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The Worst Jobs in Science: The Sequel

michael posted more than 9 years ago | from the guinea-pig dept.

Science 336

flyingtoaster writes "For the second year in a row, Popular Science published their annual countdown of the worst jobs in science. This year's list includes Anal-Wart Researcher, Iraqi Archaeologist and Landfill Monitor. And you think your job's bad?" We also linked to last year's list.

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First Post (-1, Offtopic)

spartan (30665) | more than 9 years ago | (#10883394)

Blah Blah

Re:First Post (-1, Offtopic)

ScrewMaster (602015) | more than 9 years ago | (#10883400)

Bet you feel important now.

Re:First Post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10883412)

The article got posted at exactly midnight (my time). For that reason you should consider your FP special.

Where is? (4, Funny)

ericdano (113424) | more than 9 years ago | (#10883403)

Where is the Slashdot author? Or the Cowboyneal feeder? Or the Slashdot Moderator? Or the Slashdot story submitter?

Those sound like bad jobs to me ;-)

Re:Where is? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10883462)

As well as:
Slashdot Troll
Slashdot Karma Whore
Slashdot First Poster
Slashdot Repeat Poll Offender
Slashdot Whiner
Slashdot Linux Advocate
Slashdot Devil's Advocate (supports either Microsoft or Bush)
Slashdot Joker That Brings A Slashdot Joke Into Every Post And Is Still Modded Up
Slashdotter Who Mods Others Up

Re:Where is? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10883659)

Slashdot Troll

No, we get tons of credit on trolltalk [slashdot.org] . In fact, I argue this is one of the best jobs in science!

Re:Where is? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10883722)

Trolls are artists, not scientific people.

Re:Where is? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10883828)

No, its a science. We even have a peer-reviewed journal [slashdot.org] !

MS Director of Truth: www.fudfactory.com (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10883470)

How about "Managing Director of Truth" at the Fud Factory [microsoft.com] dept. at Microsoft?

Laugh (it's Funny) - or if you can't take a joke: www.fudfactory.com [fudfactory.com]

Cheers,
Mick

Re:Where is? (2)

Sepper (524857) | more than 9 years ago | (#10883572)

Well, they DID mention Computer Help-Desk Tech [popsci.com]

Public school Science teacher? (2, Interesting)

JPriest (547211) | more than 9 years ago | (#10883648)

It rated only 2 positions below help desk tech, all my science teachers in shool seems to like their jobs.

Re:Where is? (5, Funny)

jm91509 (161085) | more than 9 years ago | (#10883593)

Where is the Slashdot author? Or the Cowboyneal feeder? Or the Slashdot Moderator? Or the Slashdot story submitter?



It said the worst jobs in science. Nothing scientific about this place...

Re:Where is? (1)

Andreas(R) (448328) | more than 9 years ago | (#10883635)

Or the Slashdot Moderator?

What about the Meta-Moderators?

Worst Job: Chinese "Doctor" (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10883813)

I imagine that the absolute worst science job in the world is being a Chinese "doctor" [cnn.com] . These "doctors" slice organs out of unwilling patients and sell the organs on the black market, usually to Taiwanese customers. Further, on occasion, the Chinese doctors skin the patients alive and dump their still breathing carcasses into a dump truck.

In a sense, the feeling of "worst" applies to any Westerner who would be compelled to work at such a job. On the other hand, the Chinese who is culling the organs most likely relishes his job and takes a ghastly delight in using Nazi-style techniques to extract the organs.

China and the USA are really very different societies [tibet.org] . Tibet, anyone?

Re:Where is? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10883902)

> Or the Cowboyneal feeder?

It's called a manger...

Age? (1)

nitrocloud (706140) | more than 9 years ago | (#10883408)

This article is quite old.

EA Researcher (5, Funny)

Zork the Almighty (599344) | more than 9 years ago | (#10883411)

Odd, "EA Researcher" was nowhere to be found. Oh that's right, they don't have any. They're just an assembly line now.

what about... (5, Funny)

BortQ (468164) | more than 9 years ago | (#10883415)

- Programmer for EA

Computer scientist is a scientist, no?

Re:what about... (1)

imsabbel (611519) | more than 9 years ago | (#10883434)

LOL.
Thats just what i thought "ah, a dupe from the NYtimes EA story... wait, its something else"...

