5 Most Miserable Careers In America

If you happily get out of bed every morning for work, you’re one of the lucky ones — not everyone is satisfied with their current job, says a report published by CareerBliss. The company identified the unhappiest jobs based on more than 100,000 employee-generated reviews between February 2011 and January 2012. Here are the top 5 jobs that make workers’ lives miserable.

1. Security Officer

Average salary: $29,641
Bliss Score: 3.510/5

“People might think that the work environment security guards often face, such as working late hours alone at night, would be what contributes to unhappiness,” Matt Miller, the chief technology officer at CareerBliss told Smith. “However, our data shows that growth opportunities and lack of rewards in this field is what affected the overall sentiment around this type of job. Work environment scored relatively high.”

2. Registered Nurse

Average salary: $43,663
Bliss Score: 3.595/5

“Nurses . . . have more issues with the culture of their workplaces, the people they work with and the person they work for,” Golledge says.


3. Teacher

Average salary: $43,663
Bliss Score: 3.595/5

CareerBliss’ chief executive Heidi Golledge told Smith: “CareerBliss has found through our research that teachers appear to be quite happy with their work and their co-workers. However, the rewards for their work, lack of support and lack of opportunities to be promoted counteract many of the good parts of the job.”

4. Sales Engineer

Average salary: $71,283
Bliss Score: 3.636/5

Smith reports that these engineers don’t appreciate the “lack of growth opportunities, company’s culture, compensation and support.”

5. Product Manager

Average salary: $81,865
Bliss Score: 3.648/5

Smith says that these workers “voiced unhappiness with the range of growth opportunities, compensation, company culture and support.”

How about you — are you unhappy with your current job? Would you stick with the careers mentioned above despite the challenges? Share your most miserable career moments with us via the comment box below!

Source: Yahoo News

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Boston Teacher To Graduates: You Are Not Special

Social media was buzzing about a Boston-area high school teacher’s blunt commencement speech that told students they “are not special.”

Wellesley High English teacher David McCullough Jr. told graduates “You are not special. You are not exceptional,” quoting empirical evidence: “Across the country no fewer than 3.2 million seniors are graduating about now from more than 37,000 high schools. That’s 37,000 valedictorians … 37,000 class presidents … 92,000 harmonizing altos … 340,000 swaggering jocks … 2,185,967 pairs of Uggs,” he said in the speech published in the Boston Herald. “Even if you’re one in a million, on a planet of 6.8 billion that means there are nearly 7,000 people just like you.”


McCullough makes a statement on parents who overdo it in a modern society focused on collecting achievements. “You’ve been pampered, cosseted, doted upon, helmeted, bubble wrapped … feted and fawned over and called sweetie pie.” But he adds in a video on Wellesley Channel TV YouTube page, “You see, if everyone is special, then no one is. If everyone gets a trophy, trophies become meaningless. … We have of late, we Americans, to our detriment, come to love accolades more than genuine achievement.”

McCullough’s address does push students to recognize real achievement: “The fulfilling life, the distinctive life, the relevant life is an achievement,” and he encourages graduates “to do whatever you do for no reason other than you love it and believe in its importance.”

The Boston Herald also reported that McCullough’s words were very well received by attendees. The teacher, a father of four, admitted he’s guilty of the actions he pokes fun at in his speech. But near the end of the address he says, “The sweetest joys of life, then, come only with the recognition that you’re not special. Because everyone is.”

Were you inspired by McCollough’s speech? Tell us what you think of his insights!

Source: Yahoo News

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