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Have you ever had one of those days where you thought ‘work sucks and there must be a better way?’

Well, next time you have those thoughts, you might want to ask yourself whether it is actually your job or your attitude that is at fault.


A recent American study by job site CareerCast looked at more than 200 jobs and applied five judging criteria to rank the Top 20 worst jobs in the US.

According to the survey “Physical labor, declining job opportunities, a poor work environment and high stress were all pervasive attributes among those jobs that comprise the 2012 Worst Jobs List”.Some surprising findings included: Funeral Director scored as being a better job than an Advertising Account Executive, and Garbage Collectors were near the bottom of the list in spot 160.

Top 20 worst jobs according to CareerCast are:

1. Lumberjack

2. Dairy Farmer

3. Enlisted Military Soldier

4. Oil Rig Worker

5. Reporter (Newspaper)

6. Waiter/Waitress

7. Meter Reader

8. Dishwasher

9. Butcher

10. Broadcaster

11. Shoe Maker/Repairer

12. Drill-Press Operator

13. Conservationist

14. Taxi Driver

15. Automobile Assembler

16. Firefighter

17. Shipping/Receiving Clerk

18. Mail Carrier

19. Maid

20. Dressmaker/Tailor

The survey categorised five “Core Criteria” that are inherent to every job including: Environment, Income, Outlook, Stress and Physical Demands.

Reading this list got me thinking a little more simplistically – is it the job that actually stinks, or is it perhaps the employees’ attitude? Sure, some jobs are much harder to do than others. But over the years I’ve met some high profile newsreaders, international sports stars and million dollar bankers with rotten attitudes who constantly complained about the pitfalls of their ‘glamorous’ jobs.

I’ve also met some taxi drivers, car parking attendants and sewerage workers who tackled their occupations with passion and vigour. Maybe this latter group simply adopted a different attitude? Could it be that simple?

Can you learn to love your job?


Read the whole article at The Age

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