What do you do for a living?

Cappuccino

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What is your job? What do you do? What time you start and finish? Commute time? What time do you wake up for work?
Pay rate? :cool:
I know it's none of my business. If you feel uncomfortable then don't answer :)
 

purbeast0

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Sep 13, 2001
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your mom.

ok, okay, on a more serious note...

i'm a senior software architect/engineer. i get to work between 6:30 and 7am and leave around 2pm. i wake up like around 5:45 or 6. my commute is pretty much 30 minutes on the dot each way. pay is solid. i hit the 6 figure mark before i was 30 with a previous company, and i'm now 34 so i'll let you guess what my current salary is.
 
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MidasKnight

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Line haul Truck driver. Average 12 hour days at 500+ miles. Home most nights. No degree but I make $80k year and full benefits with union pension. Retire in 4 years at age 54.
 

brianmanahan

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Sep 2, 2006
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software developer, web applications, 1 hour drive to work, and i make just over ATOT minimum wage
 

cardiac

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Oct 9, 1999
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33 years as a paramedic/firefighter. Didn't get dollar rich, but wouldn't have ever thought of another career. 7am to 7am = 24 hour shifts (Work 24/off 48) when on a shift, but I am now in administration and usually pull a 6am-2pm or so. I kind of set my own schedule now.
 
Nov 8, 2012
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Consultant for ERP Systems, implementations, configurations, etc...

Start Whenever I'm needed and end whenever the work ends (never).

Thankfully, a lot of people in this industry work by the starting time of 9:00. When I was in industry it was always 8:00 sharp. Of course, that's probably because our end of day can be rather sporadic depending on whats going on.

A lot of times I wake up at 6:00am, get some things done around the house and then start working when I feel like it. Usually ~8:00 or so, sometimes I get the occasional early morning call.

My commute is wherever the client is, or to my computer chair.
 

cbrunny

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Oct 12, 2007
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Badass Mega-Analyst. Analyze things. 8am and somewhere after 4pm. 45 mins each way. 5:50 am. Canadian money, which is just like real money but worthless.
 

purbeast0

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Sep 13, 2001
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33 years as a paramedic/firefighter. Didn't get dollar rich, but wouldn't have ever thought of another career. 7am to 7am = 24 hour shifts (Work 24/off 48) when on a shift, but I am now in administration and usually pull a 6am-2pm or so. I kind of set my own schedule now.

my brother is a dc firefighter now and his schedule is 24/72. man i wouldn't know what to do with myself having 3 days off after every shift lol.
 
Dec 10, 2005
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What is your job? What do you do? What time you start and finish? Commute time? What time do you wake up for work?
Pay rate? :cool:
I know it's none of my business. If you feel uncomfortable then don't answer :)
Post-doc (aka scientist) doing basic research on membrane protein structure and dynamics. Start and finish are variable, but I tend to put in 10+ hour days, 6 days/week. Commute is ~45 minutes via subway and I wake up at 8am.

Pay is enough for now, but it's giving me a strong incentive to look outside of academia for work now that I'm done with my PhD. (Just have to figure out what area "outside of academia" is best for me and finding something).
 

Chapbass

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May 31, 2004
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Systems Administrator. I work on things like Routers, Switches, Server infrastucture (specifically virtualization and storage). My day starts at 9 and ends at 5, with some various evening maintenance thrown in there.

My commute is about 35 minutes, walking and on the train. I live and work in Chicago, so its all by the CTA elevated train system. I can work from home whenever I feel like, so that commute would be 0.

My pay is decent, nothing out of this world but I make a decent buck. Should continue to rise throughout the next 10-20 years. Hopefully should end up making about double what I make now.
 

lxskllr

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Nov 30, 2004
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Land surveyor. Wake up at 5:10, work starts at 7am, and I'm off at 3:30. My commute should be 10 miles, but it's 25 because I have to get the draftsman. PITA, but it's in everyone's best interest, and now I have people indebted to me, which is a position I like. It's like an intangible savings account.
 

Red Squirrel

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May 24, 2003
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NOC technician. We monitor fibre optics, telephony, environmental (power, temperature, fire etc) of our buildings, and pretty much any odd ball thing you can think of like air conditioning. We also oversee a lot of other misc stuff like after hours business 611 and such. When there are mass power outages due to storms we'll coordinate sending generators etc... We used to monitor CDMA cellular but they took that away. It was actually kinda a pain anyway because we did not monitor HSPA yet we were still responsible for dispatching techs, so we were basically the middle man. All of that is gone now. We still monitor CDMA for fun as long as we can login to the app, as the other group keeps dropping all the cell sites and we just laugh. We did a better job.

