20 Jobs That Attract the Worst People According to the Internet. Do You Agree?

Do you believe that certain professions attract the worst types of people? You’re not alone. After someone polled an online forum asking for examples of said jobs, here is what they volunteered. These are their suggestions, not mine.

1. Lawyers

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Is there really any surprise that lawyers made this internet list of jobs that appear to attract the worst people? They were brought up multiple times in the thread, and one user even clarifies they are a lawyer, and this conception is accurate.

2. Machinists

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Have you ever been around a group of machinists? I have not. However, one machinist shares, “I work in a machine shop that acts as a tool shop for a larger factory. I work with the strangest mix of decent people and the most bigoted, racist jerks I’ve ever met. And it hurts because the worst of them all is also the best machinist I’ve ever and might ever encounter.”

3. Teachers

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Oh boy, why do I feel like people are going to attack me for reporting on this one? These are not my words. However, one forum member says, “Teachers, most of them I personally know, are condescending, judgmental jerks.

They pick their favorite kids and completely mistreat others. My sister makes an $80k salary and complains about “teachers not getting paid enough. Meanwhile, she makes double the average family income for her area. I think a lot of them do it for the clout.” I do not know how accurate that is today, but all of my teachers loved me.

4. Nurses

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The number-one voted career full of “mean girls” is nursing. One says, “There is a lot, A LOT, of toxic, abusive high-school girl drama-type behavior among nurses.” They elaborate it’s an important job, but they’ve seen so much that they can safely say about half of the people doing it have no business being “responsible for a yogurt, let alone a human being’s life.”

My stepmother is a retired oncology nurse, and I can’t imagine her being in the mean girls club. However, as a patient, I once interrupted a group of gossiping nurses who were honestly speaking ill of another patient.

They were making fun of their smell and condition! In the ER, I pulled my curtain back to say, “These curtains aren’t soundproof,” before expressing disgust and disbelief at their unprofessionalism. I’m confident I became their next topic of discussion, but it was appalling. Sadly, numerous nurses in the thread agree that the profession attracts some of the most “Catty, venomous, horrible people.”

Countless people agree that bedside nurses tend to be the most caring, genuine, and sincere in this profession.

5. Recruiters

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“I was a recruiter. I can confirm. My office had tons of drinking, drugs, and married executives sleeping with recruiters 10+ years younger.” This user elaborates that it’s a nightmare. Many people joke that it sounds like the best job ever.

However, one adds, “a bunch of frat boys and sorority girls, and it was a lot about grind culture. 12-hour days. Minimum wage to start. Ridiculous amounts of micromanaging. The worst job I ever had.”

6. Substance Abuse Mental Health Professionals

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While many are known as angels who want to help, others are discussed as another narcissistic breed. Sadly, I can attest that this profession attracts many people who have relapsed or are not in recovery, which is not a good mix. While they can understand what the patient is going through, they shouldn’t be actively going through it with them. I’ve known a couple who abused pills and drank alcohol.

Additionally, one notes that burnout in Mental Health with substance use disorders is incredibly high. “These are often people with Masters degrees (at least where I live) who are paid $35-75k/year and work ungodly hours.”

7. MLM Executives

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I will never stop speaking the truth about the predatory business known as multi-level marketing (MLM). You can’t be a good person and run a pyramid scam to make yourself rich. When you’re on the top, you’re manipulating the bottom with lies and false hope.

These people are the epitome of a slimy salesperson with their false claims and snake oils. One user notes, “They’re all bullies and manipulators. The worst kind of people will tell you that your brother’s funeral is a good place to recruit ‘investors.'”

8. Real Estate Agents

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Real estate or property agents are number three on their list. Several people confided that they knew people who went into real estate and became shady salespeople who allowed their entire identity to become consumed with selling property. Some noted that their acquaintances who turned agents do not post about anything except real estate.

Finally, one says the people they knew who stayed with it changed who they are. “After a few years, they are hardly recognizable as the same people. Vein, shallow, and 100% of the time, they are in character and trying to sell.”

9. Bouncers

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Countless forum members admit they believe bouncers go into that work to flex and start fights to exercise their bruteness. A former bouncer confirms that most of the drama they were in was caused by the two biggest guys that just wanted to mess with people and brag about it while they had our after-shift drinks.

10. Reality TV Stars

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Are you a fan of “reality” TV? This thread is not. One user says they prefer to call it “contrived situation television.” From shows like Teen Mom to Keeping Up With the Kardashians, these users are not impressed with the stars or the people who create the series. However, some argue that reality shows like Survivor and food competitions get a pass. 

