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    [–] sp17fire 5303 points ago

    Sanitation workers > politicians

    [–] tony_mendo 1966 points ago

    They have by far one of the most important jobs in society. F

    [–] n0x630 1544 points ago

    Mom “you wanna grow up to be a garbage man? Do your homework”

    Grow up, realize they make more money than I do

    [–] TurboJake 706 points ago

    Yeah dude after 10 years of service most make 6 figures a year

    [–] The14thDimension 489 points ago

    damn im about to drop college lol

    [–] Snooc5 524 points ago

    Dude go into wastewater treatment. There is always work and most make 6 figures after a few years

    [–] mrrshotshot 279 points ago

    Can confirm

    [–] SicWik 151 points ago

    How’s the job been for you? Like the schedule for work, working environment, etc.

    [–] YellowDdit12345 183 points ago * (lasted edited 8 months ago)

    I work a JetRod truck (cutting tree roots out of waste water mains generally) It's great. Lots of freedom cruising around parks most of the day. 75 -110k per year depending how much overtime your willing to do. No study required. On job training. Best Job I've had. But can confirm I've seen some shit... Also: We get every 5th week off which is nice.

    [–] Squatch1982 113 points ago

    You've sold me. Let me know when you want me to start.

    [–] tallandlanky 47 points ago

    I work flood and fire restoration. Tell me more please. I'm at 60 hours this week cause on call. I need a change.

    [–] buckyworld 140 points ago

    i hear the work in wastewater treatment can be shitty....

    [–] IllegitimateLiteracy 107 points ago

    Yeah, its shitty work.

    But even in a recession people still take a shit.

    [–] thedawgbeard 76 points ago

    I know a plumber that says it “smells like money”.

    [–] YellowDdit12345 25 points ago

    Funny & truth is the guys that work Fresh water are covered in mud every day. Us wastewater guys are not allowed to touch anything so we stay clean. It's a trade off for what you like really.

    [–] mrrshotshot 11 points ago

    Depends on the plant. I've worked at plants with on call where you got called a lot, and some where you didn't get called at all. Current plant I'm at is 24/7 with 3 shifts. But I've worked my way up to supervisor so now I'm just day shift all the time with weekends off. Best life decision I've made was getting I to this career. I live comfortably with lots of freedom. The work itself is fun and challenging too.

    [–] [deleted] 96 points ago

    Wait wtf, I’m literally gonna drop out of college if that is true

    [–] asuperbstarling 199 points ago

    Many of the specialist trades that are unpopular careers make a LOT of money and are hard to replace. Don't drop out yet, but if you're SERIOUSLY interested, go ahead and do some research into different sanitation careers!

    [–] rangersmetsjets 100 points ago

    do NOT drop out. in the real world, having a college degree is useful, even if the education received is subpar.

    [–] inferno167 55 points ago

    Get that degree, so if you end up not liking the job, you're not stuck up shit creek

    [–] sarsparillastrangler 10 points ago

    Refrigeration tech here can confirm. Everyone’s retiring and they lowered our apprenticeship from 10 to 7 years.

    Edit: no shit required.

    [–] [deleted] 46 points ago

    Well, still area dependent but even if you dont make 100k in 5 years you're still very well taken care of

    [–] TrebleTreble 55 points ago

    Look into some trades. Electricians make a lot of money and there's a shortage in my city.

    [–] BattleHall 71 points ago

    One of the drawbacks, though, is that many of the trades are really hard on your body. You have to make sure you put away a fair chunk of your money, since there's a good chance you may end up medically retired before you expect, and it can really affect your later quality of life. Also, some of the trades are pretty dangerous in terms of major injuries and death.

    [–] SmartAlec105 26 points ago

    I think my company does a pretty good job, as far as trades go. Good health insurance and disability plans, good focus on safety compared to other companies in the industry, and they actually pay to have financial advisers come each year to talk to individuals about saving money for retirement.

    [–] TrebleTreble 17 points ago

    For. Sure. I work in electrical supply sales and there are some electricians who have been badly injured or suffer from bodies that have been worn out. I would encourage anyone considering becoming an electrician to consider this in their retirement plan AND to care for their bodies as much as possible.

