Oct 15, 2007

Think there is any correlation to the low pay?

I thought this was quite interesting. I can't vouch for some of the other jobs, but I am very familiar with people who work in the area of taking care of adults and kids with special needs. Their job is incredibly difficult and they do not get paid worth squat!

Report Ranks Jobs by Rates of Depression
By KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press Writer
Sun Oct 14, 7:48 PM

WASHINGTON - People who tend to the elderly, change diapers and serve up food and drinks have the highest rates of depression among U.S. workers.
Overall, 7 percent of full-time workers battled depression in the past year, according to a government report available Saturday.

Women were more likely than men to have had a major bout of depression, and younger workers had higher rates of depression than their older colleagues.

Workers who prepare and serve food _ cooks, bartenders, waiters and waitresses _ had the second highest rate of depression among full-time employees at 10.3 percent.

Read the report at: http://tinyurl.com/2ft37p.


  1. I worked for a while going around the country investigating claims against a certain restaurant that in no way rhymes with Schmenny's. Man, those were some sad fuckers.

  2. I'm a waiter, and I've worked at a Schmenny's and I totally buy that stat.

    Does the article have any thoughts on how the depression associated with caregivers might be lessened?

  3. Kirby: That really has to be the bottom rung in the industry, huh?

    Phil: Welcome! Thanks for dropping by. The article didn't go into enough depth to give any help.

  4. One of my favorite jobs ever was as a bartender. I worked during the day, made a ton of money and spent the day reading the newspaper. Couldn't beat it.

  5. I'd like to note that an old study I read claimed lawyers and teachers have the highest suicide rates, because they know how to follow through.

  6. you'll note that teachers are 6th from the tippy-topp