What’s the Worst Job in the World?

This infographic (from Lapham’s Quarterly) is a matrix of the world’s worst jobs in terms of different factors. Which would you not want to do the most?


  • In Tokyo, in recent years, subway pushers have to push rush-hour commuters into packed trains.
  • In Agra, around 1520, food tasters would eat sample’s of the emperor’s food to test for poison, with guaranteed death if he eats anything tainted.
  • In Rome, around 50BC, banquet attendants would clean up guests’ vomit, and hold pots for them to urinate into.

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