20 Professions That Make A Lot Of Money Despite Their Uselessness

Published 4 months ago

In the ever-evolving landscape of career choices, the pursuit of financial success often aligns with seemingly practical and essential professions. However, a recent query on Reddit flipped the script, inviting users to share their insights on the most useless professions that surprisingly still manage to rake in over $100,000.

The responses unveiled a fascinating array of jobs that challenge conventional wisdom and redefine the boundaries of professional success. Scroll below to read some of the answers.

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Mine. IT strategist. I explain to executives that many of their current problems are the result of not listening to my previous advice. Then I give them fresh new advice that they will ignore. Rinse and repeat.


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Senators. They get paid to sit around and vote yes or no and argue about s**t. And when they can’t agree on s**t the whole government shuts down.


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Well, there was that conceptual artist who got paid $120,000 for duct taping a banana to a wall…twice.

Perhaps that actually *was* useful and even important. Maybe it was some kind of galactic code to tell the alien scouts not to destroy our planet. But I doubt it.


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Scrum masters get 6 figures to ask people their status.


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Middle managers. At every single previous job I could not tell you a single thing that any of the middle managers actually did other than talk to their managers and my managers. They exist solely to send 3 emails per day, sit in 4 meetings, and collect a paycheck.


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Just occurred to me because I heard about a guy whose entire job is reselling magic the gathering cards and apparently he makes a lot.


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Real Estate Agent.


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Wall Street hedgefund manager.


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Professional poker player.


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Fly to Australia and become a traffic guard on a building site.


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A lot of “middle men” jobs. Especially car dealers. They are glorified cashiers/customer service reps. They barely serve a purpose today with smartphones/internet at your fingertips. For example, you just Google: ” I’m looking for a minivan that is reliable and comes with a hybrid option.” You can go from there with further questions and even consumer reviews. Amazing. Need financing? Call a credit union or bank.


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Self-help gurus.


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Super s****y doctors that can’t get a job in clinical medicine, often due to repeated board complaints or loss of medical license (for incompetence/unethical behavior, etc), can go and work for insurance companies reviewing/denying insurance claims.


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Google pays my sister 250k/year to basically sign in once a day and check emails. She can’t even explain what her job is. She doesn’t even code.

Edit: She didn’t get hired right in to this position. She started at the temp level 7 years ago, and has continued to apply for promotions over the years. Ended up on a team put together for some project, and Google pulled the plug on it. Ever since they basically pay those people just to keep them.


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Consultant (e.g. KPMG, Deloitte etc.)

Like straight out of university who/what tf are you consulting??? And as a 23 y/o how do you have the experience to consult someone who’s been doing their job for decades???.


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HR anywhere.


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A lot of sales jobs.

I’m a tractor/machinery salesman, pays very well but wild to me what little impact I have in society. Most of the people that buy were going to buy anyway- and if I was BRUTAL at my job they’d still buy the machinery it’d just be a different color.

I’m not depressed about it- just wild to think about because some of the most impactful jobs in society pay the least. I’d imagine the local school teacher has a vastly larger impact on the community.


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Boeing 737 MAX quality inspector.

Saumya Ratan

Saumya is an explorer of all things beautiful, quirky, and heartwarming. With her knack for art, design, photography, fun trivia, and internet humor, she takes you on a journey through the lighter side of pop culture.

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