Mike Rowe NAILS it again: There is no such thing as a “bad job”

My wife and I are college educated, and that worked for us at the time. It works for a lot of Americans, but we have a culture that propagates the lie that no college degree means you are doomed to fail in life, and NOTHING could be further from the truth.

That’s why Mike Rowe’s Facebook post taking on WalletHub for telling us what a “bad job.” is and is not is so right on. Nothing shows the arrogance of smart phone tapping self-smothered know-it-alls with a sense of superiority more than their disdain for people have to snake drains for a living (plumbing is vital job to have in any economy, and they can make a damn good living doing that too, two points Rowe makes here). Emphasis in bold is mine.

When people ask me why millions of good jobs remain unfilled while millions of able bodied Americans remain unemployed, I try to alternate my responses between a decline of work ethic, an onslaught of unrealistic expectations, and our irresistible desire to reward bad behavior. But I think the biggest reason so much legitimate opportunity goes unloved, is due to our bizarre obsession with separating “good jobs” from “bad jobs.”

There’s no better way to discourage the next generation from learning a skill that’s actually in demand, than by telling them that certain jobs are “bad,” and therefore “beneath” them. Consider the latest wisdom from the luminaries at WalletHub. For whatever reason, these arbiters of job satisfaction have taken it upon themselves to identify the “best and worst” vocations in America. To accomplish this, a cadre of “experts” were consulted, as WalletHub compared and contrasted over a hundred entry-level occupations across three “key dimensions” 1) Immediate Opportunity, 2) Growth Potential and 3) Job Hazards.

I’ve met a lot of people who would be better off taking a different path other than college. My wife and I agree that if our children decide that they want to do something other than college, go to a trade school or whatever they need to do to get on whatever their desired career path might be, we would be completely supportive of that (it’s not a hard call given how worthless America’s universities are becoming).

In any case, he goes on to slam the methodology.

Next – because science is important – WalletHub identified “11 relevant metrics,” each of which was assigned a “corresponding weight.” Then, each metric was given a value between 0 and 100, wherein 100 represents the most favorable conditions for a specific entry-level position, and 0 the least. In this way, 109 different occupations were ranked from first to worst.

I’m tempted to spell out the absurdity of WalletHub’s methodology, and show you why the statistics they use are as flawed as they are irrelevant. Instead, I’m just going to post their Top 10 and Bottom 10 careers, and direct you to their website, where you can judge their methodologies and agenda for yourself.


Seven jobs historically supported by mikeroweWORKS have been singled out as undesirable. Welders – a truly noble profession that WalletHub ranks dead last – have used our scholarship funds to gain valuable training. Likewise plumbers, machinists, boiler-makers, mechanics, carpenters, and many other people who had the good sense to pursue a skill that’s actually in demand. I’m in touch with these people, and I can tell you that all of them are thriving. They’re proud of what they do, and proud of how they do it. Seeing their chosen profession at the bottom of somebody else’s list however, is probably a lousy way to start the weekend, so I’ll close with this:

Don’t be fooled by these lists. They’re cobbled together by imaginary experts looking to sell America a one-size-fits-all approach to job satisfaction. It’s a crock. And so are the journalists who report such nonsense as news. There’s simply no such thing as a bad job, and anyone who tells you otherwise is selling something.

I’m sure being a Senior VP of Online Social Media User Experience Brand Management Marketing is a super awesome sounding title that justifies $100K+ in student loans to spend four years getting too drunk to notice how idiotic “safe spaces” are…but when the EMP bomb destroys our electric grid you’re going to get promoted to assistant manager of plunger maintenance at Snake, Crackhole, and Plop Plumbing Company wishing you had the skills necessary to make the big bucks your degree could never deliver.

Kidding, sort of.

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