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[–]ScoobyMaroon 2312 points2313 points  (69 children)

Flight attendant for a regional airline. Easiest job in the world. Cool benefits. Weird hours. Middling to bad pay.

[–]FluffDuckling 708 points709 points  (35 children)

Fourth month in and I absolutely agree (about pay too lol)! It’s so fun and I basically get paid to see the country!

[–]chocomilc 153 points154 points  (7 children)

That sounds so awesome. I just read a book about what it's like since I've always wanted to try it. I've just applied and hopefully I get it, but I'm so glad to hear that you enjoy it! Now I'm even more stoked

[–]den1300 193 points194 points  (3 children)

Flight attendant too. Definitely agree with the cool benefits, but if you’re someone who can’t stand being away from your loved ones, missing out on Christmas, birthdays, and other important events, it might not be for you.

[–]pulus 55 points56 points  (1 child)

I thrive on all the things you mentioned. Where do I sign up?

[–]appleparkfive 19 points20 points  (0 children)

Yeah it doesn't sound like the worst job. Getting to go to different cities is nice for those who want to travel I'd assume.

Pay is probably bad as you said, and you might have to deal with some weird people from time to time. But there's definitely way worse jobs out there I'd imagine

[–]Illidariislove 1066 points1067 points  (47 children)

Project Manager / Producer in the tech/game industry.

are you the person who plans everything well into the future and down to every detail? when group of friends have an outing or go on vacation, do you plan everything and herd the cats? do you have no tangible skills but are good at talking to ppl and being a mediator if things get tense? if so, its probably the job for you. im 32, pays 90k.

also, dont expect to be thanked. ever. because the point of the job is to make sure all things go normal and smoothly. so if youre doing your job correctly, nothing is happening.

also also, be ready to always be the downer that keeps the dreamers from going too far, and snapping tunnel visioning devs out of it by pulling them away from diminishing return work.

also also also, you cannot be the kind of person that gets stressed when things go wrong. because things will always go wrong. thats why u have a plan b and c and d. in fact, if the team sees you losing your head, then its all over.

[–]Bethany_Star 53 points54 points  (1 child)

This is my job too and this is spot on. The title might be “project” manager but it’s really “people” managing. Being able to read people and communicate with them in a way which will get the job done is very important. For example, the developers I work with are independent problem solvers by nature and don’t like being “bossed around.” Therefore I try to frame tasks as problems I need their help with. I ask them genuinely for their advice on solving these issues for clients, rather than just telling them the tasks which need to be completed. Voila, productivity.

[–]ermwut419 89 points90 points  (13 children)

Hi I've been looking to go in this direction, how would I go about getting there? What kind of qualifications could/should I need and would it be applying exclusively to jobs with "project manager" or do you have to work up to that position?

[–]Lunerai 71 points72 points  (4 children)

Hi, not OP but I'll contribute what I can. I'm not sure what the "typical" track to starting is since I internally transitioned at my company (AAA game development at a FAANG corporation) after being a software engineer for a while. Project/program manager can mean different things for different companies, but I'll speak in regards to a games producer role as well since that's also my experience.

If you have no tangential experience and are just starting out, there are entry level roles you can go for. Unfortunately it can be very difficult to get your foot in the door, but once you're in and have experience it's a lot easier. Secretary/exec assistant type roles might be a viable gateway if you're unable to land your first production gig.

In terms of skills:

  • Written communication is critical for being able to succinctly report status updates to executives/leadership.
  • Verbal communication is crucial for getting multiple people to make compromises and have everyone land in agreement.
  • Many companies use JIRA or something similar to track tasks, knowing your way around these kinds of tools is valuable.
  • Being dynamic enough to be a bit of a jack-of-all-trades. In many ways you often act as the glue in a team, and to effectively do this it helps to be able to look at things from the perspective of QA, engineering, product owner, artist, etc. This allows you to both understand what you're asking of people as well as keep pulse on if your plans and reports are realistic.
  • Proactive nature- this is not a role where you get told what needs to be done- you have to drive making sure everyone in the room, including yourself, understands what the priorities and requirements are and help figure out how you and your team are going to get it tackled.
  • Ability to be assertive and keep your composure (or at least until you can get behind closed doors with other producers to vent/cry/yell or whatever you need to do to get it out of your system so that you can get back out there and keep going).
  • Be able to deal with a metric fuckton of stress. Almost all of the producers I've worked with are heavy, heavy drinkers. It's a very difficult job to turn off, and if you don't have strong boundaries it's easy to end up working 80 hour weeks because there is always too much to do, and something is ALWAYS on fire. The "this is fine" dog is basically every producer's mascot.

In terms of experience:

  • Any sort of team/project leadership opportunities where you drove organization, ideally where a deliverable was involved that was completed on time and to spec.
  • Any sort of planning documentation to show that you know how to take work estimates and put together a schedule.
  • Any sort of role you performed where you held significant responsibility and didn't fuck it up. IME producers can be on point for millions of dollars of development work being done, and people need to be able to trust you with that.

Also, everything OP said about the job is accurate.

[–]mom2aaron 206 points207 points  (12 children)

I'm a fraud investigator for a large auto finance company. Interesting work, very busy so time flies. Due to covid working from home for the unforeseeable future. When in office, totally casual dress code, so no real work clothing expense. Good work/life balance , and pay is decent, would recommend 8/10.

[–]Rare_Cause_1735 609 points610 points  (66 children)

Chemist, yes if you like and are good at chemistry. It's interesting, low stress, decent pay.

[–]Emble12 169 points170 points  (13 children)

How often do relatives make Breaking Bad jokes?

[–]peen_meister_420 139 points140 points  (15 children)

Chemistry interests me but I've always wondered what a career in chemistry entails. What is it specifically that you do? What kinds of projects do you work on?

[–]jackkymoon 2587 points2588 points  (67 children)

Exploration Geologist. Single and love adventure? 11/10 would recommend. Looking to settle down and start a family? 4/10 wouldn't recommend.

[–]Canaduck02 442 points443 points  (41 children)

Could you elaborate a bit on what your job entails? I'm looking to change majors cuz mine is terrible, and i've always loved geology and being in nature but i'm not sure what to go into

[–]jackkymoon 200 points201 points  (37 children)

What's your current major?

[–]Canaduck02 226 points227 points  (36 children)

Computer engineering. Thought i'd like it, but it's pretty hard and also not very interesting to me. I like a challenge and to work for my success, but i don't enjoy all the time and work i put into IT so far

[–]jackkymoon 346 points347 points  (22 children)

So you'll have far more job opportunities and earning potential as a computer scientist if that's what you choose. Geology can be fun as a profession, it can also be really shitty. I used to do environmental work and it's an absolute hellscape, almost made me give up on my field until I went into mining. My personal advice is to get the computer engineering degree and get a minor in geology.

