I'm a social worker. I love my job because I'm a people person and like helping others solve their problems.
1st grade school teacher! Best job in the world.
I follow the elephants around with a shovel at the circus.
I'm a gentleman of leisure in the transition between pre-medical student and medical student. I need a project.
The Voice of the Night
College professor in a business school.
I am a servant of The Secret Fire, wielder of the flame of Anor.
Student, raconteur of excuses
my "last resort" careet---truck driving
R8, you seem like my boyfriend.
Work in an academic library. Most of the time it's fine- I like my co-workers and most of the students. That said, occasionally I feel like bringing a flame-thrower to work.
Self-employed. Real estate. Worth a fortune.
I'm an old French whore.
R7 is that old Gandalf prick. Nobody heard my side of the story.
Music teacher at a huge private school. Wonderful work, slightly underpaid
Free-lance violinist, gun for hire a tons of groups around the US, very insecure work but sometimes gratifying.
Contractor for a few choirs in my area- worst thing I do for money
R14, crude insults will not avail you, Flame of Udun! Go back to the shadow!
I am a Assistant Director (former social worker)at a ASO in the South.
I sell cheese. I used to do something else.
[quote]I sell cheese. I used to do something else.
Would you be willing to sell me some Red Dragon cheese?
The Voice of the Night
Marketing manager at a smaller airport. Something interesting is always happening. Characters galore.
R17, what's ASO, precious? What's ASO?
We don't see that, R19.
aso = Filipino term for dog
R18 = Andy Cohen
[quote]Marketing manager at a smaller airport.
Smaller than what?
Motel manager. Some days are good, some aren't.
The Albany Symphony Orchestra (ASO) is a professional symphony orchestra based in Albany, New York.
I own a software training company. I also act as the lead instructor.
Retired computer programmer.
"Smaller than what?"
Tiny Tim, Rose!
Personal chef. Burned out and have the opportunity to go into sales with a great salary and benefits so I plan on taking it.
Been very busy lately. Best recent gig was being paid by the top personal trainer to the stars in LA to do a workout demo. Really worth the extreme sore muscles. Will be on Discovery Channel in Spring for Braingames. Watch for me; the crew couldn't stop laughing.
Independent small press publisher
Art director and editorial director
Manager at Trader Joes. Love it! As R20 said, never dull & characters galore! (both employees & customers).
Third career, after several years in sports marketing/sales/event management, and then several years teaching elementary school....which I loved...and hated.
Brandon, are there any actuary jokes? Do tell please, I'm working with an actuary right now on company pensions ... he needs some levity shall we say.
Question: What is an actuary's favorite dessert? Answer: Pi
freelance creative director/copywriter.
i make *ridiculous* money. though I'm completely miserable and burned out (still at the office as I type this. got here at 8 a.m.)
about to chuck it all to consult at a non-profit for less than 1/2 of what I make now. if that doesn't work i'm seriously considering going back to bartending.
yes, i know - i have total 1st world problems. but since its all i know it still completely sucks all the same.
Teacher of 7th grade SS. I fucking hate it. I need a change. I was thinking of becomeing a stand-up comedian. Seriously.
Psychiatrist based in a large metropolitan emergency room. NEVER, EVER a dull day!
Director of Digital Marketing. Always changing - love the people I work with mostly.
But my commute sucks - 1h15min each way, but I refuse to live in the suburbs.
Long hours also. Between work, commuting and working out, and life maintenance (cleaning, grocery shopping, etc.) I don't feel like I have much of a life.
Less than 2 hours a day to myself - I don't know how people have kids and still work.
Freelance Writer, seeking full-time employment at the moment. I was working in PR/Marketing as well as coordinating workplace training at a local community college, but I was laid off last summer.
Considering going into Technical Writing, but not too sure how my skillset would transfer and I'd also have to obtain a certification, which is no guarantee of finding employment in the field.
Software Systems Architect
Sports event organizer.
Director of Patient Accounts for a medical group.
Male elementary school teacher
Student. Currently mucking around in the swamp of literary theory. Wanting to change my major. Or commit suicide.
Performing is a hobby that takes up a lot of your time, and some money, before it becomes profitable. Some people golf; I act and entertain. What do you intend to do to support yourself, that will leave you with enough energy, and hopefully be flexible enough if a great gig comes up, until you start making a living doing stand up? A comic with a paid regular gig in Vegas told me it usually takes about 2 years of hard work and travelling before breaking through. Of course everyone has a different bottom line of what they require to live on.
