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The 10 Least Meaningful Jobs

A strong sense of meaning at your job can be as important as the paycheck you earn doing it. But the 10 jobs on this slideshow had the fewest people say that their jobs help to make the world a better place.

#6 (tie): Airline Reservation Agent


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9%
Low Job
Meaning
82%
Low Job
Satisfaction
$28,700
Salary

Only nine percent of airline reservations agents feel that the work they do improves the world. Informing grumpy travelers about delayed flights and rising ticket prices doesn't fill these workers with a sense of meaning.

#6 (tie): Coffee Shop Manager


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9%
Low Job
Meaning
45%
Low Job
Satisfaction
$27,500
Salary

You would think that the look of relief when tired customers get their treasured caffeine fix in the morning would make coffee shop managers feel good about the work they do, but only nine percent of those surveyed feel that way. Interestingly, 33 percent of baristas said their jobs do make the world a better place. Maybe coffee shop managers are too far removed from that look of gratitude.

#6 (tie): Web Operations Coordinator


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9%
Low Job
Meaning
55%
Low Job
Satisfaction
$37,400
Salary

You probably use the Internet every day (how else would you be reading this story?), but the people who help build and publish the websites we use daily don't see what all the hype is about. Only eight percent said their job made the world a better place.

#6 (tie): Associate Fashion Designer


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9%
Low Job
Meaning
73%
Low Job
Satisfaction
$50,700
Salary

Associate fashion designers make the world more stylish, but they don't necessarily think they make it better. Maybe there is more to life than finding the perfect little black dress?

#6 (tie): Laundry Manager


 
9%
Low Job
Meaning
50%
Low Job
Satisfaction
$57,400
Salary

Only nine percent of laundry managers said that they found a lot of meaning in their job. Maybe devotees of the local Fluff and Fold would beg to differ?

#4 (tie): Television Newscast Director


 
8%
Low Job
Meaning
62%
Low Job
Satisfaction
$34,500
Salary

This just in: just eight percent of television newscast directors feel as though their jobs add value to the world. Maybe that explains why watching the news can be such a downer?

#4 (tie): Revenue Analyst


 
8%
Low Job
Meaning
73%
Low Job
Satisfaction
$46,000
Salary

They may improve the bottom line, but only eight percent of the revenue analysts who took the PayScale Survey said that their job added value to the world.

#3 (tie): Gaming Dealer


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7%
Low Job
Meaning
67%
Low Job
Satisfaction
$35,500
Salary

Dealing the occasional winning hand isn't enough to make gaming dealers believe that their job makes the world a better place. Long hours and low job satisfaction probably don't help build morale either.

#1 (tie): Gas Station Attendant


 
4%
Low Job
Meaning
44%
Low Job
Satisfaction
$17,100
Salary

Only four percent of gas station attendants feel a strong sense of meaning in the work they do every day. With an average salary of just over $17K, we have to wonder what fuels their motivation.

#1 (tie): Graphic Artist/Animator


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4%
Low Job
Meaning
60%
Low Job
Satisfaction
$45,700
Salary

Why do so few graphic artists and animators think that their job makes the world a better place? According to Anthony B., a graphic artist we interviewed, it's because a lot of them had aspirations for high art but spend most of their day designing logos.

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