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The Nicer the Uniform, The Worse The Job

Why I want to be a writer

By Scott ChristensonPublished 3 months ago Updated 3 months ago 4 min read
The Nicer the Uniform, The Worse The Job
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A librarian has a fine job. Sitting in a quiet, nicely decorated library, they watch people read books. Their main responsibility is to smile at visitors when they check out a volume, and to keep smiling when they promise to return it two weeks later.

Of course, the librarian would rather be at relaxing at home watching Netflix, but for a job, it ain’t bad!

Librarians don't wear uniforms, simply name tags.

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Doctors wear normal clothes to work, then throw on a white lab coat before they meet their patients.

I don’t know about you, but I’d rather be handing out the latest volume of Rebecca Yarros’s Fourth Wing than results of scary oncology tests.

Fortunately, the doctor can drive home in a BMW and listen to a true-crime podcast to take their minds off it all when their shift is over.

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Nurse. Same industry, tougher work, smaller automobile, means a tighter uniform.

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Police wear fine uniforms. Clothing that projects the power of law and order onto us civilians.

If someone is shooting an assault rifle at a neighbor's house at 3 am, while we take cover, they need to go over there and try to stop it.

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Soldiers. Same deal as the police, they carry a gun, etc. except they need to face an opposing army with fighter jets and heavy artillery.

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Pilots. In my book, the finest uniform there is. A crisp white shirt, tailored jacket, thin tie, prestigious captain’s hat that make them look like a military commander when they walk through an airport.

They are also strapped into a chair in a tiny compartment called a ‘cockpit’, flying a tin-can death trap for 12 hours or more. The next day, they wake up and do the whole thing again.

Pilots also need to drink a lot of coffee to maintain alertness, while doing the same thing over and over with all those buttons. If they need to wee on the final approach to JFK, I don’t know what happens, and it's not something they talk about much.


Are there any other uniformed jobs that I haven’t mentioned? Please drop them in the comment section. And, thanks for reading!


Fun fact: Writers don’t wear uniforms.


Top 20 Jobs that Require Uniforms (by ChatGPT)

1. Police Officer: A police officer's uniform typically consists of a navy blue shirt with a badge, dark blue trousers, a utility belt with various equipment, and a peaked cap.

2. Firefighter: Firefighters wear a distinctive uniform that includes a heavy-duty jacket and pants often in yellow or black, a helmet, gloves, and boots for protection.

3. Doctor: Doctors usually wear a white coat over their clothing, along with a stethoscope around their neck and sometimes a badge indicating their name and title.

4. Nurse: Nurses commonly wear scrubs, which are loose-fitting and comfortable garments in various colors or patterns, along with comfortable shoes for long shifts.

5. Pilot: Pilots wear a uniform that includes a shirt with epaulets, trousers or a skirt, a tie, and sometimes a cap with insignia representing their airline.

6. Flight Attendant: Flight attendants wear a uniform designed by their airline, typically consisting of a blouse or shirt, skirt or trousers, scarf, and sometimes a hat.

7. Military Personnel: Military uniforms vary by branch but often include camouflage or dress uniforms with insignia denoting rank and branch of service.

8. Chef: Chefs wear traditional white double-breasted jackets with checked pants or aprons, along with a tall hat called a toque blanche.

9. Security Guard: Security guards wear uniforms that can vary but often include a shirt with the word "Security" or the company logo, dark trousers, and a badge.

10. Postal Worker: Postal workers wear uniforms provided by the postal service, including a shirt or jacket with the postal logo, trousers or shorts, and comfortable shoes for walking.

11. Pilot: Pilots wear uniforms that include a shirt with epaulets, trousers or skirt, a tie, and sometimes a cap with insignia representing their airline.

12. Waiter/Waitress: Servers in restaurants often wear black and white attire, such as a white shirt or blouse with black trousers or skirt, along with an apron for carrying items.

13. Bus Driver: Bus drivers typically wear a uniform consisting of a shirt with the company logo, dark trousers, comfortable shoes, and sometimes a cap.

14. Sailor: Sailors wear uniforms specific to their navy or maritime organization, often including a sailor collar, bell-bottom trousers, and insignia denoting rank.

15. Security Officer: Security officers wear uniforms that can vary by employer but often include a shirt with the word "Security" or the company logo, dark trousers, and a badge.

16. Hotel Staff: Hotel staff members wear uniforms provided by the hotel, such as a shirt or blouse with the hotel logo, trousers or skirt, and comfortable shoes for standing.

17. Paramedic: Paramedics wear uniforms designed for easy identification and functionality, often including a shirt or jacket with reflective stripes, trousers, and boots.

18. School Teacher: Teachers may wear professional attire as their uniform, such as a blouse or shirt with dress pants or skirt, along with comfortable shoes for standing all day.

19. Construction Worker: Construction workers wear uniforms for safety and visibility, including high-visibility vests or jackets, hard hats, work boots, and sometimes coveralls.

20. Park Ranger: Park rangers wear uniforms suitable for outdoor work, often including a shirt with the park service logo, cargo trousers, sturdy boots, and a wide-brimmed hat for sun protection.


About the Creator

Scott Christenson

Born and raised in Milwaukee WI, living in Hong Kong. Hoping to share some of my experiences w short story & non-fiction writing. Have a few shortlisted on Reedsy:

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  • Rick Henry Christopher 3 months ago

    This is a great read... Both fun and informative. I'm wearing my uniform for my new job right now!!! I'm a stripper!!! .... .... .... .... A paint stripper... So, I'm wearing painter's overalls!!! ... ... ... ... Truth, I'm not a painter or a stripper just a joker!

  • Kodah3 months ago

    Funny because I also feel as if this links to the fact that when I think I'm dressed nicely for work, it never makes my shift any better as I think it will 😅😂 Love your piece! 💌

  • Unpopular opinion but I actually like wearing uniforms because: 1. I don't have to think about what I'm gonna wear 2. I wouldn't feel inferior when someone wears something expensive or high fashioned 3. I wouldn't have to have separate clothes for work and for going out 4. It helps save money from not needing to buy new clothes As for your question, I think Garbage Collectors wear uniform, if I'm not mistaken

  • Kageno Hoshino3 months ago

    Interesting article

  • Interesting theory Scott haha, I guess "worse" is subjective, but there are definitely some challenges that come with most uniformed jobs.

  • ROCK 3 months ago

    I loved this; I wore a uniform as a nurse for years. My uniform as a writer is soft yoga pants and an oversized sweater..or pajamas, lol!

  • Sid Aaron Hirji3 months ago

    You never really think about teachers wearing uniforms. Always saw them as people wearing regular attire.

  • Alex H Mittelman 3 months ago

    Great article! Love the pictures too!

  • D. J. Reddall3 months ago

    Uniforms make me nervous. I'm glad I don't need one to scribble sonnets. This is a charming article!

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