Life is a give and take, that's why everyone has their own skills and profession that will eventually be needed by others. Yet, some professions are only appreciated when they become vital to solving a problem.
A recent viral Reddit post asked the question, “Everybody hates me until they need me.” What professions are examples of this?” received thousands of comments from people listing professions that are often hated until they’re necessary. Let's take a look at the top 10 hated professions below
The profession of mechanics often goes unnoticed and is undervalued until one's car breaks down, and suddenly they become highly sought after. However, it is crucial to find a trustworthy mechanic during this difficult time, as one Reddit user pointed out, “Finding one that’s skilled, but doesn’t rip you off is a f...king godsend.”
According to many Redditors, people tend to underestimate the value of lawyers and the important service they provide, yet they expect a lot from them when they face legal trouble. One user expressed frustration with this attitude, writing, “The expectation that because you are a lawyer you know everything about every law everywhere. In reality most lawyers are highly specialised.”
Fast Food Workers
According to one Redditor, it's common for people to make degrading comments about fast food workers, but those same people tend to lose their critical attitudes when they're hungry and craving a burger. “They’re the bu*t of every demeaning comment about a lack of achievement or the reason why minimum wage shouldn’t be raised blah blah blah,” they wrote, “But those people get real quiet once they’re ordering their Big Mac.”
People tend to underestimate the important work that plastic surgeons do, particularly those who specialize in reconstructive procedures, as highlighted by a user who wrote, “ My uncle is a plastic surgeon and he does only reconstructive stuff, fixing burn victims faces and stuff like that. But when people ask him what kind of doctor he is and he says Plastic Surgeon, they usually kinda scoff.”
The negative reputation of dentists as providers of pain instead of health can lead to a general fear of visiting the dentist. And even when their services are needed, dentists are still not well-liked, as one Redditor put it, “They're still hated after they were needed.”
The US Coast Guard
A Redditor pointed out the hate the US Coast Guard receives for the many inspections they conduct. “The US Coast Guard for fishermen and boaters,” they shared, “Usually there's a pretty good working relationship between them, but some hate the Coast Guard for the various inspections they do. But the USCG is also the ones who will come out there in a storm to rescue them.”
Although IT is a profession that people may only appreciate when they need it, one Redditor pointed out that even then, people still hate IT specialists. “IT, except people hate me when they need me, too,” they commented.
Many Redditors share the opinion that accounting is one of the most disliked professions that people only tolerate when needed, with some adding that "auditors" face the same struggles as accountants in this regard.
“When I was a janitor I got a lot of hate for knocking out my 8 hour day in 4 individual hour long chunks of effort,” one ex-janitor shared.
“I Was always available for spills and got extra work done every day but spent another 4 hours basically chilling and management not once got on my case. The other employees despised this until a customer's colostomy bag somehow ruptured in the bathroom. From that day forward none of them gave a f..ck if I was just hanging out on my phone.”
Tow Truck Drivers
One Reddit user suggested that tow truck drivers are disliked by many, but another commenter countered that opinion, writing, “I don’t hate tow truck drivers, I hate exploitative and predatory towing companies.”
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