The Dark Side of Invisible Jobs

Having discussed general ideas about invisible jobs and introduced invisible non-jobs reveals, that there is a dark side to it. A person’s profession accompanies him or her for a lifetime. Indeed it is possible to switch the job. Nevertheless many people stick to one occupation even if this means they are unhappy with that. The biggest problem of invisible jobs we were able to identify is the matter of not being seen or appreciated when performing one of these professions. Apart from a bad feeling of being isolated this can result in more dramatically situations.

Low Wage

Undoubtfully it is the glorious occupation of a politician or hollywood actor which reflect the most promising and yielding amounts of earnings. However, being in an invisible job very often results in living at minimal wage or at least earning too little for the effort put in. Here you can obtain a list of some professions which are indeed underpaid: Jobs with low wages.

The first on the list is an iron worker not long followed by a trash collector. In fact it is those important jobs which reflect the foundation of our society which are below average salary levels. In some countries in the EU the net salary of an ambulance driver tops € 1,100.– a month. Undoubtfully we can assume that the motivation for such an undervalued job is low. Do you want to rely on the fiction that there will be enough ambulance drivers at this payment level in the future when you are at age and need them? Definitely not! Something has to be done and this start by making the problems visible.


Caused by this malfunction of the system people in these jobs fall into a sort of hole in which they seek admiration and acceptance which they do not get. This often results in problems in the workplace as well as in the society at large. We see a type of depression also in work-place mobbing. All the dark and undesirable feelings are projected towards the colleagues and with this the attacker tries to release his anger. Nevertheless this cannot solve the problem and very often results in a negative spiral. In this spiral the mobber affects his sourrundings and projects his unsatisfaction into others who also begin to feel in a similar way. An interesting discussion hosted by Steve Zeltzer can be examined here:


The final result of such depression and unsettling feelings towards society as well as the own profession can and very often does result in Burnouts. CBS, the Dutch statistics institute – reported that the burnout rate increased from 2007 to 2010 by almost 5 % topping at 13 % of the total population. This means that every 8. person develops burnout symptoms. Industries such as the education sector (a very invisible industry) are affected the most. These are troubling results and the question is, is this really unavaoidable? We acknowledge that it is a big step to make invisible jobs more visible. However, as we can see this would resolve some of the most difficult problems todays society has to face.

Additionally to making invisible jobs visible and thus helping to counterbalance the dark side of being in these professions some other measures can be taken to especially avoid job burn out. They are simple and help a lot.


Let’s work together and make invisible professions more livable!


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