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Do you ever wonder why certain jobs exist?
Jobs where it’s hard to work out the purpose, and even harder to figure out the remuneration?
We all know that modern-day career paths are varied, some have tangible outcomes while others leave us scratching our heads in utter confusion.
Today we’re exploring 14 of these curious roles; specific jobs that require talent, energy, and skill but may not actually do anything practical or particularly necessary.
As we examine each occupation, from professional folder inserter to cheeseburger analyst, you may just start questioning your own job description and wondering whether it’s really worth it!
So let’s find out more about these oddities of the working world!
#1. Grocery Store Greeter
Who would think to pay someone to greet customers as they enter the store?
It’s true; many grocery stores and retail outlets are hiring people specifically for this task.
Their job is to inform customers about any special promotions, discounts or new products, and then direct them appropriately throughout the store.
#2. Professional Cuddler
Believe it or not, in the fascinating realm of unique professions, there exists a group of individuals who are actually getting paid to provide solace through the heartwarming act of cuddling with strangers.
These remarkable individuals, known as professional cuddlers, offer a range of comforting experiences, including warm hugs, gentle spooning sessions and various other forms of non-sexual physical contact, ensuring a safe and nurturing environment for those seeking genuine human connection and emotional support.
#3. ATM Guards
Yes, many ATMs now have a person watching over them so they aren’t stolen or skimming devices aren’t attached to them.
On the surface this makes sense, but then you realize the entire point of an ATM is to not have to deal with a bank teller.
In essence, you are replacing the bank teller with a guard.
Wouldn’t it be easier to just keep the tellers?
If you’re interested in buying something, you’ll likely approach an actual store or go online to shop for what you need.
However, some people will try to come to you first to sell you something you might not have even considered purchasing. That’s the role of a telemarketer.
Telemarketers are very undesirable in today’s world, and people don’t pick up the phone for these people or will immediately hang up on them when they make their presence known.
Some users explain how their friends or family were telemarketers and had very few sales even though they worked in that position for months or years.
#5. Middle Managers
When talking about certain positions, it’s important to note that there are exceptions to the rule.
Most people consider middle managers entirely useless, even if this isn’t always true. Many middle managers in the modern business landscape are paid to do practically next to nothing.
They hover as others do their work and engage in a wide range of useless tasks that don’t need to be done.
This ends up frustrating employees who make much less and can manage their own work without relying on someone to do it for them.
Many people agree influencers are pointless jobs, yet many company’s work with them to promote their brand.
One person offered a a joke, saying “What’s the difference between a social media influencer and a philosophy major? The philosophy major needed a degree to be useless.”
#7. Very Specific Psychics
Sometimes, you hear the name of a job, and you can’t believe your ears. For example, how would you react if you heard that someone was a pet psychic? While it sounds ridiculous, it’s a very real thing.
As one person said, “Pet Psychic. Our Golden Retriever was getting joint therapy. Someone said something about ‘Hudson’ which is our dog’s name only they were talking to another dog. ‘Oh,’ they said, ‘That’s the dog psychic’s dog.’ Apparently, you could find out what your dog was thinking. I know what my dog is thinking. Most of the time he either wants what I’m eating or he wants me to throw the ball.”
Granted, it depends entirely on how people perceive psychics. Some may think psychics are extremely valuable, but even those individuals might still agree that a pet psychic is a somewhat ridiculous professional title!
#8. Shop Security
The last thing you want if you own a business or a franchise is someone stealing your products. But what if you worked in a position where you couldn’t do anything about it?
In most cases, loss prevention associates and similar shop security positions are incapable of doing anything.
Even though there may be legal repercussions later, there’s still nothing you can do immediately to recover the merchandise. As a result, some of these security positions are essentially useless.
There’s no denying that the only reason paparazzi are still in demand is that magazines will pay for photos of celebrities, especially if they’re scandalous.
However, many agree that it’s a relatively useless job where the people taking the photos may engage in morally objectionable behavior to get the shots they’re looking for.
Most people are not fans of the paparazzi, and they don’t serve a significant role in society.
#10. Elevator Attendant
If there’s one thing we’ve learned, attendants aren’t often the most helpful. They do things that you could do without assistance. Another example of this is an elevator attendant.
As one person said, “An elevator attendant. ‘First floor sir? I’ll press button number 1 for you’.”
Some people have still encountered these professionals, even if they’re not as common as they used to be.
#11. Sign Spinners
You see people on the corner holding signs about ‘going out of business’ sales or other sales.
Does anyone actually go into a store when they see the person holding the sign?
#12. Bathroom Attendants
In some places like clubs, some people stock bathrooms with a host of items and help you out while washing your hands. As a result, you have to tip them. The job isn’t necessary, and you can do all of that on your own.
One person shared their own experience with this.
“I’ve been to a place where the attendant uses a lint roller on you, sprays you with some perfume, and has a little repair kit for clothes, Mother’s Day cards, and all kinds of trinkets. I was not prepared to be there and showed up with a Rolling Stones shirt and dirty jeans. Everyone was dressed nicely. I suspect they let me in because they thought I was one of those rich people so unaware of societal rules that they dress kinda crappy. I was actually just poor.”
#13. Health Insurance Employees
Those who work for a health insurance company aren’t exactly useless in the sense that they do nothing all day.
But most people aren’t happy with these types of employees or their work, often describing their work as inessential or downright wrong.
One commenter explained, “While it’s a billion dollar industry, health insurance. Literally they exist to prevent you from cashing out on what you paid into. They have little to no medical knowledge, make everything more expensive, and exist solely as a useless middleman to make themselves rich.”
#14. Ethics Officers
Why do companies have people to ensure the company is behaving ethically?
Shouldn’t companies be doing this already and not need someone to watch over it to ensure it does?
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