Re:what about... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10883923)

No, according to most MBA's a 'Computer Scientist' is a coolie, somewhat more useful than a janitor --in fact you can replace a janitor with one--. Too bad you just can't get all of you garbage outsourced to India, then you would have no need of a 'Computer Scientist'. If you want any computer work done, go hire an MCSE. You never ever hear them mutter on about bad design, never complain about Microsoft or the long overtime hours, and don't mind as much when you oursource as their training time and effort is much less. Enjoy!

Tampon Squeezer (5, Funny)

Temporal Outcast (581038) | more than 9 years ago | (#10883422)

Ewww!

#4 is Tampon Squeezer

On the other hand, Tampon Tester would rate as one of the best jobs ever.

*sigh*

Sorry if I grossed someone out.

O/T Your Sig: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10883655)

Bush won. You can change your sig now, unless you're going to be testing tampons in that bush.

Grossed out (4, Funny)

bstadil (7110) | more than 9 years ago | (#10883679)

Sorry if I grossed someone out.

Your Sig was the worst part.

Re:Grossed out (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10883694)

Why can't I see anyone's signatures? I feel I'm missing something. Do I need to be logged in?

Re:Grossed out (2, Informative)

oexeo (816786) | more than 9 years ago | (#10883822)

yes

Re:Tampon Squeezer (0, Offtopic)

Concerned Onlooker (473481) | more than 9 years ago | (#10883705)

Sorry if I grossed someone out.

Actually, you did gross me out, but it was with your sig. By the way, what is a "liberatarian?"

Re:Tampon Squeezer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10883749)

Did you mean Taster?

Re:Tampon Squeezer (1)

pacoworld (794538) | more than 9 years ago | (#10883799)

Why do you have to squeez a Tampon??

Re:Tampon Squeezer (1)

MyLongNickName (822545) | more than 9 years ago | (#10883871)

RTFA? Because the scientist's job is to study vaginal infections. The Tampon holds in the liquids very well, and squeezing it releases the fluids...

Re:Tampon Squeezer (2, Funny)

kfg (145172) | more than 9 years ago | (#10883803)

On the other hand, Tampon Tester would rate as one of the best jobs ever.

If you say so buddy. Drop 'em and bend over.

KFG

Re:Tampon Squeezer (4, Funny)

HarveyBirdman (627248) | more than 9 years ago | (#10883865)

On the other hand, Tampon Tester would rate as one of the best jobs ever.

Nope. Tried it. They taste terrible.

Re:Tampon Squeezer (2, Informative)

sysadmn (29788) | more than 9 years ago | (#10883924)

Why, free tampons?
Perhaps you meant in vivo CONDOM tester. Big difference...

So What (1, Funny)

cr0y (670718) | more than 9 years ago | (#10883435)

At the landfill I monitor we have these Valves that releases this totally putrid smelling Steam. Even with all the funk, people flock to our landfill more than anyone elses!

Anal wart (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10883453)

The bright side? "In 13 years I've only been pooped on twice, and that's not bad." :-|

I love my job.

Ewwwww! (1)

Schwarzchild (225794) | more than 9 years ago | (#10883908)

Don't her patients have any sphincter control?

Go Helpdesk! (5, Insightful)

Fulcrum of Evil (560260) | more than 9 years ago | (#10883458)

Sure, you aren't killing puppies for science, but you do spend all day listening to people demanding that you fix their problems like it's your fault. You're usually rated by call time, so actually helping people looks bad on you review.

Re:Go Helpdesk! (4, Interesting)

DogDude (805747) | more than 9 years ago | (#10883487)

Like the article says, don't worry... you won't be employed for long.

Re:Go Helpdesk! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10883740)

But you do get time to post on /.

WMD (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10883464)

Don't forget Iragi Weapons Inspector?

The jobs not done until you find at least one.

Re:WMD (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10883490)

Or, as we discussed earlier, the guy who'se hired to picks up the animal corpses here [slashdot.org]

Re:WMD (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10883892)

Don't forget Ira[q]i Weapons Inspector?

I think it just requires a good sense of humor

Re:WMD (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10883909)

WMD's have already been found, idiot.

Not as bad as my job... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10883478)

Food taster for Fear Factor...

