What Are Britain’s Most Hated Career Choices?

hated career choicesWhen asked what the most hated career choices in the UK are, most of us can readily come up with a few answers. And one of the most common answer would probably be estate agents. But a recent survey shows, and yes there is an actual survey, that traffic wardens top the most hated career choice list.

So what makes some professions so hated, some by the people doing the job, some by other people, and some by both?

Traffic Warden

At the heart of the hatred for all things traffic warden is of course, parking – a concept that is at best, irksome and at worst, capable of rendering one clinically insane. And regulating this nightmarish idea and enforcing the convoluted policies and rules that surround it, is the traffic warden. No wonder then that most people would rather implode inside their car than interact with one!

Now that we have an idea of why the common person may find dealing with traffic wardens trying, why might traffic wardens hate their own job? Well, perhaps because they have to work odd hours and get into unpleasant altercations and get disdainful looks from the public.

Estate Agent

Another of the most hated career choices, closely following the traffic warden’s job, would probably have to be estate agents. Why are estate agents despised by the general populace, you ask? Estate agents have, over the years, earned the reputation of being evil, scheming masterminds whose only apparent purpose is to make your life as difficult as possible, while also relieving you of copious amounts of cash.

They have no conscience to speak of, and all of them seem to have the same old and rusty sales tricks to get you to sign on the dotted line. Almost as if it was part of the estate agent syllabus that they got taught at estate agent school. Which is ironic since the estate agent world is large unregulated and unlicensed and you don’t really need any actual qualifications to become one. Indeed, this is another reason for their lack of popularity: they have a propensity to act as though they have graduated with First Class Honours degrees, when in fact they are often academic failures and upstarts.


On to the next of our hated career choices. When was the last time you got cold called by a telemarketer and you were happy about it?

Telemarketing would probably have to be on the list of most hated jobs, simply because almost everyone unanimously finds telemarketing calls so flipping annoying. While most of us politely decline, it is not uncommon for people to hang up or make rude comments to the poor telemarketers. Surely, cold calling people and trying to sell things has got to be one of the most hated career choices, particularly if it is not just a temporary job but a long term career choice.

What about the loved career choices?

Okay, so that’s enough about the jobs everyone hates. Let’s switch gears and look at the most lovable jobs. Which roles are instantly the most appealing? Who is met with adoration and adulation at the mere mention of their job title? What would you be most proud to say in response to the question, “So, what do you do?” Let’s look at some options.


Let’s start with an obvious one. Who among us are the most heroic, endlessly willing to risk their own lives for public safety? Firefighters, of course.

Firefighters are consistently the most looked-up to and admired members of society, and it shows. Getting a job as a firefighter is incredibly challenging – the process is very competitive and difficult. You’ll have to really want it and work very hard to stand a chance.


Where to start with the thankless role of the teacher? Long days, uninterested students, problem parents? Or perhaps the disproportionately low pay? Either way, teachers are the unsung heroes of society, working to prepare the next generation for adulthood. If you want to make a real difference to the world, becoming a teacher is the career for you.

What’s more, schools up and down the country are always looking for teachers. So, if you want to become a teacher, you can! Provided you have a degree and the desire to work hard, your educational ambitions will become a reality.


This career is one that youngsters grow up dreaming of. Yes, who doesn’t think pilots are cool? The appeals of the job are obvious and plentiful: good pay, free air travel, and you are allowed to fly massive jets all the time.

Sadly, however, it is a no mean feat to get your pilot’s wings. The recruitment process is long, expensive, and easily fail-able. Of course, there is a lot of specialised and technical training, as well as physical and mental requirements. Should you succeed though, you’ll have an enviable and stable career using a very sought-after life skill.

How to avoid the hated career choices

So, the next step is to get you one of the desirable and reputable jobs, and avoid the unpopular ones. Happily, we can help you with that. Follow the links below for resources on interview preparation, the firefighter selection process, the teacher selection process, and the pilot selection process.

How to pass an interview.

How to become a firefighter.

How to become a teacher.

How to become an airline pilot.

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