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Don't mean to get personal there but

asopasop Member Posts: 8,794 ✭✭✭✭

what do you or did you do for living? I owned an industrial construction company in northern Illinois. Now retired.


  • danielgagedanielgage Member Posts: 10,437 ✭✭✭✭

    farm hand

    seed plant hand

    plumbing & electrical warehouse hand

    printing company hand

    electrical industry: Lineman, substation electrician, & control craftsman

    small hay farmer in my spare time

  • buddybbuddyb Member Posts: 5,157 ✭✭✭✭

    Industrial HVAC

  • jimdeerejimdeere Member, Moderator Posts: 25,333 ******

    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.

  • He DogHe Dog Member Posts: 50,936 ✭✭✭✭

    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.

  • Ditch-RunnerDitch-Runner Member Posts: 24,042 ✭✭✭✭
    edited October 13

    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

  • tnrangertnranger Member Posts: 287 ✭✭✭

    Park Naturalist

    Park Ranger

    Wildlife Ecologist

    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.

  • FrogdogFrogdog Member Posts: 2,657 ✭✭✭✭

    Fire insurance adjuster for a short time, and then military/law enforcement for the rest.

  • mac10mac10 Member Posts: 2,445 ✭✭✭✭

    Horse boarding as a youngster,couple year stint Ford truck assembly line, 35 years level 5 men's prison for the state,now retired

  • Merlinnv12Merlinnv12 Member Posts: 1,031 ✭✭✭✭

    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.

    “What we’ve got here, is, failure to communicate.”
  • fitterfitter Member Posts: 12 ✭✭

    Spent 20 years in the Navy, after that I was a fabricator and welder until I retired at 62.

  • pulsarncpulsarnc Member Posts: 6,050 ✭✭✭✭

    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.

    cry Havoc and let slip  the dogs of war..... 
  • Butchdog3Butchdog3 Member Posts: 445 ✭✭✭

    Custom home builder, ain't got enough sense to do anything else. Been at it for pert near 50 years.

  • grdad45grdad45 Member Posts: 5,244 ✭✭✭✭

    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.

  • elubsmeelubsme Member Posts: 1,870 ✭✭✭✭
  • brier-49brier-49 Member Posts: 6,968 ✭✭✭✭

    Mailman, rural carrier

  • RossoRacerRossoRacer Member Posts: 53 ✭✭

    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.

  • NeoBlackdogNeoBlackdog Member Posts: 16,112 ✭✭✭✭

    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.

  • bpostbpost Member Posts: 32,643 ✭✭✭✭

    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.

  • savage170savage170 Member Posts: 37,537 ✭✭✭✭

    First career was to keep things moving downhill. Current career is to keep things moving in a circle

  • wolfpackwolfpack Member Posts: 1,062 ✭✭✭

    Track Foreman on the NS Railway for 40 years

  • NeoBlackdogNeoBlackdog Member Posts: 16,112 ✭✭✭✭

    @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!

  • utbrowningmanutbrowningman Member Posts: 2,700 ✭✭✭

    City planner with retirement on the horizon in 4 years, 10 months, and 17 days...but who's counting?

  • bullshotbullshot Member Posts: 14,019 ✭✭✭✭

    Project manager, Master Plumber, plumbing estimator, senior equipment operator, supervisor of plumbing and recreational facilities at a university.

    "Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you"
  • OakieOakie Member Posts: 40,489 ✭✭✭✭

    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.

  • austin20austin20 Member Posts: 34,054 ✭✭✭✭

    Spent 39 years working for a fortune 100 company. Recently retired to attend nursing school and now I am a pediatric nurse

  • allen griggsallen griggs Member Posts: 34,995 ✭✭✭✭

    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.

  • chmechme Member Posts: 1,410 ✭✭✭✭

    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.

  • ltcdotyltcdoty Member Posts: 4,144 ✭✭✭

    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.🙂

  • William81William81 Member Posts: 24,196 ✭✭✭✭
    edited October 15

    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.

  • JimmyJackJimmyJack Member Posts: 5,289 ✭✭✭✭

    Biologist, Environmental Engineer, 37 years

  • WarbirdsWarbirds Member Posts: 16,826 ✭✭✭✭

    I have a lot of responsibility.

  • AlpineAlpine Member Posts: 14,971 ✭✭✭✭

    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.

    ?The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.?
    Margaret Thatcher

    "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics."
    Mark Twain
  • jltrentjltrent Member Posts: 9,145 ✭✭✭
    edited October 15

    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.

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