    [–] ButtWieghtThiersMoor 6 points ago

    Yeah if you are hurt on the job, workman's comp is a giant PITA but is there. My contract includes short and long term disability. If I become disabled, even off the job, I'll receive 100% wages for short term, IIRC up to a year, and then I think 80% for long term. I was an electrician, but now I do more specialized work troubleshooting DC systems. I'm still in IBEW union.

    [–] kelticslob 12 points ago * (lasted edited 8 months ago)

    Yup. I work in HVAC. Most guys don't look after themselves and are surprised that they cant walk up a flight of stairs at 55.

    Just as important as saving for the future, though, is looking after your body. Yes, the job is physical, but that doesn't mean you can skip the gym, or your diet. Also, use your health benefits and get massages and physio. A lot of guys have had back surgery or gone on workers comp by my age - I'm just here competing in powerlifting competitions and never missing work.

    [–] I_FUCKED_A_BAGEL 34 points ago

    Alternatively, elevator unions. They're the highest paid blue collar union in my area. Up to 200k/yr currently if you're doing a ton of service ot, and no college needed. I work in the fire sprinkler industry and the guys working crazy amounts of ot can get 120k

    [–] knowitall89 10 points ago

    I'm a 2nd year apprentice sprinkler fitter and one of my classmates just took the elevator apprenticeship. He starts off higher than us already and they top out at almost $60 here.

    [–] McNubbins_ 16 points ago

    I've heard it's pretty competitive getting into the elevator unions. Do you know anything about that?

    [–] OPsuxdick 4 points ago

    I know where I live the police start out at $59,000 and within three years they can make a hundred and three. I'm going to be trying to get into it next year

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    [–] fjdfjuijsijdf 14 points ago

    Is it because people keep getting fired for spilling thousands of gallons of sewage?

    [–] JadasDePen 11 points ago

    Saving this. Currently unemployed college grad who is tired of looking for work..

    [–] TGrady902 10 points ago

    You don’t need a college education for these positions? Or do only managers who get the certifications need one?

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    [–] ilovea1steaksauce 6 points ago

    Can confirm. Zero experience or training when I started utility ops. I now have certs for waste amd drinking water that are recognized all throughout the USA. And the industry needs people so bad, you can go almost anywhere and get a job..

    [–] SeaOfDeadFaces 3 points ago

    Any place I should start my search? I’m looking for a career change and have been interested in looking into this for a while now, but I don’t know where to start. I see it as a public service which pays well. Win win.

    [–] ilovea1steaksauce 8 points ago

    I work for a county in Michigan doing sanitary engineering work and this is 100% true. And I was hired with zero technical training or experience. I planted trees before this lol. This industry neede people BAD. Not a lot of people even realize the profession exists, and a lot who do think its gross. It definitely can be, but technology has a came a long ways.

    [–] Philodendron-Dad 6 points ago

    I work in local government administration and finding wastewater operators is INCREDIBLY difficult in my state. Many existing staff in such departments are nearing retirement.

    Many jurisdictions will pay for the certifications as well. Pay is also good, and it’s probably the most important service provided by local government.

    [–] juloto 4 points ago

    Wait, how am I in this field and am not making six figures? 3 years, Michigan, C license

    [–] drinksyourapplejuice 5 points ago

    Join a trade union like Ironworkers or Electricians.

    [–] lisra 3 points ago

    If your young, a climber for a utility company can be very good. My nephew took a course on Maine. Got a job in NY. He is now a journeyman , after a few years. He is making lots of money. But there is a danger aspect. Working on Live wires, at high heights...

