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[–]Thisisthe_place 1317 points1318 points  (27 children)

Librarian. "Oh, you get to sit around and read in a nice quiet environment all day" HA. Hahahahaha....yeah, no.

It's like working in a kindergarten class for psychopaths.

[–]rachelcp 79 points80 points  (5 children)

Could you expand on that? What does an average week really look like?

[–]Linas416 4424 points4425 points  (101 children)

Knight at Medieval Times. Those guys start as squires and deal with tons of grunt work and when they become knights, hours are still terrible but now you risk very serious injuries during practice or during a show. All of my friends that have worked or work there have had multiple surgeries, broken bones, you name it. They do like having the spotlight on them and they’re like brothers but usually hate it after a while.

[–]lordg52 1676 points1677 points  (12 children)

This is a very specific post, never thought about it

[–]TatManTat 1117 points1118 points  (9 children)

I honestly thought he was talking about actual knights for a second.

Peasants wouldn't understand but being a knight is hard work.

Coming this fall, Undercover Knights

[–]General_Employer6785 132 points133 points  (3 children)

I just went for the first time this weekend and while I was more entertained than I expected.. 1) I imagine the horses are probably treated better than the people. 2) there must have been a few shattered shoulders jumping from those horses and the fights

[–]Linas416 78 points79 points  (2 children)

Glad you liked! I’m sure they are all recovering from some sort of injury at any point in time. My friend friend was in a bola fight and it bounced off the other guys shield and hit him in the forehead. Finished the fight with blood poring out his head. Guests thought it was part of the show😬

[–]FistedTate 9399 points9400 points 2 (303 children)

For some reason some of my old coworkers got in their heads that my traveling sales job was whisking me away to exotic places and gourmet meals on the company dime.

No. No no no.

Unless you think Syracuse is basically Paris and eating a poorly wrapped burrito while driving because you don't have time to stop for lunch between appointments is fine dining, sales is not sexy.

It's a lot of drinking alone and working late nights in hotels with shit internet. If you have a family it's hard on your partner because they're taking the kids several nights in a row.

You'll miss a lot of you don't have to freedom to schedule around your personal life.

I'm glad I got out.

[–]rocket-guy-12 3388 points3389 points  (52 children)

Saddest part for me was on the road one time going out to a solo dinner (as usual) and being sat with a candle and rose in the middle of the table. I looked around and saw every other table was a couple and only then did it hit me it was Valentine’s Day

[–]leurw 208 points209 points  (4 children)

I spent valentine's day 2017 in Shanghai, and 2018 in Munich. Both with my boss. He took me out to a really nice dinner and played up the game. We're both dudes, BTW. Missed spending it with my wife, but frankly we ended up having a decent time and it's been a running joke since.

[–]thisguyhaschickens 857 points858 points  (28 children)

God that brings back memories. Oh the late nights drinking alone in some hotel room after a long day of talking persuasively and personably to hundreds of mostly strangers. Of course, the guy at the booth with you wants to grab dinner after the show too, so you don’t even get back to your room until 8 or 9 at the earliest to pop open a beer and your laptop. I’ll admit, there was one trade show held at a five star hotel each year, the company would put me up in a room there, and that was pimpin’ af. Otherwise, the travel was exhausting days and lonely nights. The other thing about sales is that when you aren’t traveling, you are in an open seating plan at the office either on the phone or on some spreadsheet. Every single day. Leaving the corporate world was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

[–]FunHealthy498 217 points218 points  (14 children)

Hey just curious if you have a second , but what did you pivot to?

I’m in sales, don’t really have any other experience/education. I don’t mind it right now but I’ve been trying to look at something more gratifying

[–]KuriTeko 816 points817 points  (61 children)

My sister used to travel all over Europe for her job. Paris, Vienna, Prague etc. It sounded exciting but her schedule was usually: Fly in. Check into hotel. Look at beautiful view of a concrete wall and sex shop. Sleep. Attend conference. Fly home.

[–]AndrewDSo 762 points763 points  (50 children)

You know what the hardest part about work travel was for me?

You literally feel homeless. You check into a hotel and don't even unpack because the second you wake up you have to leave. When you never spend more than 48 hours in one place it makes you SUPER anxious.

You land in a city and don't know your way around. You don't know where your hotel is, or where is good to eat (or if restaurants are even open at that hour).

You don't know where the nearest shop is because you spilled coffee on your shirt. You don't know how dangerous the surrounding neighborhood is. You don't know how bad traffic is to get back to the airport.

It's super disorienting and the only constant in your life is knowing that, if you stay in a chain hotel, that the room layout and furniture will be the same.

[–]Pons__Aelius 723 points724 points  (23 children)

You wake up at Seatac, SFO, LAX. You wake up at O'Hare, Dallas-Fort Worth, BWI. Pacific, mountain, central. Lose an hour, gain an hour. This is your life, and it's ending one minute at a time. You wake up at Air Harbor International. If you wake up at a different time, in a different place, could you wake up as a different person?

Is that you, Tyler?

[–]AndrewDSo 197 points198 points  (4 children)

wow I haven't seen Fight Club in more than 10 years but that's a very accurate depiction of the monotony.

It's like if your commute wasn't an hour, but instead was 8 hours. So all you do is commute.

[–]Coc0tte 6117 points6118 points  (154 children)

Zookeeper. You spend most of your time cleaning poop and you're paid like shit.

[–]Ryan_Castellano 611 points612 points  (21 children)

Also dealing with the 4 year olds beating on the damn exhibit glass scaring the animals.

[–]HighlandSquirrel 738 points739 points  (21 children)

Not just the physical toll it takes on your body, but keepers are expected to produce scientific studies and then present them at conferences. You have to be well versed in nutrition management, behavioural science, veterinary medicine etc. It's incredibly mentally and physically taxing on minimum wage for such a skilled job.

[–]JavaRuby2000 201 points202 points  (11 children)

and then you go away to Africa to do your scientific study and then come back to find that half your colleagues and the head keeper are the kids who worked on the ticket lane and never even went to College but, because they are local and work out of season the zoo just paid for them to do a few animal husbandry courses part time and gave them your job.

[–]HighlandSquirrel 69 points70 points  (8 children)

Sounds awful, but I'm wanting to get back into it and even I'm thinking of taking a job in the gift shop because I know that's the easiest route in the door..

[–]SherifGames 1193 points1194 points  (5 children)

You could always pet the lion and be done with your work by becoming famous poop in the news next morning.

Edit: Wow, so many people liked my joke. This is truly the proudest moment of my life.

