Call For: Worst Humanities Jobs of 2008

Science isn’t all, “Ask a question, research your topic, formulate a hypothesis, test it, observe, and redefine it.” Practicing scientists and scientists-in-training have to deal with many daily unpleasantries, including:

  • Things that sting
  • Things that burn
  • Things that itch
  • Things that poison
  • Things that infect
  • Things that nauseate
  • Things that kill you
  • Things that don’t pay nearly well enough, and
  • Things they’d rather be doing right now (its a love-hate thing)

Popular Science has been publishing an annual list of the world’s worst jobs in science for years now, dedicated to “the men and women who do what no salary can adequately reward.”

I’m sure, given the opportunity, humanities and social scientists could muster up a similar list. So wudyasay clinical psychologists, media analysts, classicists, creative writers, economists, and political scientists? Show us your worst.

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5 Responses to “Call For: Worst Humanities Jobs of 2008”

  1. J.J.S. Boyce

    Starbucks for liberal arts graduates?

    I read an article about the high number of BA holders who can’t find anything other than the barrista jobs they already had.

  2. Martin R

    In the US, archaeology is a social science, so folks from there will find the following irrelevant. But anyway.

    A very small percentage of archaeology graduates in Europe find jobs in their field, usually in contract / rescue archaeology, the kind that is done when highways are built. These are really bad job for the following reasons.

    1. Extremely poor pay related to length of education.

    2. Extremely poor job security: generally you only get 4 months at a time.

    3. Originally tiny labour market very sensitive to swings in the economy.

    4. Job forces you to dig dirt under all weather conditions.

    5. Highway projects slalom around well-preserved and interesting archaeological sites for reasons of heritage preservation and cost of excavations.

  3. Sanguinetti A!

    I saw a philosophy/math double major graduate end up in a tiny town with nothing to do but work at Walmart.

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