Believe it or not, there are plenty of jobs that would force society to just stop if they just disappeared.
When's the last time you said "thank you" to the janitor at your office, by the way?
These jobs (and more) are now in the spotlight thanks to Redditor DisKidCool, who asked the online community: "What profession doesn't get enough credit or respect?"
"If they disappeared..."Giphy
Garbage collectors. If they disappeared for a month, disease would set in.
"...a simple good morning..."
Janitors...a simple good morning doesn't cost too much to say to them.
"But their services..."
Direct support professionals in group homes! Now, every company and home is different, but the last one I worked in was understaffed and suffered from high turnover. They often work long, hard hours for relatively little pay and have to come into work sick or injured because of the staffing issues I just mentioned. Burnout is common. People also tend to look down on them.
But their services are so, so vital. Without DSP's, individuals with disabilities literally couldn't survive. Or their quality of life would suffer immensely. A lot of my clients couldn't bathe themselves, feed themselves or use the toilet, so it was up to me to help them with those things. They also depended on me to help them be more involved in the community, and do things typical people take for granted -- like catch a movie or go out to eat. A good DSP is worth their weight in gold.
"Those poor people..."Giphy
Bus drivers! Those poor people have to much responsibility... Just imagine having to drive dozens of tons of steel death through a narrow street with 60 children who just got out of school screaming and jumping around right behind you... And all it takes is this one time you don't react to an idiot driver fast enough for something terrible to happen.
Our nation's emergency is chronically understaffed and underpaid. These people answer the phones and work the radios. They talk people through the worst moments of their life, get needed information to emergency responses, coordinate that response level and notify all respective parts.
I've listened to murders, talked down suicides. I've given CPR instructions and birth instructions. I've talked to people through mass shooting events, through being locked in a house fire.
I've dispatched police and fire units, often at the same time. There is no margin for error. Getting North instead of South Main St. Could mean someone's life.
I'm keeping track of every unit in the fire to make sure no one is lost, i know where each officer in the search is. I keep the record of the chase.
But yeah, I just answer the phones.
"They do not realize..."
Water Treatment Operator. Nobody knows we exist really. Most people just think that water appears when they turn on the tap. They do not realize that some guy is making all of it.
"They're never really discussed..."
Medical Laboratory Scientists and Medical Lab Techs
They're never really discussed or talked about as they're usually hidden away in hospital basement labs but the majority of doctors diagnosis comes from tests they run. Even when you see hospital lab in doctor shows it's always the doctors running the tests which isn't true.
There's a saying they have "Without us your doctor would just be guessing"
If you have any questions I'm in school for this right now.
From talking to a lot of my pharmacist friends: Pharmacists routinely get verbally assaulted and confronted. People think they simply count pills and hand them to you.
"Not to mention..."
Veterinary Technicians. On the front lines with angry clients. Patients regularly make them bleed and leave them scarred. They have a TON of jobs: Nurse, X-ray tech, Dental hygienist, Laboratory tech, Pathologist, Phlebotomist, Surgery nurse, Anesthesiologist, Pharmacy tech, Receptionist, Animal restraint expert, Grief counselor.
Not to mention teacher. They are usually the ones answering client questions about behavior, flea/tick/heartworm prevention. They often have the difficult talks with owners about their pet's quality of life and what to do with their furry loved one after euthanasia. They take care of the bodies too. Not to mention how many times they get chewed out by clients over costs (over which they have no control) or availability of appointments etc.
GROSSLY underpaid, under appreciated, and overworked.
I HATE every time I hear "oh you must love getting paid to play with puppies and kitties all day!" It's like they think we just play with pets and scoop poo.
Please appreciate your Vet staff.
"I'm a support worker..."
Support workers. I'm a support worker who spends 12 hours of her day in a locked rehabilitation hospital for adults with mental health issues and learning difficulties. Everytime i log in to social media, all I see is customer service and being nice to them. I'm all for it. But we get attacked, punched, spat at, and we still have to treat clients with respect and not judge them. It's very under appreciated