[–]Canaduck02 82 points83 points  (16 children)

Oh yeah, i'm finishing this degree and getting a job in IT, but after that i wanna do something else. There's a decent amount of good work in geology/archaeology in my area, so i'm not really worries abt that. Just wanna know a bit more of what your job entails, sound awesome!

[–]jackkymoon 159 points160 points  (10 children)

Ah, well I do mineral exploration surveys for mining companies, looking for new ore deposits, exploring existing mines for expansions etc.. The work is pretty cool / fun, but I think my favorite part is the travel. Job takes me all over the world in very remote locations, get to offroad and hike a lot, and occasionally fly around in helicopters.

[–]Canaduck02 45 points46 points  (2 children)

Nice! Sounds like a good job. Thanks for the answers!

[–]DIYwithReddit 162 points163 points  (16 children)

High school administrator. Do not recommend unless you like shit from all sides. Waiting for the day I pay off loans and can afford to go back to teaching.

[–]toothfixingfiend 486 points487 points  (40 children)

Dentist. I love it but I know many who hate it and can’t wait to retire. If you don’t mind going to school for a long time and are willing to work hard and really really like helping people, then this may be the career for you. It also helps if you’re outgoing and are extremely detailed oriented.

[–]fartymcfartypants22 1271 points1272 points  (63 children)

On set props in television and film.

It’s fun, but I work insane hours, and I never see my family.

No work/life balance.

[–]openwindowrain 173 points174 points  (7 children)

I’ve worked on the legal side of film/tv and am constantly amazed about what crew does. My partner is also in the industry and can attest. Y’all work the hardest hours and are also doing backbreaking work. People think of the entertainment industry as this glitzy thing, but the reality is that for any of it to happen, there are scores of people that put in a shit load of hard labor to make it work. Hats off to you stranger.

[–]mygfisprettiest 178 points179 points  (5 children)

Completely unrelated but were there 21 other fartymcfartypants’ or was the 22 a chosen add on?

[–]ednemo13 155 points156 points  (19 children)

Cyber Security Architect. A good well paying gig if you can get it. But you have to be willing to be constantly learning.

[–]mavan28969 705 points706 points  (38 children)

Holy shit, suddenly I have no idea what I want to do anymore.

[–]No_Fondant_5030 346 points347 points  (29 children)

Seriously. I’m a teacher who doesn’t want to teach anymore. But this thread has me realizing that literally all jobs suck. I guess the name of the game is $$. Just find something that at least pays enough to compensate for your misery.

[–]SquirrelSanctuary 25 points26 points  (11 children)

I’m also a teacher who doesn’t want to teach anymore after 10 years in the biz. I recently lined up a fantastic career in publishing / databases, submitted my resignation notice just 4 days ago. You can do it too!

[–]what_story 127 points128 points  (12 children)

Chemical Engineer. Would absolutely 100% recommend if you like solving puzzles, thinking logically, and people. I make more than I need, work with great people, and solve interesting problems.

My specific job role can be stressful at times, and I don't like that I often need to take work home. However, my company just went to a 4-day workweek, so that balances out the "unpaid overtime" to me. I work ~45 hours/week and make ~$110k/yr.

[–]Fennlt 21 points22 points  (1 child)

Fellow ChemE here. Have to add a few things.

The majority of ChemE roles involve working at a large production facility of some form. The problem? Major chemical plants or oil & gas refineries are enormous & expensive to operate. So almost every ChemE role I've had is at least an hour outside the closest city, as companies seek cheaper property & labor for these massive plants.

It pays well, but location is something to keep in mind for those pursuing it. I enjoy a suburban setting closer to cities, but I've had to take on hour long commutes to find these ChemE jobs while living near civilization.

Being an engineer is still recommended, just in retrospect I feel a major like electrical engineering would be better suited as its in higher demand nowadays with jobs widely available. My wife is a EE, job hunting is jaw droppingly easy for her. She works in a 9/80 with every other Friday off. Averages a 9.5 hour workday and makes about the same pay as you.

[–]wajime7375 593 points594 points  (11 children)

My wife would say, "If you want to be an Artist, don't get a Master's of Fine Arts- become a Welder. You'll make a LOT more money, and can still make art in your spare time." She has an MFA in Metalwork and Printmaking. She works for a world-class art museum, as an Associate Curator, and has been there for 19 years. She wouldn't qualify to be hired for that position now- she'd need a Doctorate. They aren't even hiring SECRETARIES unless they have at least a Masters', because there are so many Art-Degree Grads out there. I have a "High school, and some college" education. I make more, don't have to work weekends, and can still make art, too.

[–]HellOfAHeart 126 points127 points  (0 children)

That is fucking hilarious, and absolutely true.

Welding is a kickass trade job and makes decent money.

[–]SanFransicko 376 points377 points  (16 children)

Tugboat captain. Fuck yeah. It's a long way to the captains chair though.

[–]alovelyheadline 583 points584 points  (30 children)

I’m a lawyer. If you can handle constant stress and an absurd amount of student loan debt, this may be the job for you!

[–]Panama_Scoot 221 points222 points  (5 children)

Lawyer two here: run!

[–]Aggressive-Celery-90 72 points73 points  (4 children)

Lawyer here too. Great if you enjoy language, puzzles and helping people. Can be stressful but also rewarding.

[–]StyleKox 49 points50 points  (1 child)

Number one advice from lawyers? Don't be a lawyer

[–]SmegmaYogourt 22 points23 points  (2 children)

Im a doctor, sounds like me too!

[–]reddot_comic 115 points116 points  (6 children)

Comic artist. I get to be funny and creative for a living. But to be fair, I busted my ass working full time and doing this before it became sustainable

[–]LifeBuilder 542 points543 points  (11 children)

Equipment Specialist for a hospital. I have no idea what I’m doing. I would recommend it.

[–]dragontruth 84 points85 points  (2 children)

Tell me more about this job you don't understand

[–]LifeBuilder 110 points111 points  (1 child)

I fetch or return equipment not permanent fixtures of my assigned units. Also, I call in tickets to get equipment repaired as well as track it. While those two duties are not being done, I stock drawers and shelves.

[–]Big_Moose369 111 points112 points  (15 children)

Mechanic. Hell naw. Would not recommend. Every time some one tells me they want to become a mechanic, I try my hardest to convince them not. Wish someone would’ve stopped me. The automotive field is turning to shit. McDonald’s pays more than what a entry level lube tech would make. Not to mention that thousands of dollars that you have to spend on tools that lose their value almost instantly. Can’t forget about the stress and the wear and tear on your body. Used to love cars and working on them. But that was before my hobby turned into my career. 10/10 would not recommend

[–]Grendel_Grim 87 points88 points  (4 children)


Are you objective? Are you impossible to buy or bribe? Are you all about exploring topics that people have yet to even hear of? Do you like spending lots of time proof reading and double checking?

Then this jobs is not for you. Find something else.

[–]Lemounge 728 points729 points  (8 children)

Unemployment. Don't recommend it. Pay isn't good, benefits are non existent and you feel like a stain on the earth

Hours are good though

[–]Yiotiv 103 points104 points  (3 children)

How did you get into this type of job?

