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What's your job?
« on: March 05, 2012, 01:10:51 AM »
While I wait for my debate with ElliotViola to commence (coming soon, try to contain your excitement), I thought it might be interesting to hear about what some of you do for a crust.

I'll go first. I am officially known as a Liability Loss Adjuster. My only current client is a liability mutual who indemnify local governments against claims for personal injury, property damage and financial loss due to negligence or nuisance.

I work pretty much strictly in the personal injury claims. It's my job to investigate the circumstances of an alleged accident, collate relevant documents, interview relevant people, take photos/video and put it all together into a report which assists my client in responding to the claim.

Its quite amazing how many creative ways Joe Public can find to injurethemselves on Council property.

It's a job I've worked my way into with my company over the last few years, and so far I enjoy it just fine. I have a good amount of autonomy and flexibility of work hours, and get to go on some nice drives in the country.

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Re: What's your job?
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2012, 02:19:33 AM »
I am a school teacher.  I teach computers skills in a special ed environment known as "NPS" which stands for Non Public School.
Essentially it's a continuation school for people who were kicked out of continuation school.

As with any form of education there are ups and downs.  Currently the largest 'down' is that education is expensive, and tends to be one of the first areas on the chopping block when it comes time to balance the states budget.
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Re: What's your job?
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2012, 02:35:40 AM »
I'm a medical transcriptionist.  On an average day, I type between 20-30 letters from various hospital specialists to the referring doctors.  My job is to listen to audio files and type at warp speed, drawing on vocabularies from a dozen different medical specialties and turning the recording into a correctly-punctuated letter that's also technically correct (In practical terms, this means that I'll flag something for review if it seems to be out of whack.  For instance, the decimal point may have been omitted from a white blood cell count, or a medication dosage may be too high or too low.)

The great things about this work is that I learn something new about medicine virtually every day (I'm particularly fond of Neurology), and the day itself just flies by.  If you've ever heard of "flow," this job has it.
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Re: What's your job?
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2012, 03:19:47 AM »
Currently unemployed. In the past I've worked cash registers, cleaned carpets, made plaster molds of teeth, tracked inventory in warehouse storage, driven tractors, baked and packaged bread, hacked trails into hillsides and kept rose gardens looking nice.
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Re: What's your job?
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2012, 04:14:57 AM »
I'm an Architect & Interior Designer.
Currently specialized in bathroom design with natural stone finishing materials.
When i got no assignment, i spend my time posting on forums from office  ;D.

Actually, i like my job.
But since i've been here for quite a while.
I'm thinking about trying something new.
Like teaching perhaps  ;D
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Re: What's your job?
« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2012, 04:46:06 AM »
During the day, I work campus security.  So I cool out in the front of the school, dick around on my phone, break up fights and make sure the kids don't leave campus.  Mostly I just walk around campus getting mistaken for a janitor.

Some afternoons, I also do what they call special enrichment at a junior high down the way, where I teach the little children the fine art of DJing.  I enjoy the hell out of that.  I also like that the police officer assigned to that campus gets down with it too.  So he sometimes comes by and shows the kids a thing or two.

And some weekends, mostly when school's out, I try to talk liberals all around the country into giving their hard earned dollars to the good folks at the DNC.

Overall, it's not a bad way to keep the lights on but not a great way to use a college degree either.  So yeah....
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Re: What's your job?
« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2012, 08:02:45 AM »
I'm a part time mail carrier.  I do rural routes mostly but can do a few walking routes if needed.  Wind, rain, sleet, hail, snow up to your eyeballs, ice, floods, 120 degree heat, bitter cold, tornadoes, and anything else mother nature can throw at me, I've probably worked in.  I've already told everyone at my main office I won't be doing this as a career forever, but it's been one of the best jobs I've ever had. 

