These 10 Most Useless Jobs Will Make You Feel Great About Your Work

Last edit January 18, 2018

Let’s face it. Some of us feel bored or useless in our current professions. Often we feel like we’re not really accomplishing anything or moving in any direction.

This kind of frustration is hard to overcome and often results in changing jobs.

According to a recent survey, legal professions have been ranked the dullest. They are followed by other yawn-inducing careers in management, support functions and finance control.

To comfort those who hate their jobs, we’ve looked at some of the most useless jobs in the world. They’ll hopefully make you recognise the creativity that your job involves. Or the unbearable dullness you’ve come to accept and should deal with right away.

1. Restroom Attendant

Guardians of the sanctuary, these people do nothing but make our trips to public toilets uncomfortable. Sitting there all day, they watch you closely as you follow the rules. And their main task is to prevent you from entering without paying.

Let’s imagine a world without them. Would any of us miss the experience of having a total stranger squirt soap in our hands or give us gracefully some toilet paper?

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2. Lifeguard at the Swimming Olympics

The Olympics host the world’s fastest and strongest sportsmen in the universe. Take swimming for example. The performance of Michael Phelps and others prove their direct affiliation to aquatic animals.

But not even these demigods are free from following health and safety rules. Following the regulations, a massive fleet of lifeguards is always on hand to help them should they get into trouble.

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3. Elevator Operator

These people’s job is to press the floor button for whoever enters the elevator. They earn a meager salary for traveling up and down inside these tiny steel boxes. And for performing this complex activity they need a unique qualification of, you guessed it, pressing buttons.

This custom might have come from the times when elevators were much more complicated. But now in the 21st century, the profession has no reason to exist.

4. Pet Psychic

Could you build your career on pretending that you can read the minds of strangers’ pets? Indeed, relaying what they’re thinking to their masters takes courage.

But the advice that will foster the intimate relationship with their darlings will be much appreciated. This profession usually involves cats and dogs. No one knows why, but who the hell cares what a fish is thinking? Perhaps that this is one of the most useless jobs in the whole universe.

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5. Parking Attendant

Although ridiculously outdated, this profession still exists. These people are the last remnants in places where machines haven’t had their go yet. One can nothing but admire parking attendants for doing their job with full dedication in the harshest of weather conditions.

6. Subway Pusher

It seems highly unlikely that you’d dream of becoming a subway pusher in megacities like Tokyo, NYC or Madrid. This phenomenon can now be seen mainly in Asia, although the profession originated almost a century ago in NYC.

They spend their days jamming a never-ending conveyor belt of human mass into a train carriage before the door shuts. Not even the euphemistic term of ‘passenger arrangement staff’ does help make this profession more enjoyable.

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7. Night Security Guard

Imagine yourself sitting outside in a bad weather all night. And you have do that knowing several affordable cameras and alarms could do the job for you.

What’s more, your world is turned upside down. Your shift may start as late as 10 or 11 pm and end well after the sun comes up. These night watchmen cannot avoid working any night of the week, even on weekends and holidays. Not an ideal profession when you want to lead an ordinary social and healthy lifestyle.

8. Toll Booth Operator

There are still people sitting in the toll booths, fully immersed in their job. They’re handing out change while giving you that familiar blank stare. How long could you sit there knowing that a machine can break a $10 banknote much faster and far more accurately than you? Definitely one of the most useless jobs out there.

9. ATM Guard

Yes, certain banks in India and Europe actually employ ATM guards. Is there anything more bizarre than than people guarding an automated system that was meant to replace bank tellers?

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10. Prime Minister of North Korea

North Korea has a Prime Minister! Pak Pong-Ju has been serving in that office since April 2013. Never heard of him? That’s quite understandable. His achievements are dwarfed by the performance of the infamous Kim Jong-un, Chairman of the Workers’ Party. He’s the only supreme leader of North Korea, making the work of his prime minister invisible.

Just the tip of the iceberg

These professions are only the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Even though your job might not be as pointless as the ten most useless jobs above, you might be seriously questioning the usefulness of your current position.

Don’t despair. You’re not supposed to wither away or die from ennui. If even after reading this your job leaves you cold, there’s a solution. 

If you’re stuck doing the same mind-numbing task or clock-watching till you can drink yourself into oblivion, it’s definitely time for a change. Most useless jobs have their smarter counterparts in fulfilling, meaningful careers. So why not opt for those right away?

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  • Jakub Kapral, Career and Resume Writer at Kickresume
  • Jakub Kaprál
    Career & Resume Writer
    Jakub Kapral is a former professional linguist and a career writer at Kickresume. He has written almost 100 diligently researched resume advice articles and his texts are visited by thousands of people every month. Jakub is a natural teacher who looks to help those who want to enhance their career prospects. He's also an avid drummer and a proud father of two.

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