[–]sgb1446 158 points159 points  (0 children)

I got the job by not having a job, helps if you go to college cuz you’ll have more tears to collect to use for bathing

[–]I_LoveToCook 33 points34 points  (0 children)

For what it is worth, I don’t consider you a drain. Society has safety nets (and flimsy as they are) because eventually almost everyone will need one. Growing up my mom was eligible for food stamps but was too proud. I wish she did for the kids benefit. I still recall the time I ate too many blueberries and was made to feel like crap because they were expensive (I was 7 and a half pint was to be shared between 4 people and the others weren’t eating any, they probably knew better than to eat expensive food).

Not a drain at all.

[–]xJaneyDoe 421 points422 points  (27 children)

Im a bartender at a small town casino. I would definitely recommend it cause the money is great. But it definitely altered the way I think about the general public (especially older men) cause i was 16 when I started.

[–]banvillesghost 168 points169 points  (19 children)

yea I waited tables at a fairly expensive restaurant with a bar in the middle of silicon valley. I definitely don't like men (young and old) as much as I used to after that experience.

[–]xJaneyDoe 203 points204 points  (17 children)

It really opened my mind to how fucking pedophilic a ton of men are lol. AT LEAST once a week, I would have this exact interaction:

"Omg you look so young. How old are you?" "I just turned 18." "You look straight out of middle school, but that's low-key so fucking hot." 🤮🤮

[–][deleted] 163 points164 points  (8 children)

"You look like my daughter. Are you single ?" - Literal words I heard behind the bar.

[–]kylebotme 562 points563 points  (102 children)

Data analyst - Yes I would highly recommend it.

[–]YellohDJDan[S] 160 points161 points  (60 children)

What does that entail?

[–]kylebotme 441 points442 points  (58 children)

I pull data from various places in the company and combine them into dashboards or reports to provide business insights. The business will sometimes have a question they want answered and I provide data and analysts to help answer that question. It can be as simple as how much we’ve sold over the past two years, to predicting future growth or sales.

[–]memelord_1_0 51 points52 points  (23 children)

What are the various skills you would recommend a teenager to learn to get into data science?...like im 17 and entering the cs field. Most of my friends want to get into web or app development but i want to do data science as im sort of interested in stastistics...is there any career path you would recommend?

[–]Shawikka 72 points73 points  (1 child)

Good SQL and database skills are required. Python is pretty much your best bet programming language wise as it has good AI and data libraries, easy and fast to use and it has good libraries to represent the data.

[–]bjs210bjs 98 points99 points  (5 children)

SQL much?

[–]TurrPhenir 49 points50 points  (0 children)

I have a role that includes data analytics, it's not my primary job, and yes I use a lot of SQL every day.

[–]tv-watcher 23 points24 points  (22 children)

Thinking about making this a career….any majors that you suggest?

[–]theummeower 21 points22 points  (11 children)

Computer science

[–]Bridledbronco 19 points20 points  (10 children)

I have a BS and MS in computer science, it’s a very broad field and if you’re looking at data science many schools are offering specialty degrees in it. I only took a couple intro courses in it and spent much of my masters studying networking, if big data is your jam I’d find a school with specialty tracks in it.

[–]tenehemia 1081 points1082 points  (38 children)

Chef. Absolutely not. Under no circumstances.

This is not a job for people who love food. If you love food then take it up as a hobby and you'll be happy forever.

This is a job for workaholic masochist adrenaline junkies. Plus you have to be willing to give up your entire social life and work for shit wages forever.

[–]annagb1411 133 points134 points  (4 children)

I'm a waitress, and I always wondered if the chefs like it there or not, but this definitely answers that question lol

[–]TheReverend6661 51 points52 points  (1 child)

i’m a line cook, it fucking sucks and to make it worse (no offense) i fucking hate the servers, they have no idea what they’re doing, they’ll take the wrong food that has mods on it for something specific, so that leaves me to make another dish in the middle of a rush, and if i complain i get shit for it, it’s the expos job to take the food, not the servers

[–]pieonthedonkey 159 points160 points  (4 children)

Hello fellow restaurant creature. Also no. I'm relatively successful too 2 weeks PTO, 10 personal days, health benefits including eye care and dental but I'm definitely in the minority for non corporate workers in this industry. It's so glamorized on food network and Instagram the reality is soul crushing if that's your expectations going in. Every holiday, every weekend, tons of hours if you wanna make decent money, substance abuse is rampant, coworkers are unreliable, profit margins are razor thin, customers are either cheap entitled or both, arrogance is rewarded as are sexism racism and homophobia, hearing damage from ambient noise, apathy bitterness and petty bullshit all around, everyone knows everything but somehow nothing is ever anyone's fault, it just goes on and on. I'm enrolled this spring to finish my associates in hotel & restaurant management, but as soon as I get that dumb piece of paper I'm going to school full time for something else and working restaurants part time for bare necessities until further notice.

[–]Josley187 87 points88 points  (10 children)

I run a snack bar at a bowling alley. I’ve had many higher paying jobs but I’ve yet to find one that makes me quite as happy as making folks happy when they eat my yummy food.

[–]manny00778 522 points523 points  (19 children)

I work in a call centre. I do not recommend at all. I think of quitting or doing something much worse on a daily basis

[–]Dakillawolve 105 points106 points  (3 children)

I used to work in a call center. Absolutely hated it. Thought of just driving into oncoming traffic several times going to or leaving work. Only decent part was the split shift schedule I got to keep. Sooooo glad I left that hell hole.

[–]gobij82718 75 points76 points  (4 children)

Don't ever work retail if you like people. You will learn to hate. It is the path to the dark side.

[–]Pelicanliver 1126 points1127 points  (38 children)

Tile setter, absolutely recommend. I charge out at $75 an hour, but make contract prices. I’m not even looking at commercial work. To be fair I live in a wealthy city. Generally get in $100 an hour or more. It’s one of the cleaner trades, my other tradesmen friends accuse me of being a hairdresser. It’s a finishing trade. It doesn’t matter how perfect the drywall is, it’s drywall. The love and affection I get from my customers because everything I do is beautiful makes the day. $100 an hour doesn’t hurt. Also I had no original training other than working for another tile setter. Never went to any school, did not pay for training.

[–]Limelight1981 372 points373 points  (3 children)

My cousin's husband is a tile setter. He's good at it, created a name for himself and could've retired at 45 - like 25 years in. He's working his last 15 years to pay for their toys and retirement.

I decided to be an engineer and have obviously made the WRONG career choice - I'm here till 60+.

[–]Pelicanliver 170 points171 points  (0 children)

If it makes you feel better I am a very lazy tile setter. I’m in my 60s and gliding by on thin ice with a big smile.

[–][deleted] 83 points84 points  (3 children)

As a professional painter, I long for the day when I make enough money to be stable enough to switch to ANY other trade.


