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01gt4.6 01-21-2011 11:09 PM

What do you do for a living?
 
I don't know if this has been asked or not...

mecompco 01-21-2011 11:33 PM

I work in the IT department of a school district. I run three computer labs, do tech support, repair computers and help our Jr. High kids and teachers keep their 400 iMacs running. I'm also the sole tech person for a small private Catholic school. I also do computer repair, spyware removal and basic web design/consulting on the side. Oh, and some eBay. Yes, I basically live in front of a keyboard.

Regards,
Michael

Bluedog72 01-21-2011 11:48 PM

Plant/ Earth moving equipment operator.

I dig big holes and play in the dirt with my real life Tonka toys :)

RunbikeSki 01-22-2011 04:49 PM

Egghead
 
Research scientist for the Forest Service
Study the effects of air pollution on plants and plant communities. Mostly in the southwest where it is dry (and smoggy). A little field study, a little laboratory stuff, a little reading/writing/'rithmatic.

heritagehunter 01-22-2011 04:50 PM

Retail management. I get to listen to people complain all day, and hear their life stories.

Some days its pretty entertaining, others; not so much.

sw07 01-22-2011 05:35 PM

CAD Monkey / Custom Enclosed Trailer Designer

almeeker 01-22-2011 05:40 PM

By vocation, I'm an architect, but that got a little derailed by a sick kiddo, although I still make the occasional buck doing design or consulting work. For money I'm a "mom for hire", and small people rent me by the hour.

Lovedogs4ever 01-22-2011 06:51 PM

I am a chef which has its ups and downs for weight loss...
I stand and move around constantly while I am at work which is good for burning calories
But I also have food in front of my face ALL THE TIME!

01gt4.6 01-22-2011 07:06 PM

cool, it looks like we have a little bit of everything here.

cjohnson728 01-22-2011 07:17 PM

I'm a psychologist, self-employed, work mainly with the court system doing court-ordered evals & expert witness testimony.

rainbow24 01-22-2011 08:39 PM

Farmer, but only required to work the busy times right now.

If I try to go to the farm, my daughter complains at me and says I am not needed. If I don't go to the farm, she complains that I am not going to work.

01gt4.6 01-22-2011 08:57 PM


Originally Posted by rainbow24 (Post 33089)
Farmer, but only required to work the busy times right now.

If I try to go to the farm, my daughter complains at me and says I am not needed. If I don't go to the farm, she complains that I am not going to work.

very interesting job. What all do you grow and how big is your farm?

rainbow24 01-22-2011 09:51 PM


Originally Posted by 01gt4.6 (Post 33091)
very interesting job. What all do you grow and how big is your farm?

We have a little big bigger than a family sized farm. In other words, I should be working daily.

We have over 2000 animals that need daily feeding and a constant supply of water.

lastri 01-22-2011 10:48 PM


Originally Posted by rainbow24 (Post 33098)
We have a little big bigger than a family sized farm. In other words, I should be working daily.

We have over 2000 animals that need daily feeding and a constant supply of water.

Annette,
That is very cool. My husband keeps saying that he want to buy a farm and we will live there when we retired. Maybe in 30 years. But I am not a farm girl. My farther is a farmer but my mother took me away when I was 5 and raise me in the city. So I am a city girl.

Now I am a daycare provider. I stay home take care my 2 young children and take care some of my neighbor's kids. It's kind of fun but my network getting smaller everyday.
Mai

almeeker 01-22-2011 11:04 PM


Originally Posted by rainbow24 (Post 33098)
We have a little big bigger than a family sized farm. In other words, I should be working daily.

We have over 2000 animals that need daily feeding and a constant supply of water.

I grew up on a farm, when I was a kid I hated it, now I understand what my parents saw in it, and I wouldn't mind moving back. However we never had 2000 animals, more like 200 and even that seemed like a lot of work.

