While the "dead-end" job has historically received a bad rap, a new variety of employment known as the "cul de sac" position has become increasingly popular, offering low stress and a reliably low income with no opportunity for advancement in a quiet, secluded location with a bit of privacy.
"They say it's not about the destination, it's about the journey," said cul de sac employment recruiter Samantha Jordan. "And with this type of employment, that's totally true. Because there's nowhere to go other than a circle at the end of a suburban street."
Jordan acknowledged that some criticise the cul de sac career route for not leading anywhere. "But really,, where is there to go?"
Chris Miller of Nashville, Tennessee, says that he finds his cul de sac job a helpful way to kill time between meaningful life experiences. "And I get paid," he added.
June Littleton of Charleston, South Carolina, agreed. "When you think about it, what else would I be doing during those eight hours a day? Probably just watching TV. I may as well be sitting in front of a computer."
While some have resisted the cul de sac career route, determined to find their own path that actually leads somewhere/anywhere, experts predict that cul de sac professions are the wave of the future.
"Burglary rates are lower, they're generally quieter, and they're much safer for children," said labor analyst Henry Fremont of most cul de sac positions. "It's true they can get a little dull, but most people prefer mind-numbing to chaotic. There are always tradeoffs when it comes to earning a living, but most people feel this is one worth making."