People who actually like their jobs, what do you do?

  1. Can you tell us more about your job? I’m interested in forestry/environmental work and have thought about being a park ranger. Curious about pay and what your day to day looks like.

  2. I’m an environmental geologist. I like uncovering the history of a property and working outdoors is enjoyable when the weather is nice. I don’t love every aspect, of course—paperwork can be tedious, often the weather is bad, and telling clients bad news is intimidating—but it’s satisfying when the pieces of a problem fall together.

  3. Can you tell us more about how you work? Are you hired as a consultant for say civil projects? Or do you do research for publishing ?

  4. I do the same thing. I do want to caution that this job, depending on where you are located, does not always put you in “the great outdoors.” A lot of it can be industrial sites and inner city has stations. I knew this going in, but as a petite female I’ve been put in a lot of unsafe situations while out in the field. And yes, you don’t go into it for the money. You don’t need a master’s- it’s the same as a year or two of experience.

  5. What is your degree in? My 17 year old plans on studying environmental science and is trying to decide on a minor, geology is one of her options. She does volunteer work cleaning up local water ways and your job sounds like something she would enjoy. Thanks!

  6. I’m looking on getting a degree in wildlife ecology/biology, but honestly don’t know much about how it’s taken into the field

  7. My late girlfriend was a librarian. That is such a awesome job that doesn't get as much recognition as it deserves, in my opinion. Thank you for what you do.

  8. I went from being a surg tech to a nurse. Nurses in my dept get pissed when I say it was harder scrubbing than circulating.

  9. I’m a flight attendant. Absolutely love my job. Thinking about going to flight school to be a pilot though. But nothing beats getting paid to travel the world

  10. Go get you pilot license there is no better time to. That's what I have been doing over the pandemic and its been super fun

  11. You are the first paramedic I’ve ever heard say they like being a paramedic. I suppose thats a good thing though, that you’re doing it and enjoying it

  12. im 18 and this is my dream job. i can binge watch car detailing videos for hours and it never bores me. might take aeronautical engineering in college but hoping to open an auto-detailing shop in the future too. good luck to me

  13. I am a loader for a distribution warehouse as my 40-hour job. I like it, but I keep it for the money and health insurance. But my second job, I am the Regional Director for a non-for-profit that helps guys with Transitional housing when they get out of prison. We also help homeless guys on occasion and people who just need a hand up. That is my real passion.

  14. I lived in a house like this whilst sobering up. I was one of the only dudes there not on paper. I just wanted to say that even tho it's thankless work. You do make a difference to those that are wanting a change. I made it out, I been sober for 3.5 years and have a beautiful little family. Cheers to you and all you do for the fellas.

  15. For the railroad as a signalman, i work at a small station, so im alone all shift can browse reddit dont need to deal with office drama, an if no train is on my section of the line i can watch Netflix

  16. Receptionist at a very small company where I also fill in when other departments are shorthanded. Everyone is nice (with very few exceptions) and no one cares if I have an AirPod in and Netflix playing as long as shit gets done

  17. I work at a museum and do data clean up for our collections database and I'm also getting us ready for a digital assets management system. So I do a lot of tedious cleaning in our database (correcting typos, deleting erroneous information, fact checking, etc) and eventually I'll split my time between that and cleaning up actual files (checking metadata, running checksums, deleting duplicates, etc).

  18. My wife and I are museum professionals as well, and she does almost exactly the same thing as you! Data remediation for database entries and migrations. I did a little bit of it myself as well earlier in my career. It's so dang important, and that feeling when you finally figure out some horrifying mess and get good clean data in? Mmmmmmmm.

  19. Omg I wish we had the budget for you at our museum. I didn't personally have to clean up data but my college had to get data ready for upload online and it was an absolute mess. All different length measurements, date formats, column names, at one point they deleted the uid so we had no unique identifiers anymore.

  20. When I worked in collections at a museum, I freaking loved it when I had time to reconcile database errors. Nothing is more annoying that an object with the incorrect accessions number on it, and nothing is more immediately satisfying than figuring out what the heck happened and fixing it.

  21. When I was an electrical apprentice, welding was a required class. My instructor said I was the worst welder he ever taught. I kept asking for darker and darker lenses because the arc hurt my eyes. I think I pissed him off. I did manage to make some stands for my stackable washer and dryer. I've been using them for 15 years now without issue so I couldn't have been that bad at welding.

  22. Make wood for construction site. Only have to work roughly 16 days a month and make more than I ever did as an electrician and without any of the stress.

