People Break Down The Worst Jobs To Have In 2020

i need a career change.

Well 2020 is definitely going to be quite a year for the history books... if not THE year. The job market took a catastrophic hit. Thanks to the Rona we've lost stores, restaurants, entertainment jobs and the list continues. Then of course there are the jobs that continue through crisis but then that means you took your life in your hands and prayed for the best. There was no perfect job solution for the first half of this year. Let's hope whatever 2020 has left to throw at us is softer on landing.

Redditor u/Donger69 wanted everyone to compare notes about some unfortunate career ideas in this current year of turmoil.... 2020 has been a handful... by asking... What is the worst job to have in 2020?



Anything medicine.

  1. Lack of PPE
  2. Crazy long hours OR:
  3. Getting furloughed because elective stuff is all cancelled.
  4. getting sick from COVID and possibly dying
  5. Not being able to live with your own family due to your constant exposure to COVID. Damn_Dog_Inappropes


I'd say small business owner, between the lockdown and the riots too many are gonna have to close permanently, for everyone else you may be out of a job but you have gov't assistance and can just find a new job, but small business owner is on the hook for whatever debts they might have and have expenses that are piling up.

imagine seeing your dream crash and burn because of this? Forikorder

Soups Not On...

I manage restaurants for a living and I've been out of a job since it all started here and still don't know when ill be able to reopen, take out and delivery often doesn't even cover the cost of operations for what required to do it.

The most successful place doing it are usually because the owner is in the kitchen himself not paying himself a salary and just slaving at it hopping to save his business. WormsMurdoc

paper? plastic?


Grocery worker. It's pretty crappy right now not gonna lie. The conspiracy theory fueled Karens are only fun to deal with the the first few times. Mutombo_says_NO


Medical waste disposal. DannyDagger1025

Christ, way way back when, when I was desperate enough for money for college, I worked at a hospital laundromat.

If you think about it for just one second, it was seriously one of the worse jobs you can pick; literal blood, literal guts, literal crap. Fortunately I worked in shipping so I didn't have to personally dunk anything, but holy hell the smell. Had to quit early. YourDailyDevil

"Where's the Onion?" 

Satirist. The real news is so ridiculous you can't make it up. TinusTussengas

I've started playing "Where's the Onion" on my Instagram story, where I'll post a bunch of news article names and you have to guess which is the satire.

People get it wrong frequently. vault114

It's Real Work.


Sex workers. gdym96

Just saw an article about Amsterdam sex workers, and yeah, it's difficult - they have a hard time getting unemployment insurance, they're not allowed to go back to work even as salons and bars reopen, etc. It's a difficult time for anyone doing in person work, doubly so for anything stigmatized. dtmfadvice

to sanitize....

Janitorial work must be a nightmare, trying to "sanitize" every surface while also touching every surface. Then add to that the mess left by rioters and looters that might hit your place of responsibility.

But to be fair ANY JOB is better than NO JOB right now.

So your job may be the worst, but be happy you are still earning a paycheck. ClownfishSoup

Fly Low.


Airline pilot checking in, so, airline pilot. asdx144

Yep. Years of training, hundred odd thousand in debt, kicking on low salaries and finally made the big time. Enter COVID. turbo-steppa

Towers Down. 

5G Tower Engineer in the UK.

Piece of crap human being scum bags are leaving razor blade and dirty needle 'booby traps' for engineers to hurt themselves on while working on towers.

Because the fools think the 5G towers are linked to the coronavirus and it's some government conspiracy.

If you do this, forget you and I hope you die in a fire. OnionyDoomage

The Year Gone.


Freelance corporate event AV production manager here. All of my work for the entire YEAR is gone. Right as I got the biggest raise in my entire life, 2020 was about to be the year I climbed out of this hole of medical debt. Now I'm making the least I've made since I left high school. This is also the first career I've ever had that I absolutely love. Lady-Morgaine

What else do you want me to say. 

Being a paramedic kinda sucks right now. I'm caught between protests and people dying of the rona. My partner at work just got sick and my company didn't even pay for the testing. He's still gone. People scream at me in the streets because I'm in uniform, but I'm just tryna keep everyone alive.

