what do you or did you do for living? I owned an industrial construction company in northern Illinois. Now retired.
seed plant hand
plumbing & electrical warehouse hand
printing company hand
electrical industry: Lineman, substation electrician, & control craftsman
small hay farmer in my spare time
Industrial Electrician for 25 years, supervisor for 10, and planner scheduler for five. School bus driver for 8.
After Being a supervisor, the bus driver job is a breeze.
Zoo Curator of amphibians, reptiles and terrestrial inverterbrates. I got paid to do for a living what I would have done for a hobby had I sold shoes for a living. Even so, I kept some as a hobby as well.
Just plugging along thru life
i only had three jobs during my working career nothing exciting Or worth writing home about
Just another brick in the wall. Lol
Hazardous, Toxic, and Radiological Waste Site Restoration
Environmental Analysis and Compliance Specialist for the Great Lakes and Ohio River Basin
Most important, along with my wife, raised 2 young women of character.
Fire insurance adjuster for a short time, and then military/law enforcement for the rest.
Horse boarding as a youngster,couple year stint Ford truck assembly line, 35 years level 5 men's prison for the state,now retired
Started out washing sidewalks as a kid to pay for my model plane habit.
Delivery papers for the Seattle post intelligencer for a while
Worked with a horse shoer for a couple of years and learn how to shoe horses. Quickly learned I did not want to do that for the rest of my life.
Worked at TODD shipyard in Seattle for two years.
Went into body and fender work for the next 15 years.
Then discovered airplanes, and started repairing, painting and building experimental airplanes until I retired last year.
Spent 20 years in the Navy, after that I was a fabricator and welder until I retired at 62.
Grew up farming ,continued to be involved in agriculture until about 24 years ago . Tobacco, corn, soybeans ,hogs and a 35, 000 head commercial poultry operation .Broken up with stints as a water well driller ,painter and wall paper hanger and ag construction Public job was 37 years working in an insane asylum retiring as a staff development technician.
Custom home builder, ain't got enough sense to do anything else. Been at it for pert near 50 years.
Electrician, apprentice at 18, about to be drafted, so Navy SeaBee electrician from 19-24, maintenance electrician 25-67. Retired in 2012 and not looking for ANY job since then.
Quality control inspector at Joe Conforte's Mustang Ranch in Reno, Nevada.
M.C.B.10 '64 - '68. CEP-3 What battalion were you?
Mailman, rural carrier
Did some lawn mowing for the township in my teens, then cafeteria and parking detail work at college, then went trucking after. OTR for awhile with a little local work in there, kinda on and off in the early years as those safety videos of "look what happens if you're not careful enough in a truck during the winter" had quite the effect on me. Been farm trucking last couple months though. Bit more work than I anticipated, but I think I like it so far.
Started out doing ranch work but migrated into construction in the early '80's. Then decided I wanted to be a teacher. 2 years into the schooling for that and I realized I didn't have the temperament for it! I'd be in jail now had I stuck with it, LOL!
Worked for a while as a wildlife bio-tech for the Forest Circus after getting a degree in Biology then started my own construction business in '94 specializing in tile and higher end remodels. Decided to take it easy on my body pre-retirement and spent a couple years as an estimator for a flooring store. 5/9/20 I received my last paycheck and on 5/12 retired to Montana. Now I get to putter around on 65 acres and care for a few head of cattle and some chickens.
Paperboy, farm hand, worked at newspaper, moved to Chicago area worked in printing, got into X-ray equipment repair, moved to Alaska owned four different businesses, moved to Ohio sold cars (hated it) then sold tires for a large independent tire distributor until June 16th 2023. Now retired and busier than a one legged man in a butt kicking contest. Built a competition rimfire benchrest range on my property. Looking forward to the next 30 years.
First career was to keep things moving downhill. Current career is to keep things moving in a circle
Track Foreman on the NS Railway for 40 years
Started out doing some farm/ranch work in high school. Worked for a Chevrolet dealer renovating used cars, and breaking in as a mechanic. Decided working in the woods was more fun so spent the next 15-20 years logging. Falling timber, skinning cat (yarding logs, building landings, piling slash with a dozer) setting chokers on hi lead yarders, driving log truck. You name it, if it's a job in logging, I've most likely done it.
After that got my body pretty much thrashed, I worked as a field mechanic on logging equipment for the next 10 years or so. All this was punctuated by several short stints as a mill wright in lumber mills and chip mills, and at times as a shop mechanic, machinist ,or tireman.
Now, with two fake hips, a fake right knee, and two shoulders that need an overhaul, I rent space in a shop less than two miles from home. I do some mechanic work, and/or some welding and fabrication on anything from a weed eater to a D8 Cat.
Current projects include rebuilding the tail end frame on a quad that was cartwheeled, so the aluminum carry rack/deck can be put back on. Also have a John Deere 2010 industrial with backhoe that has been sitting for 18 months. Will get it running, and then replace about $2K worth of hydraulic hoses. Will also replace the backhoe bucket as it is rusted through and has been blow yer nose on it welded many times.
That's my story and I'm stickin' to it!
