No Brains Required? 19 Professions The Internet Claims You Don’t Need to Think For

Some professions are often associated with hiring individuals who may not be perceived as highly intellectual.
An internet survey recently asked, “Which profession has the dumbest people?” Here are the 19 best responses.

Warehousing

Warehousing
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“We have no educational requirements at all. We have functionally illiterate people, and Health and Safety Briefs must be read to them.”

“I started in warehousing and now handle SAP logistical work. It boggles my mind how it’s so hard to put something away accurately.”

Truck Drivers (Swift, Specifically)

Truck Drivers (Swift, Specifically)
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“Many OTR (Over the road) companies will put anyone through driving school. I am sure you have seen the ads that say something like Get Your Commercial License! Guaranteed Placement! So they will take almost anyone, get them a license, and then they are contracted to work for that company for x amount of time.”

“I work in shipping. Swift drivers have murdered three doors, six orange cones, two wheel chocks, and a fence or two.”

Guitar Center Salesmen

Guitar Center Salesmen
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“You need five of them and two managers to buy a kazoo.”

“I asked to try a guitar off the wall while shopping for a Stratocaster. I proceeded to ear-tune it before I plugged it in. The girl said, “Wow, I didn’t know you could do that.” The problem is that retail outlets don’t want to pay experts to be salesmen; they have to pay them more, so you end up with beginners.”

Actors

Actors
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“I run a small production company, so I need actors frequently: let me tell you, these are the single dumbest people in the entire world, but the golden ticket is that they’re not just “dumb,” they’re “pretentious dumb” – dumb but trying really hard to make their brand of dumb seem deep and insightful.”

“I feel your pain. I work with and manage various artistic types (dancers, singers, musicians). While some have their heads screwed on right, the rest… well, it’s a good thing they’re pretty.”

Darden Restaurants

Darden Restaurants
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“I’m not talking about the store-level people either. I’m talking about management. The number of things they managed to mess up is truly mind-blowing.”

“Former Darden waiter (while I was in college). Can confirm. Managers aren’t just dumb. They’re rude. And don’t even get me started on Darden executives.”

Navy Cooks

Navy Cooks
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“When you enlist in the Navy, they test your aptitude and give you a list of jobs based on your results. If you score in the bottom 5th percentile, you have one job available: Cook.”

“Met a Navy cook. Watched him wash a digital scale off under the faucet; I found out it wasn’t waterproof. The sous who asked to use the scale was at a loss for words.”

People Who Work in Sport Shops

People Who Work in Sport Shops
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“I wanted to buy the same trainers I had on. That should be the easiest thing in the world. Nope.”

“That place will drive you crazy to the point that you don’t care about customer service, and then customers get angry.”

TSA Agents

TSA Agents
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“Most of them use it as a stepping stone to other Federal work since they do the background checks the other agencies require and they’re actually hiring.”

“I honestly believe that being morbidly obese, dimwitted, and speaking like you just suffered from a stroke are prerequisites for joining the TSA.”

Construction

Construction
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“My dad’s boss is getting frustrated because almost every job applicant has a drug problem, it seems.”

“Finding a quality worker in construction is like finding a hundred dollars in your pocket that you didn’t know you had. Good guys are hard to find. We’ve got one guy on my current project that I don’t care how much I must pay to keep him.”

Anything at an Oil Refinery

Anything at an Oil Refinery
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“If you can’t be useful, be friendly. Friendly people who are incompetent can be moved to where they can do less damage. Rude people cause damage just by showing up and being themselves.”

“Yeah, these guys usually find a cushy job and stop getting promoted. Oil refineries are full of them for some reason. They can’t risk firing the person and the refinery losing efficiency, so they keep them.”

Real Estate

Real Estate
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“I worked in the mortgage industry for a while. Met A LOT of realtors that were absolute nut cases, can’t believe they even had a job. But at the same time, our neighbors growing up were a family realtor team, and they were the nicest, coolest people ever.”

“I moved out of state and had a real estate agent show me around some apartments. She asked me where I was from at the first property, so I told her “outside Detroit.” She asked where that was, and I told her, “Michigan.” She was still confused and asked if Michigan was in Arizona. The tour ended there.

Anyone at The Scholarship and Financial Aid Offices

Anyone at The Scholarship and Financial Aid Offices
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“At my college, the financial aid hours were always inconvenient 10 – 4, off for lunch 12 – 1. I’d always skip class to accommodate their hours. On top of that, their solution to every problem was ‘take out a loan.’ I don’t need any MORE debt.”

“Mine were perfectly competent but actively hostile to anyone trying to use them. I once went down there with the dean to demand a meeting after they kept blowing me off and lying about my financial aid for the entire semester. They all pretended to be at lunch.”

Supermarkets

Supermarkets
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“In all seriousness, they tend to hire anyone, so while not everyone who works in one is dumb, you get many of them.”

“I work in a supermarket but ended up with much more than I bargained for. Price integrity at Tesco (UK) requires considerable brainpower, with legal, price verification audits, point of sale, mapping, etc.”

Food Service

Food Service
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“I’m a waitress/bartender, and it’s amazing how many stupid people they hire and then leave a few weeks later because they can’t hack being busy.”

“I left a restaurant job because it wasn’t busy enough. I was bored because the manager wanted us ‘to look busy’ as underpaid janitorial staff.”

Sales Rep

Sales Rep
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“We just hired a lady with 20 years of sales experience who doesn’t know how to use her laptop. It’s a nightmare.”

“Salespeople with good personalities and technical/industry know-how can be very successful.”

Coal Mines

Coal Mines
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“They are the repository of people too dumb for oil and gas and too unreliable for the forest industry.”

“I work at a small gold mine, and some ignorant morons that get hired for a few weeks before getting fired are astounding. You would think they would run out of them at some point but more keep appearing.”

Oil Sands

Oil Sands
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“Some of the absolute biggest morons in the world get paid astronomical amounts of money to lift heavy things and drive vehicles. And then when the economy crashes, they blame the evil government because nobody wants to hire somebody with a drug habit, a 70 IQ, and a lifted truck.”

“They get paid that much because it is dangerous, I assume, long, hard hours and away from home/family for months. You don’t have to be smart, but you risk life and limb.”

Private Security

Private Security
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“During orientation, in a class of 12, two couldn’t read, and one didn’t speak English. A question arose about whether we were being paid our hired hourly wages during training, and the group all agreed that we HAD to be paid for it. I spoke up that it stated in the contract that we signed that we would be paid minimum wage until we were assigned to a post, at which point our hourly wage would increase to what we were hired at. The teacher looked at me and said, “Calm down. We cannot expect everyone to read what they sign.”

“Can confirm. Worked for First Security in college. The job sucks so much that they must dredge the harbor for the lowest bottom feeders they can get. They get the power-hungry cellar-dwellers who were too mentally unhinged for the Marines to take them. They want authority and respect so badly that they think being a security guard means something.”

The DMV

The DMV
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“Most mindless bureaucratic jobs tend to breed angry, unhappy people. Especially those that deal with the general public. While you and I might be decent human beings, the general public is filled with miscreants best dealt with defensively so as not to expose the throat.”

“I’ve never experienced this. The DMV I visit has the kindest, most patient people working behind the counter. This is in a busy urban center, yet everyone I talked to there was easygoing (despite the lines and crazy people ). I was honestly so amazed.”

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