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Socially Useless Jobs

In a new paper, two Dutch economists, Robert Dur and Max van Lent found that about 25% of a dataset of 100,000 workers from 47 countries find their job socially useless, or are in doubt about it. There are important differences between countries, sectors, occupations, and age groups, but no trend over time. The table above shows the job categories that the most workers find don’t contribute (much) to society. Artists and economists stand out.  On the bottom (another table) Dur and Van Lent show firefighters and librarians, of whom 0% find their jobs useless.(source)

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