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The Most Underemployed Jobs
Next time you go shopping, settle a medical bill or seek child care, you’re likely coming into contact with somebody hit by the underemployment crisis. These are the job titles most commonly held by people who told PayScale they were underemployed. Methodology
Rank Job % Underemployed Reason Median
Pay
% High Meaning % High Satisfaction % High Stress
I am underpaid I am not using my education or training I work part-time but want
full-time work
1 Patient Services Representative 87% 76% 24% 0% $29,500 75% 71% 69%
2 - tie Nanny 78% 77% 18% 5% $26,700 58% 73% 37%
2 - tie Retail Sales Associate 78% 46% 18% 36% $20,900 30% 47% 52%
4 Cashier 77% 38% 30% 32% $18,000 33% 48% 51%
5 - tie Teacher Assistant 76% 79% 14% 7% $21,300 81% 70% 54%
5 - tie Daycare Teacher 76% 82% 11% 7% $21,500 72% 58% 64%
7 Data Entry Operator 73% 58% 38% 4% $25,600 43% 61% 50%
8 Assistant Property Manager 72% 74% 24% 3% $36,500 40% 70% 64%
9 - tie Warehouse Worker 71% 56% 37% 7% $26,400 35% 52% 47%
9 - tie Personal Assistant 71% 95% 0% 5% $33,200 50% 72% 54%
11 - tie Orderly 70% 43% 18% 39% $21,500 75% 66% 56%
11 - tie Line Cook 70% 58% 7% 35% $22,400 31% 52% 71%
13 - tie Administrative Technician 69% 62% 36% 3% $38,100 61% 71% 58%
13 - tie Event Coordinator 69% 86% 10% 3% $36,700 53% 73% 72%
15 Home Health Aide 68% 76% 18% 6% $21,300 75% 67% 51%
16 - tie Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) 67% 83% 13% 3% $46,400 83% 76% 66%
16 - tie Billing Specialist 67% 68% 27% 5% $33,800 54% 66% 64%
16 - tie Quality Assurance (QA) 67% 79% 21% 0% $39,200 54% 62% 58%
16 - tie Retail Store Assistant Manager 67% 70% 24% 5% $33,700 32% 60% 67%
16 - tie Business Office Manager 67% 83% 13% 4% $43,900 63% 78% 72%
16 - tie Purchasing Agent 67% 81% 15% 4% $45,300 45% 72% 69%
16 - tie Massage Therapist 67% 75% 5% 20% $41,800 88% 80% 24%
16 - tie Delivery Driver 67% 56% 24% 20% $30,600 39% 59% 51%
16 - tie Customer Service Representative (CSR) 67% 61% 24% 14% $30,000 40% 59% 62%
25 Office Clerk, General 66% 54% 36% 11% $26,000 47% 64% 49%

Why Do These Workers Think They are Underemployed?

When it comes to underemployment, not all occupations are created equal. Workers in some jobs are more likely to consider themselves underemployed, whether it's because of low pay, not using education or training, or only getting part-time hours when they'd prefer to work full-time.

The table above highlights the jobs most often held by workers who told PayScale that they are underemployed, and isolates the reasons why workers in these professions are likely to consider themselves underemployed. This list is dominated by people working in customer service, child care and retail sales. People doing fairly manual tasks, like food service, data entry and warehouse work are also on the list.

What can we learn from this study? The primary reason that most workers feel underemployed, in every occupation on our list, is not making as much money as they think they should.

Of course, feeling underpaid and being underpaid are two different things: while 80 percent of those who felt underemployed claimed being underpaid as the reason, only 45 percent of those individuals actually earn less than employers typically pay for candidates with similar backgrounds, skills, and experience.

Perhaps the first thing workers should ask themselves, when determining their desired level of pay, is does their expectation reflect how much the market values that skillset? If the answer is no, the next question might be whether it's time for a career change to something more lucrative.

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