The Least Meaningful Jobs

If you have one of the jobs on this list, chances are that you probably don't think your work makes the world a better place. Find out which workers were least likely to find meaning in their job in our Least Meaningful Jobs list.

Parking Attendant

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1. Parking Lot Attendants

5% Find Job Meaningful
Median Pay: $19,700


Parking Lot Attendants have the lowest job meaning statistics of any job on our list -- only five percent say that their jobs make the world a better place. That’s a pretty depressing number. Next time you’re paying for parking, consider a smile or thank you to cheer them up!

Gaming Supervisor

2. Gaming Supervisors

20% Find Job Meaningful
Median Pay: $46,400


Only 20 percent of Gaming Supervisors say their jobs make the world a better place. Next time you find yourself on a serious losing streak at the card table, take a minute to compare your job to that of the staff working the casino. It might take the edge off.

Print Technician

3. (tie) Pre-press Technician

25% Find Job Meaningful
Median Pay: $38,300


Prepress Technicians work in print shops and factories to ensure that materials are printed flawlessly. The work is challenging and some would say tedious, and it doesn’t exactly leave these workers inspired. Only 20 percent say that their jobs make the world a better place.

Title Examiner

3 (tie): Title Examiners, Abstractors and Searchers

25% Find Job Meaningful
Median Pay: $32,700


Only one quarter of Title Examiners, Abstractors and Searchers say that their jobs are meaningful. Even if you’re a stickler for details and love fact-finding missions, this job title still may not be enough to inspire you as this job primarily consists of reviewing and preparing paperwork.

Fabric Patternmaker

3 (tie): Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers

25% Find Job Meaningful
Median Pay: $52,900


Sewing used to be a necessary life skill, and continues to be an enjoyable hobby for many people, but Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers don’t seem to find much to get excited about when it’s their job. Only 25 percent say their jobs make the world a better place.

Welder

6. (tie) Weldering, Soldering and Brazing Machine Operators

26% Find Job Meaningful
Median Pay: $33,200


These workers do hard, unglamorous work for relatively low pay, and don’t even report feeling particularly good about it. However, if you are welding, soldering or operating brazing machines, at least you get the satisfaction of working with your hands.

Rental Clerk

6. (tie) Counter and Rental Clerks

26% Find Job Meaningful
Median Pay: $26,500


Next time you have a good experience at a car rental counter, you might want to tell the clerk who helps you – maybe that will nudge up their dismal job meaning statistics. Not only do they feel rather indifferent about their job function, they make a pittance in salary.

Crushing Operator

6. (tie) Crushing, Grinding and Polishing Machine Operators

26% Find Job Meaningful
Median Pay: $36,000


This list of jobs with a low sense of meaning seems to indicate that monotony doesn’t inspire workers with the sense that their job is making the world a better place. Only 26 percent of these machine operators said that they felt that their work is meaningful.

Farm Buyer

6. (tie) Purchasing Agents and Buyers, Farm Products

26% Find Job Meaningful
Median Pay: $40,600


The fact that these workers feel so negative about their jobs may be of interest to animal rights activists. Purchasing Agents and Buyers for farm products earn just over $40,000 a year and tie for sixth in our list of the jobs with the lowest sense of meaning.

Fashion Designer

6. (tie) Fashion Designers

26% Find Job Meaningful
Median Pay: $50,700


Fashion Designer sounds like a glamorous, rewarding job title, but these workers routinely wind up in our list of the least meaningful jobs. What is it about the fashion industry that makes only 26 percent of Fashion Designers say that their job lacks meaning?

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