  23. I'm an accountant. Grew up as the "artsy" type that everyone thought would be a traveling musician or music teacher. I thought I hated math and that I was bad at it growing up. Turns out I had untreated ADHD. I took a job as a teller in my early 20s and realized I really loved balancing things. Got my degree, and now I enjoy a job where every day I'm problem solving and investigating. Everything is a puzzle, and I love it. Accounting is way more than numbers and balancing. I'm so happy in my job. (I work in industry. I did not like public accounting)

  24. What skills should one have to pursue that career? What's a good way to get into it, and how easy is job searching. I'm late 20s crisising and debating between Law, Accounting, Business, and programming. It's a financial commitment I want to be sure of.

  25. ADHD is very much a chaos that you can control and become massively powerful from. The key for me was interest in the task at hand. Takes a hell of a lot of trying and quitting to find it

  26. I was a phlebotomist at a blood bank. People came in to donate blood voluntarily, so I never had to hold any nervous kid down to take their blood. And you’re literally saving lives.

  27. I’m currently trying to get accepted into a school for phlebotomy. Do you recommend I work at a hospital, clinic, or blood bank for my first job? Also do you ever get anxious drawing peoples blood? How do you handle it if you mess up one of the sticks?

  28. This was too far down the list. Nothing like being able to just make something you want, like it's no big thing.

  29. Library clerk. Basically means I’m at the front desk all day every day, answering every question under the sun, watching how the joy lights up a person’s face when I unite them with a book they want to read, helping people in dark times, and being around a bunch of other people who do the same thing and love it, too.

  30. I just accepted that you literally painted the animals physically on their bodies until I glanced and saw your profile picture.

  31. i’m so glad you love your job. teachers who genuinely love their job have had the biggest impact on me. i’m in college now but I had a bio teacher in 9th grade that obviously loved his job and always made sure to take the time needed if one of us needed extra help. he made me fall in love with science because HE loved science and teaching, and that made it actually interesting to learn. i’m majoring in neuroscience at a great school now and I seriously don’t think I would be here if it wasn’t for him.

  32. I work on highways. Like building bridges, making barriers, pouring cement for the road itself, etc. I honestly couldn't imagine myself staying in a job where I sit in front of a computer just typing away, cause that just bores me, I already went to school, and didn't enjoy that kind of stuff at all.

  33. I recently started working as a late night labratory technician mixing chemicals and crunching numbers. I get paid to make liqud change colors and watch hulu.

  34. I AM NOT WORTHY!!! Seriously, I have been a sub from preschool-HS, and for the past 14 years I’ve taught Kindergarten and first grade, but my ultimate respect goes to bus drivers and middle school teachers. I don’t know where you live, but growing up in northern MI (and even now living a bit south of there), I could never drive in our shit weather with 75 loud ass-kids in a big-ass bus. Hell, I turn down my radio when I’m driving in bad weather and I only have my two turds in the car! Again, you are truly appreciated.

  35. Believe it or not, I'm answering this question and I'm an accountant. I have always loved spreadsheets, and now I get to play with them all day. I love making things "make sense", so when a purchase order matches with an invoice and I can file the receipt and remittance, all squared away, it makes me happy.

  36. Surprisingly, I hear that from accountants a lot. My grandfather was an accountant and he used to say the exact same thing. He almost thought of it as a puzzle that he got to solve every day.

  37. I wanted to get into dog grooming... I'm a little older but need a change. I love dogs, but my dogs groomer advised against it because its bad for the back and you get bit. Thoughts?

  38. Custodian. There's something nice about cleaning an almost empty school listening to podcasts or music. Plus we occasionally get free pizza from events

  39. I feel like almost nobody can fully appreciate what custodians at schools truly do. They might work days. But they might also be scheduled to show up when ppl are gone. Late at night. They don’t get ‘snow days’ in the same way as other ppl. They may work alone, maybe they like it, but maybe they don’t. They do these essential but largely overlooked jobs. They are nearly NEVER considered as part of the school’s family but the staff and students would be in a BIG pickle if nobody was there doing the custodial job. Thank you.

  40. Not current but I used to be a camp counselor each summer, did it for several years. Ran around playing sports, swimming, watching Pixar movies and eating snacks with a bunch of goofy kids. Half my coworkers were hot college girls. The pay was basically nothing but at the time I was an assistant teacher at a public school so terrible pay was all I knew. It was the happiest place I’ve ever been to and I miss it daily.

  41. Nice, that’s exactly what I do. Well I’m an assistant teacher at a public school and then have my summer camp gig. It’s so much fun but yeah the pay for both my jobs sucks, make like 35 k a year.

  42. My BFF went to summer camp every year, joined the Marines after high school, and settled a couple states away from the camp when he was stationed stateside. They asked him to come back to the camp as a director. He does it unpaid and walks onto the campus looking like a Greek god. They treat him like a celebrity after having practically grown up there. It's all he can talk about for weeks before and after. I love how much he loves it.

  43. HR temp - people write in and ask me about their benefits or about stressful situations they're in and I write back and answer their questions/connect them to someone who can help guide them through their stuff.