01gt4.6 01-22-2011 11:26 PM


Originally Posted by lastri (Post 33105)
Annette,

Now I am a daycare provider. I stay home take care my 2 young children and take care some of my neighbor's kids. It's kind of fun but my network getting smaller everyday.
Mai

I bet that network is getting smaller... they're under 4' tall. ;)

Baltica 01-23-2011 01:53 PM

Student, student :)
 
I'm a full time Law student, hence busy and my daily routine is very messy because of the schedule. Basically, its the reason is very hard to maintain a normal eating regime as I never know when I will have the time to eat and it results of eating junk food.

Kumochi 01-23-2011 03:48 PM

I'm a nurse turned defense lawyer. Some of the Dr's I work with thought it happened overnight like on the soap operas. I represent a lot of mentally ill clients who find themselves involved in the criminal system. Last week I ended up having Cracker Jack Popcorn and Apple juice for dinner because of getting tied up in court till 6:30 and needing to be somewhere 30 minutes later. Realized later just how many calories that was! I should carry some meal replacement bars with me for those occasions.

01gt4.6 01-23-2011 05:28 PM

Kumochi,

I can imagine that it wasn't an overnight process. Which do you prefer more?

Well now that I see that we have a lawyer here, I was waiting for a used car salesman to post up before posting what I do, but that may not happen. LOL

I sell piece of mind, see if I said that I'm an insurance agent people would hate me. ;) But really I don't think of myself as the "typical" insurance salesman, which could be why I don't make the money that they do. But I try to help families plan for the "what if" and help the others deal with the "it did". I do everything from Life, Health, LTC (Long Term Care), Disability, Property & Casualty, and investment products. My main focus is to not only help my client grow their assets they've worked so hard for, but protect them as well through the other products. But unlike many other agents, my book of business isn't full of wealthy clients, maybe a handful, at best. Most of my clients are usually low income, older and struggle day to day to make ends meet. IMO they are the ones that need my help, but mainly advice the most.

RunbikeSki 01-23-2011 09:25 PM

Mike,
If it's any consolation, DH and I love our insurance agent! He's never pushed us into anything we didn't want, but has always made sure that we have the amount we need as we've grown from pups to looking at retirement :eek: (well DH is, I'm a ways off)

01gt4.6 01-23-2011 11:51 PM


Originally Posted by RunbikeSki (Post 33235)
Mike,
If it's any consolation, DH and I love our insurance agent! He's never pushed us into anything we didn't want, but has always made sure that we have the amount we need as we've grown from pups to looking at retirement :eek: (well DH is, I'm a ways off)

that's great. He/she is doing their job the right way. :)

keycollect 01-25-2011 01:28 AM

government disability claims representative - assist people with disability (mostly children) and retirement applications

MunaAmin 01-25-2011 08:45 AM

I am a cook, cleaner, manager, PA, teacher, chauffer, referee and first aid nurse with occasional night shifts. Some people call it stay-at-home mum :) but before I did that, I freelanced - interpreting at weddings and court hearings.

NessaSonic 01-25-2011 11:33 AM

Wow- I haven't written on the board for a long time! I've been struggling really really hard to get back on track since Thanksgiving! That's MONTHS! Ugh! But I'm finally back to not eating everything in front of me again. Now to get back into regular work outs...

Anyways, I'm an office clerk for the government. It's not very glamorous, but I'm working hard to try to land a permanent job with them since I'm on an intermittent 2-year schedule right now. If I can land that (unlikely now that Obama's put a hiring and pay freeze on federal jobs for idk how long...), I would like to earn my masters and become a supervisor! Otherwise, I plan on joining Americorps for a couple of years if I can't get in permanently with the government, get some grant writing experience, and join up with another non-profit.

Well, there you have my career plans...I plan on losing this weight THIS YEAR however, no matter what happens. Even if I have to go back to waitressing at family restaurants :D

55lbs down, 40 more to go!

