Reaching for the stars and achieving your dreams is something everyone aims for. But in a world where everyone is a famous singer, talented artist or an award-winning author, what happens to all the jobs that no one wants to do? Often as a society we wrongfully look down on professions which aren’t as “glamorous” as the most highly desired careers. However, these underappreciated jobs are essential in our society, and although they may not be everyone’s dream, they should be appreciated for the expertise, hard work and dedication they require. As well as being a key part of our society, many of these jobs have more benefits that people assume; from high salaries to excellent growth rates. Check out our list and see for yourself!
When it comes to jobs nobody wants to do, the first thing that likely comes to mind is sanitation. From sewage inspectors to waste management, there are a number of jobs which may not be glamorous but are essential to our everyday lives. As well as not being greatly appreciated in society, these jobs require long hours, hard physical work and an awareness of serious health and safety issues, so is certainly not a career to be taken lightly.
However, some of these so-called ‘dirty’ can sometimes come with great benefits such as lucrative salaries, certain discounts as well as generous benefits schemes.
Crime scene cleaners and sewer flushers earn an average of
Crop Dusting Pilots
This often-forgotten job requires excellent piloting, multi-tasking and observational skills. Crop dusting pilots are responsible for flying planes directly over crop fields to spray fertilizers, fungicides and pesticides on crops. Although this job uses many skills and is vital in the agriculture business, many people aren’t even aware of this career, and those that are know that it can be a very dangerous job which requires early morning starts and constant alertness. As crop dusting planes fly low over crop fields, pilots have to watch out for power lines, fences, birds and other hazards which could cause serious injury.
The job isn’t all bad, though! Crop dusting pilots are currently in demand due to their refined skill set and therefore, the salaries on offer comfortably trump the national average.
Crop dusting pilots can earn as much as
Miners & Couriers
According to Recruitment Buzz, miners and couriers are two of the worst jobs in the UK. Couriers are needed all over the UK, to transport packages and mail. It might not seem like the most exciting job in the world, and often requires long hours driving across the country.
Mining jobs are hard work, dangerous and dirty, however they are a vital part of society, mining for items such as coal, sand, gravel, aluminium and iron. Although they require a lot of hard, risky work, miners tend to be compensated for it quite well.
Couriers make an average of
Miners make an average of
Embalmers & Morgue Attendants
Working with corpses all day can be grisly work, but it has to be done. When a loved one dies, we all want to make sure that they are in good hands, and that their bodies are being cared for and respected before their burial or cremation. Embalmers and morgue attendants are just two of the roles which require daily interaction with dead bodies and require a great degree of empathy and respect both for the deceased and their family and friends.
Embalmers earn between
Top Tips to Make a Bad Job Better
On top of the high annual salary which many of these jobs offer, there are ways to make even the worst jobs better.
Pay Attention to Your Skills
Many of the jobs above not only offer good salaries, but also require a lot of key transferable skills. Consider what skills you’ve mastered on the job and you can transfer these to other job sectors you might want to get into.
Enjoy Your Free Time
Whether it’s family holidays or investing in a creative hobby you love, using your free time well means that you’ll be more likely to enjoy your job as you know that you still have the work/life balance you need.
Many of these jobs also require great team-working skills, so having comradery with your colleagues can make the job 10x easier. Make time for social outings and create a fun work atmosphere by connecting with those you are working with.
Take Pride in Your Work
It can be hard to see the results of your work if you are doing the same thing day in, day out. However, these jobs all offer something essential to society, from protecting the health and safety of citizens to delivering important packages up and down the country. Keep in mind the fact that you are making a difference and helping people every day.