Consequences of Bush's Iraq War (3, Insightful)

Temporal Outcast (581038) | more than 9 years ago | (#10883479)


The cradle of civilization and agriculture. The first place humans built cities. The birthplace of writing. And--oh, yeah--currently the best place in the world to get yourself kidnapped or killed. For archaeologists, there's no plum like Iraq. Saddam actually let them do their job, and he even protected his country's heritage in museums. But now no archaeologist can work in Iraq until security improves. Meanwhile more than 8,500 treasures have been stolen, and those are just from museums, where artifacts are cataloged.

What truly troubles archaeologists is imagining what's being taken from their dig sites in the field. Archaeologist Francis Deblauwe, who is trying to keep tabs on the looting, knows of more than 30 important digs, including ancient Babylon, that have been despoiled, but he notes that his list is "very preliminary and grossly incomplete." When the researchers do get to go back in, they'll be able to determine which sites have been looted. But they'll never know what's been taken.


Sheesh! And I wonder how many such 'casualities' of war we ignore. Really sad.

War is not just people, it's a whole lot more. And as an amateur archaeologist, I really do feel bad. And these things are irreplaceable.

Re:Consequences of Bush's Iraq War (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10883733)

Umm...

Sheesh! And I wonder how many such 'casualities' of war we ignore. Really sad.



Followed by the sig:

Vote for a Man, Vote for Bush!
Not a liberatarian flipflop hippie.

Re:Consequences of Bush's Iraq War (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10883798)

Sarcasm?

hypocrite (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10883748)

Yeah, due to your sig I see you really give a shit about the casualties of war.

Re:Consequences of Bush's Iraq War (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10883755)

It is a tragedy indeed. You have to remember that the Iraqis brought this upon themselves too especially many of the ones residing in the US and the Shiite. Mad men as GW and Blair are expected to behave this way.

Historically, people who use the aid of a foreign power (the US in this case) to have their way in their country suffer the consequences.

When talking to an Iraqi, I asked him why didn't that senior officer in Saddam's Guard (whom he knew personally) kill Saddam. His answer was that the officer's family, relatives and even village will be tossed into acid. Well this is the alternative price! They got a bunch of mercenaries who do not respect any human rights laws or international treaties running havoc in their country; 100,000 civilians dead and counting.

Re:Consequences of Bush's Iraq War (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10883769)

Shuddup you terrorist commie fag nazi jew!
(go back to Canada)

Re:Consequences of Bush's Iraq War (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10883919)

I don't think the possibilty of looting archeological sites rates highly on the list of 'reasons not to enforce ceasefire agreement'. You also might consider there are several sites that will never be archeological finds because those mass graves have beem found.

Television Meteorologist (1)

wretched22 (231780) | more than 9 years ago | (#10883483)

I'm not sure I understand why that is one of the worst jobs in science. Reading the article, it seems they were just being belittled and TV weather-forcasting called a "fast-food science."

I'd still do it for a paycheck.

Re:Television Meteorologist (2, Insightful)

rifftide (679288) | more than 9 years ago | (#10883532)

They should have said "weather desk staffer" at a TV station.... the one who takes the calls after the "great weekend" doesn't materialize. Agree that the on-camera job is actually a pretty good one, and it's in the entertainment industry, not science.

Re:Television Meteorologist (2, Interesting)

mikael (484) | more than 9 years ago | (#10883869)

I'm not sure I understand why that is one of the worst jobs in science. Reading the article, it seems they were just being belittled and TV weather-forcasting called a "fast-food science."

It's no different from being a high-tech fortune-teller. Your crystal ball is replaced by a supercomputer running weather simulations. Your predictions are only as good as the output results. Read up on the "Great Storm of 1987" [stvincent.ac.uk] and Michael Fish, who reassured a concerned view that there was no danger of a severe storm coming ashore (which obligingly decided to change course).

Even the anal-wart researcher looks down onSomeone (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10883486)

The anal-incontinence researcher.

Science teacher? (3, Insightful)

jdhutchins (559010) | more than 9 years ago | (#10883489)

I was shocked to see "public school science teacher" on their list. They used a poor example, and yes, that would be a bad job. But there are many good science teachers, and most schools are better than the one they picked out. The article also implies that public-school science teachers are all poor teachers, which is not true. I was shocked to see that (I'm a high school student), and I'm sure many other slashdotters are too.

