If there is a list of truly bad jobs, I want to suggest an addition. I have a great deal of sympathy for Malaysia Airline employees in Beijing, who must face distraught and increasingly angry relatives of ML 370 passengers. How many times can you express sympathy and offer no news? Excuses never replace reasons.
I have written before about humans having to fill the time between birth and death. Sleeping takes up about one third, with standing in lines, eating, socializing, complaining, staring at a television, playing video games, etc. using some of the rest. Working at some job has been a major component of human life, for those lucky enough to have one. Pay has been an issue, but that is not what I talking about here.
Those with money want more and want to share less with those without. Why else would most corporations seek labor-saving methods or move jobs to low-wage countries? More and more jobs are being automated. Most automobiles are now made by robots, with humans adding finishing touches. Machines do not demand wages, health care, or pensions. No machine demands a toilet break, rest break, or lunch break. They do not strike or call in sick. They make no demands. If amazon could, they would have no humans working for the company.
So, my point is: what will people do in the future to keep busy from birth until death if there are no more jobs? How will they earn money for food, clothes, and rent? Where will they get the money to buy the products made by machines? I wonder if the wealthy think about this as they destroy jobs, accumulate ever-greater shares of the world’s wealth, and hide out in gated communities.
(Once again, I am not a communist, merely someone with plenty of time to think...)
Here’s another view:
Anyone not wishing to endure worthless opinions, stupid questions, or inane comments should chose a profession which few understand. A brain surgeon, mathematician, or astronaut, to name a few, seldom, if ever, hear criticisms about their work. No one understands what they do or how they do it.
At the other end of the scale is advertising, about which almost every human being, at some point in his or her life, has voiced an opinion or uttered a negative comment. Everyone feels qualified to criticize advertising, because having an opinion surely makes them right.
People working at advertising agencies must suffer from frustration and inadequacy more than people working in an operating room. People going under the knife rarely complain to the guy holding the knife, whereas people buying advertising for companies constantly sharpshoot at the guys selling the ads produced by an agency.
I have no intention of denigrating accountants or controllers. Good ones serve a useful function; less-good ones are crooks or incompetent…but that's not my point.
I have been helping my wife to compile lists of customers and what they have paid. This is nothing more than looking at bank statements and typing names and numbers into a spread sheet: a task handled daily by the above-mentioned people. The only challenge to doing this work is to be precise and not fall asleep…or slash your wrists.
I recall my time as a manager and being responsible for a sizable corporation budget. I kept my controller very close, because I learned early in my tenure in a business that the easiest way to get in trouble and fall out of favor with even the most forgiving boss was to screw up the budget. Budgeting is a game, but making a mistake is not. A good controller is worth his weight in whatever budget you manage.
Although I always scored well in math and can be disciplined (when I choose to be or must be), I could not practice one of the above occupations. Fortunately, there are people that can and do. I feel sorry for them, although those professions usually come with a roof over one's head.
When I grow up, I want to be a philanthropist. I like the idea of giving away money. My choices of recipients might differ from other charities, because I have my likes, dislikes, and prejudices. Most of my gifts would be anonymous, because I do not yearn for recognition, gratefulness, or praise.
Of course, I would need a whole bunch of money, which presents the only obstacle to pursuing this career choice...
I say a photo of the kid supposedly “ruling” North Korea. What a great job.
People wondered whether or not he would succeed his father in the dictator’s seat. Duh. Haven’t you read how difficult it is for young people to find work these days? I’m sure the kid’s happy to have any job.
I could never do any job, which required me to deceive people in order to be successful…like politician, real estate agent, or insurance salesman. But, I especially could not be a television preacher.
_ In the future, if someone wants to work, it will be best to be born a machine.
The following article from The Atlantic is the best explanation I have ever read on jobs in the United States (and elsewhere, where manufacturing was/is/will be a factor in the success of a country). The prospects are not good, but now I understand the fundamental problem.
It will be interesting to see how humans fill the time from birth to death in a world where meaningful jobs are few and far between. How will people earn a living, if there are no vacancies? What will happen to idle minds and hands?
There is a lot of moaning about jobs in the US. It seems that this country has been hemorrhaging jobs to other countries for years. Why? Because it is cheaper for companies--US companies--to produce in low-wage countries and more profitable...because they pay no taxes. Unlike individual citizens, who must pay taxes on all foreign earnings (even if they live overseas, unlike any other country in the world), corporations do not.
So, not only are they shipping jobs overseas, they are not paying anything for the upkeep of the country all claim to love. Of course, they are paying legislators, which make the laws that free them from taxes.
My solution for the US economy: tax overseas profits of US corporations at a higher rate than domestic profits. Jobs flow from high-tax to low-tax countries. Companies will quickly start producing the US. Ipso facto: more jobs. Problem solved...
Unfortunately, this will never happen. Sharp readers will have noticed in an earlier sentence that companies pay legislators, who will never pass detrimental laws.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.