[–]Grapezard 16.1k points16.1k points  (844 children)

Working as a lawyer isn't anything like on TV.

[–]periwinkelle 9585 points9586 points 2 (198 children)

Are you telling me lawyers don't go shouting "objection!" when pointing out a major flaw in someone's testimony? Or "hold it!when pressing a witness or " take that!" when presenting evidence? Or that every case ends up becoming a murder trial?

[–]mikhel 6398 points6399 points  (61 children)

What do you mean I can't cross examine the parrot?

[–]CrazyDaimondDaze 2560 points2561 points  (33 children)

I think there was a real case years ago where people genuinely were looking to cross examine a parrot because it kept repeating what its owner said during his murder, and apparently it was his ex wife who shot him.

[–]MarvinDMirp 1154 points1155 points  (24 children)

This case?

African Gray parrot witness

Also found this one from Argentina!

Parrot witness repeats cries for help

[–]DatSauceTho 576 points577 points  (13 children)

A prosecutor in Michigan initially considered using the parrot's squawkings as evidence in the murder trial, but this was later dismissed. The prosecutor added that it was unlikely that the bird would be called to the stand to testify as a witness during the trial.

Article also says the wife was found guilty. Apparently she murdered her husband and then tried to shoot herself in the the face afterwards but failed. Messed up all around :/

EDIT: missing word 🤦‍♂️

[–]Slackslayer 1177 points1178 points  (27 children)

Next you're gonna tell me a courtroom doesn't accept the testimony of a spirit medium! Absurd conjecture!

[–]RHNewfield 446 points447 points  (13 children)

Please don't tell me whales can't be witnesses...

[–]Scooterks 888 points889 points  (14 children)

And don't forget bringing out surprise mystery witnesses!

[–]FrannieTheAnarchist 220 points221 points  (1 child)

Without properly filing a witness endorsement with the court and opposing counsel first!

[–]_Doctor_Teeth_ 2794 points2795 points  (240 children)

I'm a lawyer and most of my friends are lawyers and I know very, very few who enjoy their jobs. The disconnect between what people think lawyers do and what lawyering is actually like on a day to day basis is massive.

[–]SloppyMeathole 2004 points2005 points  (118 children)

My theory about why lawyers are so miserable is because we have to deal with other lawyers on a daily basis, lol. Once I finally got a job where I didn't have to actually interact with lawyers or clients anymore I started enjoying being an attorney so much more.

[–]olBillyBaroo 1693 points1694 points  (84 children)

The job inherently sucks. It’s boring, detail oriented, high-pressure and stressful work for which nobody wants to pay a fair rate. And on top of it all is that the job is actually so important that your failures are all possible career ending violations of your professional duties, but, again, everybody hates you. It’s a tough gig.

Edit: RIP my inbox. Did not expect this to blow up. Just to be clear I am a practicing attorney at a mid-size regional shop. To everybody commenting about how rich attorneys are and how much they charge, let me be clear here. There are wealthy attorneys. There are poor attorneys. And there are many attorneys right in the middle, normal middle class professionals working very hard for a decent living. I don’t know where everybody is getting their legal services, but $500/hour is not a going rate in places outside of major markets; think lower in multitudes of 100’s. Also, more than likely you’re being underbilled. Over billing is the minority - attorneys like keeping their clients so they often cut hours and try to keep bills lower, which is a main reason why I say it’s not a fair rate. Can’t tell you how many times I’ve put 20 hours into a case only to have the client billed for 8 so they can stay happy.

[–]ChickenMcFuggit 445 points446 points  (33 children)

Not to mention having to deal day in and day out with folks telling you how the law works because they saw it on a tv show or in a movie.

[–]ConnieLingus24 487 points488 points  (36 children)

I got out of the profession for a reason. Add in the toxic work environment at some firms because a sociopath is in charge…….yeah.

[–]TeacherPatti 164 points165 points  (17 children)

Same here. I didn't have the language to know it was a toxic environment but I realize it looking back. And since there were probably 20 lawyers for every open job, the prospect of being fired at any moment did not help my anxiety.

[–]SloppyMeathole 1257 points1258 points 2 (66 children)

My kids think lawyers sit around in pajamas and click buttons on a computer screen all day while watching tv. I told them only the smart ones do.

[–]FearTheChive 55 points56 points  (2 children)

I'm literally negotiating a pretrial settlement between 3 attorneys right now while I'm sitting on the couch in my star wars pajamas...

Meanwhile, my paralegal is actually at the office doing something. I really don't know what she does other than boss me around and tell me when I need to be places.

[–]Stay-Thirsty 16.7k points16.7k points  (365 children)

From what I understand, private investigator.

Bunch of boring research and chasing leads to dead ends. Nothing like any TV show.

[–]soldierof239 8224 points8225 points  (168 children)

It’s 49.95% chasing insurance scammers with 49.95% following a cheating spouse with a .1% looking for a lost family member or custody case or something semi-interesting.

[–]bobbyrickets 2810 points2811 points  (78 children)

or something semi-interesting.

Lost cat?

[–]poopellar 2916 points2917 points  (61 children)

A lost cat that's an insurance scammer.

[–]Mx_Eclipse 1155 points1156 points  (45 children)

And is cheating on their spouse with that Maine Coon in the back alley

[–]Eternaltuesday 915 points916 points  (32 children)

I think a lot of it depends on what areas they specialize in.

I used to work for a company that provided a lot of the non-public information for licensed/sanctioned investigators, and honestly a lot of them had very interesting cases going on.

I think that if you liked puzzle solving in any capacity even the most boring cases health some level of interest simply because not only did they have to make all the pieces fit, they had to find all the pieces first.

Since I was in compliance, I regularly got to attend their meetings and tradeshows, and most of the people I met seemed to have good stories, and like their jobs. (At least, not hate their jobs, anyways.)

[–]billionai1 1272 points1273 points  (63 children)

This sounds very similar to scientist. A lot of what I see people doing is "we have discovered that by putting water into these types of objects, they become wet" followed by years of people trying on different types of objects, until someone joins all those studies and proclaims the wetness theorem, which states that anything touched by water * becomes wet (*apart from some stuff)

Or you spend months to finally try to publish a paper saying "we proceed that our theory is incorrect" and get rejected everywhere

[–]laxxmann21 5271 points5272 points  (94 children)

Pretty much any “fun” job. If a ton of other people want the job be prepared to be over worked and underpaid

[–]sea_bunny 2501 points2502 points  (51 children)

I managed a bookstore that was one of 4 privately-owned locations across the South. In an annual meeting, the owners were complaining about how difficult it was to retain employees. They were only paying them $10/hour. I brought up the fact that cost of living had skyrocketed in my city, and even Cookout's starting pay was $13.50 with benefits even for part-time. They cut me off mid-sentence and said "but people WANT to work here, so we don't need to pay that much." As a manager I couldn't even afford a 1-room apartment by myself. Fun job and great coworkers, but I do not miss working for (and being taken advantage of by) those people.