  44. Is it perhaps one that's been under construction for years and is supposed to breach the threshold of output energy exceeding input energy?

  45. I used to work with a guy that quit to sell commissioned hentai online. Many people that it was just weird, but he loved drawing and animation. I thought it was great that he found his niche online that allowed him to support himself doing what he l loved. That more than most people can say.

  46. Emergency Medical Technician. I have good days and bad days. Management, hospital staff, patients, and co-workers can be ass sometimes. The pay is ass too. But the job itself? It’s pretty sweet. Working feels like a road trip. No day is ever the same. Beats being stuck in a cubicle or having to please customers.

  47. Entertainment lawyer. Specifically, production legal for scripted and unscripted programs. Never a dull moment.

  48. Medical device engineer, I work in research and development mostly on finalizing designs for new products coming to market, I don't touch manufacturing because that's stressful.

  49. I’m delighted that some people are happy in their jobs. Right now, hearing about any good news is a welcome relief from all the crap going on.

  50. I’m not a huge fan of the pay, but I work for a nonprofit organization that houses women straight out of incarceration for 6-12 months. Helping them get back on their feet, building a relationship with them, joking with them, watching them grow, is the most fulfilling thing I have ever done. I LOVE my job so much.

  51. I'm a high school English teacher and I love what I do. I love literature and poetry. Being able to share my love of that with students is amazing. When I can make a student like Shakespeare, I feel like I've won the lottery.

  52. I absolutely love every day I work as an EMT. A majority of the people you work with are inspired and driven to make the worst day in someone’s life better. It’s active enough to keep you from feeling stagnant, you get to sleep or generally just mess around with your crew mates when you don’t have any calls or duties, you get plenty of fresh air, and get to do a tooooonn of cool shit (ride helicopters, drive an ambulance, meet celebrities in many cases, etc.) My crewmates feel like a second family and we make our station a second home with BBQs, potlucks, celebrations, playing video games during downtime, competitions, you name it. It’s a beautiful job if you can look past the abysmal pay considering the things you’re expected to do.

  53. Mechanical engineering in research and development. I’m one of the rare engineers who actually gets to see parts from the cradle to the grave. I take parts from concept, 3D model them, perform all kinds of dimensional and stress analysis for them and their assemblies, create drawings, get bids for their manufacture, oversee the contract to get them made, get them in and verify they meet our specifications, test them, get them to the field, and monitor and update their designs based on their performance. I’ve done all parts of that process at one time or another for different projects. I made it a point to make lateral moves to be really well rounded, so even if I’m not indispensable, I always provide something, which lets me push to do the parts of the process I enjoy most, while mentoring or contributing guidance to others doing the parts I don’t, while not having to do them myself.

  54. I am an I.T. professional for a school district. While I love what I do, it's mainly the people I work with that make me love it so much. Excellent work atmosphere and culture that makes you WANT to show up for work.

  55. I’m a freelance graphic designer. I get enough work to be able to pay my bills and live reasonably comfortably, and I don’t have to work that many hours a week, which is the biggest plus, so I have tons of time to hang out with my cats and work on music and play video games.

  56. I texture characters in animated movies! I textured Squidward, Gary and Spongebob in the latest movie, Rocky and Rubble in Paw Patrol: the movie etc. The pay is good too!

  57. When my wife went into hospital for our first child, the L&D nurse was the happiest, most contented and helpful hospital worker I think I'd ever seen.

  58. Kudos to you, the one who literally does all the work and possesses all the patience. I’m no Michelle Dugger, so I can only speak about two deliveries (in hospitals, with L&D nurses), but the nurses deserve all the glory. My first induction was for emergency reasons, and lasted 55 hours, and the nurses were so patient and amazing. One even smuggled a popsicle for me when I was only supposed to have ice chips (friends for life). I loved my doctors, but both times, they literally showed up in time to gown-up and ‘deliver’ the babies. Otherwise, the nurses were there through the trenches. I even had some come check on me in the nicu after my son was born. Amazing people.

  59. Preschool teacher’s assistant. It’s physically demanding and mentally draining some days but 95% of the time it’s beautiful and rewarding. I don’t think there’s such a thing as a perfect job where you can be happy 100% of the time so I really think this is about as close to perfect as it can realistically get.

  60. It is when you're good at it. I'm just going into sales, getting the courses set, and going territory live in March. I believe in what I'm selling, but I've never done sales, so wish me luck! I think I might enjoy it.

  61. I work as the head chess coach for an E-sports educational company. I develop educational material, professional grade educational videos, and provide live coaching for middle/highschoolers. It doesn’t even feel like I’m working

  62. Call center rep for an HVAC company. Relatively stress free, no real thinking required. Just answer phone, fill out ticket, shuffle them to the right line.