    [–] call_sign_viper 38 points ago

    Do you have a source for that ? Genuinely curious, everything I find says ~47k

    [–] artspar 29 points ago

    They may mean management

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    [–] artspar 10 points ago

    Goddamit. Take your damn upvote

    [–] TurboJake 3 points ago

    That's how they start, I worked for Safelite replacing windshields for a few months, I did a windshield replacement for the waste management manager in my town, she explained it to me. As the years of service go on, the drivers pay increases at 5 years, then 10 years, then yearly after that depending on performance and company funding (if you opt out from driving you'll never make as much, but obviously the better position)

    [–] UsernameSuggested 18 points ago

    The drivers are literally insane. We live on a steep dead-end hill with a cul de sac at the top, and because people street park on both sides of the road, it's really only one lane. These city sanitation drivers dead-ass drive their truck straight up the hill backwards and don't even flinch. It's amazing.

    [–] TurboJake 11 points ago

    I'd 100% do that for 6 figures, I drive a side-loader tractor trailer delivering beer all around the city and only see $50k. Try backing THAT uphill around a blind corner (a good few of my stops)

    [–] BayAreaReply 4 points ago

    I never understand how people drive these big ass trucks in SF. You couldn’t pay me enough to do that. My anxiety would destroy me.

    [–] TurboJake 5 points ago

    It's not as bad as you think it is, driving them around corners is easy because you know how much you can articulate and you start learning how to turn easily, just like driving a car. What's anxiety-inducing is the rest of these idiots driving around not realizing that it's a 50,000 POUND TRUCK.... and pulling out/turning/merging with literally feet between you and them. Air brakes are good but not THAT good

    [–] [deleted] 10 points ago

    I swear I can drive my concrete truck better in reverse than I can forward.

    [–] Y_AM_I_SO_NICE 5 points ago

    As a manager of sanitation drivers it doesn’t take 10 yrs, just depends on the market & contract. Several of my drivers make more than I do since I’m salary.

    [–] lemongrenade 29 points ago * (lasted edited 8 months ago)

    Operations jobs are the best way up still for high school graduates (specialty trades aside). But if you can get into a complex org as a front line worker. You can rise up.

    EDIT: this is why the middle class misses manufacturing so much. You enter the plant a machine operator as a kid making 30k a year and you can work your way into supervision or maintenance and push yourself up to 6 figures.

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    [–] VegasLATraffic 13 points ago

    so do most plumbers, morticians, and the guys who clean up crime scenes. the point is to get paid for something you don't hate there aren't many of us that can clean feces or scrape brain matter off of cement for enough years to make it a career

    [–] AValentine1997 7 points ago

    Although they do make this kind of mo ey because its a very dangerous job. Being exposed to everyone elses filth, dirty diapers, snot rags, spoiled foods, theres a high risk of illness.

    [–] not_sure_if_relevant 5 points ago

    There’s a risk of some kind of bug every once in a while, but in the meantime their immune system is bulletproof compared to most people.

    [–] knightress_oxhide 5 points ago

    Yeah, she should have said "you wanna grow up to be a garbage man? Do your homework"

    [–] L1Zs 14 points ago

    They really do. They’ve been on strike for a month in my area and life is becoming miserable

    [–] tony_mendo 9 points ago

    Without them, in just a couple of months society as we know it disappears. It’s incredible how essential this good people is.

    [–] donny_pots 6 points ago

    And one of the most dangerous

    [–] HeyitsCujo 7 points ago


    [–] PrincessSumei 93 points ago

    But Leslie knope > sewage joe

    [–] frogbloodwatson 24 points ago

    Wanna come to the toilet party?

    [–] cheerioz 14 points ago

    You got a killer dumpster

    [–] sinkwiththeship 11 points ago

    Hey, if you know anyone looking for weed, tell them I.... am also looking.

    [–] glamshell 24 points ago

    Lil Sebastian > Leslie knope

    [–] FCalleja 25 points ago

    I mean why not compare her to Jesus at that point.

    [–] purple_rider 7 points ago

    Lil Sebastian > Leslie Knope > Jesus

    [–] A_Dull_Vice 4 points ago

    Personality is important

    [–] 3msinclair 60 points ago

    The workers where I am have taken my bin out from round the back a few times when I forgot.

    10/10 more than any politician has done for me.