@Horse Plains Drifter said " blow yer nose on it welded "
I never worked on that bucket! That thing must've seen a lot of use and abuse to rust through!
City planner with retirement on the horizon in 4 years, 10 months, and 17 days...but who's counting?
Project manager, Master Plumber, plumbing estimator, senior equipment operator, supervisor of plumbing and recreational facilities at a university.
Currently, I have the best job ever. I'M RETIRED. And loving every minute of it. I get up when I feel like it, I eat 3 meals a day, I exercise, I have a hobby, and best of all, I can take a nap whenever I feel like it.
We invested enough money years ago, that we can live fairly high on the hog, but don't spend much as we really have most everything we need.
Started doing residential HVAC at 16. Started my own company at 30. Still at it for another 23 months, then I will retire. We sold our Custom sheet metal business a couple years back. We also own five rental properties. Looking to get the heck out of that racket after 30 years. Worked part time at night as an EMT for a local hospital, in my early twenties. After I retire and sell everything, I am going to work as a part time employee for a coroner down in Georgia, picking up bodies for him. My buddy works there, and they are going to team us up. I can work whenever I want, and it will get me out of the house, so I don't drive her nuts. I will still do my turkey calls and Metal art as a hobby too.
Retired CFO at a local Credit Union also multiple positions at 2 banks and another Credit Union
Spent 39 years working for a fortune 100 company. Recently retired to attend nursing school and now I am a pediatric nurse
I worked for 14 years as a paramedic. Got burned out.
Several years later, went back to the VoTech school and got a CDL. Spent 8 years as an over the road trucker.
In between spend many years building log cabins, including the cabin I now live in.
Same for us, everything is paid for so insurance and utilities and food and gas are pretty much it as for expenditures.
We have traveled pretty much all we want to and both enjoy staying home now days.
For sixty years I've hated going to bed early and getting up and going to work, now that I'm retired, I stay up late (midnight to one am) every night and get up every morning between 5 and 6 am without a damn clock. 😎
Every day is like the first day of summer vacation ...................................... 👍️
Army, Infantry. Followed by law enforcement, Followed by insurance, loss control consulting. large heavy construction projects. Right now retired, living the dream. Annoy the fish at the lake, punch holes in paper.
After a hitch in the Air Force, I was a police officer for eleven years. Went back to school and was Curator of Collections at the N.Y. State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
I got payed to play with guns and swords and other stuff. The only job I ever had where over the weekend I would day dream about what I was gonna do on Monday.🙂
I worked my way through college and grad school as a Maytag repairman. Finished my MS in counseling and went to work technically as a social worker. This included family, youth, group and marriage counseling. After a few years , I was hired by the county Court Services Department. My first assignment was ‘High Risk Officer” working with both adult and juvenile clients. Within the same department, I moved on to become the Director of a treatment facility for delinquent adolescents. My next position within the department was Caseload Supervisor and after a total of 31 years, I retired as Deputy Director of Court Services.
Side gigs along the way included custody evaluation for family court. College instructor in the police science division of a local community college teaching Juvenile Procedures, Probation and Parole, Corrections and overseeing independent studies of select students. I worked part time as an evaluator for a local mental health hospital . I also did some private practice with youth, families and group parenting classes. Finally I was part of the county ERT team as a back up negotiator and filled in a couple of times over the years.
I have been "retired" for almost 10 years. Just before retiring, we purchased the remains of my bride's family farm. I am involved in day to day operation and take care of the minor chores and anything that needs to be done around the place...... The main work is completed by the neighbor who has farmed it for over 45 years....I grew up in the country so my life seems to have gone full circle.
Biologist, Environmental Engineer, 37 years
I have a lot of responsibility.
Sure, but the question is, are you responsible enough for all that responsibility? I have seen at least one of the guns you bought, that suggest there is room for doubt.🤣
Grew up as a cowboy riding horses, did the rodeos in southern Kalifornia team roping/calf roping. Went to construction as a laborer then carpenter. Next was law enforcement/deputy sheriff until retirement. Was a landlord until Kalifornia decided renters did not have to pay rent. Sold all my property in Kalifornia, moved to Idaho.
As a sideline I bought machine tools (lathes milling machines TIG/MIG welders) and learned how to use them. Made stuff I could not afford at the time. Made underwater lights for diving, housing for a Nikon F camera, spearguns, shafts, stempoints.
When I moved to Idaho I made parts for Polaris ATV/UTVs out of Stainless Steel and Ti.
Now just riding ATV and UTV in the backcountry of Idaho and visiting grandkids on both coasts in the motorhome.
Dad worked me like a plow mule on the farm that started at around age 5 (100 cows, 30 acres silage, 5 acres tobacco, 8000 square bales a year and several miles of fence) I helped my dad build several houses and barns for people including my own. I got a BS and worked as a Branch Manager in a bank for 6 years. After that got a job working in a state of Kentucky Juvenile correctional facility (judge committed youth from all over the state age 13-18) I retired as the facility/program supervisor. During that time, I have repaired thousands of small engines and have 90 cows plus calves and bulls.