While many jobs deserve more respect and higher pay, some tend to be on the opposite end of the spectrum, with casual observers wondering what these people do to earn their high pay rate. Whether it’s due to a lack of understanding of the hard work involved or whether the title of “overvalued and overpaid” is deserved, if you’re contemplating a career change, it might be worth exploring the following professions.
1. Upper-Level University Administration Staff
This job hit a nerve with many people working at Universities across the U.S. One person said, “I am the payroll person at a state university, and I completely agree. The people in upper management aren’t even in union-protected jobs, which, in theory, should be the first ones gone when we need to settle our budget problems. Instead, they were the only ones who got raises during COVID.”
2. Commercial Airline Pilot
It undoubtedly takes special skills to be a pilot. The main issue was that flying people about for travel was overpaid, but pilots for emergencies were not paid well. Some compared it to other underpaid emergency work: “Firefighters and paramedics are in the same boat,” said one person.
3. President of FIFA
People felt the president governing the body that oversees soccer was not worth the salary. After someone noted President Gianni Infantino dared to say, “Today I feel gay, disabled, like a migrant worker,” another joked, “Here I was trying to remember which episode of The Office that quote was from.” Total cringe.
4. Regional Vice President
According to some, this role entails being overworked or not doing much. One example was, “My lifelong best friend just got a regional VP job a month ago, and he’s been trying to figure out what he’s supposed to be doing because, thus far, his duties encompass replying to/directing emails between facilities in his region.”
5. Overpaid Babysitter
The person who offered this role as being overvalued and overpaid said they were paid $100 for two hours while the kids were asleep to “eat their food and watch their TV and pet their dogs.” However, as another person pointed out, “You’re not being paid for the night everything goes well. You’re being paid for the nightmare night.”
6. Member of the International Olympic Committee
One person suggested, “They’ve had a lengthy history of excessive demands. They make very few decisions, all of which are politically motivated. They travel extensively and are paid well for it.”
7. Ferrari Strategist – Strategy Engineer
While this job requires someone with at least a Master’s degree in a STEM subject, people felt that given recent strategists’ performance; it was an overvalued job. “Ferrari strategist is the only job I genuinely think I could do at a higher level than the people currently there,” said one commenter.
8. Hospital CEO
One disgruntled worker said, “There are so many layers of management that many of them barely step foot into a healthcare facility EVER, let alone speak to a patient, yet all of them make six, seven, eight-figure salaries plus mega bonuses.”
9. Vice President of Reward
Yes, this is apparently a thing. One person mentioned their mother had this title and described it as “arranging contracts so millionaires can get more money and getting paid 189,000 pounds a year for it.”
10. IT Director or Consultant
An employee said the IT director was “never around, automates his email, and he has his own company.” Another said, “So many IT directors are not techs by any stretch, but just management that filled the void. So they end up hiring MSPs to do the work.”
“While I believe they can provide value in some situations, technology has put a lot of the work into the buyer’s hands,” said one commenter. Adding, “They walk you through and point out which rooms are bathrooms, print out a mountain of paper for you to sign and … BOOM $50,000 commission.”
12. Life Coach
While there were many virtual nods of agreement with this one, this person summed it up nicely: “I’ve met a handful of these people, and maybe one had actual social work or counseling qualifications. People pay unfathomable amounts for a complete rando with good photo editing software to market how to think.”
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