What is the most Under-Appreciated Job out there?

United States
December 28, 2006 4:14pm CST
There are many jobs in the world that simply do not get the respect that they deserve. Some would say that athletes get paid far too much, and that doctors deserve to make much more. Others would say that custodial work is extremely hard to do on a daily basis, and that it doesn't receive its due. What do you feel are some of the most under-appreciated jobs out there? Are there some where the workers deserve more respect?
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@srhelmer (6933)
• Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
28 Dec 06
Soldiers. They work 24/7 with very few wages and put their lives on the line to ensure our freedoms.
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• United States
28 Dec 06
That is an excellent answer. They are often very under-appreciated.
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• United States
29 Dec 06
I agree. My brother in law is in the army, and he is underpaid, and way under respected.
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@Eborsisk (195)
• United States
29 Dec 06
I don't know if they are under-respected but definitely under-piad. I live in a military town and military people get lots of respect around here.
@moneymind (10524)
• Philippines
29 Dec 06
i say the work of being a mom. working 24/7 but not really being payed, even worst, they are not being apreciated and only given notice once every year during mother's day. but with all these we seldom hear them complain. greetings to all the mothers. greetings. : )
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@pizahr (266)
• United States
29 Dec 06
Thanks for that from this mom. I agree but didnt even think of me....again. lol
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• United States
29 Dec 06
Another great answer. Being a mother can sometimes be a very thankless job that is equally important to most others.
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• United Kingdom
29 Dec 06
Thanks from this mum too. I'm sure my kids appreciate me but you're totally right, we work 24/7 and don't even get Christmas day off, no sick time or anything! I think sometimes people forget that, especially men!
@lilaclady (28240)
• Australia
28 Dec 06
I think, garbage collectors maybe, what would this worl be it people didn't do these sorts of jobs.
• United States
28 Dec 06
The world would be quite a mess without them wouldn't it? :)
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• Philippines
29 Dec 06
well, at least in some parts of the world like australia and england, garbage collectors are well paid!
• India
29 Dec 06
I completely agree with you.
@kareng (7980)
• United States
29 Dec 06
My first thought is law enforcement. These guys work long shifts and risk thier lives for the general public every time they leave their home. Most people have a bad attitude towards cops without any valid reason. Firemen also are under appreciated. It seems like these occupations where people put their life on the line could pay a little better. Most of these guys have to work a second job to make ends meet, especially if they have a family.
• United States
29 Dec 06
Those are both very good answers for the question. Both professions are certainly deserving of much more than they are currently paid.
@chiyosan (29383)
• Philippines
29 Dec 06
i say, garbage collectors, their efforts not appreciated, they get to do the "dirty" job as i may say, but then they did not have enough salary to compensate their efforts.
• United States
29 Dec 06
Yeah you are right... they do not get compensated enough!
• India
29 Dec 06
Yes,you are right.Either they should be appreciated or paid well.Right?
@GardenGerty (97960)
• United States
30 Dec 06
The direct care staff at nursing homes. They can make a resident's stay awful or much better and homelike. Bad employees are the pits, good ones you could not replace with a ton of gold. I think the job title is different in different states, I am thinking of certified nursing assistants, and certified medication aides.
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• United States
2 Jan 07
This is an important job, and when they are doing their jobs, this is one of the most important ones out there.
@vivasuzi (4125)
• United States
29 Dec 06
I got the answer for you! First, doctors do not deserve to make more money, they make plenty! Ok, but Airport workers are very under-appreciated and I say this after watching that Airport reality show I see how under valued they are. People yell and scream at them for doing their job and following the airport rules, but these people who are complaining are doing things wrong... like getting drunk and then getting mad that they can't get on the plane. Or another episode I saw showed a lady furious her baby couldn't get on for free because she didn't have a birth certificate to prove he was under 16 months. No one reads the rules ahead of time when they buy their tickets, then everyone gets mad at the workers!! Final thought: my mom told me to say "a mother is the most unappreciated" So there you have it :)
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@vivasuzi (4125)
• United States
29 Dec 06
Also, everyone keeps saying waitresses but I completely disagree. My waitress friends are always bragging about huge tips! And that's a job you could easily leave if you didn't like it. I appreciate a good waitress, but not a rude one.