  63. i'm a programmer embedded on a specialized clinical data research group and it's pretty ideal. everything everybody uses is something i personally made. 🤷‍♂️

  64. Business Consulting. Love to hear problems and then magically pull out solutions from the hat (laptop)!

  65. I am an 8th grade History teacher. I have been out with Covid for the last week, and for another 5 days. I am irritated because I can't be there with my students.

  66. I'm a graphic designer at a screen printing company. I graduated from art college back in 2016, and was struggling to find a good fit until this last year.

  67. Retail sales. I work 6 hours a day, have a 5-minute commute, always in air conditioning, never sweaty or tired at the end of the day, spending most of my day chit-chatting with customers and co-workers that gets written off as customer engagement, while doing little menial upkeep tasks on the side.

  68. I'm a laser and lighting designer for concerts. I get to put on the enitre show that compliments the music, it's 1/3 of why you go to concerts, besides that incredible sound systems, and the music itself.

  69. I'm an author, and I absolutely love it. It's tough, difficult work that requires a massive amount of perseverance and patience, but when the moment hits and you see another book on the shelves ... It's fantastic.

  70. I’m a supervisor at one of the world leading auction houses. I get to work with all sorts of amazing antiques and paintings and hobnob with the 1%.

  71. What is that like? I’ve always wondered and could see myself in that field but never tried. What did you get into your current role? Do you need specific qualifications?

  72. I'm a high school teacher and I absolutely love it. I love the part when I can teach students something new and to be the best version of themselves. But what I love the most about the job is how I can learn so much from these kids. Everyday something new.

  73. I teach at a law school. The job has its ups and downs, but I love interacting with my students and I love the fact that it kind of forces me to keep learning new things. Additionally, I get to run the Legal Aid Centre of the law school, so I get to actively give back to the community!

  74. 24M I'm a truck driver, have been since I was 21. I own my own trucking business. The freedom is great. And the money is even better. I was actually one of the first truckers to haul the vaccine in the US.

  75. Sushi Chef. 18 years and going, been doing it long enough to see little kids become adults and start bringing their own family

  76. I was a waitress for 30 some odd years. Actually did almost every aspect of working in restaurants. I loved my job. Flexibility when I had kids. Meet people who became good friends. Worked at a sports bar for 0 years. Met some really nice people. One of them was a mechanic, helped me when car broke down as I was a single Mom. Every Christmas, this one guy would buy me the perfume I wore, Estee Lauder, White Linen, cuz he l9ved the way it smelled too. Sure pay was lousy, had to make good tips to make up for that. No bennies, but my kids father took care of that for them. I just enjoyed myself. So much has changed in that business today, I would not do it, as many places are corporate. I worked mostly for small owner places, much better and the "ties" I made were great. Sorry rambled on. 😁

  77. I do crash test safety for Toyota. I genuinely never thought I would enjoy a job, and then I found this place. It ticks all the boxes for things that I like, and really has developed skills that I've always been interested in.

  78. Engineer. Interestingly enough, I just changed companies and just the simple culture change has made me go from hating my job to enjoying it. I actually took a small pay cut but letting go of the golden handcuffs was incredibly freeing.

  79. School social worker. No two days are the same. I get to work with kids in a school setting without the stress that comes with teaching. Sure, you have to deal with the rough stories/situations, but at the end of the day it’s great when you are able to make a difference. Having guaranteed holidays and summers off doesn’t hurt either.

  80. Forensic chemist. Spend my days in the lab but we don’t always have samples to analyze so there’s a lot of chatting with coworkers and other things to spend the time.

  81. I resell clothes. I buy out estate sales of all their clothes shoes and accessories. I then sell those online. I love fashion. But fast fashion is killing the planet. I don't express myself through fashion as much now that I'm older but I just love it. I love the estate sale companies I work with. They all know me and give me great deals. They refer me to people and it's just very positive. Most of my job is data entry and copywriting & that can be boring. But I set my own hours and I am proud of what I do. Within the next month I will be hiring an employee and that feels really good to say.

  82. I’m a business process engineer (I figure out how to make business processes more efficient). I specialize in the insurance and financial industries.

  83. Work at a TV station. Satellite feeds , file transfers, quality control, getting stuff ready for air. All that kind of stuff.

  84. Network Engineer, been working from home for a year and a half. Always on call, but otherwise work when needed and for ongoing projects.

  85. I do warehousing, inventory management, shipping and general bookkeeping for a small retail website. I don't deal with the customers and I'm left alone to do my job. I'm paid a percent of profit, so my pay matches my workload. Except being prompt with 2-3 order to ship, delivery to the post office and I need my packages ready for ups pick up, I can work my own hours. No shipping on weekends. The product is very good, so I feel good providing it. Best job ever.

  86. Drive a semi interstate...started about 6 years ago (mid-life crisis as my S.O. always says) always thought I would like it but in fact I love it. It's about 80% fun.

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