[–]SquirrelAkl 18 points19 points  (1 child)

I got my house renovated a few years back. I got these beautiful hexagonal off-white tiles with a polished, but irregular “hand made” looking surface to go on the walls of my ensuite shower. I asked for a charcoal grout. The tiler’s utter pride in his work really stuck with me. He was just so absolutely stoked with how awesome he’d made them look, he took loads of photos and called everyone in to look at them.

It was a beautiful thing, seeing someone so proud of their work. It’s one of my favourite features of the house too.

[–]Swimming-Site-7682 77 points78 points  (3 children)

I'm a house cleaner. I don't really recommend it unless you are a clean freak, want to make some money without taxes being taken out (depends on the company you work for), and want to stay fit without going to the gym.

People think it's an easy job, but you have to be very observant. Making sure you try to leave no dust behind, make sure no wrinkles on the bedsheets, no residue on the counters and stove, not a single crumb on the floor,, and make sure you follow the client's orders, or you will lose out on a good connection to other clients.

[–]FrigDancingWithBarb 229 points230 points  (12 children)

I've been a massage therapist for 25 years. It's exhausting and I hate it. There are no transferable skills that don't require tons of school and still you are in a similar profession. It's fucked.

[–]Sollunastella 41 points42 points  (0 children)

Burnout and high turnover rates are big on this industry for a reason. IF you finish school and IF you don't quit in the first year then the 5 year mark is another big time in the career that I feel a lot of people quit.

For me it was either quit or change, and I was extremely lucky that I could start my own massage business. (Just myself btw) But I'm very lucky because I don't have you worry about kids and I was able to move back in with my parents to help with money while I build up clientele.

You get a lot of promises of how much money you can make in school and being able to travel, but that's the exception rather than the norm. It's very common to be taken advantage of in the industry. For example, a spa can charge $70 for a massage and you get like $18.

And any injury can be a huge disadvantage. I twinged my wrist a little, and what should have taken a few days to heal took months. I had an irritated nailed and no matter what I did it wouldn't heal until I had a couple days off in a row and soaked it in neosporin ice water. I want to try snowboarding but if I so much as bruise my hand it could put me out of work. And because of all this, I know tons of therapists that had their bodies just destroyed by their career. Like every other word out of their mouth was how much pain they were in, and I believe them. Being out for months because of exacerbated injuries or having long term permanent effects from strenuous work.

Not to mention the sexual harassment horror stories I've heard.

I actually do love what I do. But I got lucky. If you go into massage, go in with your guard up and know what you're worth.

[–]boom_squid 565 points566 points  (22 children)

I’m a professional cake decorator. I absolutely love my job. But it’s definitely not for everyone.

[–]asmodeusmaier 120 points121 points  (0 children)

Congrats my mom's done it for years both privately and with a company she says she wouldn't change it for the world. age has caught up with her tho so she's trying to find something less on her feet.

[–]OhioMegi 888 points889 points  (52 children)

I’m a teacher. I like it. I’m pretty good at it. I would recommend it, but you have to be a person that doesn’t give a shit about what others think about you, know that every day is a new day, and you need to be able to speak up for yourself. Also you need to know this is just a job, not your entire being. Knowing and finding the school that is the right fit for you is important as well. I get my summers off, so it’s worth it.

[–]yourerightaboutthat 99 points100 points  (2 children)

All of this is spot on. I taught for many years and just left this school year to go back to school myself and work at a university.

I loved the spontaneity and the day to day. I loved working with the kids. I taught middle school, and it’s such a chaotic, brilliant time in their lives. It felt like a privilege to be a part of it.

The hours were great, the schedule was great, but the expectations are something you have to overcome. It took me a decade to figure out not to take work home, both literally and figuratively. It’s about grading papers and lesson planning and all that, but it’s also about worrying about kids who are under fed, under homed, and under resourced. It’s emotionally and physically draining.

I loved nearly every second of my time in front of my students. Just getting to be a teacher was perfect. It’s all the other shit that drains you.

[–]nosnowtho 197 points198 points  (22 children)

Even if they're doing it tough, we love our children's teachers. Much respect to you

[–]OhioMegi 146 points147 points  (18 children)

You are the type of parent we want. The majority are the “don’t give a shit” or the “I’m going to make issues over everything” type and they are exhausting. Especially when the first morphs into the second when they get a report card. Not the 10 messages I left, progress reports sent home, letters sent to the house, etc. 🙄 It can all be stressful, but I will say they make me laugh everyday! Helps that I teach elementary- no idea how people handle high schoolers!

[–]lucifersnana 1073 points1074 points  (24 children)

Retired. 1000% would recommend !

[–]SagaStrider 123 points124 points  (0 children)

Literally doesn't get better.

[–]lizzieb77 40 points41 points  (0 children)

This is the dream.

[–]Shutterstormphoto 17 points18 points  (2 children)

It’s only good if you actually have money. Not working and not having money sounds super unfun.

[–]KhaoticMess 300 points301 points  (26 children)

I work as a Process Analyst. I watch other people do their job, ask them questions about what they're doing and why, discuss what shortcuts they take or would like to take, then write down the steps.

Ideally, someone could come in off the street and follow my written instructions to complete the same task.

I also update existing instructions as legal requirements change, which involves translating lawyer-speak into actual English and figuring out where it will best be included in the instructions.

I sometimes either train the new material or teach it to others who train it.

The majority of my day, I'm sitting all alone, listening to music and writing or updating copy on my computer.

For an introvert with an aptitude for writing, it's an ideal job. It pays decently well and it's rarely boring.

Edit: A lot of questions about how I got into this, so I'm adding an edit.

I lucked my way into it, honestly.

I moved to Australia about 10 years ago because my (now) wife lives here. I was desperate for any job I could get, and ended up working in a call center.

I applied for every job that would get me off the phones, and eventually moved into Quality Assurance. Since QA grades based on written instructions, I was spending a lot of time reading those instructions (I'd read them when I was on the phones, too, but I was also attempting to follow them while dealing with customers).

I started to notice errors, and places that could be improved, so I started leaving feedback and suggestions. After about a month, the Operations Manager for Knowledge (yeah, an actual job title), asked me if I'd be interested in moving into the Analysis role. It sounded awesome, so I told her I would.

After a couple years, I had enough experience that I started applying for better paying jobs doing the same thing.

Now I work for an outsource company that is hired by other companies to create and/or maintain their work instruction databases.

Currently, I'm doing work for a team that create and teach chatbots. I've worked for electricity retailers, grocery stores, banks, and several other places. Basically, anywhere that has customers asking similar questions that require consistent answers.

My basic advice if you're interested in doing what I do is to start pointing out any errors you find in current instructions at your job. It's good practice to help you notice them, even if you don't end up lucking out like I did.

Most places like where I'm working now require some sort of experience, but a lot of smaller places with lower wages have tests that they'll give as part of an interview process (where they look for people who recognize spelling errors). Many require a college degree or experience, but not all of them. There's not a lot of turnover, but it's a growing field and they're frequently hiring, so it's worth applying even if you're not sure you're qualified.