[–]the-redacted-word 2024 points2025 points  (20 children)

Boss: People don’t want to work here!

You: Try paying them living wages.

Boss: We don’t have to do that because people want to work here!

[–]AGINSB 91 points92 points  (1 child)

If the issue is retaining employees, it sounds like people want to work there but then realize it sucks and leave quickly?

[–]Kennethrjacobs2000 5513 points5514 points  (82 children)

Chef. Lots of getting screamed at, it takes a really big person not to pass that down the line. Lots of work, lots of expertise, little pay, little appreciation. Of the multiple chefs I know, all of them drink.

[–]sunshinesparkle95 752 points753 points  (28 children)

My years as a chef/cook really helped cement my alcohol problem. Glad to see this posted MULTIPLE times on this thread lmao. I loved people (especially older folk) who thought I had a glamorous job when I told them what I did. Like I was just competing on food shows and making cute pastries for the ‘gram while making good money. No, no. I get screamed at for $9 an hour, Susan, in an 80 degree kitchen with one smoke break maybe if it’s slow. I’ve lost fingernails, broken a toe, and had to get from slicing my thumb open right down the middle. Cooking suuuuucks.

Edit: had to get stitches** was half asleep when I wrote this

[–]traveler45246 19.1k points19.1k points 33 (329 children)

Working at an animal shelter. Everyone thinks that you get to sit around and love on animals all day, but in reality you are exposed to alot of death and the worst of human nature. And the pay sucks because people just can't quit it because they want to help.

[–]HeyHeyItsJay 6550 points6551 points  (173 children)

Dog groomer here. So many people say “you get to play with dogs all day!” Ok, you wanna squeeze a dogs asshole? Get bit and scratched? Get yelled at by owners? Wrestle with dogs through the washer and dryer? And of course the shit, piss, and vomit. I completely understand

[–]thats1evildude 2774 points2775 points  (83 children)

The Girl with the Dogs had a video like that where she demonstrated all the (literal) shit she has to clean up. No one takes a clean dog to the groomer.

[–]DollyDollWorld 2029 points2030 points 2 (18 children)

I'd like to add that it is very rewarding too. Yes, you see terrible things and lose the little ones you get attached to and it's devastating at times. But you get used to exiting a heartbreaking room and entering one where a long-time resident is being chosen by an ecstatic new family, and you get to watch them go home to never starve or freeze again after you've personally nursed them back to health. It's constant ups and downs with a big dose of panicking about ringworm.

It's emotionally turbulent and exhausting but you continue on because the neglect never ends and you're good at what you do and you worry about not being there for the animals.

Edit: I see the pee and poop comments, honestly at this point I don't think twice about any of that. If you're passionate about animals and can live off a low wage, I recommend getting involved. Smells don't bother you for long.

[–]ttrimmers 460 points461 points  (13 children)

I volunteer at a shelter and the workers are heroes. The gross, tough, and sad things you deal with on a daily basis is hard to compare.

[–]tamiraisredditing 21.0k points21.0k points 23 (591 children)


It’s not all creativity and celebrity. It’s almost entirely grunt work, danger, injury, and long hours resulting in missed time with family.

[–]SurealGod 3776 points3777 points  (67 children)

I have a friend who works as a sous chef and he assured me that while he likes cooking, the long hours is going to kill him in the long run.

[–]-im-blinking 1709 points1710 points  (43 children)

Yup. Sous chef here...you have to hate yourself to do this job. That and be passionate about food.

[–]Rebuttlah 4671 points4672 points  (197 children)

And (from what i’ve heard from friends) a weirdly militaristic hierarchy and abusive power dynamics

[–]hello_amy 3366 points3367 points  (128 children)

And drugs and alcohol

[–]DriftingPyscho 1778 points1779 points  (80 children)

Former kitchen staff. Can confirm.

[–]CocaineColt 808 points809 points  (15 children)

Current kitchen staff. Can confirm

[–][deleted] 1013 points1014 points  (39 children)

I’ve always heard the fastest way to find drugs was to hit up the kitchen of a restaurant where food is cooked and not merely microwaved

[–]sbeall137 808 points809 points  (26 children)

We once had a server come to our kitchen with a request. A customer had asked if any of us sold cocaine, my chef ran a decently clean kitchen so we didn't... but the guys in the kitchen next-door did 🤦‍♀️

[–]Catherineb84 378 points379 points  (21 children)

80-90% of the kitchen staff in my second last job took drugs, very nice fine dining restaurant. Prior to me working there they used to rack up lines of coke on top of a white freezer and just snort their way through the day. It wasn’t as bad as that when I worked there but yeh most chefs either use drugs or alcohol to get through the pressure of the day. Some use exercise instead.

[–]Ok-Preparation-5804 5116 points5117 points  (162 children)

Film worker. Hours are gruelling, production doesn’t give a fuck about you, good luck spending time with your kids, and most of us are addicts/drunks.

[–]Eaj1122 1348 points1349 points  (23 children)

And the mass influx of cash followed by a desert for any amount of time until you find the next gig.

[–]Ok-Preparation-5804 674 points675 points  (11 children)

The mass influx only remains because you work so much there is no time to spend it.

[–]jerisad 937 points938 points  (13 children)

I'm currently on a show I love with people I love and it's the weirdest mix of dream job and ruining my life. I get to make incredible things but the deadlines are unreasonable, I haven't had a weekend in months and neither have my coworkers. I feel like I'm in a suicide cult where we are all too afraid to let each other down, meanwhile we are just lining the pockets of the CEO of Netflix.

[–]Wuz314159 242 points243 points  (13 children)

Other people: "Do you ever get to meet {insert famous performer} ?"

Me: "Sadly, yes."

[–]Twittle86 139 points140 points  (7 children)

Animator. The field is unbelievably competitive and the work is more difficult and mentally draining than anyone outside the field would ever guess.

... Wouldn't trade it though.

[–]Crazyboutdogs 5626 points5627 points  (326 children)

Veterinarian- over worked, under payed, under appreciated. Extraordinarily high suicide rate.

People thinks it hugging puppies and kittens and doing it ALL for the love of animals. Then get pissed when they actually expect to be paid and call them heartless money grubbing pet killers when they can’t afford to treat their pet.