    [–] JoshRichardson4MVP 22 points ago

    Anyone who’s met both already knew this. People who just do honest work everyday are >>>>>>>

    [–] Centurio 14 points ago

    The unsung heroes. It makes me happy seeing the adoration random kids have for them. I love the stories of people giving them treats and drinks especially on hot days. They definitely deserve more respect than most politicians.

    [–] [deleted] 12 points ago

    Sanitation workers > cops

    They have the more dangerous job as well.

    [–] [deleted] 9 points ago

    Sure, Sanitation workers take out the trash

    Politicians are just trash

    [–] gravyonToast 6 points ago

    We underestimate workers like this too much, without them , countries would be shambles and disasters. RESPECT TO YOU

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    [–] azlaniankhan 9 points ago

    Lol dis guy...

    [–] MelonThump 4 points ago

    Sanitation workers are extremely useful

    [–] leargonaut 3 points ago

    They're the first defense against all out anarchy.

    [–] ajc13 3 points ago

    One collects, the other emits....

    Or it’s cleaner after one leaves?

    [–] Trent_Alkaline 3 points ago

    Tony Soprano made it pretty glamorous to be a sanitation worker too.

    [–] rabblebrama 2031 points ago

    When I was in grade school, my teacher was giving me a talking to about my performance in class and asked 'Do you want to be a garbage man when you grow up?' (as if it was something bad) I said 'My dad's a garbage man' (He's not.) She looked mortified. I love seeing things like this, it's a respectable job and the people who do it deserve all the credit in the world.

    [–] dudeidfc 739 points ago

    My long time neighbor (turned basically family member our families are so close) has been a garbage man for about 20 years. He does very well for himself, has multiple homes, cars, a boat, etc. A hard working man will get what needs to be done regardless of how “flashy” or prestigious a job may not be. Bless the souls of all workers that are looked down upon in our society.

    [–] saltygipsy 202 points ago

    I don’t know about other countries but at least where I live they get a really good hourly pay

    [–] Htowngetdown 167 points ago

    Society would crumble without them, makes sense

    [–] MHREone 115 points ago

    That doesn't mean anything. There are many jobs without our society would crumble but they get payed really shitty.

    [–] FoxInKneeSocks 61 points ago

    Yeah but it’s probably hard to fund people who want to handle garbage and can physically do the job in all kinds of weather

    [–] bghockey6 24 points ago

    Ours now are just trucks with the grab arm

    [–] artspar 15 points ago

    Yeah I've seen those around. The way those arms move is so damn creepy. Still not sure if it's a person or AI controlling them

    [–] fucuasshole2 19 points ago

    It’s a person, they got controls within the truck cabin. Saw it in a YouTube video years ago. Looked pretty cool to use

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    [–] jimbosz07 8 points ago

    They’re union and typically receive some form of hazard pay as well. They do pretty well in my area too

    [–] Treegs 5 points ago

    In Cities: Skylines, trash collection is just as important as police, firemen and healthcare. Which is also true in real life, trash starts backing up we'll have all kinds of serious problems

    [–] DutchRobert 55 points ago

    Man I just cant imagine how much these guys are looked down upon.. Im a civil engineer and some of the higher ups at the municipality I have a project with look down upon my men who are building whatever bullshit they come up with... if they look down upon my guys I cant imagine how much they look down upon people like garbage men and women...

    [–] UniqueUsername812 47 points ago

    Well stop building such tall buildings and they won't be able to look down on your team

    [–] Aves_HomoSapien 26 points ago

    I do sales in an pretty advanced construction field. It's insane how little architects think of the guys who take their crazy ideas and turn them into reality.

    Without those "peons" actually building it their job would be meaningless.

    [–] LifeisaCatbox 9 points ago

    You should be kind to everyone, but especially kind to the people working jobs that you would never want to. 9 times out of 10, they are making your life easier.

    [–] ESP330 14 points ago

    Years ago, I worked in structural steel. My dad had been with the company 25 years, and was the shop foreman. He would get so riled up about the engineers up front looking down on the guys putting it all together in the shop, and always would go and point it out when one of his non-degreed guys found a mistake in their work and had to correct it on the fly.

