These Jobs Are Much Harder Than They Appear

If you thought these jobs were easy-peasy, you were wrong

Did you think chopping trees is as easy as chopping a carrot? Do you believe airline pilots just push buttons and doze off in the cockpit? You’re wrong. Redditors list out jobs that appear simple on the surface but are much harder than they appear.

1. Logging

Logging is the most dangerous industry in the US.There’s a surprising amount of safety that can go into tree work, and I’m not sure how much of it is required by law. And, when it comes to your own property, things are even more lax. [AphroditeDaemon]


2. Factory Jobs

Certain factory jobs. I worked in a cardboard factory making boxes and it was the hardest job I’ve ever had. We had to manually feed a press putting out 15,000-25,000 pieces an hour. You’d grab as many sheets of cardboard as you could from the bend in your elbow down to your fingertips, getting hundreds of paper cuts until you develop calluses on your forearms, hands, and under your nails. Then have to do a spinning front squat and place it in the feeder, which would be empty again in 5-10 seconds. You wouldn’t think of cardboard as being heavy but some of them are made to hold heavy objects or resist water and are pretty dense. Keeping that pace up in a very hot factory was brutal. Not to mention they have a giant digital stopwatch over the press your working on so everyone can see exactly how long it takes you to complete an order. [Mexican_Bear_Cub]

3. Veterinarians

They do such a broad range of work on such a broad range of animals with tools and drugs that weren’t invented for it, and they’re paid a pittance in comparison to human medical doctors. [BillieRubenCamGirl]

4. Airline Pilot

I keep hearing these dumba**es say that the plane flies itself, all they do is push a button, which is bullsh*t. Autopilot is there to do the boring, tedious parts, the pilot is there to handle the real challenges. Ever see a heavy crosswind landing? People call it a miracle, I call it doing their job using their skills. [MooKids]

5. Glassblowing

The shop I volunteer lets anyone come in and try it. Apparently, I am the only person in a decade that has bothered to come back and continue learning. There are not a whole lot of people willing to put up with daily burns, cuts, dangerous compounds (HF acid, base baths, uranium doped glass, etc) and hours of work breaking in a microsecond. I think it’s the greatest thing in the world! [NanoAggression]


6. Anaesthetist

Being an Anaesthetist. It’s nice and chill right up until it’s not and then it’s a shit hits the ceiling kind of thing. And your patient will most likely not even know of your contributions to their good health, at least in my part of the world. [icanhazbaconztoo]

7. Social Worker

Everyone that walks in the door has a life that is in crisis in some way. Every person I talk to on the phone, all day long, is in the middle of things totally falling apart on them, and the help they really need is, most of the time, something that’s beyond my ability to deliver.

The learning curve for my job is 18-24 months before you really know what you’re doing, and probably a good 4 years before you’re considered reasonably competent.

I am expected to have an encyclopaedic knowledge of every other aspect of the social service safety net for my community, and keep up with changes.

Every aspect of my job, financially speaking, is subject to the whims of legislators. Because the work I do is countercyclical (ie. when the economy is in the shitter, you need to fund your social workers the most), this causes problems when the Ways & Means people are arguing over the size of the pot and where to spend what.

The media love to trash us. Every time one of us fucks up in some way, it ends up in the paper or on the local news about one more horrible thing these awful government workers have done now. [slice_of_pi]

8. Translator

It’s extremely exhausting and time-consuming if you want to do it right and those who are setting the deadlines never have translated anything themselves. Most of them are also the type of people who say that programmes like google translate are going to replace us anyways. Like we’re not underappreciated enough. [zwischendurch]

9. Truckers

Truckers. People think that “all we do is drive” and we exist only to kill people and slow you down. Actually navigating a 65-70 foot, articulated vehicle weighting up to 80,000lbs amongst the general public is not easy. We’re abused, misunderstood, taken advantage of, and thought of as uneducated, nasty rejects of society. I get the finger more than I’ve gotten “thank you for 400,000+ safe miles in 3 years.” Toss in very tight regulations governing not only how we drive, but how we live and you’ve got an occupation where most don’t make it their first year. We also have among the highest mortality rate of any profession. Recently, people seem to think that automated trucks are in the near future and we’ll all be out of a career, which instead of trying to explain what we do and why full automation won’t exist for decades, I just laugh because people don’t understand and don’t care what we do and how we do it. [WaldoTheRogue2]


10. Housekeeping

Most days are full check in, full check out. You get there at 10 a.m. and you have to be done by check in time (3:30-4:00 here). You have no idea how bad the rooms are. Some people just sleep in the beds and leave, while other let their children dip their hands in chocolate sauce and wipe it all over the duvet, walls, and carpets. Rooms can take anywhere from 20-60 min to clean and if you have 25 rooms to clean between 3 housekeepers, it’s entirely doable, IF THE HOUSEKEEPERS ACTUALLY KNOW HOW TO CLEAN.

The rooms have to be spotless. You’ll most likely get under minimum wage and you’ll constantly echo in your head ‘i’m not paid enough for this.