Everyone has to pay the bills somehow. Some people just don't feel great about the means to that end.

Sure, feeling dissatisfied or unhappy at work is a bummer. But what's worse is feeling that you're actually making "the world a worse place." And according to a recent survey by Payscale, people in many fields feel just that way.

Being told as much likely doesn't help. Everyone knows someone that has told off a telemarketer, for example. Then there's debt and loan collectors. Complaints against the industry have spiked since the financial crisis, and it's easy to see why. Debt collectors have been known to threaten, verbally abuse and lie to debtors, sometimes even in cases where they're not, you know, owed any money.

That's not to say all the guilt is justified. Like you, bartenders. Maybe some people feel you're enabling destructive behaviors, but people will have a drink whether it's poured for them or not. So cheers to you!

Here are 15 jobs that make workers feel really guilty:


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  • 15. Petroleum Engineer

    <strong>Workers who agree their "job makes the world a worse place":</strong> 3.1 percent

  • 14. Claims Adjuster / Examiner / Investigator

    <strong>Workers who agree their "job makes the world a worse place":</strong> 3.1 percent

  • 13. Advertising Account Executive

    <strong>Workers who agree their "job makes the world a worse place":</strong> 3.3 percent

  • 11. Retail Sales Associate

    <strong>Workers who agree their "job makes the world a worse place":</strong> 3.7 percent

  • 10. Credit / Collections Supervisor

    <strong>Workers who agree their "job makes the world a worse place":</strong> 4.1 percent

  • 12. Legal Assistant

    <strong>Workers who agree their "job makes the world a worse place":</strong> 3.4 percent

  • 9. Senior Attorney

    <strong>Workers who agree their "job makes the world a worse place":</strong> 4.4 percent

  • 8. Associate - Investment Banking

    <strong>Workers who agree their "job makes the world a worse place":</strong> 4.6 percent

  • 7. Fashion Designer

    <strong>Workers who agree their "job makes the world a worse place":</strong> 4.9 percent

  • 6. Loan Collector

    <strong>Workers who agree their "job makes the world a worse place":</strong> 4.9 percent

  • 5. Bartender

    <strong>Workers who agree their "job makes the world a worse place":</strong> 6.7 percent

  • 3. Telemarketer

    <strong>Workers who agree their "job makes the world a worse place":</strong> 9.4 percent

  • 4. Television Newscast Director

    <strong>Workers who agree their "job makes the world a worse place":</strong> 8.1 percent

  • 2. Casino Dealers

    <strong>Workers who agree their "job makes the world a worse place":</strong> 17.6 percent

  • 1. Fast Food Worker

    <strong>Workers who agree their "job makes the world a worse place":</strong> 38.4 percent