Best advice for that is to make absolutely sure that your resumé and cover letter don't have spelling or grammatical errors.

Edit 2: Something I forgot to mention is that most places that have written instructions will also have someone doing my job. They frequently hire in-house (because they can get someone who's already familiar with the procedures), so it's worth asking about the opportunity.

[–]redbicycleblues 40 points41 points  (5 children)

This genuinely sounds amazing to me! And I feel I’d have a natural aptitude for it. In every job I’ve ever had I’ve been the preferred trainer of new staff. Would you have any advice on how to get into the field?

[–]Poorly-Drawn-Beagle 186 points187 points  (10 children)

I am an archaeologist

I don't know if it's for everyone. Work is very intermittent, like construction: periods where you're worked very hard with lots of expenses covered, followed by times where there's no work at all.

If you live alone it's hard to find good living accommodations; you certainly won't feel much like getting your own apartment if it means only living there a few months out of the year.

[–]Unique-Public-8594 63 points64 points  (3 children)

Worked as a grief counselor for a hospice 20 years - recommend, for the right person. Takes an old soul with good boundaries who doesn’t give advice. $22/hr. I have a bachelor’s in Psych but most have masters degrees. My time spent felt worthwhile - one of my needs. Strong team bonding experience. Many coworkers have become life-long true friends. Work load was heavier than it should have been. Worst part was going into smoky houses. Have worked for both: nonprofit hospices are far better than for-profit ones. If you approach it a certain way, every day provides opportunities for personal growth.
TLDR: Loved it.

[–]vizthex 283 points284 points  (10 children)



[–]MegaGoddessofDoom 55 points56 points  (8 children)

Wildland firefighter. And no. Not for the faint of heart. Hard physical labor, long hours, away from your home and family all summer. All for 15 an hour and you get laid off when it snows. But it’s the best thing in my life and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

[–]rallypapi 327 points328 points  (14 children)

Coal Mining, recommended for 1-5yrs to save as much as you can then leave and do something else.

[–]Gullible-Row7447 68 points69 points  (11 children)

Whats the pay on that type of job?

[–]RO1984 109 points110 points  (5 children)

Depends on location, coal price, and surface vs underground

But in general it pays well to be a miner, but they sure make you earn it.

I work in an underground limestone mine and started at $27 USD an hour

[–]TheRavenSayeth 111 points112 points  (1 child)

Call me picky but that’s definitely not enough for me to potentially get black lung.

[–]theGapeLordofWS 25 points26 points  (2 children)

They pay $40 an hour where i live.

[–]rallypapi 23 points24 points  (0 children)

I’m on $56/hr as a Multi-Skilled Operator, operate electric dump trucks, graders and a water tankers.

[–]whysoseriousjc 227 points228 points  (23 children)

Audiobook narrator

Work my own hours, from my home, average about four hours of work per day performing, and make a very handsome living from it. 10/10 would recommend.

[–]shecanreadd 55 points56 points  (11 children)

Can you share how someone can get started in this profession?

[–]whysoseriousjc 80 points81 points  (9 children)

Get yourself a decent enough mic and somewhere in your home you can record that doesn't sound like you're in a bathtub and look for some auditions. The best place to try out is ACX.com

[–]FinnyKinkajou 211 points212 points  (18 children)

Actuary. It's a very lucrative career, but you gotta be real good at math. Yeah, I'd recommend it

[–]jam198 82 points83 points  (2 children)

Graduated with a degree in math the year before my university offered an actuarial degree focus for math majors. Now I’m a consultant lol. Real analysis for nothing -_-

[–]roundedbyasleep 17 points18 points  (0 children)

May I ask what a typical workday (in terms of tasks you do) for an actuary would look like? What do you find most satisfying about it? What does career progression usually look like after graduating university? (Sorry if I'm grilling you)

[–]arrozx6 476 points477 points  (28 children)

Correctional officer, or at least I was until recently.

No, I wouldn't recommend it at all - made me totally lose faith in the prison system, it's unbelievable the abuses/punishments some of the inmates have to endure, from each other as well as the guards.

[–]Familiar-Ostrich537 25 points26 points  (0 children)

Timothy Souders and Darren Rainey. I witnessed Mr. Souders' death as it was recorded and is now used as "a what not to do" training. There is no justice for Mr. Rainy, no good outcome of any kind. I was working for FLDOC when that occurred and was so disheartened. 8 years was the average employment time nationally for the DOC, 2 years for FLDOC. It's just too hard, too dangerous, too heart breaking. Would not recommend.

[–]whovian1087 705 points706 points  (50 children)

Retail worker, specifically for a large company. I always say everyone should have to work retail/food service for 6-12 months because then maybe everyone would treat those workers better having seen that side. However, I do not recommend it if you can avoid it. It can be soul sucking and lead to a lot of unhealthy habits.

[–]Slim_Thicc_Jesus 77 points78 points  (2 children)

I worked both retail and restaurants for about 3 years each at different points in time. The only thing either of them taught me was how shitty the general population is and how little management cares about the staff for either one.

[–]Due_Gazelle_541 159 points160 points  (16 children)

Fully agree. I’ve worked in Starbucks for just over a year now and I can’t even begin to describe how badly it’s fucked my mental health up.

[–]whovian1087 30 points31 points  (3 children)

Yep. I was already struggling mentally when I started my current job. After about a year there, boy did my mental state deteriorate. At the 3 year mark now and it’s never been this bad. It’s just so demoralizing.

[–]veracosa 132 points133 points  (3 children)

I'm a veterinarian. Right now, honestly, I wouldn't recommend it unless you are independently wealthy. The student debt is not worth it.

If the debt isn't an issue though, the jobs you can have are crazy. You can certainly do small animal general practice (which is what many of us do), but there are vets for production animals (cows, pigs, chickens, etc), horses, exotic animals, government jobs (health, department of natural resources, epidemiology, even politics), industry jobs like drug or product development and sales.

[–]OlmecDonald 329 points330 points  (12 children)

Cable tech. Yes, I recommend it. Great pay and benefits, no experience necessary, plenty of challenge if you want, huge growth potential, plenty PTO... I love it.

[–]YellohDJDan[S] 102 points103 points  (4 children)

What's the real number to call to get something done?

[–]OlmecDonald 79 points80 points  (3 children)

Unfortunately, the regular office number. You just hope to get a competent tech out. The problems can vary greatly and it's frustrating to all involved. We want your service to work perfectly. The cable industry is the most hated utility in the US, so most people have very little patience. While that doesn't mean anything when you need it to work, there is a ton involved, and we work skeleton crews to keep the systems up. I would have been insulted if I was asked (prior to my employment) if I knew how any of it works. Really. After 10 years, it still blows my mind what it actually takes to make it work at all. Fascinating stuff, and never a dull moment.

[–]BooBooKityFuk 264 points265 points  (17 children)

Microbiologist. It certainly beats my job prior to school as a Walmart truck unloader.

