It seems that as the world economy turns sour, the workers who do have jobs are working even harder. These photos depict the worker doing just that. Some of the jobs seem unbelievable to many of us. Some are more dangerous, others are routine and even boring. Nevertheless, the human worker is truly an amazing being that exemplifies the old adage that when the going gets tough, the tough get going.
A worker's face is caked with flour as he unloads bags of food aid in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Friday, Jan. 22, 2010. International aid flowing into Haiti after the Jan. 12 earthquake has been struggling with logistical problems, and many people are still desperate for food and water
A worker adjusts Terracotta Warriors made of chocolate at the Chocolate Wonderland in Beijing, China on January 14, 2010. The chocolate theme park will exhibit creations such as the Great Wall, the Dunhuang Caves and Terracotta Warriors when it opens to the public on January 29, according to the organizer.
A worker prepares to destroy confiscated weapons at a steel plant in Shanghai, China on December 29, 2009. Some 13,000 illegal firearms, replica toy guns, machetes and swords that were confiscated by the police were destroyed during the campaign, local media reported.
Production Manager Roberto Ramos of Sealed Air surveys giant rolls of Bubble Wrap at the company's plant in Saddle Brook, New Jersey on January 19th, 2010. Sealed Air is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Bubble Wrap this month.
Khalidah Lalie, a 7-year-old Pakistani girl, stands between bricks while arranging them with her father, unseen, as they work at a brick factory on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010.
This Jan. 11, 2010 photo shows a student at the Lung Yen Life Service Co. funeral home styling hair on a model in Taipei, Taiwan. When the funeral home recently advertised for 10 positions to help prepare dead bodies for the island's traditionally lavish funerals, it received some 2,000 applications
Afghan men collect wool threads prior to being dyed at a carpet manufacturer on January 9, 2010 in Kabul, Afghanistan. The highly prized and typically expensive carpets and rugs are one of Afghanistan's best recognised exports
A worker checks a panel at a high-concentration photovoltaic (HCPV) solar energy power plant in Lujhu Township of Kaohsiung County, southern Taiwan, January 22, 2010. The plant, which is the largest HCPV solar power plant in Asia, has 141 panels and is expected to produce up to 1 megawatt (MW) of energy, which officials said would save up to 670 tons of carbon emissions annually.
An employee shelves books in the old books collection area at the Municipal Library of Lyon, France on January 15, 2010. The government of France is currently undertaking a 750 million euro ($1 billion) project to digitize its libraries and museums.
A Zoo employee makes a record of the number of Jellyfish in their tank at London Zoo as part of the zoo's annual stock-take on January 5, 2010 in London, England. ZSL London Zoo is home to over 650 different species which all need to be cataloged in their annual stock-taking which is a compulsory requirement for their zoo license.
Migrant construction workers work opposite the Chinese pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo site in Shanghai January 6, 2010. The Shanghai World Expo 2010 is due to begin on May 1, 2010 as work on the site continues to meet its deadline.
A member of the Bridge Crew watches over a fire line, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010, in case the prescribed burn jumps the line and ignites on the other side of Kings Pinnacle in Crowders Mountain State Park in Gastonia, North Carolina. Officials at Crowders Mountain State Park conducted the burn of more than 500 acres on Kings Pinnacle near the Gaston and Cleveland County line to clear out decades of forest refuse like leaf litter and downed trees, and to assist certain species of plants like bear oak that need fire to germinate.
A visually impaired man works at a hi-tech call center in Moscow, Russia on December 18, 2009. Once encouraged to take dreary factory-line jobs making electric plugs and curlers, blind people in Moscow now have a new option: working at a hi-tech call center. The center in northern Moscow employs almost 1,000 blind and visually impaired people, a bold experiment in a nation where people with disabilities can struggle to find interesting jobs - or indeed any job at all.
Workers dig at an excavation site in front of the Giza pyramids on January 11, 2010. Egyptian archaeologists have recently unearthed a number of tombs of workers who had helped to construct the country's largest pyramid dating back to the period of the fourth dynasty (2694-2513 BC).
A Kosovo Albanian miner shows his hands as he works in the Stari Trg Trepca mine on January 21, 2010. The centrepiece mine of Trepca complex in northern Kosovo, near by the town of Mitrovica, renewed its production for the first time after the 1998-99 conflict in Kosovo. During the 1980s, Trepca employed 20,000 workers and accounted for 70 percent of all the former Yugoslavia's mineral wealth.
Employees of German bathroom ceramic and furniture firm Duravit, stand outside on a balcony atop of a giant lavatory bowl, at their company headquarters in Hornberg, Southwestern Germany, January 22, 2010.
Indian wedding workers carry portable electric lamps as they walk beside a horse carriage during a wedding procession in New Delhi, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010. The lamps are tethered together and powered by a truck that follows behind the procession.
A baby Kirk's Dik Dik antelope is fed milk in the office of Chester Zoo's curator of mammals Tim Rowlands, northern England, January 22, 2010. The antelope is being hand reared at the zoo after being rejected by its mother during the recent cold weather.
Selena, an employee of Bonham's auction house, stands next to an enormous ice age cave bear skeleton (Ursus spelaeus) which dates to about 50 million thousand years ago, in London, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010. The bear was sold at auction for $58,000 US.
Technicians Eric Norman, left, and Dave Norman assemble a General Electric Co. GP7200 jet engine for a Boeing 777 at the company's Aviation Assembly & Test facility in Research Triangle Park in Durham, North Carolina, on Friday, Jan. 22, 2010.