5 Jobs with the Worst Bosses

(U.S. Air Force/Airman 1st Class Ned T. Johnston)

No matter how much you love your job, having a bad boss can turn it into a nightmare. It seems, though, that some jobs garner more bad bosses than others. That's according to PayScale, who surveyed 24,000 people in February 2013 on what they wanted to change most about their job. The survey also asked about job stress and satisfaction.

Here are the top five professions who said they wanted new bosses.

Chemists and Materials Scientists 

Chemists analyze and conduct experiments with chemicals in research labs or for companies to develop new products and processes. Materials scientists research and study chemical properties of natural, synthetic and composite materials in order to strengthen, improve or combine them.

According to PayScale, 19.4 percent of the chemists and materials scientists who responded say they hate their boss, and 54 percent reported high stress and 16 percent low job satisfaction.

Dental Hygienists

If you don't like to go to the dentist, you're not alone: 18.2 percent of dental hygienists said they hate their boss, and 54 percent reported high stress in their job. Nine percent of dental hygienists reported low job satisfaction.

Dental hygienists do a lot of the work at your dental appointment: They clean teeth, screen for gingivitis and other maladies, and educate patients on proper oral care. They may also take X-rays for the dentist to examine. 


According to PayScale, 17.9 percent of bakers hate their boss. Almost two-thirds of them report high stress on the job, and 16 percent said they had low job satisfaction. Bakers are responsible for measuring, mixing and baking dough and may be involved with stocking display cases at restaurants or bakeries.

Bakers work for a wide variety employers, including grocery stores, bakeries and restaurants. Large-scale baking operations that work around the clock also employ bakers; night shifts and weekend work are not uncommon.

Food Service Managers

The high-stress world of restaurants takes its toll on food service managers; 17 percent of them say they hate their boss, and a whopping 76 percent say they have high stress from their career. Fourteen percent say they have low job satisfaction.

Food service managers are responsible for the day-to-day operations at restaurants. They often work long hours and because they are the ones unhappy customers complain to, food service managers are often stuck with solving problems and making hard decisions under pressure.

Occupational Health and Safety Specialists and Technicians

 Occupational health and safety technicians collect data about the safety and health conditions in different environments and then work with specialists to look at different options to mitigate hazards and help protect workers, equipment and the public. They're not confined to only dangerous worksites such as construction and mining; they may also look at data from offices, for example.

PayScale says that 15.8 percent of occupational health and safety specialists and technicians hate their boss, and that 66 percent reported high stress at work. Seven percent of them reported low job satisfaction.


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