Worst jobs for 2013

Looking for a new line of work this year? Here are 10 jobs to avoid.

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Apr 25, 2013 9:32AM
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Working at the Welfare office is the worst job ever.  I am greatful to have a job and it puts food on the table but not much pay, not rewardng at all and highly stressful. Not to mention the stuff you have to listen to all day from people that don't want to better themselves.

Apr 25, 2013 2:06AM
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So sad but enlisted military personnel is on here, and this aint nothing but the truth...me and my husband are getting out before they start kicking people out with whatever benefits they have left to give. I just read the Army is trying to reduce the force by 70,000 Soldiers in the next 7 years.  The government is broke and honestly the victims in this are the enlisted personnel. Even the ones that are lucky enough to stay in will be devestated with reduced support in almost every aspect of being in the military...This has happened before while I since I have served my 15 years, but nothing to this extent. Its to the point now that the US is possibly not ready for another war should something happen even in the next 5-7 years. There is no money now to fix the equipment we have on ground now. So for all of those that are still in, please note that 1) it is very true that even though you are in the military and you have gotten past 2-3 enlistments, and things are looking good, you are still replaceable; and 2) take care of yourself for the longrun, even if you are only in for one enlistment, take advantage of what uncle sam offers.
Apr 25, 2013 12:18PM
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I worked as a meter reader tons of years ago while I was in school.  It was a great job for me, just got out and walked a different section each day listening to my radio with no one to bother me.
Apr 25, 2013 1:19PM
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Thanks Forbes for pointing out that serving the country is the 3rd worst job in the U.S. Bunch of rich pr!cks, let the poor fight for your oil stocks!
Apr 25, 2013 11:09AM
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When I grew up in the 50's and 60's most people would have considered most of those jobs highly desirable.  Whatever happened to pride in having a job?  Our country is completely screwed up and our government and education system plays a big part in the failure to appreciate work.  The next thing you know the illegals will take over those jobs, they have already taken over roofing.
Apr 25, 2013 2:01AM
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Too funny, Montana and North Dakota are hiring oil field workers so fast they are advertising on the radio because they can't find enough.  Several of the jobs they list are no brainers, mail is going bankrupt, military is being scaled back, this article is another DUHHHH wow they are desperate for something to write about.
Apr 25, 2013 6:07AM
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Certified Nursing Assistant at least in Georgia the company I work for hasn't given out a raise in 3 years and isn't giving one this year $9.25 an hour for a nationally owned company. 
LOVE  what I do but don't expect any one to thank you for your work except patients and families and most of them are the ones who can't afford health care.
Apr 25, 2013 12:40AM
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Here in Los Angeles a lot of people i know would like to work in acting for $17.44 an hour...this of course, is an average where some actors are making millions and some act for free...and it really does not have to do with talent....
Apr 25, 2013 12:29PM
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They need to straighten out the Number 3 job, Enlisted Military Personnel. You cannot make the rank of E-7 in 8 years. Unless you are in a special program and enter basic training as E-3, in 1 year you're E-4,

another 2 years E-5 , then 3 years E-6, then 3 more years for E-7 which would take 9 years. Not to mention you need to be the near perfect soldier to get timely promotions on 1st attempts.

Yes, I see the little PLUS sign after 8 years. But for most to make E-7 you need to be in a high priority profile job that has openings for promotion. There are certain requirements to be met, probably the command your assigned to, and the selection committee / interview process to get E-7.

It  be rare to make it in 8, unlikely in 9, possible in 10, better chance in 12 to 14, if you're really good at your job and professional while both on and off duty 12 years. Otherwise look for 16 to 20 years to make E-7 if you're in the correct MOS / occupation. For E-8 and E-9 generally 20 plus years or dedicated Lifer.

OH! I am a Lifer myself with nearly 26 years of military service. (All Post Vietnam). Been retired since 2004. I'm also a registered National Society, Sons of the American Revolution member as my 4th Great Grandfather fought in the AR.,  1 in the French Indian Wars.  Have both my paternal and maternal 2nd Great Grandfathers in the Civil War.  Then WWI and WWII. Several relatives Korean War and Vietnam. A nephew who been injured twice by IED's in the recent Iraq/Afghanistan wars. My father couldn't serve as he was striken by Polio as a child which left him with a couple disabilities. But my brother and myself , Uncles and cousins have gone on as typical Patroits for our country.

 Ask anyone, worst job is the military and getting shot at. No one wants to take a life but under circumstances may be left with no choice.  So think about it, what is the worst job ?  Kill or be killed.

The Military. Then the environment / conditions and hours we are placed under.

 

 

Apr 27, 2013 2:02PM
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I have been looking for a job for four months now and I would love to have any one of those jobs.  Sure beats being on unemployment and the uncertainty of it all. 
Apr 27, 2013 12:29AM
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I wonder if the folks over at Forbes realize how many people are out here still looking for jobs?

Unemployed people who have submitted their resume to hundreds upon hundreds of job postings, and rarely get an interview or response.



Apr 27, 2013 12:00AM
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I'd much prefer articles about how people have been getting hired, how did the hiring person(s) decide on candidates who got jobs, and companies that are truly hiring (not just posting opportunities),

We are still severely lacking job opportunities in many areas of the country.



Apr 27, 2013 8:06AM
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How they missed Home Depot I don't know, worst job (i.e., management) I ever had, took it out of desperation after being forced out of my engineering job, but I searched and found something more decent later on, won't spend a penny in a Home Depot store today, go to Menards (better prices on electrical and plumbing supplies anyway) and Lowes. I have encountered some of my former Home Depot co-workers, they left as well and hate the place as much as I do. Read an article a while back by a financial writer who talked about how much Home Depot had come down since it originally opened, he ended the article by saying the only thing worse than shopping at Home Depot was working at Home Depot.  Yes, they're still in business, but their employee turnover is terrible.
Apr 27, 2013 2:07AM
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what a crock - how about coal mining, sewer and wastewater plant operators.  
Apr 27, 2013 12:28AM
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I would love a job as a meter reader.  I didn't even think that job is still out there.  I would say being a public school teacher in Chicago would really suck or even parts of L.A.

Apr 27, 2013 12:05AM
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I make an average salary for where I live, the commute is almost an hour (sometimes more) one way, work between 60 and 70 hours a week, work on weekends and sometimes on my vacation, and I don't get overtime pay - but I love it and know I'm lucky to have a decent job.
May 1, 2013 10:57PM
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where does working at wal-mart fall?it SUCKS DONKEY BALLS!
Apr 25, 2013 7:19PM
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Income is relative to the cost of housing in your job location. Any of these salaries would be starvation in, for example, San Francisco or Los Angeles. But okay for most of the country.
Apr 28, 2013 7:31PM
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Try working in an inner city mental health clinic.  The patients were not the problem for the most part, you go into the job knowing it will be a difficult patient population, what I was not prepared for was the lack of security and poor management.  Trying to convince the mgmt that our lives were in daily danger was useless, they just did not care.  Getting from the parking lot into the building was not for the squeamish.  The security guards were afraid of the patients.  The management (like most) had no clue nor did they care to understand what it was like to be on the front lines with this people.  If a patient complained their word was taken and we were punished.  I was threatened weekly for doing my job and the management acted like we were whining babies.  The turnover rate is the highest in the hospital, but no one in charge does anything about it.  Needless to say, one day I just left and never went back & my life got easier. 
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