Re:Science teacher? (1)

Noksagt (69097) | more than 9 years ago | (#10883583)

But there are many good science teachers, and most schools are better than the one they picked out. The article also implies that public-school science teachers are all poor teachers, which is not true.
I didn't see any criticism of science teachers being "poor teachers," except in the sense that you should feel sorry for them because they have to put up with inadequate funding.

While most public schools probably don't need to have English teachers teach science, it is true that many are under-funded & the No Child Left Behind Act favors other classes over science.

What? No... (5, Insightful)

mtrisk (770081) | more than 9 years ago | (#10883592)

I think you had it wrong - they aren't implying that public school science teachers are poor teachers! It says they have one of the worst jobs, which I believe is true. Not only do they have to teach a subject which requires intelligent thought to a disinterested student body, their profession is constantly under attack by religious radicals.

Hell, my own mother threatened to take me out if they taught me evolution. It didn't happen, but I shudder to think of other students who did have that happen to them.

Also, science is one of the most poorly funded departments across the nation. Hell, team sports such as Football and Soocer, even electives such as music get more funding in some areas.

So yes, they've got one of the worst jobs in science: teaching it to the next generation.

Re:Science teacher? (5, Insightful)

Zackbass (457384) | more than 9 years ago | (#10883594)

It doesn't matter if you are the best teacher ever to walk the earth, most public schools will have wonder why you waste your time there within months of your first day. No matter how much money the science department gets it can't make a student give a damn. Not only do you have depressing students, but then you have to deal with the school administration when you the parents of the pothead that got a 30 on his chem final call and raise hell.

The opposite is true too. If you have a bunch of interested students you can put together a great class with very few supplies.

Science teacher absolutely deserves to be on the list as long as a large part of our society still sees no value in education.

Re:Science teacher? (4, Insightful)

Suburbanpride (755823) | more than 9 years ago | (#10883624)

My dad taught science in public high schools for 25 years before quiting. In the last school he worked at, the football team got new uniforms every year, but he was forced to by lab equipment out of his own pocket. He gave a damn about the students, but unfortently he did not have the the support of the administration.

If america is going to maintain a competive edge in the world, we have to get kids excited abotu science. There are lots of great universities out there, but what happens when kids come out of high school hating science beacuse they had bad teachers?

Re:Science teacher? (1)

i_like_pi57 (605277) | more than 9 years ago | (#10883653)

They may be good teachers, but without funding they can't really do anything. i came from a small town where that occurred. 'tis not very nice. you're lucky to come from a school with suitable funding. not nearly enough of us have that luxury though.

MOD PARENT DOWN (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10883856)

This is ANYTHING but insightful. He misread the story, as several posters have pointed out.

Bush on "science" (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10883500)

What about President Bush's Science Advisor? If that job did drive you to drink nothing would.

Re:Bush on "science" (2, Informative)

tsunamifirestorm (729508) | more than 9 years ago | (#10883907)

Well they have a Congressional Science Fellow listed on there if you RTFA (or RTF Magazine). In both jobs most of your efforts will go to waste, but I'm sure if you were the President's Advisor, I'm sure you'd at least be paid better.

Nurse is on the list, thats really really BAD! (4, Informative)

BrookHarty (9119) | more than 9 years ago | (#10883504)

Anyone find it funny the most common job on there is Nursing? The nursing role has changed from working with patients to Medical Assistants. They hire 10-15 MA's to 1 Nurse in most clinics. And then to top it off, they dont pay the Nurses for the years in school, and hard work, and they get no respect for managing the MA's ontop of normal nurses duties.

What a shame.

In our Internet-based summons for readers to top (bottom?) last year's "Worst Jobs" list, nurses nominated themselves in droves: "Still a no-respect profession. Doctors treat you like slaves." "The pay is substandard for all the training." "Just look at the current shortage." Indeed, the government estimates that we're short 110,000 nurses, and that by 2008 we'll need half a million more.

Numerous studies echo the dissatisfaction of our nurse readers. Nurses are fleeing the profession because of stress, long hours, low pay and lack of advancement opportunities. The cost? A recent University of Pennsylvania study found that surgical patients at hospitals with the worst nurse-staffing levels (ergo the most overworked nurses) have a 31 percent greater chance of dying. If this trend doesn't improve, we might soon find "patient" topping our list.


