15 Most Depressing Jobs No One Should Have to Do

Many jobs can be emotionally draining, but some professions seem to be particularly disheartening.

A user on the popular forum site recently asked about the “most depressing job,” and received a variety of responses from those in different fields. Here are ten of the most common answers:

Funeral Director

This job requires individuals to be around death and grieving families on a regular basis. It can be difficult to remain emotionally detached and handle the stress of such a heavy workload.


Medical Examiner/Coroner

Similar to funeral directors, medical examiners, and coroners must deal with the aftermath of death. They also have to investigate the causes of death, which can be difficult and emotionally taxing.


Social Worker

Social workers often deal with clients who have experienced trauma or abuse. The nature of the job can lead to burnout and secondary trauma.


Animal Shelter Worker

While it can be rewarding to care for animals in need, animal shelter workers also have to deal with euthanizing animals and seeing firsthand the consequences of animal abuse and neglect.


Dealing with angry and frustrated customers can be draining and demoralizing. Representatives are often underpaid and overworked, which adds to the stress of the job.


Customer Service Representative