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2012-04-12 11:50:33 PM  
I have done 2 of the jobs listed under "worst" and 2 under "most stressful".

Zero under "best"

/grabs another beer
 
2012-04-12 11:53:04 PM  
Hi, Jason.
 
2012-04-13 12:05:20 AM  
Finally cracked the worst list. Awesome.
 
2012-04-13 12:06:59 AM  

CavalierEternal: Hi, Jason.


Is that TEM's name?
 
2012-04-13 12:16:55 AM  
So at what point in any job do you say "FARK THIS" and buy a hotdog cart, and set up shop on a beach somewhere?
 
2012-04-13 12:34:58 AM  

markie_farkie: So at what point in any job do you say "FARK THIS" and buy a hotdog cart, and set up shop on a beach somewhere?


That is my retirement plan, except that instead of the hot dog cart, I will be renting beach umbrellas.
 
2012-04-13 12:45:06 AM  

Beerguy: retirement plan


We were in Maui in 2009, and I chatted up the hotdog cart vendor guy at the Marriott. He said his spot (had to rent access to their pool customers) went for $120 a day, and he was still clearing close to $300 in profit for 6 hours' work. He said weekends were typically crappier, since people were either flying in or leaving, so he let some other guy take those, and paid the rent just to keep the contract.

After watching him for several hours, raking in cash, I totally believed him.
 
2012-04-13 01:07:00 AM  
My dad was a logger for 40 years. He never made anything close to 32k a year.
 
2012-04-13 01:09:00 AM  
Huh. I would have thought that being a lumberjack was okay. You sleep all night and you work all day. :-/
 
2012-04-13 01:30:19 AM  

mamoru: Huh. I would have thought that being a lumberjack was okay. You sleep all night and you work all day. :-/


Not to mention all the hanging around in bars.

/Buttered Scones and Tea are also a plus
 
2012-04-13 02:29:05 AM  

Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: /Buttered Scones and Tea

meth and Copenhagen are also a plus
 
2012-04-13 02:31:43 AM  
So this was just a way for the "journalist" to say being a reporter sucks?

That's some fine work, Edward R. Murrow.
 
2012-04-13 04:23:56 AM  
Whar Janitors whar!?
 
2012-04-13 04:52:58 AM  
Being a photojournalist is stressful. Except when I get to nap in the news van.

Then it's ok.
 
2012-04-13 04:53:12 AM  
Sorry subby, I don't know what it's like in the States, but here in the UK HR is the backwater where dimwit PA's who think they're smarter than they actually are end up. I deal with HR departments at all my clients and I find them to be 99% filled with vacuous, lazy, stupid, opinionated, ignorant and supercilious biatches, whether it's a government department or a private company.

My job isn't in the top ten best or worst yet I still find myself hankering to go back to work on oil rigs!
 
2012-04-13 04:53:22 AM  

markie_farkie: Beerguy: retirement plan

We were in Maui in 2009, and I chatted up the hotdog cart vendor guy at the Marriott. He said his spot (had to rent access to their pool customers) went for $120 a day, and he was still clearing close to $300 in profit for 6 hours' work. He said weekends were typically crappier, since people were either flying in or leaving, so he let some other guy take those, and paid the rent just to keep the contract.

After watching him for several hours, raking in cash, I totally believed him.


"raking in the cash" = 300 a day?

Lets see here.... 300*5*52 = $78k, assuming he never misses a day or takes a vacation.

Taking 4 weeks off a year for vacations and illness... 300 * 5 * 48weeks... = 72,000.

Well, assuming that 300 he makes a day is indeed profit and he doesnt have too high costs with buying his own health care, that's not bad in many parts of the US id suppose, especially for 6hrs a day.

I wonder how far that would go in maui though?

i want to retire and open a beachside bar in thailand. i reckon a swiss franc pension coupled with US social security would go pretty far in asia. Spend the days serving overpriced heinekens to tourists and the evenings banging hot thai women until im washed out to sea by a tsunami
 
2012-04-13 04:53:28 AM  
Too much time spent pressing wild flowers.
 
2012-04-13 04:58:54 AM  
I went to school for the #1 best job and I'm currently working for a company in the #9 best job.

I'd say that it wasn't all this list makes it out to be, but then I realized I work from home 70% of the time, I play golf nearly every afternoon, get paid an obscene amount of money for what I do, and my boss is kickass.

*shrug*
 
2012-04-13 04:58:59 AM  
Tech support?
 
2012-04-13 04:59:37 AM  
When the cyclic downturn hits my industry, which it does every 5 or 6 years, HR jobs are the first to go. Production is safe, but cube jockeys like subby always get the ax.
 
