Most of us have seen “The Office” or the movie “Office Space.” Scenes of the daily-drudgery fill the screen and give a comedic look at boring jobs in boring locations. If you think these representations are bad, imagine having to work boring jobs that inspired such cinematic satires.
Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.Steve Jobs
Constructions typically pays a good, solid living wage. There are some construction jobs that pay well but come with the high price of supreme boringness. Flag-persons stand in one location for up to 10 – 12 hours per day, turning a sign back and forth, helping to regulate traffic through the work zone. Beyond the mind-numbing banality, flag-persons often have foot and knee issues and are routinely sun-burnt.
If you have ever felt bored and frustrated having to enter, re-enter, and then enter your information again into an online website, imagine entering data into those little data-fields everyday up to eight hours per shift. Data-entry clerks sit in a small cubicle and enter raw data into entry fields all day. Carpal-tunnel syndrome and the soul-crushing dull combine to make data-entry one of the most boring jobs anywhere.
Parking Lot Attendant
In most major US cities, parking is scarce or expensive. Paid parking lots keep vehicles off street in a relatively safe environment. The people who stand guard at the front of the lots, often in tiny booths, get rewarded with low wages and a level of boring that gets close to data-entry. Many lot attendants do nothing but take the paper slips and make change for eight-hour shifts.
Dry Cleaner Assistant
Taking orders, moving stacks of other people’s clothing, and making sure each article is pressed and sealed into plastic, all in an industrial setting with fluorescent lights make dry cleaning assistant positions one of the most boring jobs one could imagine in the USA. The work in dry cleaners is also hot and steamy, as many of the machines use steam or hot water to get the clothing sparkling and ready for the customer.
Car Wash Worker
The 1970s comedy movie “Car Wash” deals with the drudgery of working in a car wash. Car wash workers often work in stations, doing the same task such as sponging or wiping, for eight-hour shifts. The pay is low and many times these workers get stiffed on tips as a reward for the boring conditions they try to endure to get a slice of the America Dream.