Workers who say their job makes the world a worse place: 9.4%
Interrupting family dinners with phone calls about products that people often don't need may lead some telemarketers to question the worthiness of their line of work.
More than 9% of telemarketers surveyed by PayScale said they thought their job made the world a worse place -- well above the industry wide average of less than 1%.
"Apart from door-to-door salespeople, telemarketers may be perceived as one of the most annoying sales professions," said Joel Garfinkle, career coach and author of "Getting Ahead: Three Steps to Take Your Career to the Next Level." "They enter your home -- via the telephone -- uninvited."
If you represent or sell a product that you believe actually has value for consumers, however, the job could become more meaningful, he said.
Source: PayScale.com Note: PayScale asked 32,000 employees whether their jobs make the world a better place. Respondents could answer "very much so," "yes," "a little," "no" or "my job makes the world a worse place."