A position with a company may be high paying with lots of perks, but otherwise offer no opportunity for growth. Some might consider this a "dead-end job" but that has a negative connotation. Is there a term for such a position that honors the post?

Reading through Wikipedia on dead-end job is interesting but points to no positive term. I'm wondering if such a thing exists.


EDIT: I think "limited growth opportunity" is the best fit so far (from the comments).

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    You pretty much said it yourself, but that can be shortened to "limited growth opportunity". Jun 28, 2016 at 19:41
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    Oh, I like that.
    – amcalde
    Jun 28, 2016 at 19:42
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    A "high-paying job with lots of perks" sounds like a "good job" (but maybe not a career).
    – Brian
    Jun 28, 2016 at 20:01
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    The closest I can think of is "sinecure" which has the sense of stagnation and high pay you're after, but also carries a connotation of easiness and more than a whiff of nepotism, which probably isn't what you have in mind.
    – 1006a
    Jun 28, 2016 at 20:09
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    We also use "day job" to refer to a pointless or boring job that pays the bills, but it also usually implies that you're doing it to support some non-lucrative passion (like being a comedian).
    – Brian
    Jun 28, 2016 at 21:29

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You could say "I don't want to be a office worker", but that would include more that just dead-end jobs, or maybe "I don't want to be a menial employee". Somewhat negative, less so that dead-end job, or "Temporary employee". That would probably be the one you want.

A tip for looking through a Wikipedia page, look at the sources as well!!

EDITS: Seems like your example of a dead-end job will get you somewhere, that makes a broken question. From italki.com, Question here
"If something 'won't get you anywhere' ,it means this thing is useless and it is not worth doing it or pursuing it. "
And that is some copy pasta for you!
As you can see, your job is still worth doing, it does not fit very well with dead-end job.

Limited growth opportunity seems best, but the asker(Sp. Cker. says i cant put er on, HELP) is not satisfied.

  • +1 for the answer, but not what I was looking for.
    – amcalde
    Jun 29, 2016 at 12:05
  • Any of the see-also pages on the wiki are good word by any chance?
    – mjz19910
    Jun 29, 2016 at 18:34

It doesn't seem to be in usage, but I would suggest career path terminus (or possibly "career track terminus") as a neutral description of farthest place you will reach in a given career. The analogy is with "terminal degree" meaning the highest degree in a given professional track.

This is a prestigious position, but be aware it's basically a career path terminus.

"Terminal career" would be briefer, but that sounds terrible. If you wanted something similar with a positive (rather than neutral) sound, you could go with "career path apex."


Though it it hard to find a formal definition, I think steady job or stable job fit the bill.

Both give continuity, both lack excitement.

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