Lizzycritter 01-25-2011 01:46 PM

Licensed veterinary technician, which is critter nurse, anesthesiologist, and lab rat for the most part. I really like the lab rat part, guess I'm a nerd at heart. I work mostly with companion animals, but it's a mixed-animal (farm and companion) practice. I don't go out on the farms but I get interesting (and smelly) lab samples sometimes. I joke that I have a college degree in poop :D

rpmcduff 01-25-2011 03:36 PM

I'm an IT Analyst supporting Business Information Systems (Financials, Payroll, HR). Mostly I work with enterprise systems and application integrations with the mainframe or with Oracle and SQL databases. I previously worked for IBM but got burned out only being home on weekends. I now (for the past 2 years) work for the 4th largest school district (Cherry Creek) in Colorado.

RunbikeSki 01-25-2011 03:50 PM

Welcome back Nessa!
 
Glad to see your screen name again. Yeah, a bunch of us fell off the wagon, you have lots of company there. But, there's only one thing to do now... hop back on and go for a ride. "See" you on the next post!

mecompco 01-25-2011 04:58 PM


Originally Posted by rpmcduff (Post 33537)
I'm an IT Analyst supporting Business Information Systems (Financials, Payroll, HR). Mostly I work with enterprise systems and application integrations with the mainframe or with Oracle and SQL databases. I previously worked for IBM but got burned out only being home on weekends. I now (for the past 2 years) work for the 4th largest school district (Cherry Creek) in Colorado.

Ron, that sounds like a challenge! While we have four towns in our district, we only have around 3,000 students. No mainframes here, just a fiber WAN and a bunch of Dell servers (and new to us this year, virtual servers). Our entire IT staff consists of myself and three others so we do keep busy.

Regards,
Michael

rpmcduff 01-26-2011 02:31 PM

We have over 8,000 employees. I think about 62 IT staff. We are actually in the process of retiring the mainframe and moving to a server/web based application called Lawson. We moved the financials last July and the new Payroll/HR application will go live in May. I am lucky that their is a diverse set of challenges but I don't have to be the expert for everything.

taubele 01-28-2011 04:10 PM

Egghead ahoy
 
I got my Ph.D. in Neuroscience in May 2010 -- I'm currently a postdoctoral associate at a university in Florida. My major research goals are the study of how hormones affect the brain and neurotransmitter systems.

The current lab I'm working at uses sex behavior as a model, so I get to watch rats have sex a lot (lots of fun!) -- I'm not interested in sex persay, but I'm using the behavior since it's well-characterized, and it's easy to see if things go wrong after experimental manipulations ;)

Uh... so in short, I study brains? And how hormones change them, affect brain signaling, and facilitate or disrupt processing :D I also recently consulted on my first book (yay!) which -- while it may be a little fluffy and aimed for the masses, was a real challenge, because sometimes I still have difficulty translating my research into non-technical terms.

RunbikeSki 01-29-2011 04:49 PM


Originally Posted by taubele (Post 34035)
I got my Ph.D. in Neuroscience in May 2010 -- I'm currently a postdoctoral associate at a university in Florida. My major research goals are the study of how hormones affect the brain and neurotransmitter systems.

The current lab I'm working at uses sex behavior as a model, so I get to watch rats have sex a lot (lots of fun!) -- I'm not interested in sex persay, but I'm using the behavior since it's well-characterized, and it's easy to see if things go wrong after experimental manipulations ;)

Uh... so in short, I study brains? And how hormones change them, affect brain signaling, and facilitate or disrupt processing :D I also recently consulted on my first book (yay!) which -- while it may be a little fluffy and aimed for the masses, was a real challenge, because sometimes I still have difficulty translating my research into non-technical terms.

taubele,
That sounds very cool! Many congrats on the PhD. It sounds like you are off to a great career. And we can definitely use your insights on these very peculiar organs in our heads. There are a couple more PhDs kicking around the site. But when it comes to weight control, we are all starting back in the 1st grade :p.