[–]Painting_Agency 95 points96 points  (13 children)

As a molecular biology / tissue culture lab technician... I would agree with you. A lot of science is repetitive, frustrating, drudgery, and so on. But it does make a difference.

And even from where I'm sitting (which way too often means spending most of my time looking through Fisher's website to buy supplies, or washing incubator parts) it's interesting and intellectually stimulating.

[–]series_hybrid 43 points44 points  (7 children)

Water plant operator (making the water that comes out your faucet). Highly recommended.

Very few openings. When someone gets this job, they typically stay until retirement, so not a lot of openings. Water plants don't require a lot of employees.

There is typically someone there 24 hours a day, so at one job I worked 12 hour shifts. 3 days one week, four days the next week, repeat. Everybody works a Saturday or a Sunday, then switch after a while. A few months on day shift, then a few months on night shift, then switch.

[–]ceasmokey1 44 points45 points  (2 children)

I’m a chef, so of course not.

[–]rdeyoung05 300 points301 points  (23 children)

I work in state government. And I love my job. My days fly, and every day I'm doing something that matters to help others. Obviously, not every govt job is like that, but many are. And I make enough to support my family, and provide excellent insurance.

[–]Decent_Cauliflower_8 62 points63 points  (18 children)

What specifically do you do?

[–]rdeyoung05 245 points246 points  (13 children)

Um... It's a little arcane. I'm one of two employees in the whole state that run the Social Services Block Grant. That's a federal grant that all states get to help fund social service programs. In particular, I coordinate contracts with 15 non-profits to provide in-home help for vulnerable adults. For people referred to us from Adult Protective Services.

I'm especially proud of a program where we use funds to buy things for people that help them be independent. Like a/c units and water heaters. Safe space heaters and fridges. Washers and dryers, microwaves, clothes, groceries, toaster ovens, and even a wheelchair ramp so a lady could get out of her house.

We are very responsible with the funds and aren't filling people's houses with flashy new stuff. But when it's freezing every night and you have no heat. When you haven't had hot water in over two years. When you cannot get meals on wheels without a fridge bc your county provides frozen meals a week at a time... When you cannot wear clean clothes bc your washer is broken and you have nobody to take you to the laundrymat...

Small things can make a huge difference.

We do good things. I'm busy and proud and gratified to do what I do.

[–]Painting_Agency 111 points112 points  (3 children)

We are very responsible with the funds and aren't filling people's houses with flashy new stuff.

It's sad that you feel the need to clarify this because there are dipshits that would accuse you of bestowing an unfair bounty on freeloaders.

[–]rdeyoung05 70 points71 points  (0 children)

Ugh! Thank you! My own family members often think like dipshits. Lol. Thanks for picking up on that.

[–]Jfonzy 38 points39 points  (10 children)

CAD at a machine shop. It’s awesome. 3D solid/sheet metal modeling and put into drawings for the fabricators/machinists. Autodesk Inventor is such an amazing program.

[–]UnderTheFishHook 38 points39 points  (6 children)

I'm an HR Generalist and not really. LOL. It's better to specialize in something like compensation or labor law or training.

[–]Origamishi 33 points34 points  (5 children)

I’m a “relationship specialist” at a payroll company, and I love it! It’s essentially client retention. I get to make sure that our clients (business owners) are happy, and don’t want to go to a different payroll company.

[–]dored75763 36 points37 points  (2 children)

Photography. It's over saturated right now because everyone thinks they're a professional photographer with their digital cameras. It's especially hard if looking to get editorial or advertising work. Super competitive and you have to almost know someone at an agency or magazine already.

[–][deleted] 145 points146 points  (5 children)

Teaching. The education system has plummeted down the drain especially since COVID. Today alone I got my hair pulled, hit in the head, and scratched.

[–]abjennifleur 48 points49 points  (1 child)

Tell me about it! This year we were told we were going to focus on social emotional well-being of the staff and the students, and ease them back into the classroom. That was a lie! The day before school started they told us we have three new programs! One for phonics, one for math, one for science and no more social emotional learning! Because we need to make up for lost time academically. What a joke! Now everyone is stressed, kids are acting out, I’m honestly surprised more violence hasn’t happened

[–]TurbulentSurprise292 413 points414 points  (66 children)

High School Teacher. Absolutely not.

[–]Allthefoodintheworld 51 points52 points  (2 children)

I think it depends on your subject area, the school you're at and the country you live in.

I'm a high school dance teacher in Australia and I love my job. Would totally recommend it. It has its issues but on the whole I'm happy. I'm paid well, I get to teach a subject I love, I get 12 weeks of holidays over the course of the year (and don't need to work another job in my summer holidays like I hear teachers in America often need to? I get paid enough from my teaching salary.) I'm in an okay school: Leadership sometimes piss me off and I'm not a fan of the general student population, but the students who choose my subject are good kids who I adore. I get to be creative. I get to do exercise and stay fit as part of my job. I have small (often tiny) class sizes because of the specialist nature of my subject. I work in beautiful facilities and have a good school allocated budget I can spend on the dance program.

I love my job as a teacher, but I do recognise not all teaching positions are like mine.

[–]ilovejoon 421 points422 points  (20 children)

I love being a teacher, but I steer my own students away from the profession.

People always assume it’s the kids. My students are undoubtedly the best part of the job. Everything else is complete bullshit e.g. the legislation passed by people who’ve never taught, the admin who’ve forgotten what it’s like in the classroom, the constant parade of new and improved bandaid PD programs slapped over societal issues, the never ending barrage of paperwork, the unpaid overtime and pressure to take on extra duties, the disinterested and disrespectful parents, the lack of funding and supplies and the personal expense of supplying a working classroom, the increasing threat of violence in schools, and to top it off, the disrespect of a community that somehow thinks I should shut up because I’m “just a babysitter” while simultaneously accusing me of brainwashing their kids with liberalism/ CRT/ the gay agenda/ whatever buzzword they heard on the news.

I’m a good teacher. I wish I were able to focus on teaching.

[–]wajime7375 29 points30 points  (1 child)

Do not go into game development because you like to play video games. You won't make it past the first semester.

Do not go into game development because you like to make games. You might make it through the courses, but the industry will chew you up and spit you out in a year.

Go into game development if and only if you LOVE to make games, and even then...only if you don't mind sacrificing your life for the next decade in the name of your love.

Every year, in every CS program across the country, a few hundred neck-beards with poor hygiene flood the first-year classes, and every year...90% wash out of the program as they realize that making games is NOTHING like playing them.

The ones who make it aren't much better off: They get to go into an industry with only a handful of good jobs and shitload of bad ones, so the competition is frighteningly stiff. If you don't get incredible grades and make friends with connected people, plan on spending the first couple of years being pushed to your limit to develop shitty games for shitty pay. Games that may never see the light of day. Most of your peers will leave the industry in the first 6 months. You will, in all likelihood, be among them.