11. Paparazzi

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“You have to be a special kind of soulless,” according to one user who despises the paparazzi. Numerous others concur and add they are “Absolutely lifeless humans—audio-visual bottom feeders with a camera, searching for scraps and the next payment. So not only does their profession provide something that is arguably valueless, but the means to produce it is abominable.”

12. Architect

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Awe, man, what would Ted Mosby say? On the other hand, his character may be making their point. A former architect student shares they wanted to be an architect until they met a bunch of them.

Another agrees and confides that their big reason for dropping out of the architecture program was that most of their peers were pretentious and hostile jerks. “In one year, the people in my program destroyed a lifelong career dream.”

13. Academia

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Intelligent people in very niche areas were called out by many as having no consideration for the real world and social interaction while simultaneously being told they are the “best in the world at certain specific subject areas.”

One adds, “You end up with an unnecessarily toxic environment of people trying to intellectually one-up each other and throw anyone off the ladder on their way up. It’s a cruel, nasty, petty, and poisonous environment.”

14. Law Enforcement

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As badly as I’d love to argue this point, I can’t anymore. Law enforcement made their list in the number seven spot, and many couldn’t believe it was so low on the list.

They note that police attract high school bullies and power-hungry people with no business wearing a badge representing the motto, “serve and protect.” It’s not difficult to turn on the news and see that police brutality is trending all over the United States, especially if you’re Black.

Additionally, correctional officers and security guards were repeatedly listed as attracting the worst types of people. One suggests, “Many of these people failed out of the police academy and are not only power hungry, but have the looming gray cloud of failure hanging over them.”

15. Stockbrokers

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Stockbrokers weren’t far behind them. One confesses they have a few stockbroker friends, “I love them, but man, they are some manure-peddling artists.” He continues that these brokers act confident and make things up as they go along.

“As a former stockbroker, that is very true,” one admits. “It’s encouraged to straight up lie to clients.” Another adds they had a stockbroker brother-in-law once. He described him as a man who could “wrap a piece of poo in a Snickers wrapper and sell it as a limited edition.”

16. Santa Claus

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This one is disturbing but not at all surprising. One user admits their mom works in a prison, and people get jobs as Santa at shopping malls because they like kids sitting on their laps. “Apparently, it’s more common than we think.”

Another person shares, “I was a correctional officer, and the people in for the worst crimes were always the nicest, most respectful inmates and looked very ‘normal’ (whatever normal is really). I think that’s what was always really creepy.”

17. Military

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“Probably 99% of the Soldiers are good, honest people. The nature of the job simply attracts some sickos.” This Army veteran had several others who concur with his statement. “Most of the military are decent people, but a small percentage are absolute psychopaths!”

He elaborates that while the Army does what it can, it can take forever to kick someone out. Finally, another veteran who served a tour in Iraq says, “Every so often, you’d come across somebody who straight up shouldn’t have been handed a rifle.” My husband is an Iraq War on Terror veteran and agrees with this assessment.

18. Tow Truck Drivers

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Tow truck drivers are on the list as being particularly shady individuals. Someone states, “At least 80% of all the tow truck drivers I’ve met have been felons, and about 98% have been shady.” Another agrees and shares that he was involved in an accident on a highway.

Two towing truck drivers were “literally fighting each other to take my car even though it was fully drivable.” Finally, one told him they needed to get it out of the highway, and he would release it immediately. “I fell for it and let him take it. Well, he lied. He didn’t want to release my car until I paid him $500.”

19. Sales

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Good Lord. I was the manager of a cell phone store, and it’s cutthroat, and why I didn’t make it. It was my first and only time working for a commission, and I was dumbfounded at what people would do to make a sale.

I’m talking, lying to little old ladies, adding insurance to lines without asking the customer, and convincing people they couldn’t change their phone numbers without opening another line of service because that was what paid a commission. It was terrible.

20. Car Salespeople

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Finally, car salespeople get their own point away from other sales because they are deemed to have an extra layer of slime. One insists they are “An absolute bunch of criminals dressed in a layer of legal protection.”What do you think?

Source: Reddit.

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Elizabeth Ervin is the owner of Sober Healing. She is a freelance writer passionate about opioid recovery and has celebrated breaking free since 09-27-2013. She advocates for mental health awareness and encourages others to embrace healing, recovery, and Jesus.