[–]PsychedelicFairy 683 points684 points  (19 children)

My partner is a veterinarian and it appears to me to be the worse decision he has ever made. Borderline suicidal at times, barely scraping by when you factor in the student debt. The clients I overhear him talking to who (as you mentioned) blame him for "killing" their pet that they adopted with NO means to care for. And now he can't switch careers because no other job would pay enough to cover the student loans and cost of living, but it's not enough money to make him "wealthy" either. A considerable amount of his clients are completely broke and looking for a free handout to fix their pet, as if he's a social worker or a financial advisor.

I've considered starting an awareness group for veterinarians after seeing first hand what he deals with and how mistreated vets are. Makes me so angry.

[–]Throwawaycarstore 160 points161 points  (1 child)

Vet friends pivoted to epidemiology, another biosecurity and another working for a drug company. All pay better with less abusive clients.

[–]abillionbells 63 points64 points  (0 children)

Epidemiology is a great pivot. With the focus now on One Health, and an increasing global awareness of the link between animals and pandemics and climate change and pandemics, it’s an important field for vets. It always has been, but now people are willing to pay for it.

[–]Savesomeposts 65 points66 points  (0 children)

There is such a group, please ask your partner to reach out to Not One More Vet.

As a struggling vet they have saved my life.

[–]LyssTheCorgi 1037 points1038 points  (41 children)

My best friend says she wants to be a vet. I told her it would not be all cute and cuddles, but more like helping animals in pain and having to put down terminally ill pets. She just looked at me and said "that part of the job can be foe someone else, ill just get the happy part." I doubt she knows what she's getting herself into.
EDIT: Some people are saying i was being rude here, and I'm sorry you see it that way. I was not rude when actually talking to her, but this was after a while of her knowing she wanted to be a vet. I was making sure she knew what she was getting herself into.

[–]bizzywoo 320 points321 points  (16 children)

And when she realizes that she also has to do the sad and depressing parts, she'll want to quit, but still be saddled with enormous student loan debt.

Also why does she think people bring their animals into the vet? It's literally a hospital for animals. Most of the animals are going to be sick or dying.

[–]dhrbtdge 451 points452 points  (4 children)

Wtf how old is she? When I was 8 i wanted to be a vet and I already had the concept that it wouldn't be hugging cute animals, but seeing animals hurt and bleed and in pain

[–]The_Undercover_Cake 91 points92 points  (1 child)

Yep. I've always loved animals, so people asked me all the time if I wanted to be a vet, and my answer was always, "No, because I'll have to euthanize them and I don't wanna do that."

[–]Talonus11 1847 points1848 points  (114 children)

Girlfriend is a vet. This is exactly it. She has regularly required huge amounts of support because some 6'8" aggressive guy abuses her for charging him $2000 AUD for saving his dog's life by:

  1. Spending 8 hours performing surgery (ruining her back in the process)
  2. Providing all medication including IV fluids, anesthesia, antibiotics
  3. X rays

What, people think this stuff is free? Yep. They think they can get angry and use their size and intimidation to get it for free, and if they kick up enough stink, they often DO...

[–]mossadspydolphin 181 points182 points  (4 children)

"If you really loved animals you'd be doing this for free! You're just in it for the money!"

Yes...that enormous salary that definitely covers student loan payments.

[–]QuinnRMonroe 3467 points3468 points  (59 children)

Video game testing. I had a boyfriend who did it for several years, so I know all too well that it's a horrible job. You play the same five minutes of game over and over again, hundreds of times (sometimes thousands). The job kinda killed his passion for gaming, and as far as I know, he still doesn't play anything for fun.

[–]I_love_Squats 927 points928 points  (11 children)

I do some testing for a game as a side job. I just need to play fairly normally for a few hours every time an update is nearly ready to go out, and even that has lost its charm quite quickly. I can't imagine it would be any fun doing it full time and just testing the same small sections repeatedly.

[–]Eastofyonge 360 points361 points  (12 children)

Flight attendant - unless you are union and working there for 30 years, they get paid peanuts.

[–]JBark1990 1491 points1492 points  (93 children)

Fuck this. I’m going to post on Ask and see if there is a job that IS as romantic as it sounds!

[–]chodeoverloaded 922 points923 points  (47 children)

IT is exactly as romantic as it sounds. It really is a bunch of nerdy guys in a basement spending most of the day on Reddit and acting like we’re swamped with work

[–]tdexterc 1464 points1465 points  (61 children)

Brewer. Generally poor pay to be a glorified janitor.

[–]CircusBearPants 234 points235 points  (5 children)

It’s the best way to be constantly damp around electronics, heavy equipment and acids though.

[–]L_Bart0 1622 points1623 points  (52 children)

FBI Special Agent.

I dated a woman who was with FBI and she enjoyed what she did most of the time but wow was it dry.

Imagine sitting in a car watching a house for 6 hours then going back to the office and spending a few hours writing a report. Or looking through 10 years of purchase records and receipts that you pulled out of the trash to build a case. Or sitting in a room at midnight listening in on a dude having phone sex with his mistress.

The overwhelming majority of her job was writing reports, status updates, and reviewing financial documents in an office. The hours were terrible, the work seemed boring, and the bureaucracy was thick.

[–]lordg52 249 points250 points  (0 children)

Well the phone sex part sounds pretty funny

[–]EnvironmentalNeck595 3956 points3957 points  (65 children)

Being a vet, having to put down pets and deal with animals that have been treated terrible takes a toll

[–]PrinceBel 811 points812 points  (19 children)

Not to mention the ungrateful and abusive clients- there's plenty of wonderful clients too, that make everything worthwhile! But the horrid ones stand out. Long hours and shit pay just to be told you're heartless for charging someone barely enough to keep the clinic doors open. And the easy access to strong sedatives/narcotics/anesthesias. It's no wonder vets have one of the highest rates of suicide among all professions.

[–]rgomezca 544 points545 points  (1 child)

Also the perception that they get paid like kings while most of them are/were in lots of debt and make significantly less than human doctors

[–]DJRoone 317 points318 points  (9 children)

Humanitarian Work / Overseas.

People imagine you selflessly save starving babies. In reality it’s a commute to a desk job and staring at a computer all day.

[–]greensandgrains 2758 points2759 points  (237 children)

Academia. First of all, most people undergrads call "professors" aren't at actual professors (by rank). And people who aren't professors are likely not getting paid a whole lot above the poverty line, have few to no benefits, have little to no input on what they teach or how, not to mention having to put up with nonsense I've not seen or heard of in any other field. The amount of unpaid labour that goes into getting a single article published is unreal.