Basically we make sure service does not go down. If you ever wonder why your phone still works when power goes out, it's because all these sites have batteries, and we make sure they don't get depleted by sending generators as required. Some of these sites are buildings, while some are small cabinets on the side of the street, usually called RCUs. (remote concentrator units I think is what it stands for, but I'm just taking a wild guess).

Basically if everything is working my job is fairly lax, but if there's lot of stuff down it can get hectic. Depending on overtime, and what shifts I work it's very good pay. I actually cleared 80k last year. I'm at 70k this year so probably wont quite clear that much but still a very good pay.
 
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Harrod

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NOC technician. We monitor fibre optics, telephony, environmental (power, temperature, fire etc) of our buildings, and pretty much any odd ball thing you can think of like air conditioning. We also oversee a lot of other misc stuff like after hours business 611 and such. When there are mass power outages due to storms we'll coordinate sending generators etc... We used to monitor CDMA cellular but they took that away. It was actually kinda a pain anyway because we did not monitor HSPA yet we were still responsible for dispatching techs, so we were basically the middle man. All of that is gone now.

Basically we make sure service does not go down. If you ever wonder why your phone still works when power goes out, it's because all these sites have batteries, and we make sure they don't get depleted by sending generators as required. Some of these sites are buildings, while some are small cabinets on the side of the street, usually called RCUs. (remote concentrator units I think is what it stands for, but I'm just taking a wild guess).

Basically if everything is working my job is fairly lax, but if there's lot of stuff down it can get hectic. Depending on overtime, and what shifts I work it's very good pay. I actually cleared 80k last year. I'm at 70k this year so probably wont quite clear that much but still a very good pay.

I do stuff similar to this as well, @84k. I support alot of VoIP equipment, and Acme Packet firewalls.
 
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Imp

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Land surveyor. Wake up at 5:10, work starts at 7am, and I'm off at 3:30. My commute should be 10 miles, but it's 25 because I have to get the draftsman. PITA, but it's in everyone's best interest, and now I have people indebted to me, which is a position I like. It's like an intangible savings account.

A part of me wants to get into that... I've done it a bit through engineering school and dealt with a lot of the data produced by surveying at work but so cold/hot, so much sun, humping through rough terrain.

Basically if everything is working my job is fairly lax, but if there's lot of stuff down it can get hectic. Depending on overtime, and what shifts I work it's very good pay. I actually cleared 80k last year. I'm at 70k this year so probably wont quite clear that much but still a very good pay.

Given where you live. That is like $200k in the city.
 

lxskllr

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Nov 30, 2004
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A part of me wants to get into that... I've done it a bit through engineering school and dealt with a lot of the data produced by surveying at work but so cold/hot, so much sun, humping through rough terrain.
You have to really like it cause the pay isn't that great, especially compared to the responsibility.

I was out of work for awhile, and wanted to get into IT. Aside from not getting hits on my resume, I started getting anxious about dealing with a corporate hellhole, and just life inside generally.

I'm back where I was, and like it better than I did when I left. Being king of the site is kind of nice, and I get to see a lot of cool stuff, so everything's good now. Not sure what I'll do when I get too old. Maybe some kind of low pay non profit work. I don't care much about money as long as I have enough(I require little). I just want to do my thing, and have everyone else stay out of my way.
 

PenguinPower

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HR Exec. Contrary to popular belief, people don't hate me (all the time), value my advice, and I can quantify the ROI for my department. I also make pretty good money without taking into account total comp.
 

Red Squirrel

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May 24, 2003
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Given where you live. That is like $200k in the city.

Yeah thing is, cost of living here is pretty high too and keeps going up every year, maybe not as bad as places like Toronto mind you, but I really don't know how people on minimum wage are making it, and a good portion of the jobs here are minimum wage. Even with my high salary I don't have that much money left over to put in savings. Though mining does pay well too and there are a decent amount of jobs in that industry here. If I lost my job I'd probably have to consider getting my mining certs and going that route. Probably do something cushy (as far as mining is concerned) like drilling. :D
 

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