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Worst Job In The World- Fashion Model?

November 2nd, 2007 · 1 Comment

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I’ve been sitting on this one all day, but it seems to be the number one most emailed article on Marketwatch today, so it seems other people are as conflicted about this as I am.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “models, demonstrators, and product promoters” as a category is one of the worst jobs in America. I know. I’m thinking the same thing. Not that anybody ever will, but let’s see someone pay me to stand around and look good and let’s see how miserable I am.

But wait, there’s more…

The survey ranks the 10 “worst” jobs in America based on the following criteria: the job had to “pay less than the median wage in 1979, adjusted for inflation, and [have] neither employer-sponsored health insurance nor a retirement plan.” Under this criteria, models rank 8 amongst the 10 “worst” jobs. It turns out, models make a “median hourly wage of $11.22… a bit less than twice the minimum wage of $5.85.”

Ok, I get it. Modeling is like acting. Everyone thinks they can do it and strike it rich, but the truth is, few do. Except for a small percentage of superstars who make it big, most aspiring models toil in obscurity, and often have to take other jobs to supplement their income. And if you’ve ever seen the “demonstrators” or “product promoters”at a convention or a car show, then you know that the lower end of the modeling business is none to glamorous.

Still… trying… to make myself… feel bad… for the beautiful… people…

The rest of the survey says pretty much what you would expect. You know all those crap cashiering and waitressing jobs you had in high school and college? Yep, they’re the worst of the worst.

Read the entire article here.

And the top 10 is as follows:

  1. Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop — 87.0% bad jobs
  2. Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop — 87.0%
  3. Ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers — 85.4%
  4. Fabric and apparel patternmakers — 82.2%
  5. Lifeguards and other protective-service workers — 81.6%
  6. Waiters and waitresses — 80.4%
  7. Tour and travel guides — 79.4%
  8. Models, demonstrators, and product promoters — 79.2%
  9. Dishwashers — 78.8%
  10. Motion picture projectionists — 78.1%

Update *: Lifeguards? WTF? Sitting around in the sun watching members of the opposite sex swim and carouse half naked? Seriously?

Update **: Motion picture projectionists? Seriously, wtf? Isn’t that whole process mostly animated by now? What could be the stress… getting the movies started on time? And they don’t even do a good job… how many times lately have you seen the picture out of focus/half off the screen? I guess it is monotonous to watch the same movies over and over. Still

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