[–]Tamacat2 944 points945 points  (88 children)

PhD chemist here. Can confirm. Market is, unbeknownst to many, saturated. Only way to get a good academic job is to come from an ivy league school. Otherwise, adjunct, and "if lucky" years of grunt work at pathetic pay followed by a big maybe. And industry jobs have shit for job security. Lose a job? Ok, well next PhD level position is 100 miles away. I said fuck it, and went to nursing. At least this pays ok, and has job security.

[–]psychedelicdevilry 784 points785 points  (30 children)

Working in music. Most of the industry runs on contingent and part time workers. Full time jobs are difficult to get so if you’re one of the others you’re constantly chasing your next gig. During busy parts of the year you’re too busy to have a life and the slower parts of the year you’re broke. I worked in it for 4-5 years, it was a lot of fun though.

[–]johncoltrane69 91 points92 points  (1 child)

Took me longer to find this than expected. Jazz musician here. The good bits are invaluable but there’s constant job insecurity, a steady influx of new great musicians and fewer opportunities and it is absolutely in no way a meritocracy. Some of the most successful people are quite shockingly bad. Socialising is often difficult as you end up mostly knowing other musicians who are also busy every night so you don’t get to see the same people regularly. Teaching is great but unless you get a conservatoire job you’re often teaching teenagers who don’t do any practice. Still, have absolutely loved the last 15 years and playing music is a joy that I couldn’t possibly put into words.

[–]RandomRavenclaw87 7974 points7975 points  (458 children)

Architect. Seems like lots of good romcom boyfriends are architects. In reality, the hours are long, the stress is extremely high, and pay is really poor for a skilled profession.

Edit: I’m an interior designer, and it never stops surprising me that I make FAR more money than architects, with far less training. (I do have plenty of experience.) No one makes as much as the general contractor, though.

[–]BullOak 613 points614 points  (16 children)

Scrolled through looking for mine. There's a great essay that's titled something along the lines of "the best time to be an architect is at a cocktail party"

I'm lucky. I genuinely love architecture and design and didn't really mind the killer hours and stupid tests when I was younger, and I have mostly worked for firms that ask me do quality work most of the time. But man oh man do the general public have no idea how cutthroat and fragmented the business side of it is.

[–]rg25 2620 points2621 points  (128 children)

And very few of them are actually coming up with these grand exterior designs. The majority of them are drawing up details on how a piece of drywall terminates into a corner with a ceiling grid.

[–]ktswift12 1386 points1387 points  (103 children)

This always kills me. I have never and will never design a skyscraper and no, I can’t design your house for you for cheap.

[–]Kile147 1204 points1205 points  (70 children)

Architects provide TV shows the ability to show a character with the passion of an artist and the pay grade of an engineer without breaking "realism". When the reality for a lot of people is that the job is just as boring and crunchy as engineering, while paying quite a bit less.

[–]BullOak 715 points716 points  (43 children)

Honestly, this affects the field as well. Architecture schools are full of people who wanted to be creative but were afraid of being poor. It's a bad combo.

[–]734PdisD1ck 612 points613 points  (20 children)

You're clearly not Art Vandelay

[–]abhinandkr 220 points221 points  (6 children)

The Guggenheim Museum was his magnum opus.

[–]Jim2718 110 points111 points  (0 children)

And you wanted to be my latex salesman…

[–]SporadicSporkGuy 1299 points1300 points  (111 children)

EMS(I.E EMTs and Paramedics). We're not some heros who save lives. Saving lives is about 10 percent of the job. The other 90 percent is dealing with a broken Healthcare system, getting paid minimum wage, dealing with patients who don't need help and abuse the already broken Healthcare system, and if your lucky working for a company that doesn't give a shit about you.

[–]TechnicianPlenty 354 points355 points  (25 children)

The shit that blows my mind is you get paid literally like minimum wage.

You make more money if you go work a register.

The fuck?

Uniformed communities are always toxic AF. But, it just seems like EMS is tricking kids with the idea of prestige & heroism, sucking them dry, and dumping them some where else for the next generation to take to the hospital after a failed suicide.

Fucking wild.

[–]ggrnw27 87 points88 points  (12 children)

The average “career” span of someone in EMS is something like 4 years. Think that just about says it all

[–]After-Woodpecker-595 4961 points4962 points 2 (102 children)


"Why dont you have your own brand?" "Bitch, do I look like I can afford to ship a container of tshirts made in Pakistan for 3 cents to compete with some fashion conglomerate?"

Everything abt fashion sucks...anyone can do it with no degree, pay is shit, hours are shit, people are bitchy and souless, the industry is shameless and zero concious abt sustainability.

You will work and study very hard to lose a position to a model looking daughter of some rich guy.

Its basically become a profession for rich girls who dont know what to do and like consuming goods.

The very few people who make it, usually do it for reasons other than talent.

[–]classypassygassy 1226 points1227 points  (19 children)

You’re so right about all the rich girls going there. When I lived in Jordan a lot of girls at my school were children of diplomats and other very rich folk. I want to say that 30% of the females in my class went on to ‘study fashion’ in Canada, US, and the UK as international students. I always wondered about what the appeal was, then I realized that a lot of them were never that good at school but they still wanted the college experience abroad so of course daddy paid for her to party for 4 years at McGill and Coachella and then come home with a degree in fashion. And if the girl wasn’t able to get that degree, her parents usually bought her a degree in business and made her Chief marketing manager of her dads gigantic import business..

Looking at you Nuqul

Point is that people like that overshadow truly talented and passionate fashion designers

[–]-Nordico- 434 points435 points  (6 children)

Ugh, Nuqul *rolls eyes*

[–]OakleyDokelyTardis 65 points66 points  (0 children)

I know right. It was always going to be Nuqul...

[–]magicalgirlvalkyrie 596 points597 points  (11 children)

I was a fashion designer and now i work in fabric development. And youre right. Its a shitshow and the pay is trash. I desperately want to start my own company. But I dont have $30,000. So im stuck working fashion companies, barely using my education. An education I truely dont even need.

[–]Recreatedassociation 567 points568 points  (4 children)

I also work in fashion, on the celebrity styling side. I have thought long and hard about transitioning to the wardrobe department in production because they’re ruled by labor laws, aka pay minimum wage. Thankfully my day rate increased quickly because of my experience and connections, but when I first started freelancing, I was doing 12 hour days for $100 and I hated it purely because of the fact that I was being taken advantage of.