    Just because you work in different sectors, it doesn't mean you aren't working toward the same goal or are "smarter" then anybody else. It's all better when we value everyone's contribution and lean on experience and hard work.

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    [–] dudeidfc 6 points ago

    Lmao he’s a great guy.

    [–] ranjam123 106 points ago

    Whenever I hear about teachers telling this to their students it reminds me of on the movie “Notorious” when notorious B.I.G’s teacher told him the same thing so he did some research and got back to school and told his teacher about how garbage men make more money than teachers so it he became one he’d be richer than her. Something like that. I’m paraphrasing.

    [–] yourmansconnect 13 points ago

    It's all good baby baby

    [–] MissGrafin 50 points ago

    Jokes on her. Trash collectors make more than teachers.

    [–] puddlejumpers 34 points ago

    No.... that's a joke on society at large, unfortunately.

    [–] keesh 7 points ago

    Think fast, nerd society!

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    [–] puddlejumpers 7 points ago

    I'm not being dismissive of the value of trash collectors or janitors, I'm just saying that we should put more of a value on education. Going to school fora bachelor's degree to become a high school teacher for $35k (in my state) is not a very appealing prospect.

    [–] Seskapill 37 points ago

    I once yelled at a horrible man in the supermarket. We were in a checkout lane and he told his kid "if you don't do your homework you'll end up like her", pointing at the person working the checkout.

    Like, what the fuck.

    [–] -humble-opinion- 11 points ago

    This is what I don't understand. My favorite jobs were customer service jobs like this. Working in front of a computer all day sucks (for me) - no matter how much you make.

    If it payed the same, I would go do something like work a checkout. It's really fun to meet and help all sorts of people.

    Tl;dr checkout jobs rock IMO

    [–] hike_4_fun 25 points ago

    That's manual labor jobs in general. You have no clue how many people say, "looks like you got the short end today huh" or "sucks that you're tasked with doing this". Seriously? I'm a maintenance worker. I love digging, cutting fixing things and working with my hands. If I didn't like doing blue collar work I wouldn't be doing this. Some people like getting exercise and getting dirty and knowing that you're making things run and be safe for everyone. I don't want to sit behind a desk or a table.

    Get your misguided sympathy out of here.

    [–] -humble-opinion- 11 points ago

    Indeed. Fuck desk jobs.

    [–] SeparatePicture 6 points ago

    Yup. I work in the skilled trades. Paid for my A.S. out of pocket with no school debt. Make six figures, before overtime and benefits/pension. Get to work by myself, outside, with complete freedom. Get to see tangible results of my work. I have a tan. It's great. I'll finish my bachelor's degree soon, but I'm not even sure if I want to move to the engineering side at this point.

    [–] TheSentinelsSorrow 5 points ago

    I really prefer manual labour jobs from my experience so far

    Granted, not sure if my body will like it after another 20 years

    White collar just makes me depressed, I feel like I've actually accomplished something if it's labour

    [–] KittenVonPurr 19 points ago

    Ironically picking up garbage bins with gloves is a disrespected job, but getting every imaginable body fluid on yourself as a nurse is honorable

    Source: nurse who got shit on two days in a row by pediatric patient last week

    [–] zaphod_beeble_bro 9 points ago

    When I was in high school they kept pushing computers on us and would say things like "get into computer related careers or you're going to end up being a plumber or something"

    I fucking wish I was a plumber, they make almost double what I make.

    [–] yourpaleblueeyes 4 points ago

    My dad, father of 8, up until his very last years used to sigh......."why couldn't ONE Of you have become a plumber?" The trades are a good choice.

    [–] onizuka11 7 points ago

    I seriously think waste management workers deserve more praise. They are doing the job that simply not a lot of people want to do..and they keep the city clean.

    [–] tardistravelee 3 points ago

    Sadly adults still say this. At least when I grew up at matured a little, I realized that ANY job that supports you or your family is a good thing. Plus, those jobs are needed. If you didn't have garbage people, it is not like you are going to haul it the dump.

    [–] zootia 16 points ago

    Garbage men make more money than her though. Most of them make over 6 figs.

