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post #1 of 65 (permalink) Old 03-07-2014, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
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What do you do???

As a spin-off of stealthtastic's thread about how many hours a week we work, I'm starting this thread as a place to describe your job. I've found that, as much as I know many of you, I have no idea what you do for a living.....

I.E........ I've been a commercial and residential remodeling contractor for 16 years. Before that, I built new construction homes strictly as a framing carpenter.

My entire life has been spent in the building trades with the exception of a few years (1994-2000) as a casino dealer and table games supervisor.
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post #2 of 65 (permalink) Old 03-07-2014, 04:30 PM
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I was trading biotech stocks while finishing up school for finance but I dropped courses for this semester and decided to focus 100% on the IR firm my friend and I put together. It's really stressful but you meet a lot very interesting people.
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post #3 of 65 (permalink) Old 03-07-2014, 05:36 PM
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i worked as a satellite communications specialist while i was in the Army. I got out a few months ago and now work as a cell tower climber/tech. I am hoping to go back to sat comm though. Climbing isn't that bad but the job i have now is a dead end. I want to get my CCNA and comptia certs so i have switching and routing as well as transmissions.
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post #4 of 65 (permalink) Old 03-07-2014, 05:59 PM
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Graphic Artist/Print Designer.

Work for myself doing Logos, business cards, brochures, postcards, business forms, vehicle wrap design, banners, etc.
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post #5 of 65 (permalink) Old 03-07-2014, 08:37 PM
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courier...work mostly for american tire distributors...d.m.
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post #6 of 65 (permalink) Old 03-07-2014, 09:16 PM
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I'm management at Target since closing our candle store, but my wife still runs the internet side of it...
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I have been a machinist/tool and die/mold maker for 24 years. Started right out of high school and learned everything on the job. Now running $40,000 software and running $300,000 dollar machines. A lot of hard work to get where I'm at and spent 23 years on 2nd shift. Still love going to work everyday. To me it's fun and I make a good living. Now I'm on day shift and can finally play in a band. Actually 2. Pink Floyd cover band and metal cover band.
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post #8 of 65 (permalink) Old 03-07-2014, 11:12 PM
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Got out of college in 07 with business degrees, the only work I could find was apartment "make ready" for a buddy of mine, basically fixing what renters destroyed. Did that for a year (while playing in a great band and having an awesome time of it...) then moved back to Tulsa. Started working for a friend of my music festival family and did general contracting for Tulsa's well off residents for few years. Learned that most of the well off were in oil and gas related fields, were spoiled trust funders of oil money, or lawyers. No law degree sooo.

Got a job in Oil and Gas. Currently I am an Oil Revenue Analyst for a large company that handles other companies business processes. IE onshore outsourcing. None of the perks but all of the problems. Great experience, and I love making oil "happen." I deal with stupid amounts of money. Fascinating industry that should keep me employed until I can say F it and make furniture/guitars everyday.
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post #9 of 65 (permalink) Old 03-07-2014, 11:44 PM
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I've been a Biomedical Technician for 25 odd years now... Basically just repairing and maintaining medical equipment of all types for a hospital. Not a bad gig, but kind of stuck now, as it's a narrow job field. Trying to move back home to AZ, but tough to find a job I can cross over in to and still make decent money.
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post #10 of 65 (permalink) Old 03-08-2014, 08:19 AM
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Currently working as a receptionist/data entry clerk at an 'Ear, Nose and Throat' doctors office while finishing school. (Computer science and engineering)
As boring as I thought the office work would be, it's not. I take my time with the data entry, even though I could do it pretty quickly, making sure everything is accurate (I am dealing with peoples health information, after all) and in my 'down time' I can study. I've met a lot of people there (patients and other doctors) and the demeanor of a person visiting a doctors office is so very different than when they are in Wal-Mart.
Wal-Mart customers are, mostly, rude, impatient, demanding and treat you like you're less than human.
At the office, people are, mostly, polite, kind, understanding and treat you with respect. And that makes me feel proud that I'm there to help them, even in my small way, with what they are going through.
I recently had a little boy in the office who somehow got a pearl stuck in his ear. His grandmother gave him a string of fake pearls to play with (he's 6 years old), it broke and he was playing with the little beads and managed to get one in his ear and they couldn't get it out. The doctor had to use a hook and the poor little guy was crying and there was blood. They called me into the office to help, what I ended up doing was holding his other hand while his mom cried and told him a story about how I did the same thing (it was made up, of course) and how I was scared and how it hurt, but it went away after a while and I had a cool story to tell my friends at school after getting a few days off to stay home and play while my ear healed. He calmed down and they were able to pack and bandage it with little trouble.
It felt so good to see the smile on his face, and a week later when they came in for his follow up he had drawn me a picture of me, him, his Mommy and the doctor smiling in the office with the pearl in the doctors hand.
It made me long to be a mommy. LOL
Okay, too long, all you asked is what I do.
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post #11 of 65 (permalink) Old 03-08-2014, 08:45 AM
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The short answer is that I am in sales. The longer answer is that I work for a company called Thermo Fisher Scientific and we manufacture and sell a wide variety of instruments, equipment and consumables that are used primarily in the medical research industry, although we are involved with other industries as well.


We are the largest company in our industry. Any time you see a lab on some TV show, the stuff that's in there is what we make.

I personally am part of a sales team that services the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. You can read their blurbs about what they do if you aren't familiar with them.

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post #12 of 65 (permalink) Old 03-08-2014, 08:48 AM
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Nuclear Engineer - responsible for training the folks that operate an electrical generation station.
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post #13 of 65 (permalink) Old 03-08-2014, 02:06 PM
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What I don't do for a living is what I love. 15 years ago I didn't know what i wanted to do really, and was going through all sorts of emotional rubbish, which in hindsight was stupid. So I decided to do what would enable me to buy some of the crap I desired. Instead of doing what I loved.

I'm a SOE Designer, also a freelance photographer and retoucher. The photography and retouching I love, but it won't pay the mortgage.

Oh well... kinda wish I decided 15 years ago to do what I loved instead. To wake up looking forward to every single day and what it might bring, looking forward to "work" would be a dream. Feels like it's too late now. I mean, s#!t, I spend the greater majority of my days working, all those hours that I'm not doing what I love... such a waste. I'll figure it out though.
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post #14 of 65 (permalink) Old 03-08-2014, 04:03 PM
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I'm in the public service. I design online forms for Government. It's pretty boring work, but my workplace is flexible, and the people I work with are cool. The family really needs more money, but finding a job doing what I do is hard, and prospects lately are very thin on the ground. And I value having the flexibility I have to look after my boys when needed.

What I'd love to do I do in my spare time, and paid work in it is much harder to find. I run my own blog, and also write for Seymour Duncan's blog. I'd love to write music stuff, reviews and stuff for a living, but I doubt that'll ever happen.
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post #15 of 65 (permalink) Old 03-08-2014, 04:23 PM
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I'm a sound engineer. I live on tour. I don't get home much, about two or three weeks a year. It's the best job in the world. I'm extremely lucky because I get the chance to live in several different cities per year and see what the people are like/what the places are like. I miss my family though.

Cool thread - it's an eye opener to see what all my fellow Jemsiters do!
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