Worst. Internet. Job. Ever.

The web is littered with tales of angry designers, coders and bloggers who just can’t get their due. Slaving in front of their screens, alone and unappreciated in their apartments, those heroes of the internet make the web as we know it run while getting almost no recognition for their tireless efforts.

Oh, also: Those people are wimps and have it easy.

Because we now have some insight into what must surely be not only one of the most difficult internet-related jobs around, but also one of the worst jobs period: an Internet Content Reviewer.

The job is exactly what it sounds like: you get paid to review online content. Of course, given that the internet is the place that the worst of the human subconscious runs wild, that means having to sift through images of violence, horror and illegal pornography, including those involving children. Thousands of them. Every. Day.

The task is unfortunately necessary. Whether Facebook, YouTube, or hundred of thousands of other sites, people are constantly uploading illegal, disturbing images. Even sites with an ‘anything goes’ policy toward images still need to be policed for things that are illegal. And that job falls to a small team of people who have to sift through them day after day.

The reward for such a harrowing task? $8-12 an hour and counselling included in the benefits package. Sweet!

So how’s your under-appreciated web coding monkey job sound now?

Written by Navneet Alang

Navneet Alang is a technology-culture writer based in Toronto. You can find him on Twitter at @navalang
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  • funkian

    There are some images that – once seen – cannot be unseen, not in a million years. These people have see such images daily!

  • Stephen Patterson

    Can I work from home? In all seriousness, I don’t think it would be that bad since I seem to be pretty much desensitized.

  • neveroddoreven

    I already do that shht on purpose! Where do I sign up?