I feel guilty when someone gets real REAL hurt and I have to take them to a trauma hospital or heart hospital knowing they're going to be in massive debt or dead because of my decision. I've got patients with real Karen energy just out for blood. I drive a 15 year old car, I have no savings, and I haven't taken a day off in 3 years.

My stress levels are at a all time high, I've developed a stress rash around my nose, eyes, chest and scalp. Plus a fire truck ran over my favorite watch and I can't get it glued back together quite right. I have no family, and few friends. I work 24 hour shifts. What else do you want me to say. Reddit

Hazard Pay Needed. 

I think Manual Sewer cleaner is still the worst job ever. Specially in developing countries with no hazmat suits. runfcrun

Specifically in underfunded communities with no hazmat suits.

My grandfather is the maintenance man for my home town of 100 people in South Dakota. In the summers as a teen, I worked as his assistant. And twice a summer we would have to clean the sewers with rubber boots, a shovel, a ladder, and a bucket on a rope. mybunsarestale

No wonder all my senior CNAs are alcoholics.


CNA here. Literally half my unit died of Covid in the past 2 months and we couldn't stop the spread because it's a dementia floor and there's no (legal) way to force a confused older person to stay in isolation. We had people coughing up their lungs walk around the unit and cough on all the other residents and nothing could be done about it.

Oh, and because my unit had so few living residents left, they had started leaving just one aide. Just one.

For the whole floor. Where most of the residents left required 2 caregivers due to weight/aggression/etc. So now you're on a floor full of very confused, often panicking, very sick people who will sometimes randomly attack you for no real reason that you're physically unable to care for but if something goes wrong at all you're still completely to blame.

No wonder all my senior CNAs are alcoholics. Confusion_Aide


Suicide hotline operator.

You: "Things will get better."


EDIT: Wow. Did mot expect so much genuine agreement with this one. And just to be clear, I have nothing but respect for the hotline operators, now more than ever. Hang tough together, people! ApexInTheRough

Forget the Gills....

Working in a fish factory in Norway sucking the caviar out of them with a hoover spoon for 8 hours a day on a production line in a freezing cold factory where I couldn't talk to anyone because of the noise/language barrier. Some of the caviar sprayed in my mouth and I thought "well, at least I can say I've tried caviar." It turned out to be poo the whole time... Then I got demoted to the section where they kill the fish and slice their gils so they bleed out, had to slice a few thousand fishes gils a day.

Then when the fish were in season and they would shoot out semen all over the place. One time I somehow managed to stab myself in my right hand even though Im right handed. And got covered head to toe in blood and had to start work at 2am every day. march2020march

you left your $11/hour job?

Customer Service, no matter what year it is, that will be the answer. wish3understand

I left my Customer service job yesterday. I was employed to an unnamed, large scale "Christian" decor, arts, crafts, and hobby store. It was a lobby of multiple departments.

I told my mom about it this morning, giving as much detail as I could about how crappy it was to work for a company that'd did not care about me, only about results. Her answer "you left your $11/hour job? That's stupid, you can't find $11/hour anywhere, you're unskilled labor." Zyvii

Needing to sell Merch....

Musician would be tough. Hard to make money when you can't tour. Costner_Facts

Definitely. There are smaller bands that I listen to who were either out on tour or about to go on tour dumping their merch at discount prices online to try and make ends meet. A lot of them go $1000's of dollars in debt before their tours start buying all their merch assuming they'll sell it on tour. eternalrefuge86

Mask On!!! 

Retail cashier at a liquor store. My mask isn't going to protect me, according to the anti-mask drunks coughing and sneezing while I ring up their purchases. Sexybroth

Damn you Comcast!!!


Customer service for an internet and cable company.

I mean it isn't horrible, but people sure are. Some people really don't care about anything other than themselves. Our company stopped going into homes to install DVRs but continued to service them just not install new ones. The amount of people who asked "when will the virus be over" was astonishing. Like we are an internet company not the damn cdc. luckypuffun


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