Re:Nurse is on the list, thats really really BAD! (3, Interesting)

MmmDee (800731) | more than 9 years ago | (#10883837)

Interesting... nurses have only in the last 10 years felt so neglected. This at a time when their salary/hourly wage is at an all time high. Most nurses are earning upwards of $36-53K [salary.com] (national average of LPN-RN with many in the $60's especially RN's with a couple year's experience or specialized). Many nurses can sit for their boards straight after only 2 years of training, not bad pay for 2 years. Their career path is not limited to being LPN/RN's. If they're not satisfied with providing direct patient care, they can go further into becoming midwives (with pay in the $45-70K range), Nurse Practioners (pay in the $70-100K range) or obtaining their PhD's in nursing and going the teaching route (pay's not great, but more respect from peers). So, in summary, they don't have excessive training requirements; however, they enjoy good pay by most people's definition, job security, no limitation to geography, broad career paths (up and lateral).

If there's disrespect among mid and upper-level providers (MD's and other staff) toward nurses perhaps it's because of a lack of understanding of each other's tasks / responsibilities / liabilities / time demands. While it's true that nurses have a very tough job for 8-12 hours/day, other providers also have difficult jobs.

As to nurses "fleeing" the profession, I'm surprised as there are numerous articles describing the flock of women and men TO the nursing profession and the 2-year wait to be accepted into many nursing schools.

Re:Nurse is on the list, thats really really BAD! (2, Informative)

Lareya (828012) | more than 9 years ago | (#10883937)

Just to clarify, all those "other" nursing specialized cares does mean more than 2 year grad. If you want management, or nurse practitioner, you MUST have a higher degree. Minimally masters. Also, the nurse practitioner don't make much more money than floor nursing. The only nurse that actually makes a lot more money are the nurse anesthetists. Also, the required call also makes nurses make more money, but it is more than a 40 hour week.

And, yes I am a nurse.

A little late. (-1, Offtopic)

VoidWraith (797276) | more than 9 years ago | (#10883507)

This issue was published quite a while ago. Why is it just now appearing here?

not true (1)

chocolatetrumpet (73058) | more than 9 years ago | (#10883613)

This issue was published quite a while ago. Why is it just now appearing here?

Not true:

By William Speed Weed | November 2004

Re:not true (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 9 years ago | (#10883673)

I recieved my november issue sometime in october...

Think those are bad? (4, Funny)

RealProgrammer (723725) | more than 9 years ago | (#10883514)

They are. But what about:
  • Forensic proctologist
  • Leech veterinarian
  • Global warming expert at Shell
  • Corporate EMT at Philip-Morris
  • Rosanne Barr's gynecologist

Some of those were hard just to list.

Mod up parent - Funny! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10883623)

Hilarious!

Hilarious? (1)

Trikenstein (571493) | more than 9 years ago | (#10883833)

Rosanne Barr's gynecologist

I can't think of anything more hideous.

In fact everytime I think about it everything turns white and I hear a continuous tone.

I think its some kind of defense mechanism, or survival skill.

ARRRRRRRRRRGH! (3, Funny)

crimethinker (721591) | more than 9 years ago | (#10883823)

Rosanne Barr's gynecologist

Picture the puke scene from Team America: World Police and you've got a good idea of HALF of what I just went through.

You, sir, should be kicked off slashdot, post-haste.

-paul

Re:Think those are bad? (1)

AgentPhunk (571249) | more than 9 years ago | (#10883870)

How about:

* Goatse guy's proctologist.

Grad student (5, Insightful)

Hatta (162192) | more than 9 years ago | (#10883518)

How about just grad student? No matter what your research is, you're overworked, underpaid, and then thrust into a saturated job market, where you may never find a tenure track position. And if you do, you'll still be paid a far sight less than any random dick with an MBA.

Re:Grad student (1)

John Hurliman (152784) | more than 9 years ago | (#10883582)

You need to go through grad school to get an MBA, so even those "random dicks" endure the same torture you do.

Re:Grad student (2)

Hatta (162192) | more than 9 years ago | (#10883656)

I may be wrong, but I find it hard to believe that getting a masters in business and a phd in, say, physics or biochemistry, are at all comparable.

Re:Grad student (1)

darthscsi (144954) | more than 9 years ago | (#10883931)

Yea, um, sure. Have you ever gone to one of those so called "classes" future MBA's have to take? Thought not. But perhaps you would get bored of learning how to make Excel make graphs. Oh, and think about what that "M" stands for, and realized that most of the torture refered to by grad students (and by this I mean phd students, not masters students) is most apparent after they prelim or qual (depending on the school). Before that, life isn't too much worse off than for a masters student.

