People Break Down Which Often Overlooked Jobs Are Essential To Society
Image by 272447 from Pixabay

Under our noses there is the constant humming of a sprawling workforce that keeps everything tied together.


We rarely take notice, much less express gratitude for these countless workers, on the backs of whom we owe our daily comforts and all the necessities we take for granted.

Men and women are out there right now hauling cargo, providing the food we eat, and focusing on the granular level to maintain our safety and health.

A recent Reddit thread acknowledged all of those people we could not live without.

mrmoocow303 asked, "What job is commonly forgot about but is essential for society?"

Keeping the Crap Away 

"Sewage workers, all of them. I wouldn't want to return to the days it's all dumped in water ways." -- alimagrog

"I used to have a job cleaning out the sewer. I was down in the tunnel with the shovel, passing the bucket to the next guy, but I was always at the front because I won't take sh** from anyone" -- 01kicka**ius10

Constantly Moving

"Truck drivers. Supply chains are the life blood of every industry from grocery stores to battle fields." -- Corin711

"This one is becoming more and more relevant to me."

"As someone in the service industry, it's stupid the number of times guests complain that we don't have something we used to."

"Sorry no oysters today, if you didn't know, there is a global pandemic going on and the supply train is disrupted. We literally can't get them. It's not because we don't like you."

"It's because the people that farm the oysters, that process and pack the oysters, and most importantly, the men and women who physically drag the oysters from Canada or New York Maryland can't get here."

"I don't know if it's because they're sick, or caring for someone who is sick, but the supply chain is broken. Forget about west coast oysters, we struggle to get them in from 2 states away. It's the supply chain."

"Never thought I would be aware of how important these people are." -- mmemarlie

This is the Person You Trust

"I test the strength of metals and other materials used in things like planes, rockets, ships and subs, and so on."

"The average person gets on a plane or in a car and just trusts that the engine won't explode and the body won't fly apart, which is how it should be. There are people whose job it is to worry about that, which I'm a small part of."

-- X_PRSN

Keeping the Pile Low

"Waste maintenance. Trashmen. Holy hell watch that pile up if there's no one to take it away every week" -- BornInALighthouse

"Exact first thing I thought of."

"We leave a holiday card and a six pack out for our garbage man the last day they pick up before Christmas. He leaves us a card, too, but he gets the better end of the deal." -- Hardcore_EHS

Internet Maintenance 

"The world as we know it would fall apart in so many ways if all of the essential people who maintain the internet all vanished. So much of banking, security, entertainment, food, etc. revolves around a functioning internet."

"It wouldn't be an apocalypse, but it would be an insane disruption to the world. Millions would die. Millions more wouldn't be able to browse Reddit. Catastrophe."

-- RedditYankee

Count Your Blessings

"People who create databases. My close friend created a very important database for a big hospital."

"He worked on it for years and it's really successful! He said he gets complements from other tech people, but not from 'regular' people."

"He mentioned he only hears about the bugs when something isn't working, and it's always along the lines of 'why isn't this working?! When can it work again?! This is ridiculous!!'"

"Like, chill the f*** out, HE BUILT THIS FROM NOTHING and it's helping save lives! Send him a f***ing gift card or something!"

-- dmurr2019

Guinea Pig

"I test food at the factory to make sure it's safe for people to eat." -- RockyDify

"I have a friend who's a safety inspector for the dairy industry. I'm very grateful for you guys!" -- alimagrog

"Reading about pre-FDA practices and food adulteration, gives me queasiness and a high level of respect for you." -- GenericEschatologist

Think of All the Boxes

"Box manufacturing. Hidden in plain sight" -- 2tired2makeAname

"Not to mention box assembly, that's usually done elsewhere." -- gurnard

"Pallets too. My hometown has a giant pallet factory and they are busy." -- Kulladar

Acknowledged, and Still Mistreated

"Well, if this pandemic taught us anything grocery store employees are pretty essential." -- ZeD00m

"No, we are forgotten again. Our heroic days are over and Karen is back to yelling at us" -- goatf***69

"'Expendable,' not 'essential.' Almost mandatory if you like eating or wiping your ass, but people will still treat them like shit and straight cough on them...and then bi*** that the grocery store worker was 'rude' for backing away from them." -- stryph42

Upkeep the Teeth

"Lots of people fantasize about being a gun-toting bada** when the apocalypse hits, but unless you know a good dentist, your life will soon become unbearable" -- AdvocateSaint

"My dentist says you'll know if you like a dentist within five minutes, you'll know if they're a good one in five years. It's been close to 20 so I think I'm good." -- Nagiom

Want to "know" more? Never miss another big, odd, funny, or heartbreaking moment again. Sign up for the Knowable newsletter here.

CW: Suicide

There is so much to learn in life.

And once you acquire certain things mentally, you regret it.

How much 411 have you come across over time that made you think... "How can I unlearn that?"

Yeah, not possible.

Knowledge is power and sometimes it's a nightmare.

Don't we have enough to keep us up at night?

Damn curiosity.

Well let's do some learning.

Redditor RedBoyFromNewy wanted to shed some light on creepy issues we need to be discussing. They asked:

"What’s a disturbing fact that not a lot of people know of?"
Keep reading... Show less
People Share Their Craziest 'Oh You Thought This Was Bad, It Gets Worse!' Experiences
krakenimages on Unsplash

The best stories are ones with exciting plot twists.

Keep reading... Show less
People Divulge The Most Depressing Truths They've Made Peace With
Abhijith P on Unsplash

Life is full of disappointments. We lose out on a job opportunity or the one designer article of clothing we really wanted is not available in our size.

Keep reading... Show less

The truth matters.

Something one would think was a given in modern society.

Yet all over the world, there are people so unbelievably stubborn, that they simply refuse to believe the facts.

Sometimes even when presented with evidence.

This could be for something menial, such as refusing to believe that a cotton candy was actually invented by a dentist.

But sometimes, refusing to believe the truth could have serious consequences, up to and including climate change, the effectiveness of masks, and the disproportionate amount of gun violence in the US.

Redditor Lady_Of_The_Water was curious about the many things, both frivolous and serious, people refused to believe were true, leading them to ask:

"Whats something someone thought you were wrong about and ridiculed you for it, but it turns out you were right?"
Keep reading... Show less