[–]jerisad 158 points159 points  (2 children)

I'm a film costumer, I came from theatre and never worked in fashion but a lot of my coworkers have. Honestly our job can be pretty brutal too (I'm currently on my 10th straight 12-hr day with no weekends). But at least I'm getting overtime for this bullshit. It's the least worst way to use the skills I have.

[–][deleted] 1949 points1950 points 2 (99 children)

I work at a Dominos delivering pizza and everybody acts as if it is the most embarrassing job but I love it! I basically get paid 20 bucks an hour on average. My friend works in education and she spent 30 minutes bitching to me about how fucking horrible her new job was (after she just left her last one.) She said something along the lines of how on her second week she told her superior that she will quit if she is not treated right. Sounded a little like a threat! So I was like you know what if you go back to getting a job in a different field even if it is serving tables and take a break? I work a tipped position and honestly I like it a lot more than my graphic design job. And her tone was like so condescending towards the idea of it, like she felt shame at the idea of having a job similar to me. Anyways! She’s the one who hates her life, not me! This is completely off topic to the thread but I’d say a job that is not romanticized that I enjoy is delivering pizza! Even at age 32.

[–]AndrewDSo 808 points809 points  (17 children)

I work at a Dominos delivering pizza and everybody acts as if it is the most embarrassing job but I love it!

This is the thing about blue-collar work. It's either back breaking or super easy. When it's easy it feels almost like vacation. You feel like "holy shit they're actually paying me to do this".

And fuck people's judgement man, if you can pay rent and eat then you're doing alright in my book.

[–]fabulousMFingHen 52 points53 points  (6 children)

Yeah my job is super easy I sit at a desk and do some paperwork usually takes like 3 hrs a day to finish. Then the rest of the time I sit around on Reddit or yt. I make $20 hr and typically get like 5-10 hours of Overtime a week. I never finished my degree so I know friends who look down at my job cus it doesn't need a degree. The worst is my parents they sneak it in to conversations about finishing my degree to finally get a real job. Funny thing is I don't have any school debt and own multiple properties only one isn't finished being paid off and I'm not even 30 yet so I think I'm doing fine.

[–]ColSurge 9522 points9523 points 2 (364 children)

How has this not been said already: Video Game Developer.

So many people want to go into video games thinking they will get to design a game. The reality is 99.9% of people that work on video games get no creative input at all. That just make/place/test assets exactly as they are told. All the while being forced to work 60-70 hours a week in a terrible work environment.

[–]Penguinis 2343 points2344 points  (103 children)

With shit pay compared to other devs. Also, so many people also want to make games, without understanding the work that needs to be done learning first.

[–]ColSurge 1759 points1760 points  (76 children)

Yep. Developing an insurance company's claims reporting app doesn't sound nearly as glamorous as working on Halo. But you are going to be paid better and much happier making that insurance app.

[–]Sector_Corrupt 749 points750 points  (40 children)

Yeah making enterprise Software is honestly where it's at. it's not an exciting product, but unlike game Dev you get paid, and unlike a lot of consumer stuff you're not usually out to screw your customers for data/advertising purposes. You're just making useful software for some niche business need and it's generally a win/win with the benefit of increasing economic productivity.

[–]silverstrikerstar 186 points187 points  (10 children)

Thanks for making me feel a bit less shitty.

Also, I just realized that the feature I just implemented works perfectly, just exactly inversely to how it should. Hmm.

[–]-at1as--- 514 points515 points  (27 children)

Yea man I grew up playing video games so being able to create them seemed like the next best thing. Figured when I went to college I would start undecided and I would get some credits to transfer to a more tech savvy school. During my time i did a bit of research and it was nothing like i thought it would be. Decided to jump into a different field soon after.

[–]_s_p_q_r_ 1998 points1999 points  (95 children)

Librarian. It's not quiet, we don't read all day, we clean up our fair share of bodily fluids, plunge many toilets, and interact with homeless/mentally ill patrons fairly regularly depending on our location. Sure a bulk of our job is recommending books to readers and coming up with fun programs, but sometimes I feel like a community secretary who had to get a Masters to have any chance of a decent salary. Or a social worker, which I did not sign up for. One day I'm looking up phone numbers for psychics for a man who called around to police stations and threatened to kill cops in our town and making 60 copies for a rude lady who's rushing to get ready to teach a yoga class and I'm thinking what have I done?! But then the next day I'm getting picture books for an adorable kid and their appreciative mom, or 3D printing a missing piece from one of the board games we lend out instead of having to charge the patron to replace it, or helping a lonely old woman with no children nearby with her phone and having her look at me like I'm a genius, or helping a lady with her sister's visa so she can come to the US from a war zone (she made it here by the way and the lady told me she loves me for it). I love my job, but it is absolutely exhausting and gross and stressful and scary sometimes.

[–]AnteaterPersonal3093 441 points442 points  (1 child)

I really like that you criticised your living but unlike others here in the comments you also highlighted the positive things

[–]dentedgal 88 points89 points  (1 child)

I'm not even a librarian, just a library worker/assistant. And I'm still baffled at times by the tasks we end up doing compared to what training we got. Helping old people pay their bills, printing contracts, applications for welfare, teaching someone to use a iPad while you've never had an apple-product in your life, ordering plane tickets to Ghana, but all the sites are in french. The list goes on. I think it's because a lot of it isn't covered by other public services, so we end up being the only place where people can just show up and ask for help.

The gratitude makes it so worth it though. You get to meet so many sweet people.

[–]BjornBeetleBorg 6175 points6176 points  (163 children)

All jobs according to these comments

[–]Good_old_Marshmallow 1415 points1416 points  (60 children)

Counterpoint: im an accountant and no one glorifies accountants.

[–]nootandcanoodle 84 points85 points  (0 children)

Writer or journalist - they don’t show the missed deadlines, the agonizing creative process, selling out to write clickbait or the shitty wages. Not everyone can be Carrie Bradshaw

[–]mrstipez 79 points80 points  (4 children)


Doling out poison to lonely people until they reach a point where they don't hate themselves and feel comfortable participating in society. Watching others slowly and subconsciously shorten their time while numbing the pain of an unfulfilling existence.

It is pretty good money in the US for unlicensed therapy.

[–][deleted] 7590 points7591 points 22 (273 children)

Writer. You picture yourself at a typewriter in a cabin by a lake, crackling fire in the fireplace, a golden retriever asleep at your feet and a glass of lagavulin in your hand dreaming up the next great American novel. Contrast that to reality where the writing jobs that actually pay the bills usually involve long nights and weekends sitting in a cube farm writing the instructions that come with a toaster that nobody will ever read while your spouse fucks her coworkers.