[R47], do you bill by the day or the project? I'm a Creative Director/Copywriter at a large agency. Hate it. Thinking of quitting to freelance. Since this is anonymous, any chance you'd tell me how much you charge?
Lawyer & librarian
Retired teacher, now educational consultant, area staff development/mathematics.
hey r63 - yeah, I don't give a fuck. i charge by the day. right now my day rate is $1800 at a huge agency (one of the top 10). i get away with it because i lucked out and won a boatload of awards back in the early aughts. so they think i'm smart. plus a few guys i worked with then were way more ambitious than me and now run big shops. they toss me a lot of gigs.
$1800 is my top rate however. i know others making over 2k. (I've made as low as 1k a day)
you should totally go freelance. its nice to have the occasional 2 months off. good luck.
I have been educated as a counselor. I help people in that way.
Just about all the gay people I know, volunteer.
thanks for your help. I'm going to do it.
Attorney. Mainly bankruptcy.
R63 I freelanced for a while and its really hell. I was constantly looking for work. Even when I had an assignment, I knew in the back of my mind that as soon as I was done, I was going to have to start looking again. It didnt help I was freelancing as a graphic artist in NYC, where there were like a billion others competing for the same jobs. It got to the point where it was all I was doing, spending half my day working, half my day lining up the next gig. I lived in constant fear that with no warning, the jobs would dry up and I would be screwed. I loved the freedom and flexibility, but I hated not knowing with any real firmness how much I would have earned by the end of the year. At the time I had to buy a new car and getting financing without a weekly pay-stub that was consistent was a challenge.
That sounds rough, R71. Freelancing and sales on commission would be my two nightmare jobs... I don't know how people do it.
63 here.I have worried about down time as well. I've been preparing for this for a while and have enough money set aside to live for a year or longer with no income. So if it doesn't work out freelancing, I can always go back to full time work. Never know until I try.
R73 Freelancing is not for everyone. Some people, like R66, are very good at it, and if it works out for them, more power to 'em. I wont lie, for me it was very profitable, but thats because I took everything and anything that came along, sometimes working two or three assignments at the same time. But the stress was too much.
Assistant Property Manager. Low paying, has its good and bad days. However, the benefits are excellent. Hopefully I will win the lottery or else I will be working until the day I drop.
Operations specialist for an oil company. Best people to work with. All men and I am out. No women means less problems. Love love love it. About 100K a year.
Freelance sign language interpreter. Love it! Go new places ad meet new people and learn new things all the time.
R66 here. I guess I have been lucky. However I will give myself a pat on the back. Though what I do certainly isn't rocket science, I'm shocked at the number of flakes and hacks out there who eke out a living doing what I do. Im a serviceable writer who is obsessed with creative problem solving and I work hard. That alone puts me at the top of more than a few people's lists.
Which is to say that if you have a modicum of talent and are reliable,r63 you shouldn't have a problem finding work.
Give it a shot. WCTW you just find yourself another full time job if freelancing doesn't suit you.
R78 dont delude yourself. Luck has very little to do with these things. You got it because you work hard. You earned it.
I majored in failure.
28, smaller than big. It's a regional airport, not international, not a hub.
Interesting thread. There are some really varied and interesting jobs on here.
I'm an artist.
I like how colorful your stuff is r82. Simple, but vibrant.
I am a style icon, a wife, a daughter, and an Oscar winning Actress.
College English professor at a liberal arts college.
So, R85--why has theory become a requirement for undergraduate English majors? I'm finishing up my English degree and have no interest in becoming an academic or critic.
I support people with an intellectual disability. Most usually in group home settings within the community, but have also worked in institutions with severely autistic people who needed restrictive care. Pays the bills and is interesting at times.
Tv news assignment editor in LA. Most stressful thankless job. But it pays decently and it's never the same day twice.
Social media marketing.
I get paid to post shit on Facebook and Twitter.
I'm a cube gay. I'm bored as fuck and some days completely hate my coworkers but my pay is decent and my job is secure for the forseeable future.
Thank you, R83.
I was just profiled in this month's Nashville Arts magazine, which is kind of cool for me.
Here's a link to the article.
My career is Retired. Monday through Friday I do nothing. Saturday and Sunday I rest.
Editor, playwright. My imprint was sold last year to a company that's not a traditional publisher. I am probably 20 years or more older than many of the new colleagues, most of whom are engineers, but content needs to be edited, so here I am.
CMS is no longer Chicago Manual of Style for me, it's Content Management System.
Product Manager of some extremely boring software.
