10 Most Useless Jobs That Exist

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Some absurd jobs in this world make you wonder why they exist. If you feel your job is boring or has no purpose, you should change your opinion after reading about the following meaningless jobs.

Lifeguards at Olympics

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A meme went viral a few years ago: ‘If you feel useless today, remember somebody is working as a lifeguard at the Olympics swimming event.’ It left people questioning the need to position lifeguards when professional swimmers competing in the event can come to the rescue if an untoward incident happens.

Fortune Cookie Writers

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There is no doubt that messages in fortune cookies are fun and can brighten your day. Some brands engage writers for this inconsequential work. Believe it or not, Matt Williams and Shawn Porat, co founders of OpenFortune, make a fortune writing these messages! Wouldn’t sourcing ideas and inspiration from the internet be a cheaper alternative for brands?

Elevator Operators

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Old-fashioned elevators needed dedicated attendants to operate manual doors and help passengers if something went wrong. Today, the job seems redundant when elevators are fully automated and self-operable with built-in security features.

Pet Psychics

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Pet psychics claim to connect with living or deceased animals to communicate with them through their psychic abilities. A professional pet psychic, Nikki Vasconez, charges $550 per session to talk to people’s pets. The lack of science-based evidence to prove such psychic abilities puts a question mark on the usefulness of this job.

Professional Mourners

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People hire professional mourners (also known as moirologists) to attend funerals and lament for the deceased on behalf of their families. While this is a noble job, it is still odd to see people make a living from bereavement.

Sign Holders

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These people, also known as human billboards or sign spinners, get paid to advertise a business. This gimmicky job can be easily replaced with a professional name board, poster, or banner on the sidewalk.

Golf Ball Divers

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Golf ball divers retrieve lost balls from the ponds and water features on the golf course. These water bodies can have foul odor, toxic pollutants, or dangerous aquatic species. Given this job’s health hazards, hiring someone to do this is pointless. Why not replace the lost balls with the new ones?

Store Greeters

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Walmart had employed store greeters at the doors of its stores a few years ago. Though receiving a warm welcome when you enter the store is a pleasant feeling, the absence of greeters doesn’t make you miss anything.

Paint Drying Watcher

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Can you believe that someone would watch the paint dry for a living? The job sounds ridiculous and mindless, but paint manufacturing companies have paint-drying watchers on their payroll.

Restroom Attendants

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Restroom attendants may be an exclusive service in fancy or high-end nightclubs, casinos, and restaurants. Most commoners can do away with these attendants whose job is to hand over the towels, candies, soap, etc. What’s more, you have to tip them too!