2012-04-13 05:15:43 AM  
LOL, software engineer? Not all of us get lucky and "invent" a shiatty filter program for digital cameras to make 30 mil each.

/ Actual engineer
// Programming is 60% of job.
 
2012-04-13 05:16:00 AM  

OHDUDENESS: When the cyclic downturn hits my industry, which it does every 5 or 6 years, HR jobs are the first to go. Production is safe, but cube jockeys like subby always get the ax.


you sound bitter
 
2012-04-13 05:17:51 AM  
It's good to see assistant crack whore has dropped completely off the list.
 
2012-04-13 05:21:26 AM  
I am not a rich man, but my job decisions usually consist of "Do I play Nintendo DS, read a book, or get drunk and argue on Fark for the next 8 hours?"

So I think I'm doing ok.
 
2012-04-13 05:21:32 AM  
Keep in mind "oil rig worker" refers to roustabouts. (n00bs). Like any other job, the longer you put in, the more knowledge you get, the better your pay.

After 5-7 years it's entirely possible to be making anywhere from 50-70k working equal time.

/in the offshore oil industry
//not a roustabout or n00b
 
2012-04-13 05:22:39 AM  

Snapper Carr: It's good to see assistant crack whore has dropped completely off the list.


where is "fluffer"? i would like to see that ranked.
 
2012-04-13 05:23:47 AM  
Also, equal time is 14 days on 14 days off.

Not a bad living for 6 months out of the year. You also have "work overs" where you work extra time, well bonuses, safety bonuses, completion bonuses and retention bonuses.

/but no discount on gas.....
 
2012-04-13 05:25:53 AM  

Father_Jack: Snapper Carr: It's good to see assistant crack whore has dropped completely off the list.

where is "fluffer"? i would like to see that ranked.


They're obsolete now (Viagra)
 
2012-04-13 05:28:37 AM  
Anyone else doubt that airline pilot is seriously one of the most stressful jobs? I'm sure any one of the customer service agents at the ticketing counter or the gate would GLADLY trade places with a glorified bus driver...
 
2012-04-13 05:29:11 AM  

The Envoy: Sorry subby, I don't know what it's like in the States, but here in the UK HR is the backwater where dimwit PA's who think they're smarter than they actually are end up. I deal with HR departments at all my clients and I find them to be 99% filled with vacuous, lazy, stupid, opinionated, ignorant and supercilious biatches, whether it's a government department or a private company.

My job isn't in the top ten best or worst yet I still find myself hankering to go back to work on oil rigs!


It's like that here in the States, too. Almost everyone I know considers HR folks to be vapid cheerleaders or conniving thugs. Plus, while they're stuck in the office, 60% of my job entails travel, including getting paid to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef or hike the Grand Canyon. I don't make much money, but then again, if I did, I'd just use it to pay for the stuff I get to do for work anyway.

/not to say there aren't days where my job drives me crazy.
 
2012-04-13 05:29:33 AM  

Snapper Carr: Father_Jack: Snapper Carr: It's good to see assistant crack whore has dropped completely off the list.

where is "fluffer"? i would like to see that ranked.

They're obsolete now (Viagra)


yet another honorable profession destroyed by advances in technology.

and another dream of mine shattered. i always wanted to meet a fluffer.
 
2012-04-13 05:31:15 AM  
No donkey fluffers? but I'm in the union!
 
2012-04-13 05:31:32 AM  
#2. Actuary

So deciding who gets lifesaving medical treatments and who doesn't is a great job? Is it populated primarily by psychopaths?
 
2012-04-13 05:31:50 AM  
Believe it or not, I'm a newspaper journalism student. *Everyone* told me to switch to another job that pays better, or at least another branch of journalism.

Out of college, and I'm currently employed as a lab tech for a company that makes plastic liner for mining companies. I work between 40 and 72 hours a week, sometimes more. My paycheck is at minimum 400 a week, and my boss wants to hire me full time for more money.

I'd rather be a reporter living on food stamps.
 
2012-04-13 05:31:51 AM  
All the butchers at my butcher shop do not act like they are doing the 9th worst job in the world. Heck, they look like they are doing the 9th best job in the world.
 
2012-04-13 05:34:02 AM  
#3. Human Resources Manager

I like viewing people as commodities.
 
2012-04-13 05:36:53 AM  
WHOOOOOO!!! Who's number 1? Who's number 1? ME! That's who, biatches!

/love my job
 
2012-04-13 05:38:19 AM  
1. Software Engineer

Yeah but India is a hellhole.
 
2012-04-13 05:40:19 AM  

Valarius: Believe it or not, I'm a newspaper journalism student. *Everyone* told me to switch to another job that pays better, or at least another branch of journalism.