I'm also a musician, playing bass guitar in a band but well, that doesn't really pay.
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Re: What's your job?
« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2012, 08:18:31 AM »
What is this "job" you speak of?
I have no job!
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Re: What's your job?
« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2012, 08:19:33 AM »
Currently: Unemployed scumbag. ;)
Previously: Mostly shop work, from before being a student and after graduating. All temp work. The best job I've done so far was admin work for a recruitment agency as I did get put in charge of filling one of their contracts and it's pretty sweet getting people a job, I guess out of all the jobs you could have dealing with the public it's one of the more rewarding ones, though obviously you STILL get pains in the arses and moments when you bang your head against the desk. The main one for me was people showing a lot of interesting a job, then don't bother turning up to an interview, when I was put in charge of a contract one day I had 7 people booked for an interview, 5 were no-shows. There's also the number of people claiming to look for jobs who are impossible to contact.

But I wish it wasn't a temporary set up, I quite enjoyed working there.
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Re: What's your job?
« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2012, 11:11:21 AM »
currently "she who does everything except accounting" at a small non-profit.   worked as a geologist for 5 years doing mostly hazmat and structural work.  Did stints in health insurance and industrial real estate. 
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Re: What's your job?
« Reply #10 on: March 05, 2012, 11:36:17 AM »
I used to be a software engineer and project manager who suffered periodic mid life crises.

Currently I'm an artist suffering from yet another mid life crisis.

Its anyone's guess what I'll be tomorrow.
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« Reply #11 on: March 05, 2012, 12:42:05 PM »
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Re: What's your job?
« Reply #12 on: March 05, 2012, 12:42:59 PM »
My daughter employs me as a full time grumpy grampa to cook, sometimes clean and play the heavy with her offspring when she's at school and work..
I previously was a professional scrap metal junker, drug addict, alcoholic, autobody tech, professional spray painter (got poisoned for a living), cook at AFB, cook at greasy spoon cockroach infested dump cleverly disguised as nice dump, pizza delivery specialist extrordinaire, fork lift warehouse wrecker, plastic extrusion tech which I loved because I sat on my ass 75% of the time and dealt with utter chaos the other 25, professional deep fried chicken maker, professional truck unloader, professional hitchhiker, p
and before all that I specialized as a professional kid and all around pain in the ass to my dear departed mother.
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Re: What's your job?
« Reply #13 on: March 05, 2012, 05:11:54 PM »
I am a systems administrator for a company of about 80 people. I work for my father-in-law who is the senior admin, which is pretty sweet, and for an owner who's sexist. He is sexist because all the guys in the office are allowed to call him by his first name and all the woman have to call him Mr. (lastname). I actually got yelled at by him for not "showing him respect" by calling him by his first name, among other reasons to consider him sexist. So typically when he's around I sit in my office with the door closed, and typically when he calls my phone I let it go to voicemail, and let him think I am elsewhere in the office taking care of something IT related. My excuse everytime he asks where I was: I was in the server room.[1]

He's an idiot because he is cheap and doesn't understand when it comes to IT it's foolish to cut costs. He doesn't understand that hard drives  on 6 year old computers will fail and networking/computer equipment will eventually need to be replaced. When he gets the IT bill he gets pissed at us. But whatever.

Sorry, I guess I was ranting. But yeah, I love my job. It's pretty sweet - I just hate the owner.
 1. Luckily for me he has no idea what the password is for the server room
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« Reply #14 on: March 05, 2012, 05:47:41 PM »
I am a college professor in an earth science field. I love teaching, have great co-workers and bosses, and am lucky to have a secure job (good salary, 15 years w/tenure, decent health insurance) in an insecure world.

Before this gig, I was an overseas development worker in agriculture and women's health care programs. I was posted in African and Latin America for several years. I have had every known disease.

Before that I was a social worker in one of the toughest housing projects in the US. I am still alive.

Before that I was in fashion design producing fancy clothes for shallow people. I got over my latent homophobia and quickly became a fruit fly.

Before that I was a morgue security night monitor and a dishwasher in an industrial kitchen.
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Re: What's your job?
« Reply #15 on: March 05, 2012, 06:08:08 PM »
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He's an idiot because he is cheap and doesn't understand when it comes to IT it's foolish to cut costs. He doesn't understand that hard drives  on 6 year old computers will fail and networking/computer equipment will eventually need to be replaced. When he gets the IT bill he gets pissed at us. But whatever.