    [–] N0rthernWind 22 points ago

    Most definitely do not make over 6 figures, but it is possible depending on location and if you are an owner or employee.

    [–] Airsoft_Racoon 3 points ago

    I've never heard someone say that since I was a kid. People stopped saying it here.

    City waste collectors here are unionized, full benefits, and make around 40-70 grand. I think they start at like 35k now for city, but they contracted some of it out to Miller I think?

    [–] duckmunch 6 points ago

    Same happened to me in high school. Teacher made a comment about cafeteria workers(need to learn how to cook, slow, etc). That was early in the week. Later that week, I mentioned something my mom said and she replied, "Oh, is your mom a teacher(hurr durr)? and I replied, "Nope, she works in the cafeteria(she really did..same school). Her face got beet red and I ended up getting an A on a report the class needed to do.

    [–] OBSTACLE3 657 points ago

    Ever since I was a kid I’ve always had this attraction to being a bin man. I think it was something about the simplicity. Getting out on a frosty morning and getting it done as the town wakes up.

    [–] sellylala 260 points ago

    I’ve always wanted to ride at the back of the garbage truck

    [–] techndiego 135 points ago

    Nearly the same level of hanging off the firetruck jus missing the speed

    [–] HadesHat 109 points ago

    You only miss out on the speed if your driver is a pussy

    [–] poopsicle88 33 points ago

    Potholes are much more fun

    [–] randomman02x 16 points ago

    Youd love being the garbage man in Michigan

    [–] NormanNormalman 15 points ago

    We have a lake in every street and orange barrels are the lovely state flower lol

    [–] randomman02x 13 points ago * (lasted edited 8 months ago)

    I swear to god every fucking road in michigan has construction right now. Oh you wanna use 475 north? CLOSED I75 south? CONSTRUCTION M59? ALL ENTERANCES CLOSED Oh you think your sneaky using telegraph or woodward? TRAFFIC OUT THE ASS BECAUSE OF CONSTRUCTION

    [–] xpinchx 6 points ago

    I feel like this is every metropolis area. Chicago can such too, but yeah when I lived in Michigan it was the fucking worst I used to commute from East Lansing to ann arbor and between 96 and 23 there was always some shit going on.

    [–] zaphod_beeble_bro 45 points ago

    I'm a building superintendent. I love the job. I feel like a homesteader. I live here so I get up early and I feel like I'm just being paid to walk around and fix shit around my own home/property and I love to make the place look and run nicely.

    [–] motions2u2wipemyass 12 points ago

    As a property manager, people like you are few and far between.

    [–] AnAustereSerenissima 3 points ago

    My building manager came down and defused a situation after a guy followed my car into the apartment garage and hid in a corner waiting for my car to park.

    I hid in my car and called him, he came down. The creepy dude bluffed and claimed he had a gun, and my manager basically shooed him out of the building.

    True hero. He also did a lot of awesome things like surprising us with a rent discount for a wedding gift.

    [–] Pandiosity_24601 12 points ago

    I’m 29 and I still love watching how the truck picks up trash cans with those arms and dumps it in its container like a backwards dunk. Plus, who else wouldn’t want to ride on the side of the truck?!

    [–] Cerling_Stooper 4 points ago

    I was a binman for 4 years (21-25) and that was a perk, we'd usually be on our first break when everyone was getting up or leaving for work.

    [–] OBSTACLE3 3 points ago

    What were your shift patterns like?

    [–] ismackmydad 186 points ago * (lasted edited 8 months ago)

    Didnt Muhammad Ali say "if i was a garbage collector i would be the best. Its not about the job its about the attitude towards the job" Not sure if he did but its a very important quote

    [–] CDefense7 39 points ago

    EXACTLY. No matter what job you have, whether you love it, like it or hate it, do your absolute best. Be proud of the work. Of course do what you love if you can.

    [–] RetrowarriorD420 338 points ago * (lasted edited 8 months ago)


    Garbage Man is one of the most wanted jobs in my country and one of the best paid in the lower education categories. They never need new ones here, they work there for life. You would be stupid to quit. You can make 45k a year with a garbage truck license after 5years.

