Saturday, May 16, 2009

The Worst Job In The World

Recently, I was reading about a contest for “The Best Job In The World.” Apparently, the contest was for the position of a caretaker of tropical island off the coast of Australia. The winner, Ben Southall starts his six figure salaried position on July 1st. 

The rest of the story:

Okay, one really lucky bastard, yeah? And, of course, it got me to thinking. There are plenty of great jobs out there and a lot of not so good ones. And then there are the absolute shit jobs. But only on the absolute opposite end of the employment spectrum from Mr. Southall’s newly acquired position are the very worst jobs in the world. 

“What could these possibly be?” my mind raced in sadistic enjoyment at the thought of some sorry schmuck suffering through a daily grind beyond my understanding. (This video seemed relevant: )

My further dwelling on the topic compelled me to generate a list of some positions that would surely challenge whatever employment opportunities were considered to be the very worst of the worst. I realize that my list is subjective, and directly addresses personal dislikes, but that indulgence notwithstanding, here are the entries on my Top-Ten Worst Jobs I The World:

10. A ‘Show-Tunes Radio’ disc jockey

9. Whatever it is that these women are doing...

8. Telethon critic

7. Dreadlock de-tangler at a “cutless” new age hair stylist

6. Quality Control at The Glasgow Haggis Company

5. Judge at an “Alvin and the Chipmunks” tribute-band contest

4. Proof-reader at Mad Magazine

3. This guy...

2. Sound check technician at an open-mic poetry club

and, lastly,

1. Nail-boy at a hippie podiatry salon.


I am always open to the ideas of others, so if you think you can come up with worse, then please feel free to add any suggestions to my “worst job in the world” list in the comment section. 

Thanks, and remember to enjoy what you have, even if it is nothing.


  1. I have a pretty decent job (maybe not the best job in the world) but there are days when I think it could be better. I get through those days be thinking, well, I could be digging ditches in the rain for a living.

  2. Yeah, someone ALWAYS has it worse.

    Poor bastards.

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