Sometimes, you take any job you can get- even if it means being on the receiving end of peoples' hatred. After all, we can't all grow up and be rock stars, athletes, and actors, and as the reality of life kicks in, we soon realize that a steady paycheque isn't as sad a reality as it first seemed, even if it means taking on a job most people despise.
Here, we profile 10 of the most hated professions and explain why.
1. Traffic wardens
Arguably the most hated occupation of all, traffic wardens are in charge of enforcing parking rules for their designated area, yet in most cases, the positions are poorly paid, and they are encouraged to issue as many fines as possible to receive added bonuses.
Drivers also have to spend a lot of money for the privilege of parking in a designated bay for a few hours, and even then, if they're just one minute late back to their car, there's a strong possibility that a ticket will be slapped on their car's windshield by an eager-eyed warden.
2. Debt collectors
It's not a debt collectors fault that people get into debt, but if you're in a vulnerable position and find yourself unable to repay what you owe, just the sight of a debt collector can send you into a frenzied state of fear.
Because of the stressful nature of the job, most collectors are typically imposing, brawny figures who aren't afraid to use force to gather any valuable items you may own. It's not a nice job, but it can be quite lucrative, which attracts people of a more steely, unphased nature to the position.
3. Police officers
Police officers should be heralded for their services to their respective communities, and be viewed with the utmost respect, yet in recent years, the stigma attached to police forces- particularly in America- has tarnished a profession that should really be in a list of the most celebrated professions.
Yet in recent years officers are viewed with increasing suspicion, particularly among people living in neighborhoods with high crime rates who feel they are unjustly vilified and profiled by police officers for the color of their skin.
We get it: Celebrities enjoy lives far removed from us everyday folk, yet that doesn't mean they deserve to be hounded the moment they leave Starbucks.
Sure, they have a lot of money, and the people photographing them are often quite poor and need to make ends meet, but that doesn't mean they should be followed wherever they go.
Lawyers divide opinion. To some, they are the defenders of the wrongly-accused and provide a charitable voice to those who couldn't otherwise afford the services of a lawyer, but then again, many also view lawyers as the defenders of criminals.
That being said, everyone should be given the right to a lawyer, no matter their crimes or what they stand accused of, yet in some people's eyes, that still isn't' an excuse for their defending them, even if it is simply their job.
A human being can withstand a lot in life, but having a telemarketer inform you that you "have been in a car crash and are entitled to compensation" every day of your working life is enough to make you lose it and go full on psycho.
Poor old telemarketers. It's not their fault. They simply read from a script and are probably all-too aware they will be shouted at and have the phone slammed down on them, all while their boss looks at them disapprovingly.
But they're still annoying as hell.
Where do we start? They're supposed to change our lives for the better, by enacting progressive laws that serve the people that elected them. Yet the vast assembly halls they congregate in can seem anything but a bastion of intelligence. If anything, they act like incompetent children, all while having little backbone to stand up to the moneyed interests that got them elected in the first place.
However, some politicians are genuine, earnest people who want to serve the electorate, but with the number of bribery scandals levied against politicians from all over the world in recent years, it's often hard to believe that their grand gestures and promises will amount to anything tangible.
8. Social workers
Whenever a case of child abuse is made public, it can often be the social workers who are blamed as much as the actual perpetrators of the abuse. It may seem unfair, but at the same time it is the job of a social worker to care for the most vulnerable in our society, and that includes children who are at risk of abuse and neglect.
And even if they do intervene early and take a child into care, there is a risk that the parent will retaliate against them. So in many cases, it's a lose-lose job. They are rarely ever praised for doing the right thing, but routinely criticised if something goes wrong.
9. Soccer referees
On the surface, refereeing a high-level soccer match is arguably the next-best-thing to being a soccer player. You can share a field with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, and make a pretty good living doing so, but no matter how exciting the job may be, you'll never be adored by the crowd the way the players are.
Moreover, a referee is seen as the villain and is on the receiving end of verbal abuse from not just a hostile crowd, but the adrenaline-fuelled players too. You're also damned if you do and damned if you don't. You can be the best referee in the world, but no one will notice. Make a wrong decision, however, and you'll be vilified.
Journalists have had a tough time in recent years following the hacking scandal in Britain which saw a string of high-profile tabloid journalists convicted for tapping into the phones of their subjects. But then again, journalists have always annoyed people.
Cold-knocking can also prove contentious, despite it being a reporter's job to contact relatives of victims who have passed away in high-profile incidents, even if that means knocking on their door for interviews.