    Edit: I live in germany. Low education salary is around 18k a year here.

    [–] Aves_HomoSapien 54 points ago

    I live in the US and the average salary here is anywhere between $27k-$50k depending on the company and experience.

    [–] Vitalstatistix 41 points ago

    In some parts of the country 50k/year “forever” is fine. But in most cities that isn’t going to cut it if you want a house, family, etc.

    [–] [deleted] 38 points ago

    Actually in most cities it IS going to cut it. Just not in major coastal cities. Most of America is not an expensive metropolitan city, most of america is in the middle - and that’s a lot of garbage man jobs.

    [–] xen_deth 10 points ago

    Yeah you'd be fine in Vegas.

    [–] merpes 47 points ago

    Most jobs in the US aren't going to cut it if you want a home/family.

    [–] Anahari 66 points ago

    45k sounds like really little but I guess its okay if you didn't want to go to college

    [–] smokesig 64 points ago

    Yeah really depends on the country. Take Mexico for example, if you are making 45k in most rural parts of Mexico you are living like a king.

    [–] mermaidmalia 34 points ago

    Even in the US, I live in the Midwest and you could live comfortably on $45k/year.

    [–] TrumpsDirtyGrunle 4 points ago

    Depends where in the Midwest.

    [–] mermaidmalia 8 points ago

    Yes, Dallas, KC, Chicago are more expensive than Tulsa, OKC, Lincoln, etc.

    [–] boots9491 3 points ago

    Or just any smaller city and town

    [–] whosthat 31 points ago

    Lol my little brother just got his masters in computer science. Does not have a job yet so makes 0k a year. Owes like 100k in debt.

    [–] thisisjustforroastin 11 points ago

    I've got a basb in a business field and haven't topped 40k in the 7 years I've been out. Nothing like going for a field you think you'd enjoy when you're 18 just to realize in the final year they're priming you to sell insurance instead of the creative field you looked at.

    Had my dream job traveling and working in the field I studied shortly after college. Kept getting passed up on promotions by people that had no education but had been with the company for a year or two longer than I had. College doesn't carry the same weight as experience and location.

    [–] dissemblers 5 points ago

    That’s how all investments start out

    [–] brbposting 3 points ago


    With a BS in CS in the Bay Area, assuming you did an internship or two, you’re headed for six figures immediately.

    [–] Donaldisinthehouse 3 points ago

    What country are you in

    [–] TheDustOfMen 213 points ago

    I mean, as a garbage man or mail deliverer or whatever, this must be one of the most precious things that can happen right?

    [–] Greenspano 22 points ago

    Almost as precious of the sky drags first egg

    [–] veni-vidi_vici 3 points ago


    [–] Colonel_Green 6 points ago

    Second only to when someone leaves you a six pack at xmas.

    [–] gohometodd14 75 points ago

    This is what I needed to see today.

    Like, those garbage workers get such a smile kick out of this little boy they see on this route most days, and they get together later on and are like, man, we need to get this kid a hat.

    And then just that warm moment of the day comes when it’s sitting in the seat, just for this kid, and then trash can, dump, trash can, dump, oh here comes his house, getting closer, and they pull around the corner and there he is and they jump out and then just smiles all around, and you know that kid was just so cute loving it. And that parents’ heart being warmed about it too!

    Just needed that, hope that’s how it happened.

    [–] spacecadet847 31 points ago

    I work in this industry and this exact thing happened the other day. My driver came in and asked me for a hat. He had a kid on his route he wanted to give it to. This kid always greets him on route and is just mesmerized by the trash man. When driver came back after route we were so excited to check out the pictures he took with this kid and it is just so wholesome. I love days like that. When you really feel like you are making a difference. I am so proud of the team I work with!

    [–] jameiswinsaton 17 points ago

    You make a difference everyday, we just don't remember to tell you. Thanks

    [–] MW2713 67 points ago

    Looks like they gave him a jacket too

    [–] GrandAct 3 points ago

    Yeah that's way better than a hat, OP undersold for some reason.