@honeyd81 (17)
• United States
29 Dec 06
I have had several under-appreciated jobs in my life. I've been a teacher and parents have nearly cussed me out for me sugesting that their child read a book outside of the classroom. Not to mention the 80 hours a week that I would sometimes work, or the nights I spend hours trying to contact parents about what their child did or did not do that day in class. I've worked in bookstores where people would tear up the books and rearrange the bookshelves. I've worked in card stores where people would purposly put the cards in the wrong spots and mix up the envelopes for spite. In short, I think that all jobs are under-appreciated in some way. Just like the old saying "You never know a person until you've walked a mile in their shoes," you never know how hard a person's job is, no matter how much money they make, until you've tried it yourself.
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• United States
29 Dec 06
I believe that a waiter/waitress job is the most underappreciated job out there because they are not even getting minimum wage they run their butts around serving us and refilling our drinks and their are so many people out their that i see that do not even tip them it does not matter how the food or service was they still served you so they should be tipped they count on tips these people do not even get minumum wage.and most of the time people yell at the waiter if the food is not cooked the right way its not the waiters fault its the cooks so i believe a waiter deserves a little more respect than they get from us.
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@pizahr (266)
• United States
29 Dec 06
I would have to say the military first and then food service workers -waiters and waitresses. The military makes less than minimum wage especially if you count that they are on call 24/7 365. They get some bennies but they are nothing near what they used to be. The exchanges prices are not as low as some retailers. The disrespect for them just doing their jobs is unreal. They are following orders. This war for example. the guys and gals over in iraq are not there by choice. They are following orders. But instead of going after their "boss" the general populous blames the brave men and women. I salute them. And they deserve a raise!!! Waitresses and waiters most people dont know get $2.13 per hour wages. So if the place they work is slow then they don't even get minimum wage. Then they have to deal with people who typically treat them like scum. Even if the waiter is pleasant he may not get a tip or the customer runs out on the meal and the server has to pay for it out of his/her wages and tips. Also, if there is a bar and hostess they have to tip out some of the money to them. when the bartender also gets tips. But they dont have to share. I always leave a tip. Even if service is bad I atleast leave enough to give them minimum wage. You try to serve hundreds in a days time anjavascript:__doPostBack('ctl00$cphMainContent$lbStart','') post responsed see if you dont think you are worth more than $2.13 per hour?
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@Melizzy (1381)
• United States
29 Dec 06
I would have to say the garbage man is the most unappreciated job. They handle all of our trash and waste and risk themselves. All so we can have a clean home. They work every day except Christmas. They work in the rain and sleet and snow and in the burning hot weather too.
• United States
29 Dec 06
Definitely one of those jobs (like construction) that the weather does not let up for. Not something I would want to have to do in the snow storms we have been having up here.
• India
29 Dec 06
I really appreciate your thought.
@tammytwo (4304)
• United States
29 Dec 06
There are many that don't get their just deserves. I'd say just about any social service worker, teachers, daycare providers, and even substitute teachers.
@nishanity (1651)
• India
29 Dec 06
hey... i will tell u the most under-appreciated job... it is that of a housewife's she slogs the whole day out to make life easier for her husband and kids and not many people appreciate her!! i can see this situation in my mom... it difficult to do all the work and still depend on your husband for some money this is the most under-appreciated work out there!! nothig else comes close!!
@Celanith (2334)
• United States
29 Dec 06
Most unappriciated underpaid job is that of Homemaker, mom and wife. next is teacher
@jmcafam (2891)
• United States
29 Dec 06
I think teachers are under appreciated.They are the ones who help teach our young.Yet they get so little pay.They deserve more.
@mef623 (81)
• United States
29 Dec 06
Given that we trust our children to them every day and that they get paid paltry sums compared to others with the same level of intelligence and education, I'm going teacher. Mike
@disvachic (10123)
• United States
29 Dec 06
I was a housekeeper for a motel and you would not believe some of the mess I had get rid of.I think its housekeeping.
@mbs730 (2152)
• Canada
29 Dec 06
How about being a MOM?????
@CLK627 (6)
• United States
29 Dec 06
new york sports club employees! actually probably all TSI employees (phily sports club, ny sports club, boston sports club & washington sports club). you get paid minimum wage, the managers dont care what i great job you are doing, and take full advantage of you.
@SimplyMe (373)
• United States
29 Dec 06
Here are my top three underappreciated jobs (in no particular order): garbage collectors, mechanics, and soldiers. This is a great question, by the way.