Worst Job in the World

Recently CareerCast released a list of the worst jobs in the United States in 2013. Since then, Lapham Quarterly released a matrix of the 13 worst jobs of the last 2,000 years. The matrix looks at jobs in regard to how difficult, tedious, disgusting, and treacherous they were/are. Some of the jobs in the list include:
  • Banquet Attendant (50AD), responsible for cleaning up guests’ vomit and holding chamber pots for them to urinate into.
  • Viking Egg Collector (900AD), responsible for climbing down cliffs to steal eggs from seabirds, using ropes made of stinging nettle.
  • Food Tester (1520AD), it’s the gallows for you if a Royal consumed tainted food.
  • Leech Gatherer (1835AD).
  • Subway Pusher (2010AD), responsible for pushing Toyko’s rush hour subway commuters into packed trains.
  • Merchant Banker (2013AD), oops… I made this up…

After looking at these jobs, being a newspaper journalist (ranked the top worst job in CareerCast list) doesn’t look too bad.

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Kevin Roberts

Kevin Roberts is founder of Red Rose Consulting; business leader and educator; author and speaker; adviser on marketing, creative thinking and leadership.


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