Regional sales coordinator for the third largest distributor of bunk AND trundle beds in the tri-state area.
Doctoral student in higher education administration.
Cubitron - Secretary.
An escort. Hey I'm good at it and it pays well....
R70: Can you tell us about the big government conspiracy to disseminate HIV that's being talked about on the Randy Shilts thread? The board's anonymous...
Hope you're spilling some shit on that HR thread, r101.
Me - government cubist.
IT for the Federal Government. I am retiring in May on my 56th birthday.
Can't fucking wait.
Dual Diagnosis counselor for a non-profit.
Underpaid, overworked, and happy
I work for the telephone company!
$9.65/hour Security Officer. I'm 39, only a high school diploma and it's all I could find. No retirement, benefits or... security. Humorless, bi-polar boss who's always threatening to fire us. Plays employees off each other and spreads gossip. You never know what mood he's going to be in.
We all wish he'd die.
Medical transcription. I make great money, from home, and aside from occasional overworked doctors who screw up dosages or medications (which is my job to catch), I love it.
Training and Organizational Development Specialist. Even though I work in HR, I like my work.
Assistant Director of Residential Life at a small, liberal arts college. I'm ready for something new but have no idea what I want to do next.
Also, I've never paid rent or utilities in my life (always lived in campus housing). I'm 33.
I'm a part-time astronaut, part-time barnacle scraper and part-time bouncer at the roughest, rowdiest biker bar imaginable.
I used to be a psychiatrist but my license got revoked after so many of my patients committed suicide.
Content and social media strategist.
So, basically a technology copywriter, but also tasked with teaching the people I work with how to blog and use Twitter. It's a nice job with nice people.
I am a PhD candidate. The central strand of my research focuses on questions of aesthetics and form in contemporary media. Things are going well, as my work has been published in three peer-reviewed academic journals and I recently received generous government funding.
r108. Interesting. Since this is anonymous, how much do you make doing medical transcriptions? I could use some extra work at home. Does it require specialized education like pre med, etc? thanks
A cubegay who's done a lot of administrative work. I also am a writer and have had freelance work published in newspapers and magazines.
I don't write as my entire career because....I like to live indoors and eat three meals a day. Just not that lucrative, but I do it on the side because I love it.
Am taking a break from work now to wrap up a graduate degree.
Account Executive ("Hamster Drone" of Corporate America)
R123, I admire you. Can't imagine a job like that . . . never knowing what horrifying trauma is about to come in the door.
R117 - Yes, it requires training. There are many schools out there, but I would caution you to choose wisely. You get what you pay for.
I found work the same day I graduated and have been loving it ever since. I work for actual hospitals (as opposed to a clinic), so most of the reports I do are operative reports and ER reports - never a dull moment.
I'm technically self-employed, and what I make in a pay period is dependent on how many reports I can churn out. I can usually pull off around $350 to $400 a day. The faster you type (I clock in at 126wpm) and the more medical knowledge you have, the more you'll make. I doubt it's equivalent to pre med, but it is quite intensive training.
Is it purely telecommute? And is competition tough?
R19, are you thee horse pussy?
To all those with an MSW, can you tell me if it's the norm to post your academic credentials in personal e-mails. I have 2 nieces in their 20s - neither of whom have professionally worked in their field, btw - who sign their e-mails in this way & I find it pretty obnoxious. I'm a lawyer, but I don't add that I'm a juris doctor in my private e-mails.
Are you the same old queen from that thread about the nieces who sent a gift thank you note by e-mail?
Family nurse practitioner and clinical instructor for a nursing program.
I'm a thief...and a shitkicker. And uh...I'd like to be famous!
marketing manager of an entertainment company soon to be jobless. then freelance writer looking to make a life change and land a new, hopefully more secure job.
No, R129, that was not me. But you're a doll for asking.
R100, I haven't even looked at that thread, but think I can safely say that whatever has been said is untrue.
Psych RN, desperately trying to make the transfer to med-surg (oncology nursing is my goal). Any advice is appreciated.
I'm the wife of the heir to the Chrysanthemum Throne. I'm miserable because I couldn't bear a son and because the current empress is a [italic]bitch.[/italic] Also, they took my passport and won't let me leave the country.
Freelance copywriter and I look after my 80 year old father. I hope to branch out into "successful novelist" in 2013!!!
Hi R. 123 and 135. RN here too. ER here too in Westchester County. It was a tough night, what with all the flu cases.