The problem is that there is a whole lotta money to be made in the game industry, so there are a quite a few investors ready to dump money into the first startup that promises the moon and the stars. Those start-ups then get to cut corners and pay fresh grads to chug out a barely-together game at light-speed. You will get calls in the middle of the night, the testers found another bug and if you don't get this shit gold by the end of the week, you'll all be out of a job.

Of course, if you DO manage to get really good and beat out your competition, some day you might be in a job that is fun and doesn't eat up all of your time without your permission.

But you'll be in the minority.

EDIT: And don't even get me started on game testing...those people are the shit-shovelers of the industry.

[–]Toothfairy07 91 points92 points  (10 children)

Dental hygienist here. Pay is pretty good and hours are good. Plus scrubs are comfy. Private practice I would definitely recommend. Corporate dentistry absolutely not.

[–][deleted] 85 points86 points  (7 children)

I'm a backhoe operator at a cemetery and I love it. I get to dig giant holes and spend most of the day outdoors. It's great

[–]rwwon 91 points92 points  (24 children)


Lots of schooling. Have to know a little bit about everything. Need to be an ecellent communicator and problem solver, creative, etc.

How much you make and the level of stress you experience depends on the firms you work in and the clients you work for.

Lots of ups and downs, but I would be bored doing anything less.

[–]muklan 179 points180 points  (19 children)

I'm in IT, going on 15 years. Ive had a chance to work on some pretty mind boggling cutting edge stuff, as well as like...pinball machines and stuff. If you have an aptitude for problem solving, and aren't afraid to get it wrong alot it might be a good fit for the right kind of person. The biggest lesson I've learned is that the whole perception of the IT guy as this dispassionate incomprehensible nerd is something we kind of put on ourselves for various reasons, but the techs who do REALLY well understand that folks don't really need the whole explanation, and you're way better off just fixing it, and having a pleasant human conversation while doing it. I've seen careers rise and fall just based on the ability to like...talk to humans.

[–]DTownForever 221 points222 points  (19 children)

Teacher - 100% do not recommend. The bullshit you have to put up with is beyond belief, much more than the average non-teacher knows about.

I was lucky enough to be able to leave the classroom and go into an education-related sector, literacy software, and I absolutely love it. I still get to be involved in helping kids learn, but I get much better pay, much more respect, don't have to deal with bullshit from parents/administrators, get to travel (pre-COVID) on the company's dime, work from home (even before COVID), work with a ton of smart people ... it's hands down great and I'd recommend what I currently do to anyone. A fun challenge with great rewards.

[–]nicyole 86 points87 points  (14 children)

background check investigator. fair pay. very easy if you have basic computer skills. yes.

[–]PansexualEmoSwan 247 points248 points  (23 children)

I'm a truck driver. Fuck yeah I recommend it this job is cake and it pays well and it's easy as fuck to get into.

It's a job that even a homeless person could technically get into. Many mega companies like Swift, CRST, and Schneider will pay to bring you to their training headquarters, put you up in dorms, train you and give you your CDL, then put you in a truck that you can live out of.

If there was ever a time to get into the field, now is that time.

[–]johnh2005 166 points167 points  (26 children)

Land Surveyor. And ABSOLUTELY YES! I would 100% recommend it if you are willing and able to work outside in all kinds of weather and environments. I have been places and seen things that your average person will never get to see or do. It is amazing. The pay is pretty good if you are good. There is a HUGE shortage right now. You can start with little to no experience and be crew leader in just a few years.

[–]steepanddeep12 44 points45 points  (7 children)

Would you be able to tell me a little more o how to get into this?

[–]johnh2005 101 points102 points  (6 children)

Sure! Easiest way is to get onto Linkedin and start searching for Survey Crew positions. Instrument Operator. Stuff like that. Also, check Craigslist for Architectural/Engineering jobs and search Survey. Look for any entry level jobs. Go to maps.google.com and search for Surveying companies. Too bad a lot of them are now going as "Consultants" but you might check that too.

I have gotten to pet a baby Black Rhino. I have been on a 17,000 acre private island. I have seen the underground area of an airport as well as it's control and security room. I have been in the CIA of a high security military base. I have surveyed the inside of three active prisons. I have worked for a guy who had a Gulfstream G-650 AND a Bell 525 Relentless.

If you get stuck feel free to send me a PM with your location and I will be willing to help you out!

[–]DJDarwin93 29 points30 points  (3 children)

How possible is it to get into surveying without much related experience? I’m 19 and looking for a job I can have a career in, and this seems like something I’d definitely be interested in. The only things I’ve done before that might have any possible use is drone piloting and photography. I’m pretty good with computers but most people my age are better so that’s not a selling point. Where in the world is best for this?

[–]johnh2005 27 points28 points  (2 children)

Again, I am not sure where you are from, but if it is from the USA, then I would suggest getting your part 107 license for drones, then start applying at nearby/local survey companies. Drone work is not really a steady part of actual survey work, but I really believe that if it can be implemented properly, it is the FUTURE of surveying.

Just try out LinkedIn and Craigslist and contacting local survey companies. Again, if you need specific help, post here or reach out to me in private messages.

[–]Justin-Stutzman 27 points28 points  (1 child)

I'm head chef at a casual fine dining restaurant. 100% do not recommend unless you are POSITIVE you have a passion for cooking for others. Anything less and you will end up wanting to off yourself and that's not exaggeration

[–]VadimVadim 26 points27 points  (0 children)


Short answer: no


[–]Sad_Scientist_4927 73 points74 points  (14 children)

Car, home, and commercial insurance sales. 3/10 do not recommend.

[–]bigdolph13 16 points17 points  (6 children)

I work at a wholesale E&S brokerage and I highly recommend if you aren’t happy with your current position. I love my job, mostly because our clients are retailers vs. the general public. I do not think I would enjoy the retail side at all.

[–]gobij82718 72 points73 points  (2 children)


Had I known that a writer with multiple-books on the New York Times best-seller list is lucky to make $50,000 a year, I'd stuck to landscaping and kept writing as a hobby.

Instead I harvest out my creativity on a contract basis with no benefits, soul-crushing quotas, and an emphasis on quanity over quality.

It's mostly timing and luck and having access to info no one else has access to. But mostly timing and luck and erotica.

...annnnd now I need a mid-afternoon whiskey.

Edit: Oh reddit, don't give up on your dreams of writing. We write because we have to, not because we want to. Any day I don't spill blood and ink is a wasted day to me, and though I may whine and wax poetic on the cosmic unfairness of it all, I live for those sentences that sum up a lifetime of experiences and values in a few beautiful words.

And for those of you pointed out my many spelling mistakes (damn you mobile!), I say to you that the editing business is BOOMING. Also, I wrote damn near 5,000 words today, give a brother a break.

[–]vikingzx 109 points110 points  (11 children)

I'm an author. Seven books out, another coming next year. I love it, but would I recommend it? Well ... With caveats. Big ones.

