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Which Workers Think Their Jobs Make the World a Worse Place?

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Does your job make the world a better or worse place? That’s what 30,000 workers were asked last year — and their answers have given researchers a lot to talk about.

Salary comparison site PayScale conducted the survey in which people were asked the question and told to choose from the answer options of “very much so,” “yes,” “a little,” “no” and “My job may make the world a worse place.”

While only one percent picked the last answer, the New York Times was curious about what types of jobs those people had, so PayScale investigated further. Here are the top 10 occupations that had the highest shares of workers saying they thought their jobs made the world a worse place:

  • Fast-Food Worker: 42.3 percent
  • Bartender: 5.8 percent
  • Senior Attorney: 4.9 percent
  • Fashion Designer: 4.1 percent
  • Associate – Investment Banking: 3.8 percent
  • Legal Assistant: 3.6 percent
  • Account Executive, Advertising: 3.4 percent
  • Claims Adjuster / Examiner / Investigator: 3.3 percent
  • Personal Banker: 3.2 percent
  • Petroleum Engineer: 3.1 percent

Although a lot of people would take issue with bartenders thinking they don’t make the world a better place, analysts noted two of the 10 spots were banking professions — possibly a reflection of the economic downturn that happened largely at the hands of Wall Street executives.

Sorted by industry, here are the top 10 fields in which employees said their jobs make the world a worse place (the number one slot isn’t a terrible surprise):

  • Tobacco Manufacturing: 15.9 percent
  • Gambling Industries: 5 percent
  • Gasoline Stations: 4.4 percent
  • Limited-Service Eating Places (e.g., Fast-Food Restaurants): 2.8 percent
  • Beer, Wine and Distilled Alcoholic Beverage Merchant Wholesalers: 2.1 percent
  • Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers: 1.9 percent
  • Legal Services: 1.8 percent
  • Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing: 1.7 percent
  • Jewelry, Luggage and Leather Goods Stores: 1.7 percent
  • Advertising and Related Services: 1.6 percent

[The New York Times]

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