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    Post Re: Unskilled Dead-end Jobs

    Truckers are cool, I've pondered a career in the transportation industry. I want to drive a big rig, maybe I could get a booster seat. I've been a navigator on many cross-country vacations and listening in on truckers' conversations with the CB radio is very entertaining! You get to learn where all the titty bars, Asian massage parlors and whorehouses are for any given area. Now imagine being in the car with your grandma while hearing this info.

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    Post Re: Unskilled Dead-end Jobs

    Quote Originally Posted by Ted
    Thus far I'm getting some pretty good answers. The better examples for what I'm looking for are jobs like:

    -Janitor (Caretaker as we say in the UK)
    -Garbage Man (Bin Man)
    -Truck Loader
    -Automotive Lube Technician
    -Muffler Mechanic (Silencer Fitter)
    -Fork-Lift Operator
    -Garbage Truck Driver
    -Machine Feeder
    -Assembly Line Worker
    -Production Welder
    -Drill Press Operator
    -Asphalt Raker

    Keep 'em coming, please!

    A friend of mine who is pretty hip about sociology points out to me that several of these jobs listed are actually classified as semi-skilled, and some others are heavily unionised and well paid, which in turn would not place them that low on the social status ladder.

    He suggested:

    Janitor
    Truck Loader
    Pipe Layer (a.k.a. Ditch Digger)
    Mechanic's Helper
    Garbage Man

    All these jobs are hard, dirty, and it wouldn't be odd to see a middle-aged man performing them.

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    Post Re: Unskilled Dead-end Jobs

    Lawn labour?

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    Post Re: Unskilled Dead-end Jobs

    Quote Originally Posted by Rodskarl Dubhgall
    What do you have against truckers?
    Truckers are most often the kind of people who want to make a quick buck without investing too much time or energy. Usually they are unskilled and turn to trucking after having failed at most other jobs, manual labour for example.

    Nothing wrong with that. I once considered getting into trucking, but this is certainly the kind of job a single guy should have. It's no fun being apart from your family for weeks at a time.

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    I knew a guy once when I was living in the USA who was classified as a "mechanic's helper" for the local bus authority. He said he hated his job because he swam in grease and oil everyday. Indeed, he was quite possibly the filthiest man I ever met. He was terribly embarassed by his grease and oil stained skin, but it was a job, and his kids had to eat. Even though it was a council job, and they had a union and all; he really didn't make that much money. I was surprised how relatively low his wages were, compared to most unionised tradesmen. I reminded him that at least he was learning a trade, but he skoffed that off as well. I recall him saying in his twangy American accent as if it was yesterday, "Trade! Are you kidding me, man! They don't let me learn anything down there at the f^#*in' bus garage. They just have me do all the dirty work, the heavy lifting, and the tool fetching." I have to agree with him. That job must have "sucked."

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    Post Re: Unskilled Dead-end Jobs

    Quote Originally Posted by Ted
    I knew a guy once when I was living in the USA who was classified as a "mechanic's helper" for the local bus authority. He said he hated his job because he swam in grease and oil everyday. Indeed, he was quite possibly the filthiest man I ever met. He was terribly embarassed by his grease and oil stained skin, but it was a job, and his kids had to eat. Even though it was a council job, and they had a union and all; he really didn't make that much money. I was surprised how relatively low his wages were, compared to most unionised tradesmen. I reminded him that at least he was learning a trade, but he skoffed that off as well. I recall him saying in his twangy American accent as if it was yesterday, "Trade! Are you kidding me, man! They don't let me learn anything down there at the f^#*in' bus garage. They just have me do all the dirty work, the heavy lifting, and the tool fetching." I have to agree with him. That job must have "sucked."
    Hehe, yup.

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    Post Re: Unskilled Dead-end Jobs

    I would take a job as a garbageman here in an instant. Great pay. OK hours. Great benefits. It is totally unskilled, but the work doesn't involve much thought. Another job that I recently considered was working as a custodian for the state offices. Its a low level job, but state benefits, early retirement, and high pay rates after a few years is a compromise. I just hate working with computers and those that mess them up so much and need a way out of the field.

    Lawncare is another job that is relatively unskilled.

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    I just hate working with computers and those that mess them up so much and need a way out of the field.
    What do you mean?

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    Before I finished my degree I worked in a dirty old factory, and it seemed everyone hated working there no matter what job they did. However, iI specifically remember the welders being the most miserable lot of all. I later found out why when I asked one of them to teach me how to weld. Welding sucks! It's not like there is a whole lot of skill to it (at least production welding), and you have to be able to endure 8 solid hours of heat, dirt and monotony. It gets stifling hot wearing all the protective masks and gear, and the eletrodes you hold produce enough heat to melt your flesh into a pool of wax. I found out you eventually loose your eyesight after years of welding, and along the way you will invariably have numerous accidents when you catch a welders flash. It's like getting sand thrown in your eyes, and it renders you blind for hours. Another thing about a welders job is you have to concentrate on what you are welding while doing the same thing over, and over, and over, and over again. Forget about daydreaming or excercising your creative impulses. You literally have to turn yourself into a bloody robot. These guys always looked sweaty, greasy, and dirty at the end of the shift, and none of them seemed to like anyone else, much less each other. What I couldn't understand was for all that tedious hard work they did, they were only paid 50 cents more an hour than what I was, and I signed on only as a summer help labourer! So for a mere 20 dollars more a week they had to endure those hell like conditions, degenerate their eyesight into blindness, subject themselves to cancerous fumes, and perform brainless drudgery for the rest of their lives. Maybe I can see now why they were all such miserable gits.

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    Post Re: Unskilled Dead-end Jobs

    Quote Originally Posted by Ted
    Thus far I'm getting some pretty good answers. The better examples for what I'm looking for are jobs like:

    -Janitor (Caretaker as we say in the UK)
    You might say caretaker in England but here in Scotland we say Janitor. or more commonly, janni.

    How about a heavy bags lifter.

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