Out of college, and I'm currently employed as a lab tech for a company that makes plastic liner for mining companies. I work between 40 and 72 hours a week, sometimes more. My paycheck is at minimum 400 a week, and my boss wants to hire me full time for more money.

I'd rather be a reporter living on food stamps.


40-70 hours a week and your check is $400.00? Is that net or gross?

It's been a while since I made that and I honestly applaud you for being able to do it, but I don't think I coul budget for that any more.

/good on you
/no snark
 
2012-04-13 05:43:21 AM  
What? No middle school teacher under most stressful?

I'm thinking this list just got pulled out of somebody's ass.


/also thinking those lumberjacks need to unionize-- they are seriously getting farked over at that pay level.

 
2012-04-13 05:44:36 AM  

batlock666: WHOOOOOO!!! Who's number 1? Who's number 1? ME! That's who, biatches!

/love my job


Came here to post this! :D
 
2012-04-13 05:54:55 AM  

fusillade762: #2. Actuary

So deciding who gets lifesaving medical treatments and who doesn't is a great job? Is it populated primarily by psychopaths?


as there is insurance for most everything actuaries often work on spotting emerging trends of industry to maximize ROI. insurance companies are directly responsible for improvements of many products and processes resulting in less damage and destruction to people and places. you have to be a pretty smart cookie to do actuary work.
 
2012-04-13 05:55:48 AM  

kendelrio: Valarius: Believe it or not, I'm a newspaper journalism student. *Everyone* told me to switch to another job that pays better, or at least another branch of journalism.

Out of college, and I'm currently employed as a lab tech for a company that makes plastic liner for mining companies. I work between 40 and 72 hours a week, sometimes more. My paycheck is at minimum 400 a week, and my boss wants to hire me full time for more money.

I'd rather be a reporter living on food stamps.

40-70 hours a week and your check is $400.00? Is that net or gross?

It's been a while since I made that and I honestly applaud you for being able to do it, but I don't think I could budget for that any more.

/good on you
/no snark



It's... the one where I get my pay after taxes and my temp agency takes its 10% cut. Apparently it would be higher if I didn't have taxes deducted. Full-timers make one-half more, to about double, what I get paid for the same work.

But dude, it is very tiring.
 
2012-04-13 06:03:14 AM  
Good to see Paramedic is not on the list. At least my job is less stressful(apparently) than an event planner.
 
2012-04-13 06:05:07 AM  
Most stressful

Corporate Executive (Senior)


Depends on the company and how successful it is, I guess. But sitting around not doing dick can't be too stressful in either case. Maybe they include the ass kissing to get there.
 
2012-04-13 06:08:27 AM  

Valarius: kendelrio: Valarius: Believe it or not, I'm a newspaper journalism student. *Everyone* told me to switch to another job that pays better, or at least another branch of journalism.

Out of college, and I'm currently employed as a lab tech for a company that makes plastic liner for mining companies. I work between 40 and 72 hours a week, sometimes more. My paycheck is at minimum 400 a week, and my boss wants to hire me full time for more money.

I'd rather be a reporter living on food stamps.

40-70 hours a week and your check is $400.00? Is that net or gross?

It's been a while since I made that and I honestly applaud you for being able to do it, but I don't think I could budget for that any more.

/good on you
/no snark


It's... the one where I get my pay after taxes and my temp agency takes its 10% cut. Apparently it would be higher if I didn't have taxes deducted. Full-timers make one-half more, to about double, what I get paid for the same work.

But dude, it is very tiring.


Net.

I bet it is..... If you get hired full-time the good thing is the temp company is out of the picture. I worked industrial temp for a while and it was nice to be able to call in and tell them " not available", but yeah, that shiat gets old....
 
2012-04-13 06:15:11 AM  

fusillade762: #2. Actuary

So deciding who gets lifesaving medical treatments and who doesn't is a great job? Is it populated primarily by psychopaths?


It might be, but that has farkall to do with what an actuary does.
 
2012-04-13 06:23:37 AM  
My job comes under both the best and worst categories.
 
2012-04-13 06:27:23 AM  

The Envoy: ere dimwit PA's who think they're smarter than they actually are end up. I deal with HR departments at all my clients and I find them to be 99% filled with vacuous, lazy, stupid, opinionated, ignorant and superc


.
.
Its the same here in the States.

At my last company the internal recruiters stated that they wanted to recruit external recruiters to do the jobs we were paying them to do. We said to them, "get out of here!.....No, really, get out of here."
 
2012-04-13 06:27:41 AM  
According to these lists, I simultaneously have the best, third worst and most stressful jobs.

/something not right here
 
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