Makaren 01-30-2011 12:11 AM

I'm relatively new to FitDay. I'm a Technical Support Specialist II, which is a fancy way of saying I do computer tech support in a large school district. 58,000 students and 10,000 employees. We have about 83 staff but not all of them are worker bees, if you get my meaning. I'm part of the Help Desk, the phone triage area. It's a high stress job but one I'll only be doing for 8 more months. I'm retiring this fall to have more time to do fun stuff.

Makaren

Makaren 01-30-2011 12:17 AM

rpmcduff, I'd be interested to hear what you ran into with Lawson. We are just starting the process and it's proving to be a daunting task. We have a large section of blue collar personnel who have never even touched a computer so we're starting the training back in the stone age. This is a mouse, this is a computer, these are keys.

Makaren

taubele 01-30-2011 04:16 PM


Originally Posted by RunbikeSki (Post 34118)
taubele,
That sounds very cool! Many congrats on the PhD. It sounds like you are off to a great career. And we can definitely use your insights on these very peculiar organs in our heads. There are a couple more PhDs kicking around the site. But when it comes to weight control, we are all starting back in the 1st grade :p.

Thanks! It was a little touch-and-go for awhile there.

And tell me about it, we're all on the same page there! I might study brains but I still need help using mine all the time ;)

Kohsamui 01-31-2011 02:10 AM

Hi, Mike. I'm a retired former sales rep/mgr for a safety mfr diagnosed last year w/type 2 diabetes and COPD. Serves me right for too many years of Lucky Strikes and Pall Malls and letting me get to 348 slim trim lbs. Down to 255, looking for 225, and finding this site helpful (usually) in keeping me focused on my foods.

ferndills 01-31-2011 03:25 PM

I do accounting for the nutrition department for a public school system.

DL62 01-31-2011 05:43 PM

Hi,
I a new here just trying to figure everything out. I am a nurse in a long term care facility.

01gt4.6 01-31-2011 06:33 PM


Originally Posted by Kohsamui (Post 34228)
Hi, Mike. I'm a retired former sales rep/mgr for a safety mfr diagnosed last year w/type 2 diabetes and COPD. Serves me right for too many years of Lucky Strikes and Pall Malls and letting me get to 348 slim trim lbs. Down to 255, looking for 225, and finding this site helpful (usually) in keeping me focused on my foods.

well now that you are retired you can focus on yourself, right?


Originally Posted by ferndills (Post 34279)
I do accounting for the nutrition department for a public school system.

is there nutrition on public schools?;) Just kidding. It's funny that the schools here still serve the same thing that they did when I went there. Who comes up with... taco's, cinnamon roll and corn? The cinnamon roll part always cracked me up, it just didn't seem to go with a taco/ :D


Originally Posted by DL62 (Post 34304)
Hi,
I a new here just trying to figure everything out. I am a nurse in a long term care facility.

I can imagine how tough your job must be. What % of your patients would you say are under 45ish? Do you see much change in the age "trends"?

SailorDoom 02-02-2011 09:39 PM

I'm an archaeologist, though its nothing like you'd guess from watching Indiana Jones! I do a lot of consulting work with developers who are trying to comply with complex federal regulations. Sounds fun, I know! I go out in the field ahead of wind farms, pipelines, road improvements, fiber optic cable installations, etc and make sure that they aren't going to disturb any archaeological sites, especially burials. I spend a lot of time with construction crews who are working in areas with a high potential for archaeological sites. I also work with tribes to make sure their interests are represented. Occasionally I get to work on really cool sites or in exotic locales, but the daily grind is a lot more mundane. I stay in hotels most nights April through December. In the summer I dig a lot of holes and in the winter I type a lot of reports -- Its not for everybody, but I love it!

Meggietye 02-03-2011 12:49 AM

I have cancer and can't work anymore but I used to be an interior decorator before I became an aesthetician. I loved loved loved my work!!

cheers,

Nancy


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