50 Bulls**t Jobs: Phone watcher

April 30, 2007, 9:17 PM UTC
Fortune

Just a few ways to be profitably and pleasantly (if uselessly) employed, from Stanley Bing’s book, “100 Bulls**t Jobs and How to Get Them” (Harper Collins).

A reader in California writes:

I had a job that paid $8/hr for 8 hours a day and 5 days a week where I had to lock myself into a small room with a desk and phone.  My job was to answer the phone if some unseen person left their desk because the phone needed to be answered during business days.  They made helicopter parts for the federal government.  I worked there for 6 months, answered the phone 3 times (“Hello, can I send you to voice mail? Thank you”), and read a small library of books.  This was before the internet.

Readers, what do you think? Is this a bulls**t job?