Re:Grad student (2, Insightful)

Noksagt (69097) | more than 9 years ago | (#10883616)

Last year, they had "Post Doc," which is probably worse--you are paid almost as little and have already made the choice not to sell out to some consulting firm who would pay you large sums of money for those three letters you can place after your name.

Re:Grad student (1)

kalidasa (577403) | more than 9 years ago | (#10883619)

They're talking about JOBS. Where you get PAID. I've been a grad student - that stuff they gave me every week, there wasn't enough of that to be considered money.

Absolute WORST job in science (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10883519)

Jack Horkheimer's fluffer.

With apologies to Norm MacDonald... (1)

AngryDill (740460) | more than 9 years ago | (#10883520)


"Quark Whore"

the worst "science" job.... (1)

.silG.00 (683700) | more than 9 years ago | (#10883538)

would be those monkeys that create new make up and do trial and error on animals, poor things.

google some images for animal make up testing, they are brutal.

i dont know how they can sleep after hearing those drys of pain, from innocent animals.

if the woman is ugly, then she is ugly dont even make-up. I see girls more pretty just when they wake up with no stupid creams on their faces

How about... (2, Funny)

mogrify (828588) | more than 9 years ago | (#10883595)

... a USDA meat-packing plant inspector?

Re:How about... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10883643)

That's not a bad job. I've worked in a meat-packing plant, and we were always informed in advance that the inspectors would come, so it was nice and clean when they showed up.

Re:How about... (1)

General Alcazar (726259) | more than 9 years ago | (#10883682)

Not until you meet this [mercurynews.com] guy. [cbs5.com]

What about.. (4, Funny)

Enaku (801081) | more than 9 years ago | (#10883628)

Dubbya's speechwriter?

Re:What about.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10883793)

That's not such a bad job. You can make up lines like "Our enemies will never stop thinking of ways to hurt americans, and neither will we" and get away with it completely! No one actually proofs what you write, you know.

Last year's list (5, Informative)

quizwedge (324481) | more than 9 years ago | (#10883638)

The link mentioned in the previous slashdot article no longer works. Compliments of the WayBackMachine [archive.org]

Last Year's List (4, Funny)

Noksagt (69097) | more than 9 years ago | (#10883647)

We also linked to
last year's list. [slashdot.org]
In fact, it was so good that they linked to it twice [slashdot.org] . No word yet as to when they'll re-run this one.

In all seriousness, the first posting of last year's list does have some great comments.

Computer help-desk?! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10883654)

How the heck is that a horrible job? If you're stressed by talking on the phone all day and playing minesweeper you've got big problems. It seems these people compare themselves to the callers and greatly overestimate their own computer skills. Since the people who call aren't the computer gurus that they are (they never took the 10 day training course, after all), these cubicle monkeys inflate their egos more and more and do nothing but complain. Send all their jobs to India? Why don't we send THEM to India?

Cleaning the monkey cages... (3, Funny)

Trikenstein (571493) | more than 9 years ago | (#10883680)

In 28 Days Later.

Even if you don't get bit, the staff dusts you *just to be sure*.

Talk about temp help....

Re:Cleaning the monkey cages... (1)

Rude Turnip (49495) | more than 9 years ago | (#10883746)

The first reaction I had when I read the subject of your post was, "how hard is it to run a fucking vacuum through the Oval Office now and then?"

Many of these are not scientific jobs (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10883727)

Nurses and help-desk techs do not work in science.

kind of like the job (1)

thomasa (17495) | more than 9 years ago | (#10883775)

If I got paid what I get now as an IT worker, I would rather drag a blanket through the woods singing songs.

Grad Students? (1)

mkeroppi (787650) | more than 9 years ago | (#10883801)

If that's even a job, it'll certainly be at the top.

Wrong lists, Slashdot had de answer (1)

gallir (171727) | more than 9 years ago | (#10883807)

Yes, you just published the answer in the previous article [slashdot.org] (and before). Obviously the worst job in science was that scholar that spent a year at EA. Of course.

Vote for the worst at sciscoop! (2, Interesting)

apsmith (17989) | more than 9 years ago | (#10883940)

here's the poll results [sciscoop.com] ... Main site [sciscoop.com] - poll is halfway down on the right.
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