You don't sound like a real social worker, OP. I thought the idea of social work was not to "solve people's problems" but to empower them so they can start doing for themselves.
That's the goal of social work but 'mos in social work are only interested in getting into guy's pants.
Shame on you, R140.
Sales rep for CoeCoe cosmetics.
CMP - Certified Meetings Professional
I'm a litigator. Several years ago, I started my own practice, built a good referral base, then took on a partner, who turned out to be bipolar. I ended up leaving the state and starting over. It's not easy to do this.
Many days I regret going to law school. I still have a ton of student debt. I'm not sure I'd do it all over again, but when I'm in court, pulling a novel argument out of some crevice of my brain I didn't know existed and it works, and I win, I feel like I'm doing what I was born to do.
I'm a professional towel dancer!
R141, really? You think that makes him post *less*?
"Career"? What a quaint 1980s fiction.
I think it's the Brenda Dickson troll who started this thread. It just stinks of jazzercise and red knit power ties.
Tell me OP, did you speak French, to the counterman, at Schrafft's?
I am a waitress in a diner off Sunset Blvd. They make us wear pink shirtwaists with white collars and black trim and white oxford shoes. It's not a good look because I'm 58 and my hair is starting to thin. My perm helps. I draw my eyebrows black to match my hair dye and they are high and perky and go well with my Revlon Red Desire lipstick.
I have a good figure, tiny waist, and my boobs are real. I have to wear a torpedo bra these days though or they'd be torpedo-ing from my waist. Ha! Age is a bitch!
I always wanted to be an actress and almost got discovered about 30 years ago. A producer gave me his card but I lost it. He came back but I wouldn't do the casting couch thing, I guess that ruined my chances. I stripped for a bit back in the day but got tired of the slobbering old dudes staring at my moneymakers. Ick.
I'll probably work til I croak, but I love the customers, although some of the kids these days are so enthralled by their mobile devices that they hardly make a peep. Me, I still got my rotary dial phone. Ha.
[quote] I started my own practice, built a good referral base, then took on a partner, who turned out to be bipolar.
I was their receptionist. One day it was Black and Smith, the next Black, Smith and Smith.
I became a telemarketer.
I am a lawyer and I hate it thinking of re training either as a Teacher or a Physiotherapist.
Career? I wish. I work in a grocery store in the L.A. area. Been with them for 23 years. It used to be a hell of a job, equal to the post office or better. The pay was great, the work was hard, depending on what you did. And now? it's all gone to hell. Cut hours, hiring people making half of what I make. I can't do anything else because I'm so far in, I want my pension. I would love to do something else, but what? I think if I worked in an office, I'd fall to sleep, I'm so used to being on my feet all day. Damn it. Should have gone to school.
shoulda woulda coulda
R79, don't delude yourself. R78 is right on, he has been lucky. It takes a lot of luck to make it as a freelancer.
Adventure Guide. Self employed.
Very little money (particularly relative to the incomes in this thread!), but I always get by in any economy. My business lives on word of mouth so I'm careful about my reputation and not as reckless as I'd like to be.
I love my work. It's a lot of fun and only sometimes boring. I can be inside or outside. Am never stuck in an office. I have almost total freedom to do what I wish at work.
There's nowhere to go from here financially. The income will always be middling. There's no (intangible, at least) ladder I can climb, but I'm thinking about what I can do to change it up, expand, make more.
I trade income for life and professional enjoyment. But I get tired of having little money.
I want to write. I realize that's not a stellar idea if I want to make more money...
Surely there are more than 130 or so people posting here. This has been an interesting thread. What else do people do? Okay to say you're unemployed or SAHP, or come up with something true but interesting. Front-window watcher? Kitchen towel folder extraordinaire? Even if you find your job drab, it would be interesting to hear it.
It's nioe to know what our group consists of.
R163, what work do you usually do?
It's pronounced KEER-ahn, R162
Police detective in financial crime.
I like white collar crime, but these days it's all about going after drug dealers. Instead of unraveling complex frauds, we're just proving an excess of unexplained income
R159, what $ amount starts the red flags? I mean, it has to meet a certain threshold, right?
*looks around shiftily*
I'm a surf bum playing at being a student.
Ciaran, I always wonder how you pronounce your name.
unemployed.. job hunter here.
I see post R158 and then R164 right after. What happened to all the in betweeners?
Those replies were from when the board went crazy. Notice how my reply to how I pronounce my name comes before the request. It is labeled R165 but it is coming before R159. It was in answer to R162.
Customer service rep by day, wannabe popstar/filmmaker by night