One summer, I visited a local animal-themed amusement park with my young niece. She wanted to take part in the elephant rides, so she and a few other family members climbed aboard one of the patient pachyderms and set out in the designated roundabout area. When the ride was over, everyone disembarked, and two men from the theme park rushed over, each with an enormous bucket in hand. One stood behind the animal, and one underneath.

I'll spare you the details of what happened next.

The point is this Labour Day, whether you're relaxing at the cottage or on the couch, you'll likely experience a moment of realization that the long weekend is almost over. Before you start lamenting a return to the rush-hour grind, consider that there are, in fact, some less-than-desirable jobs that you could be heading into on Tuesday morning.

 

A ranking of worst jobs - with apologies to knitters and weavers and lumberjacks everywhere

Every year, various publications release lists of “worst jobs.” Criteria varies based on wages to safety to, well, how gross the duties are (see: elephant bucket holder).

Canadian Business published a 2012 list of “Canada's worst 10 jobs” - employment opportunities that, to them, exhibit “the worst combination of low wages and employment growth over the past five years.”

Knitter and weaver top the list, with general office clerk and photo and film processor (just ask Kodak) coming in second and third respectively.

Meanwhile, Forbes magazine published a similar list by CareerCast.com. According to them, becoming a lumberjack is the worst career path one can take this year, no matter how hilarious Monty Python makes the profession appear. No. 2 was a dairy farmer, while No. 3 was military personnel, though you'd think any job that requires you to dodge a bullet would trump falling trees or bumbling bovines.

As a side note, “newspaper reporter” came in at No. 5, which must have delighted the Vancouver Sun employee tasked with republishing it.

Of course, having one of the jobs deemed “worst” is still better than being employed in an increasingly shrinking profession-.

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