5 Jobs I Would Hate

competitive hot dog eater
Joey “Jaws” Chestnut after winning the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Challenge

This week we talked about the pros and cons of teaching. I don’t think I’d be a good teacher, but there probably could be a subject or group of students I’d connect with. I think I’m pretty good as an optometrist, and I am versatile enough to do a range of careers if the motivation was there, but here are 5 jobs I would hate. I’d rather work at 7/11 or drive a garbage truck than do one of these.

Ebola Czar

Ebola Czar would be a terrible job. For one, who thinks the government does a great job at anything health care related? I think they make people in charge of something so they will have someone to fire when things go wrong. Look what happened to Kathleen Sebelius, the lady who was in charge of healthcare.gov.

Two, Ebolaczar sounds like an evil biblical character. Maybe he’s Goliath’s first cousin on his way to smite the Philistines. Regardless, it isn’t a title I’d want to have.

Animal Control Officer

I love animals, and you’d think I’d jump at the chance to work around them all day, but I happen to know our area animal control officer. Almost every time I see her, she smells like a skunk. Yep, she is the one people call when there is a skunk/porcupine/mountain lion/rat, etc in their back yard. If it were all puppies and kitties, it might be fun, but I know better.


We live in a hugely popular area for hunting. I am not a fan, but I do see the need. If there are too many elk and deer, they starve. Most hunters do use the meat for their families, so I can’t fault them. I could not, however, be the one who stuffed Bambi to hang on the wall,even though I know a good taxidermist can make lots of money. Dead animals are really creepy to me, and I am so thankful I did not marry a hunter!

Bank Teller

As much as I love to have money, I do not like to touch it. Money is disgusting. If you don’t believe me, have a yard sale, count your earnings three times, then look at and smell your hands. When I see people in the movies roll around in money, I want to go take a shower.

Also, I’d be terrible about giving someone an extra ten dollar bill by accident or shorting them that much. I’ve known lots of bank tellers, and there is huge pressure to have a perfect drawer at the end of the day. I think I would get fired pretty quickly.

Competitive Eater

I know you can make big money by winning eating contests, and surprisingly, the reigning champions are usually all very skinny. It might sound great to know you could eat all the food you wanted and be compensated for it, but would you really want to eat 68 hot dogs in 10 minutes? I can’t imagine what that must feel like 3 hours later.

Jobs I Love

The jobs I am loving right now are being a study participant and blogger. I made $300 for a little over an hour of my time by doing a webinar and  answering questions about how I treat dry eye disease.Those gigs don’t come up often, but they are sweet when they do.

I was also featured on Rockstar Finance not once, but twice, over the past couple of months for my posts about bargains not being bargains and on how many years of retirement things cost. That second one also got picked up by Lifehacker, which was an awesome traffic day.

I’d like to thank J$ for that, plus for giving me the OK to take the money I find in the dryer (from Jim’s pockets because I never have cash) and adding it to challenge savings.

What jobs would you hate to have? How much would you take to talk about dry eyes for an hour?


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Sydney White is a Texas-born stay at home mom who enjoys spending time with her family, bargain hunting and, of course, writing. She is currently the editor-in-chief of Snipon.com.


  1. Animal caretaker at zoos, not that I really hate this so much, but I just don’t want to find myself be in this job. There’s really a great health risk. Imagine you do this everyday. I hope these people in this job are paid much or enough.

  2. I could never be a taxidermist, either. The animal control officers at the shelter I worked at didn’t mostly handled dogs and cats. It is an extremely tough job, though. Besides picking up strays, they had to deal with DOA’s, as well as squirrels, raccoons, and birds. There were times a few of them were attacked by vicious dogs roaming loose. I love animals, too, but I couldn’t go through half of what they did.

  3. I’m with you on the nastiness of actual cash! I worked in the cash office at Six Flags amusement park one summer during college and it was gross. I had to count sweaty, dirty, sticky amusement park money for 8 hours a day in a basement. The upside is that it was air-conditioned and my co-wokers were nice. Everything else was a downside 🙂

    1. I actually would not mind if cash went completely away. I almost never carry it and would prefer to pay for everything with a credit card.

  4. I’m with you on those jobs, especially the taxidermist. I’m a vegetarian so I just couldn’t hack that one! You could also add (along the lines of bank teller) middle school dance concessions. I wonder why their money gets so damp as the dance progresses?! Lol! Yep! That was me a few weeks ago. I do it for my kid and then decontaminate afterwards;0)

  5. I was a bank teller for many years but never thought about the germ aspect until I had kids and got more germ conscious. 🙂 I think I could be a competitive eater, but only if the competition involved chocolate or banana cream pie or something, LOL.

  6. When I was a bartender, many moons ago, I ran across a casket re-possessor. He was an american working in Brazil or somewhere near there. His friends were giving him grief about the job, so I asked him.

    They take back caskets that were not paid for, or payments not made. They sell the body to a university or other scientific place. I think he said they could not reuse the casket, but I cannot remember now.

    1. I love a good bargain, but I might have to draw the line at second hand caskets, although I guess I’d never know the difference!

  7. I had to laugh when I first heard the term Ebola Czar on the radio. I think it’s more for PR as people tend to feel secure of there is one person in charge of something. Ditto on competitive eating as I have heard some interviews of Joey Chestnut and he says he pretty much feels like crap for days after his eating binges.

    I would LOVE to talk about dry eye for $300!

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