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Which are the worst jobs to work at? The answer is that it depends. What might sound like a horrible job to one person, might not seem so bad to someone else. There are other factors than the job responsibilities to consider when you’re evaluating occupations. There are jobs that don’t pay well. There are also jobs where the projected hiring of new employees is expected to decline.
Health and safety are also factors to consider. Some occupations are much more stressful than others. The risk of getting hurt, or even killed, is much higher in some occupations. A high-stress job combined with low pay or a poor safety rating isn’t going to be a good option for most people.
Everyone’s experience differs, of course, but these are some of the jobs you may not want to consider if you’re exploring career options or a change in your career.
Here’s a list of some of the worst jobs in America, based on salary, benefits, job opportunities, and worker health and safety concerns.
Assembly workers fit together the component parts of a product or segment of a product using tools, machines, and their hands. Accidents and injuries are fairly common in production facilities. Tasks can be very repetitive, adding to the stress level of workers.
Bank tellers assist customers with deposits and withdrawals, cash checks, reconcile balances, and communicate information about fees, policies and bank services. Bank teller jobs will probably decrease due to the increase in mobile and online banking and the use of ATMs. Wages are low, averaging about $13.52 per hour, and many jobs are part-time without benefits.
Coal miners extract coal from underground mines or participate in strip mining activities. They dig tunnels, operate machinery, transport coal out of the mines, and secure the mines. A shift to cleaner fuels due to climate change and pollution concerns has limited mining industry opportunities. Health and safety risks due to exposure to fumes, mine collapses, and other accidents decrease the appeal of this occupation. Mine workers are more likely to be killed or to incur a non-fatal injury or illness, and their injuries are more likely to be severe than workers in private industry as a whole.
Farm workers cultivate and fertilize fields, plant and harvest crops, and operate farm machinery. They convey harvested crops to storage areas. Many farm jobs are seasonal and carry limited benefits and low pay. Consolidation of farms into large, automated operations has limited opportunities. Long hours in often unpleasant weather conditions are negative factors for farm workers.
Fast Food and Short Order Cook
Fast food and short order cooks prepare meals for customers of fast food restaurants. Cooks often work long hours and have frequent evening and weekend shifts. Kitchens can be overheated, and burns, cuts, and minor accidents are common. Wages are low, averaging $11.52 per hour.
Fishing Workers prepare and maintain poles, nets, and other fishing gear. They catch, extract, and store fish. Fishers unload their catch upon return to the docks. Fishers experience one of the highest rates of fatalities among all classes of workers. They must stay at sea, away from loved ones for extended periods, and withstand adverse weather and sea conditions. Low pay, averaging $13.72 per hour does little to offset the risk factors associated with this line of work.
Postal Service Worker
Postal workers sort and deliver the mail and assist post office customers with their mailing needs. Automated bill paying and the increase in electronic mail have reduced opportunities to work with the post service. Delivery workers must cope with adverse weather conditions, expanded territories, and close monitoring of productivity.
Retail Sales Associate
Retail sales associates stock and display merchandise, advise customers, promote products, and process transactions. Retail employees are often asked to work evenings, weekends and holidays. Many positions are part-time and do not carry benefits. Pay is low, averaging $11.24 per hour. The rise in online shopping has reduced the number of jobs available at some stores.
Taxi drivers transport customers to airports and other destinations. They collect fares and conduct conversations with passengers. Taxi drivers must cope with the stress of traffic and are confronted with the potential danger of accidents. The emergence of driving services like Uber and Lyft have made it more challenging for taxi drivers to earn a good living. Wages averaged only $11.96 per hour.
Adapted from https://www.thebalancecareers.com/worst-jobs-in-america-4136433
Answer the following questions.
1-How much does a fast food cook earn for an hour?
2-Which jobs mostly have a part time option?
3-In which jobs is there a risk of death?
4-In which jobs can you mostly have injuries?
5-What are the negative factors for farm workers?
6-What are the disadvantages of working as a retail sales associate?
7-What is the factor that affected taxi drivers’ job negatively?
8-In which jobs are workers affected from bad weather negatively?
- What are the worst jobs in your country? Explain why.
- Which job would you prefer from the list above? Why?
- What are the negative sides of the job you will do in the future?