You must have often heard ‘Work has Dignity’, which means that all occupation, whether involving intellect or physical labor, deserves equal respect and dignity. Some professions are given a lot of importance while many others are looked down upon by people. Although the below-given jobs are underrated, they are an integral part of our society, and directly or indirectly, affect all of us.
Here is a list of the ten most underrated professions of India.
- Farmer: You must’ve seen the sticker: ‘If you ate today, thank a farmer.’ But only a few of us care to acknowledge them before our meals. Everybody wants to eat, but nobody wants to grow. They regularly work on their field irrespective of the weather or the season and taking into account the increasing number of suicides committed and the miserable lives led by them, this is probably the most underrated profession.
- Construction Labourers: They are the people behind the infrastructural development in our country. They work in the worst conditions for long hours burning their sweat and get a meagre wage in return. The construction sites are not very safe, and a lot of uncertain deaths and accidents take place and most of which are usually covered with money.
- Street Sweepers: They are the real workers of the ‘Swacch Bharat Abhiyan’. They play an important role in maintaining the health and hygiene within the cities. This job exposes them to a variety of risk factors such as dust, toxins and diesel exhaust pollution, which make them vulnerable to develop certain occupational diseases.
- Watchman: These are the people who spend sleepless nights so that you can have a peaceful sleep. Be it the chilling winters, the lashing rains or the scorching summers they are always there for your safety, and that too at the risk of their lives. And if anything goes wrong in the society, they are the first ones to be held responsible for.
- Delivery Boys: Just from the comfort of our homes we have access to almost everything. Behind every hot pizza delivered within 30 minutes from an order or the products from online retailers, we receive within a day lies their hard work and determination. So, the next time one comes to your place, offer him a glass of water.
- Househelps: They play an important role in the household. Most of the middle-class families in India nowadays employ them. They usually work for around 3-4 houses to meet their expenses. Their work includes cleaning the house, mopping the floors, cleaning utensils, washing clothes and taking care of children as well. Phew, so much work to do!
- Customer Service Executive: It’s not an easy task to make your voice reach unreceptive ears. They are available 24×7 for solving all your queries. Apart from the inappropriate attitude sometimes adopted by the customers, the stress of working long hours, night shifts and the demanding pace can be a significant challenge. This job definitely requires a lot of hard work.
- Receptionist: No matter what’s going on in their lives, they’ll always greet you with a smiling face. Their duties include answering visitor’s enquiries, directing them to their destinations, sorting and handing out mail, answering incoming calls and a variety of other office tasks. Really a tedious task to do, isn’t it?
- Gatekeepers: Standing outside the buildings, withstanding the scorching heat, you will find gatekeepers. Opening and closing the gates for all sorts of people. They are mostly underpaid and probably never tipped. Next time when they open the gates for you in hotels, offices or restaurants, show some respect at least.
- Waiter: They take our orders first and then bring the delicious food to our tables. But a slight delay in service or a small mistake often leads to verbal taunts and intolerance not only from the customers but the managers as well. They don’t get paid enough and in most of the places are undertipped.
It’s time we start giving importance to people irrespective of the work they do but rather on the roles that they play in our lives.