That really is daft, IT is incredibly important. Of course old computers can be sluggish too and don't perform as well as they used to and once upon a time XP ran moderately okay with 256mb RAM, but the computer I had to use for admin work, it was a nightmare to multi-task with and Adobe Acrobat was hellish. The office was willing to upgrade, but as the IT department (which was miles away) wanted us to send the computer via courier, I just had to deal with it as I was only a temp and there was no point me not using a computer. When the guy next to me went on holiday I nicked his computer and it was surprising to see how much a sluggish computer affected my productivity.

Though, in terms of being tight, when I worked for Cash Converters they were still running DOS, networked using a floppy disks and back-up data with them. I guess if it's not broken don't fix it.  &)




On the sexism, don't you guys have laws on that sort of thing where you live? (Not even sure where you live, but here I wouldn't expect anybody to put up with it)
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Re: What's your job?
« Reply #16 on: March 05, 2012, 06:08:21 PM »
My daughter employs me as a full time grumpy grampa to cook, sometimes clean and play the heavy with her offspring when she's at school and work..
I previously was a professional scrap metal junker, drug addict, alcoholic, autobody tech, professional spray painter (got poisoned for a living), cook at AFB, cook at greasy spoon cockroach infested dump cleverly disguised as nice dump, pizza delivery specialist extrordinaire, fork lift warehouse wrecker, plastic extrusion tech which I loved because I sat on my ass 75% of the time and dealt with utter chaos the other 25, professional deep fried chicken maker, professional truck unloader, professional hitchhiker, p
and before all that I specialized as a professional kid and all around pain in the ass to my dear departed mother.

Dad, is that you?   :o

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Re: What's your job?
« Reply #17 on: March 05, 2012, 06:09:56 PM »
During the Dellionaire days I did two years at Dell computer as a hardware, then sw phone tech, while investing in Dell stock. That provided the money for me to go back into business for myself.

I retired in 05 from my musical instrument manufacturing business.  Presently I am prosecuting a patent application for a residential condensate recovery system, and writing articles, short stories and a sci-fi novel.

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« Reply #18 on: March 05, 2012, 06:18:44 PM »
I have absolutely no idea what my job is.  But I go there every weekday, attend enough meetings to keep from getting much else done, and have so much to do, that I just gave up.  I've been begging for a helper for over two years, and all I get is an internal audit of the system I manage, and two more years of grief over the most mundane and micro-details.  The real problem is, it pays well, and my wife seems to love me still - so I have to keep doing this, or I'll be lonely, I'm sure.   ;D

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« Reply #19 on: March 05, 2012, 06:25:39 PM »
I'm the owner of a factory with about 80 people and it's great except for this one woman who hates calling me by my formal name, which is Mr. Misogynist .Her name is Emily and... ;D

Just kidding. I've been in construction for years. As a carpenter type, not a contractor. Mostly working on log homes, which are ubiquitous in Montana. Things are slow now, so I get by on whatever comes by. I do computer support work for local mac owners, get myself into an assortment of odd jobs and work part time as a caretaker for a woman on whose land I live.

Needless to say I've never been an english teacher. Which is good because my hobby is writing run-on sentences, which I won't go into right now mostly because I only have twenty more years to live, tops, so sorry 'bout that, etc.

I'm also busy learning some 3D stuff (Google SketchUp, which is making ME evil) because a friend is hoping to get a company going soon where 3D architectural drawings and such would be useful. My efforts at 3D have proven that it is hard to teach an old dog new tricks but I find that if I hit myself in the nose with a rolled up newspaper every now and then, it helps. It would be nice to end my working career with a desk job, being ancient and all.

