19 Jobs People Think Are Absolutely Pointless

It’s amazing how many different jobs exist to keep society running. However, some of these jobs seem completely pointless. A recent online survey asked people, “What job is useless?” Below are the top 19 responses.

Sorters and filers

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“My very first job. I’m a toxicologist and was hired by a very big private laboratory. My main job was to sort and redirect case files depending on the time at which the results came out. THE DOCUMENTS WERE SENT TO ME IN EXCEL. I was getting paid just to click sort by date descendingly.”

“I had to do something similar to this when I was doing summer help at a steel factory. They paid me $14 an hour to sit there for eight hours and just move files to different folders and rename them.”

Document shredders

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“One summer, I was paid 16 an hour just to shred documents. This was for a psychologist faking retirement. The oldest paper I shredded was from 1954.”

Overly modern teachers

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“My math teacher, who tells me to log in to Pearson and then disappears.”

“I dropped a university class this term because the week three assignment said to “look up how to do this on Google, StackExchange, or ChatGPT.” I’m not paying 1400 dollars to be taught by an AI chatbot.”

Lazy security guards

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“We have a specific security guard we’ve had for 13+ years, and he is pretty useless. The security guard lives there and has a tv. He watches telenovelas most of the time. All he does is open the gate and doesn’t even bother even to inspect, though, since according to his logic, 99% of people who can afford a car aren’t bad/harmful people.”

“His job is actually very important if you see how society seems to value things. He provides the illusion of safety, something people value greatly.”

Forgotten employees

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“I took a job scheduling residential HVAC technicians for a mid-sized company after a few years of working in the field. A few months in, the company ended its residential program to focus on commercial. The thing is, they already had commercial schedulers. My boss told me she’d find me a new role, but then she took another job elsewhere and left. I stayed as a scheduler with no one to schedule in a department that no longer existed. No one in the office seemed to realize this, and for over half a decade, I would show up, make friendly conversation in the breakroom while making my coffee, and then literally just did nothing the rest of the day.”

“I once filed charges against my employer for an unethical issue that happened. Attorneys were involved and it was ugly for about two weeks. I had all job assignments taken away while the investigation was conducted. In the middle of the investigation, covid took off and the world went into a tailspin. Everyone involved with my issue/charge started exiting the company, and I never had any duties given back to me. I stayed in that role for six months without anyone ever questioning what I did. I would come into work, make a lap around the site, take an hour’s lunch and come and go as I wanted.”

People who just walk around with a clipboard

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“My husband calls it “confidence and a clipboard.” Act like you are busy and belong there and no one questions it. Add a utility vest or hook stuff to your belt? Credibility and authority!”

“I used to do this when I wanted a break at a warehouse job I worked in college. I discovered if you were walking while carrying a clipboard, no one would stop you. So I would just grab a clipboard and walk around for 10 minutes.”

Pharmacy benefit managers

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“Literally, their only purpose is to make more money for middlemen while screwing over the general public on drug prices.”

“Glad to see I wasn’t the only one looking for this. Had them deny a breast cancer drug because my patient didn’t try two other drugs first even though the FDA approval has zero stipulation of another drug being trialed first.”

Management consultants

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“I’m a management consultant, and while I have quite a bit of industry knowledge and experience, my clients either have the same knowledge or aren’t willing to accept change. Often times my firm gets paid a lot of money to make very little difference strategically and/or operationally. Where we do add value is in implementing enterprise-wide software solutions. Why do I stay? The money is pretty good, given the futility.”

“I heard from an acquaintance of mine who is a management consultant that most of the time, people just want to hear their ideas out of someone else’s mouth and will pay you to do it so that their peers will be more amenable to the idea.”

Elevator attendants

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“I’m so old I remember when they had these in department stores. While shopping with my grandma one day, we got in an elevator and the attendant asked if we wanted the second floor. My grandma replies, ‘Why yes, how did you know?’ He says, ‘Ma’am, there are only two floors, and we’re currently on the first one.’”

“This job got replaced by machines. Back in the day, elevators were all manual, just a lever that could go up and down and stop. Their job was to know on which floor to stop and to align the elevator floor with the building floor.”

Telemarketers

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“I don’t know a single person who has actually purchased something from a telemarketer. Maybe it’s something the older generation does but everyone hates them and immediately hangs up on them around me.”

“I worked as a telemarketer for State Farm when I got out of high school, and in eight months, I had one person actually let me give her a quote. It was my aunt.”

Sign spinners

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“The job only exists because the businesses want to put a sign there, but it’s cheaper or the only legal option to hire a person to hold the sign and stand there.”

“What are they advertising? No one knows! But look at those spins and- oh! They threw it into the air and caught it behind their back. And there goes the spinning again! Look how fast and how it flows! What fun.”

Paparazzi

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“You know why paparazzi make a ton of money and keep doing what they are doing? Because people keep buying their photos to put in magazines that people keep buying. Stop buying the magazines and watching the shows featuring their photos, and the paparazzi disappear.”

“I will never understand the paparazzi who camp out for days to take a photo and the gossip writers who write and publish these useless stories.”

Bathroom attendants

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“I don’t need somebody in there pulling paper towels out the dispenser just to hand it to me and compel me to tip them.”

“I’ve been to a place where the attendant uses a lint roller on you, sprays you with some perfume, and has a little repair kit for clothes, Mother’s Day cards, and all kinds of trinkets.”

Managers that dish out all of their work

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“I do approx 95% of my manager’s job.. so my manager.”

Shop security guards

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“Depends on the type of security they invest in. Security guards who stand at the door all day in a uniform – yes, you’re right, in most cases, they’re used as a deterrent.”

“At my local Target, the security will watch you and record how much you steal. They have files on repeat offenders and make a case against them.”

Car dealers

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“Just let me buy a car from the factory. Your job is to get me to pay as much as possible. So useless and so annoying.”

“Yes, factory direct should be a thing with all this technology. Order your car on the app, pick custom settings, and deliver to your driveway in two to three business days.”

Some project managers

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“I’m not saying all project managers are useless, but some of you make a compelling case.”

“Good project managers can be golden. I worked briefly with HVAC, and the project managers basically made sure that the installation and commissioning of new equipment occurred on schedule. Unfortunately, bad project managers are too common, which is why the profession gets a bad reputation.”

Scrum masters

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“While I’ve been told by a number of different companies (mostly developers) in my six years of being a Scrum master that their work lives have changed for the better, bad Scrum masters do exist out there.”

“My teams love me and are happy that I’m there, which I’ve been told on numerous occasions. But I actually DO stuff to reduce unnecessary work. Then there are others who just spit out buzzword after buzzword without any meaning behind it, moderate a Retro and then leave like they made an impact. I 100% understand why so many people roll their eyes when they hear “Agile Coach” or ‘Scrum Master.’”

Health insurance adjusters

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“Literally, they exist to prevent you from cashing out on what you paid into. They have little to no medical knowledge, make everything more expensive, and exist solely as a useless middleman to make themselves rich.”

“Exactly. They just refused to cover my medication that they suggested several years ago to replace another medication they did not want to cover at the time. This time they didn’t even offer a replacement but just refused to cover my medication without any explanation. It’s an absurd world where the insurance company decides on my healthcare instead of my doctor.”

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