Thursday, January 8, 2009

Dear Wall Street Journal, You Suck

As per my usual routine I tend to check my personal e-mails accounts a couple times a day while at work, especially the one attached to this blog because I love when people post comments back and I want to read them ASAP. So today I log into Yahoo! and see an article about the Best and Worst Jobs for 2008 as compiled by the Wall Street Journal.

Out of curiosity I click on the article and read all about how being a mathematician is the best job of 2008. Sure, leave it to people who compile stats for a living to determine that numbers make you cool.
And while I wasn’t surprised to see that my profession wasn’t on the list, I was taken aback by what I found on the Worst Job List.

According to this survey one of the worst jobs of 2008 was a butcher (#187). Now before I became a Cubicle Monkey I actually worked in a butcher shop and there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t have a fond memory of that place. From the age of 15 to 24 I spent 5 days a week up to my elbows in chicken breast, beef liver, and every other body part that comes from an animal. It was awesome.

Sure, there was some inherent danger that came from working in a butcher shop. All those sharp knives, whirring band saws and fat laden slippery floors could all be considered “hazards”, but you can’t tell me that those are more hazardous that a NUCLEAR DECONTAMINATION TECH, which is the job that ranked one better than butcher.

I am pretty sure that the uniform alone denotes that being a butcher is a hell of a lot better than being a NUCLEAN DECONTAMINATION TECH. (See examples below).


Come on people. Who comes up with these studies? Being a butcher was a great job and I bet others would think so too. I mean, do you think Alice would have dated Sam if he dressed in a HazMat Suit? I think not…

~The Office Scribe

1 comment:

sinisterdan said...

Is roustabout even a word anymore?