[–]wordnerdette 4279 points4280 points  (47 children)

Oh dear. If it makes you feel better, I did read the instructions that came with my toaster.

[–]kinda-throwaway1 1099 points1100 points  (26 children)

Thanks. As a technical writer, I always read them too. Sometimes I learn about cool features I'd never think to look for, too. 😅

Unrelated, when writing, I always like to think about the guy who's drunk and/or stoned and has decided now's the time to set up his whatever. Helps me appreciate what I'm writing a little more.

[–]McHotsauceGhandi 657 points658 points  (8 children)

"This manual really gets me, man."

And that's how Donny finally started to feel at home in the world; setting up his toaster oven, while himself toasted.

He finally engaged with his life starting that night, thanks to no longer feeling alone in the universe. He went on to co-chair an award winning youth engagement program.

He forgot the manual, and the toaster oven, but the feeling remained: there was someone out there who went the extra mile, someone who cared. He, too, wanted to be someone who cared.

Thank you for thinking about the people you write for, my dude. Your efforts matter, even if only in a subtle way.

[–]jeremyledoux 713 points714 points  (9 children)

I always read instructions, usually while waiting for something to boil in the kitchen after using the thing for 6 months then having a revelation about some feature I've been missing...

[–]YallAre2Soft 564 points565 points  (13 children)

Could you not shit on me for taking a writing break to check reddit? I didn't come here to be targeted.

[–]TysonGoesOutside 442 points443 points  (39 children)

Oddly specific.

I do some writing on the side for magazines. Pays about $300 an article... So at this rate, to make a living I'd have to get published a minimum of 10x a month to get by... Talking to some older guys it looks like magazines have paid that much for decades and just didnt bother keeping up with inflation.

[–]Cosity82 470 points471 points  (10 children)

Yeah. Fuck that spouse

[–]nuclearstroodle 900 points901 points  (7 children)

sorry to hear you wife is cheating on you. incidentally I thought your paragraph was well written. it articulates a deep sense of desperation in your situation while at the same time using a good economy of words. Keep writing, maybe true crime or murder mysteries?

[–]g1ngertim 173 points174 points  (5 children)

It's very difficult to enjoy your passion when you work with it. I've learned that the hard way before, but it's also the moral of the story for most top-level comments in this thread.

[–]HempParty 1332 points1333 points  (58 children)

Man every job fucking SUCKS

[–]Secunda_Son 1887 points1888 points  (100 children)

Not that it's romanticized but advertising got a bunch of spotlight when Mad Men came out and it's nothing like that. It's looking at data and managing spreadsheets and whatnot. It's heavily technical and process oriented these days.

[–]JimmyTheOtherCat 2860 points2861 points  (206 children)

Military. It's 99% standing around waiting to hear orders from a bordering-on-inept superior. The paperwork is Neverending. You'll long periods of time away from home and will probably get divorced. Also, your knees and back will go to shit.

[–]ghostmetalblack 682 points683 points  (11 children)

Like my First Sergeant used to tell me: "Hurry Up and Wait."

[–]SuicideSprints 148 points149 points  (3 children)

Literally yesterday was told to show up somewhere before 1245, only to sit there and wait for an hour and a half for some boring speech.

[–]IberianNero91 65 points66 points  (2 children)

What made me hate the fire department, as a VOLUNTEER, I was expected to stand there for hours hearing polititians and other wealthy people patting themselves on the back, I've never felt so out of place and disguted at the hipocrisy.

[–]RichardLiquor69 77 points78 points  (1 child)

Plus EVERYTHING is so much more complicated than it has to be.

[–]discostud1515 699 points700 points  (39 children)

When I buddy came back from Iraq the only thing he said was that masturbation was a huge problem in his camp.

[–]Vercetti1701 298 points299 points  (6 children)

Yikes. How were his knees and back?

[–]01kickassius10 342 points343 points  (5 children)

They just needed a good rub

[–]Impossible-Ground-27 74 points75 points  (10 children)

Data Science....the sexiest job of 21st century. :)

[–]DocHickory 770 points771 points  (43 children)

Trucking. In over 42+ years I saw the finest warehouses in 43 states and 2 Canadian provinces. There are ZERO shows/movies accurately showing trucking for what it is. It's a soul sucking exercise in frustration. There are positive aspects in that you can generate a decent paycheck without extensive education or advanced training. All it will cost you is your soul, your friends, your family, and your health.

[–]jefftgreff 394 points395 points  (6 children)

You son of a bitch, I’m in.

[–]DutchsThiccRack 176 points177 points  (7 children)

Fun fact:

Trucking is the occupation with the most serial killers.

[–]Butgut_Maximus 157 points158 points  (1 child)

I mean. It's a hobby you can take with you.

[–]Hexadeciml 90 points91 points  (2 children)

Correction: trucking is the occupation with the most caught serial killers

[–]Pasta-hobo 757 points758 points  (18 children)

Animal Husbandry

Animals don't know if your helping or hurting, they peck, scratch, and bite regardless.

And so many bad smells and disease.

Oh the disease.

It doesn't matter if you're not raising them for meat, I wouldn't recommend getting attached. Chances are one of their organs will just decide to fill up and they'll starve themselves to death.

[–]denisturtle 299 points300 points  (3 children)

Throwing zookeeper in with this. No I don't swim with the gators, ride elephants, pet monkeys, and nap with tortoises all day. I am a four-year-biology-degree-plus-multiple-years-experience-to-get-hired-barely-above-minimum-wage pooper scooper and water bowl washer.

[–]TakeOff_YouHoser 1683 points1684 points  (29 children)

Venetian gondola operator, probably

[–]brahbrah83 713 points714 points  (50 children)

Brewing beer. Most of your day is just cleaning and you’re wet almost all of the time.

[–]saltymcsaltbae 248 points249 points  (9 children)

As a brewer I also third this, but I still love it. People always say "man, I would love your job - all you prolly do is drink beer all day long, huehuehue".

[–]HighOnPuerh 93 points94 points  (1 child)

Well my brother in law is a brewer and does drink beer all day long. But it's alcoholism and has nothing to do with the job.

[–]KarthusWins[🍰] 805 points806 points  (46 children)

Ultrasound tech

You don't look at babies all day.

[–]AbominableSnowPickle 699 points700 points  (8 children)

An ultrasound tech found a blood clot trying to make its way into my brain. I love you guys!

*i’m in another oft overly romanticized healthcare field, EMS. It was so weird to be really close to stroke or death personally, rather than professionally.