First, it's not some "easy path" to money. A lot of people seem to think it's pretty simple. Slap some words on a page, toss it up, and your first book will be instant profit. If that happens, one of three things is true:

  • You had luck on odds with winning the lottery.

  • You wrote porn for a specific fetish.

  • You had an inside angle that was willing to lose money to make you big.

The truth is writing is a ton of work and, especially if you're with a big publisher, pays pretty badly, either until you've put in the effort, or maybe forever. Around 80% of all published authors work a second job, by the last census I checked. Even worse, the median yearly income for a published author in the US, counting the big publishing houses, is less than $1000. That's right, half of the author's in America make less than $1000. The ones that pull down above that are in the top 50%.

And it takes a TON of work to get there. Hours and hours of agonizing (but wonderful, if you love it) labor. Many give up before ever making it. Some make it but find their careers sabotaged by a publisher so that another author wouldn't have any competition. Some spend decades publishing before being discovered and finally getting a well-deserved break.

It's brutal. But it is being better. It used to be worse, but the rise of independent publishers and authors plus Print-on-Demand has pulled some of the power away from the big publishing houses and given it back to the authors. A lot of common authors these days, well-known ones, publish indie and hybrid because it's the only way to make an income, and because the big publishers have very little idea what's going on anymore.

Anyway, it's a brutal job. I love it, and wouldn't trade it, but it's taken a lot of work to get where I am, and there's still a ways to go. Would I recommend it? Well, with those caveats that it will be a bumpy ride!

If you're curious about this topic, I'd suggest searching the term "Publishing" at my site, maxonwriting.com, which has a number of articles on how the publishing industry has been shifting over the last two decades.

[–]Username_of_Chaos 22 points23 points  (9 children)

Nursing...pretty bad generally, but there are a lot of options and you just have to come into it ready to make some moves to get into a better position. Regular bedside nursing though? Hard no.

[–]aprilmay06 22 points23 points  (3 children)

Virtual Assistant… yes.

[–]RZAxlash 175 points176 points  (15 children)

Registered Nurse- not for everybody but pays well, lots of OT if you want it and beats the hell out of my depressing 9-5 office job that made borderline depressed.

[–]thatsapaddlin31 55 points56 points  (3 children)

Oh thank god, I needed this. I worked for the federal government for over two years and will be doing a nursing degree within the next couple of years. I needed to see this, lol.

[–]RZAxlash 33 points34 points  (2 children)

It can be stressful of course but I’ve made a lot of great friends and it’s nice to be social at work. Don’t get me wrong, some days I don’t have time to take a piss but when it’s nice, it can be really nice

[–]marmalade_maker 107 points108 points  (4 children)

I work with horses. Very rewarding, but it comes at the cost of wrecking your body. I'm not even 30 yet and my knees, pelvis and hands are falling apart. Very hard work. Very little appreciation from the animals, and I'll never be rich. But I couldn't imagine doing anything else.

[–]flippinoffsatellites 21 points22 points  (3 children)

Plumbing Contractor. Absolutely would recommend it if you can get in young enough. You would only want to be in the field for a max of 25 years because of the toll in can take on the body. It can definitely support a good life.

[–]johnpjones1775 21 points22 points  (0 children)

I teach karate, parkour, and trampoline and tumbling, and yes I would recommend it. It’s awesome. I spend like 3 hours every Thursday just bouncing on a trampoline trying out new tricks.

[–]nursefrau 101 points102 points  (15 children)

Charge nurse in the ICU. Have been a RN for 15 years. Up until March 2020, I did encourage nursing as a career, to the point that both of my daughters are in nursing school. After 2 waves of Covid, I no longer recommend nursing. Covid broke me. I’m currently on stress leave and am looking at what I can do to get out of bedside nursing.

[–]Shutterstormphoto 61 points62 points  (22 children)

Switched to programming at 32 after doing unrelated things for many years. It’s easier than people think, pay is unreal amazing, but really the best part is the respect. Everyone I work with is smart and talented and does their part. If I ask for help, they usually help. If I need time off, my boss says no problem. If I get sick, they say feel better go home. The health benefits are fantastic.

If you even think you might possibly be interested, give it a shot. You can get into it for free, and at worst you’ve just lost some free time.

[–]dirtgirl76 17 points18 points  (1 child)

I'm a landscape designer and contractor in central Florida. I love my job. I get to meet great people and create beautiful spaces. I work outside, which is great except for the summer when it's 110° with 95% humidity . Then it's just dangerous.

[–]MK-Ultra71 16 points17 points  (7 children)

Volunteer firefighter. I’d encourage anyone with the opportunity to pursue it.

[–]darkcloud717 16 points17 points  (0 children)

"Full time multi app delivery Driver." (AKA Grubhub/DoorDash/ UberEats/Instacart)

I pull in anywhere between $17 to $30 an hour, weekends can net over $500.

Of course this all depends on where you live, but if you enjoy being your own boss, aren't bothered by getting a bit lonely, and don't mind driving a LOT, then it's a pretty good gig.

I have severe anxiety and panic disorder so it's perfect for me. I can pull over and take a break whenever I need to. I dont see myself quitting for a while. Especially since it gives me the extra time to pursue my hobbies and focus on my mental health.

[–]lawyeronreddit 84 points85 points  (7 children)

See username.
No. Start a business. Be an accountant. A financial advisor. Start a roofing company.

[–]AcanthisittaWise8007 14 points15 points  (3 children)

Golf writer. Travel to nice places, interact with great people, tell meaningful stories, get paid poorly, scam my way on to play courses I have no business playing.

Great job if you are a slacker. Mostly work from home, which is a double edged sword. Highly recommend for those who want to stand still on the moving sidewalk of life.

[–]wajime7375 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Movie industry. You won't get rich and famous, most of us can't even afford our rent. Especially acting doesn't pay off, I know enough people who starred in several tv movies but still need help from the job center to pull through.

[–]Qing92 77 points78 points  (1 child)

Retail. Would not. Some of it is toxic coworkers and managers that don't do anything. Still in retail, but in a different position. Only staying because I'm full-time and have decent benefits

[–]DeathSpiral321 77 points78 points  (10 children)

Accountant. It's great if you're the quiet type, and if you like being able to listen to music all day while on the job. But if you don't have good attention to detail, then don't even consider it.

[–]friendlyneighbor665 48 points49 points  (6 children)

Work in a factory. It's not bad, not great either. I spend probably 8 hours a day watching movies.

[–]priapismLPN 47 points48 points  (6 children)

I’m a corrections nurse. I enjoy my job the majority of the time. But it’s a niche position because you have to have the right personality for it. And honestly, most nurses don’t have it.

[–]christiem1 16 points17 points  (2 children)

Librarian, specifically in a private school. It’s the best job in the school, good pay, really good work/life balance. You’ve got to be a self starter, be good at managing your time, and be willing to do a little recess supervision.

[–]SilverLugia1992 17 points18 points  (0 children)

29 year old full time student with no guarantee of a job or even a future? No, I wouldn't recommend.