When I was growing up I wanted to be a criminal but I never could run fast. Not good in that line of work. So I have been a factory worker, welfare worker, landscaper, tree planter, electronics technician, in wholesale sales, a construction accountant (they called me that, I didn't know diddly about accounting. But I could count to 60 million, and that's how much money they were spending, so I qualified), shipping/receiving clerk and a dump truck driver. I am successful in the sense that i've managed to avoid working in restaurants and in retail sales.

The only permanent effect my various non-careers has had on me is that I am now ornery. Good thing I'm an atheist because I would make an insufferable christian.









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« Reply #20 on: March 05, 2012, 06:29:50 PM »

The only permanent effect my various non-careers has had on me is that I am now ornery. Good thing I'm an atheist because I would make an insufferable christian.

No offense, but I'm picturing you as one of those old guys in the balcony on the Muppets.  And since I'm turning 50, I'm sitting right next to you in that balcony.  You know what, there's a schtick - two old atheists in a balcony, yelling at Christian passers-by.

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« Reply #21 on: March 05, 2012, 06:34:52 PM »

The only permanent effect my various non-careers has had on me is that I am now ornery. Good thing I'm an atheist because I would make an insufferable christian.

No offense, but I'm picturing you as one of those old guys in the balcony on the Muppets.  And since I'm turning 50, I'm sitting right next to you in that balcony.  You know what, there's a schtick - two old atheists in a balcony, yelling at Christian passers-by.

Well, since you just told us you are SAS, this is how I picture you.



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« Reply #22 on: March 05, 2012, 06:36:11 PM »

The only permanent effect my various non-careers has had on me is that I am now ornery. Good thing I'm an atheist because I would make an insufferable christian.

No offense, but I'm picturing you as one of those old guys in the balcony on the Muppets.  And since I'm turning 50, I'm sitting right next to you in that balcony.  You know what, there's a schtick - two old atheists in a balcony, yelling at Christian passers-by.

Well, since you just told us you are SAS, this is how I picture you.


OMG, that is awesome!  I want to be that.  But alas, my only weapon is my green laser pointer.  Fuck.

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« Reply #23 on: March 05, 2012, 06:37:37 PM »
OMG, that is awesome!  I want to be that.  But alas, my only weapon is my green laser pointer.  f**k.

That's what he's holding. It's the giant economy size.
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« Reply #24 on: March 05, 2012, 06:38:52 PM »

The only permanent effect my various non-careers has had on me is that I am now ornery. Good thing I'm an atheist because I would make an insufferable christian.

No offense, but I'm picturing you as one of those old guys in the balcony on the Muppets.  And since I'm turning 50, I'm sitting right next to you in that balcony.  You know what, there's a schtick - two old atheists in a balcony, yelling at Christian passers-by.
My eye site is too poor to sit on the balcony, so I'll have to get with you guys later. That's me down there with the megaphone! I can yell thru it or turn it around and listen thru it.
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« Reply #25 on: March 05, 2012, 07:53:17 PM »
I'm an industrial chemist. Coming on 30 years. Might be wrapping it up in a year or two. Will I have the patience to tutor high school students for spare change? Not sure yet.

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« Reply #26 on: March 05, 2012, 09:46:27 PM »
Mechanical engineer and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.
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« Reply #27 on: March 05, 2012, 09:53:33 PM »
I'm an engineer, working for an US company's cost cutting center in Bangalore, India. Currently working on FMS for Business Jets. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flight_Management_System)

From childhood I'd been fascinated by the metallic birds and wanted to do nothing else. So I am at peace, nice work-life balance and very polite customers.

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PS: Its an organization policy that we are to address all employees by their first name no matter what their gender might be! Some of our names are not very easy to pronounce for the visiting American and European partners, it gets quite funny at times  :)

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« Reply #28 on: March 05, 2012, 09:55:58 PM »
Jetson..You can tell mom she can forget child support. At my age anyone calling me dad outside of the two demon spawn I spent 20 years trying to corrupt have to dig my dna up at the body farm or bottom of the Atlantic the apply for post mortem support from the societyto collect from dead guys.  ;D but I'll proud tp call you my long lost sonny boy anyway if it makes you feel needed.
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