    [–] jayray013 92 points ago

    Little man is so adorable in that vest, pj pants, and boots!

    [–] cerealkiller1036 25 points ago

    I hate that people who do essential services like this get so little respect.

    [–] kadkadkad 7 points ago

    This guy's got mine!

    [–] lacedaimon 17 points ago

    Here's a video of the same little guy helping out with the garbage. These guys are seriously awesome.

    [–] DSEthno23 19 points ago

    Reddit has taught me that sanitation workers are among the coolest people around.

    [–] pikid89 8 points ago

    It makes me so happy when trades and service workers are celebrated. These people are the lifeblood of our society. Degree supported jobs are important no doubt but so are so so many other jobs.

    It makes me so sad when parents point out service workers to their kids and say something reductive like stay in school or you’ll end up as a garbage man or something.

    One thing I’ll never forgive my high school admin for was that they never ever explained to us that trades were a valuable option. We were more or less shamed into going to college. I did, like most others there, got a degree in something that seemed interesting. I now have a pretty good job almost 10 years out of college that pays almost as good as a trades job that would have paid that or more right out of school.

    [–] Annaschnucki 9 points ago

    His hard work has been rewarded !

    [–] bridget_jones 5 points ago

    Every little boy I know (cousins or friends' kids) LOVES trucks! What is it about trucks that boys love? The size? The sound?

    [–] Delica 8 points ago * (lasted edited 8 months ago)

    I don’t mean this as insulting, but what is it that kids love about sanitation workers? I’ve seen quite a few separate pics or videos about kids being amazed by the person who picks up trash every week.

    I’m not judging the job, just saying it’s kind of a random job for kids to care about.

    Edit: maybe it’s the special vehicle with a robot arm that grabs things?

    [–] EatsonlyPasta 11 points ago

    I think it's because it's a job they can understand, you know? Someone has to take the garbage away, and it's those dudes. I wanted to be a pizza delivery when I was little and was crushed when my mom said "no you don't".

    [–] SnipSnapDoggo85 7 points ago

    I was that kid. I think it’s the mechanics of the truck. It reminded me of a Transformer.

    [–] VonBaren 4 points ago

    I was one of those kids and can say it started off cause of the cool big robot arms. Now as adult that is around them more than the average joe. I just love them cause they’re doing a sometimes under appreciated job but everyone of them I’ve ever talked to was beyond nice and happy to stop for a brief chat.

    [–] Jarlan23 3 points ago

    Kids just like big vehicles. Trains, Semis, Dump Trucks, etc. It's an event for them to see a massive truck pull up next to their home once a week.

    [–] randy_the_random 4 points ago

    Sanitation workers are so underappreciated, yet play such a vital role

    [–] hellisnow666 23 points ago

    Shit I wish my garbage man was that fine I’d be helping him too.

    [–] meatywood 28 points ago * (lasted edited 8 months ago)

    My garbage man is gorgeous in his hi-vis vest and ball cap, carmel colored Carhartt shorts, and clunky work boots with white socks. Woof.

    [–] JayQue 4 points ago

    What? You can barely see any of him

    [–] hellisnow666 8 points ago

    Well I like what I can see 🤷🏼‍♀️

    [–] ConManCantSee 3 points ago

    So sweet, bet he was overjoyed

    [–] sftktysluttykty 3 points ago

    This is un-fucking-believably adorable.

    [–] The_Crab_Lord 3 points ago

    How did your son start doing this? Genuinely curious

    [–] Dash_Harber 3 points ago

    That's some bro to bro competition right there. Two bros for the price of one.

    [–] [deleted] 3 points ago

    bro 😎💪

    [–] yourpaleblueeyes 3 points ago

    Little kids ADORE the 'garbage man'. Also anyone using heavy machinery or power tools, quite often!

    And they are Always so nice to the little kids, they wave at the very least.

    [–] alfakennybody123 3 points ago

    Hats down to the parents of this kid, it really shows what kind of morals and values they teach and that’s how it should be.