What is the worst fictional job?
I was having a discussion about this with my family, and my contender for the worst job in fiction is Star Fleet.
I think the amount of stress a Star Fleet officer has to endure would just be unbearable. Every other week they’re being called upon to potentially do battle with the Klingons or Romulans or Borg, and if that’s not happening they’re being abducted and experimented on by trans-dimensional aliens or having a lifetime of memories implanted in them by random probes, or having their memories erased and being forced to take part in another civilization’s war. There’s no way you’d be able to cope with all this for the duration of a five year mission. Clearly these officers will need breaks which is obviously what holodecks are for – to give them a chance to relax and unwind. But no – the holodeck will try to kill them too, so a Star Fleet officer can never relax.
In many ways I think becoming a mindless drone in service to the Borg Queen would actually be a relief for most of these poor sods.