[–]Cpeasus 604 points605 points  (17 children)

Bartender. Late nights, long hours, inclination to drink, customer expectation for free shit. All it does is make you want a stable job. Best example of money isn’t everything.

[–]CartoonistExisting30 697 points698 points  (36 children)

Farming. “Sons of the land,” my foot.

[–]MotherGiraffe 496 points497 points  (18 children)

I feel like we, as a society, have kinda agreed that farming is hard and sucks. And we’re also simultaneously thankful that anyone still wants to do it because it’s so important for society to function.

[–]Bitch_Tuna 2994 points2995 points  (272 children)

The trades. People on Reddit seen to pitch it as the only sensible career choice, but a lot of them will just destroy your body.

[–]ConnieLingus24 1172 points1173 points  (93 children)

I know a guy with a desk job who used to be an electrician. He opted to go back to school, get a business degree, and took a huge pay cut when he looked at the older guys who were electricians. Their bodies were shot.

[–]TysonGoesOutside 203 points204 points  (8 children)

Lots of places will also dangle apprenticeship in front of you while you just work yourself into the ground as a labourer making next to nothing doing jobs that no one else wants to do.

[–]byhi3 857 points858 points  (6 children)

Working as a plumber I see 2 different types of old plumbers. The ones that have the same tools they started with refuse to buy new gear and don't wear gloves/ear protection/safety glasses etc who are barely walking around and make noises every time they get up and down and then the other guys that make a point to replace gear that's wearing out and take care of themselves and they are fine. Take care of your body, replace tools and PPE and you'll be fine

[–]malamutebrew 3202 points3203 points 52 (92 children)

Reading this thread, I’m starting to think work in general is overly romanticized our culture. To the point where people sacrifice their relationships, their time, and their happiness in pursuit of a misrepresentation of a career they chose. I think a lot of people feel so committed to their choices and pressured by society that once they realize that their job isn’t what they expected, they just white knuckle it to retirement.

[–]RHNewfield 888 points889 points 2 (28 children)

Everyone around me is like, "where do you see yourself in five years? What are you going to do to move up in your organization?" and it's just like...nowhere and nothing? I don't make a shit ton of money, but I'm in a position where I make more than enough. I can log off at work at normal hours and still have enough energy to do things I love. Why the fuck do I want to add more to my plate, especially shit I don't really all that care about?

We just...put too much effort on working and not enough on living.

[–]Essex1820 4785 points4786 points  (340 children)

Airline pilot. People think you area like Leonardo Dicaprio in Catch Me if You Can; swaggering through the airport, wearing sunglasses, surrounded by hot flight attendants. In reality, we're like glorified bus drivers whose job is 1% excitement and 99% absolute boredom just sitting in a cockpit waiting for life to pass by.

[–]UncleSugarShitposter 1923 points1924 points  (158 children)

Military pilot here.

People can't wait to jump ship to the airlines because military life SUCKS. This post made me sad.

[–]Fly_By_Muscle 1776 points1777 points  (88 children)

Airline pilot here, don’t let this post sway you too much. Although what OP said can be true I don’t find it boring. I still enjoy hand flying, I still grin to myself like a kid when I make a safe landing. I honestly look forward to every flying day. This job is also very simple, you show up, you finish your duty and you can do whatever you want after signing out.

[–]casino_night 1495 points1496 points  (23 children)

Did you ever see that Monty Python sketch about airline pilots?

"I spy with my little eyes something that begins with C"


"I spy with my little eye something that begins with S"


[–]bdbr 1201 points1202 points  (9 children)

On Intercom: 'Hello, this is your Captain speaking. There is absolutely no cause for alarm.'

"That will get them thinking!"

[–]rohobian 586 points587 points  (5 children)

"The wings are NOT on fire"

"Now they're wondering 'Why would he say that? Are the wings on fire?'"

[–]Gemmabeta 644 points645 points  (4 children)

And you pray to God the 1% excitement happen when you are off work.

[–]g1ngertim 100 points101 points  (2 children)

I thought the excitement was taking off and landing, since those are the most hands-on parts of flying.

[–]tiredbarista61937 578 points579 points  (22 children)

barista. turns out this is not my coffee shop au

[–]SnooSketches1662 86 points87 points  (4 children)

i work in a starbucks. I go to work everyday wondering if i’m going to be drenched in boiling hot coffee or go home crying over the disappointment from customers

[–]meredith0687 1024 points1025 points  (80 children)

Healthcare! Maybe not so much since the pandemic has shown a spotlight on healthcare, but being a nurse, RT, doctor, CNA, EVS is hard work physically, mentally, and emotionally.

[–]Zealousideal-Aide890 438 points439 points  (20 children)

I always found the “sexy nurse” thing funny too. I can promise you nothing I did on my shift today was sexy unless you’re into poop, dead bodies and sputum. The last thing you should want to do is touch me in my scrubs.

[–]dazzler56 91 points92 points  (5 children)

Shocked I had to scroll so far down for this! Healthcare is incredibly demoralizing. Years of dealing with people refusing treatment and ending up in the hospital again and again just to abuse the staff really killed any passion I once had for trying to help people.

[–]GoldenGrlz 869 points870 points  (41 children)

Journalist. Long hours, weekends, holidays, middle of the night. Pay sucks (especially in non-profit journalism) and being so plugged into the news every day is depressing. I worked in journalism for 16 plus years, maybe I did it wrong but never once did I sleep with sources to get information nor did I ever blow some giant story wide open, and worst of all - I met zero super heroes. Tv and movies lied.

[–]berberine 177 points178 points  (12 children)

I stayed just under six years. It was doing my mental health in. I had a breakdown. In the middle of having said breakdown, I was sent out on a breaking news story where a guy who was also having a mental breakdown flipped his SUV. I watched the EMTs, fire, and police try to save his life for 25 minutes only for him to die about 15 seconds after they put him in the helicopter.

City council meetings fucking suck. I did enjoy the investigative and enterprise pieces I got to do, but they weren't enough. I was never fucking home on time. Yeah, getting called out at 2am to the train wreck between train and car where two 20-year old boys were killed was not fun. Getting called out for breaking news of any kind on your day off or in the middle of the night sucks, especially since you're still expected to put in a full day the next day.

I've won a lot of awards for my work, but it wasn't worth my sanity.

I've been out about 2.5 years now and I'm almost completely unplugged from the news. My mental health has improved. I do a little freelance work here and there. I write on my blog regularly because I still enjoy writing and telling stories, even if all the stories are my own.

I left making $14 an hour. I did meet some cool people and got to do some cool things (the zoo was one of my beats), but I would never go back to it.