But 16 percent of Commercial Photographers disagree with that idea pretty strongly.

Financial Consultant

9. (tie) Financial Sales Consultant

13% say "My job makes the world a worse place"
Median Pay: $32,600


A Financial Sales Consultant sounds like somebody who can actually help a lot of people by helping them make smarter financial decisions. But for some reason 16 percent say their jobs make the world a worse place. Maybe they are dealing with some pretty depressing portfolios?

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