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Cool Jobs

Postby MiB24601 » Thu Feb 25, 2010 12:30 am UTC

There have been many threads as of late where people are trying to figure out what they want to do with their lives. Having bounced around with a few different professions, I'm not really at that point but reading those threads has made me curious as to what are some of the cool jobs that the forum-goers are doing and what's really cool about them.

Let's keep it to jobs that you've done yourself and where you've experienced the cool parts yourself. (No "you know what seems like a cool job?" posts. I've worked some of those jobs and it often doesn't actually pan out.)I want to see what people can come up with.
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Re: Cool Jobs

Postby Ivora » Thu Feb 25, 2010 1:17 am UTC

Chocolate factory owner.

*Drools..................*

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Re: Cool Jobs

Postby Paranoid__Android » Thu Feb 25, 2010 2:17 am UTC

Soldier, it's pretty high up there.

Edit: just to clarify, I'm not a soldier.
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Re: Cool Jobs

Postby Ivora » Thu Feb 25, 2010 2:19 am UTC

Paranoid__Android wrote:Soldier, it's pretty high up there.


Pffft. :roll:

Dying for a cause is so uncool.

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Re: Cool Jobs

Postby SurgicalSteel » Thu Feb 25, 2010 3:36 am UTC

I like how no one has paid attention to MiB's last paragraph. Anyways, a job I once had that was pretty cool was being a flash developer for a small team with a big contract. The team was only about 6-10 people large but our contract was with lockheed martin and through that the United States Navy. The hours were really long, and sometimes the job was beyond frustrating. But the size of the team meant most of us got pretty close, and the size of the contract meant we were making lots of money.
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Re: Cool Jobs

Postby Paranoid__Android » Thu Feb 25, 2010 3:42 am UTC

Sorry, I fail at reading.
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Re: Cool Jobs

Postby psychosomaticism » Thu Feb 25, 2010 4:40 am UTC

Does being a student count as a job? I like learning, but the pay isn't great. In fact, as an undergrad, they don't pay me at all. but they said they're double it next semester...

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I'm going into Aviation as a Pilot...
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Re: Cool Jobs

Postby Zohar » Thu Feb 25, 2010 8:45 am UTC

Ivora wrote:
Paranoid__Android wrote:Soldier, it's pretty high up there.


Pffft. :roll:

Dying for a cause is so uncool.

Yeahhhhh... because all soldiers deal with combat, and they all die. I was a solider (obligatory three-year service, not as a job) and some of my best moments in life were then.
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Postby Baldur » Thu Feb 25, 2010 8:55 am UTC

Zohar, you're dead? Does this mean your one of those types? I...I don't know if we can be friends anymore...
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Postby Zohar » Thu Feb 25, 2010 8:59 am UTC

Hey, I thought you were into zombies! Aren't you glad I love you for your mind, not your body?
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Re: Cool Jobs

Postby Promac » Thu Feb 25, 2010 10:09 am UTC

I used to work with robots in a BMW plant near Munich. That was a cool job.

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Re: Cool Jobs

Postby Plasma Man » Thu Feb 25, 2010 10:21 am UTC

I think that my job, working in Nuclear Medicine, is pretty cool. I get to inject radioactive pharmaceuticals into people and run scans to see different organs of the body. It does have its frustrating and stressful moments, but this is more than balanced out by getting to meet interesting people and the warm glow that comes from helping people. I've been working here for more than 6 years now and I can easily imagine myself working here until retirement.
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Postby Hawknc » Thu Feb 25, 2010 10:22 am UTC

My specific job isn't terribly interesting (I spend half my day working with Excel and the other half managing my inbox). The result of what I do, though, is cars (or pieces thereof) being crashed, smashed, twisted, stretched, heated, frozen, slammed and otherwise pushed beyond their limits, which is decidedly more fun to be involved with.

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Re: Cool Jobs

Postby Sungura » Thu Feb 25, 2010 1:34 pm UTC

I worked at Cookies by Design as a decorator and boquet assembler for almost four years. Saturdays were the best day to work because we were closed on Sundays, so all cookies not used on Saturday we all got to split up and take home. :D Bad part about it was having a snipity boss and no one there went to college so I'd get yelled at for taking a Saturday off to take ACT's or something.

Next job I had was cool too - worked in the lab at Oxford Biomedical Research for four years. Started as a lab aid (wash dishes, make buffers, stuff like that) worked up to independent research. I learned most everything I know about lab techniques there, I've only picked up a few animal surgery types and PCR and real time RT-PCR at grad school. Which...are like three of a ton of techniques I know. Although I'm glad to add the PCR to it. That was a great job all around. Walking distance from my house actually, and I got as much freedom or as much help as I needed with my projects. The only downside was again, management...my boss didn't stay consistent with people even though there is an employee manual that spells things out, and he was not the greatest with money/investment. But overall, a much better boss than at CbD and it was a great place to work (in fact, I wish he had money to hire me back temp for a few months, which he would in an instant if he had the cash.)

Now I'm a graduate student. Long hours, high expectations, little pay. That's the bad part. The good part is, I like the research. The bad part is, of course I have to spend time in classes and half the research is reading and stuff like that. I much preferred OBR or a research assistant type position where you just get to play in the lab and don't have to worry about it if the results aren't what you hoped and you don't have to worry about reading every bit of literature and all the other hoops grad students jump through. I...really don't like it. Shame, I always /wanted/ this, from a kid even, but I guess at least I learned that it's not for me.

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Postby Baldur » Thu Feb 25, 2010 1:53 pm UTC

Zohar wrote:Hey, I thought you were into zombies! Aren't you glad I love you for your mind, not your body?

Dammit, this changes everything! You're not the person I thought you were. You're not even a person, full stop! I just...I-I'm sorry, Zohar.
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Re: Cool Jobs

Postby Zohar » Thu Feb 25, 2010 2:17 pm UTC

At first I was like "BRAINNSSS!!! :D" but then I was all "Braiiinnnss... :("
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Postby Mokele » Thu Feb 25, 2010 2:43 pm UTC

My coolest job so far has been as reptile caretaker at an exotic pet store, dealing with ~200 species ranging from common to rare, harmless to potentially lethal. Not the most satisfying or something I'd want to do for the rest of my life, but it's been the source of a lot of cool stories and scars, as well as a pretty substantial increase in my exotic animal handling skills.
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Re: Cool Jobs

Postby SlyReaper » Thu Feb 25, 2010 4:31 pm UTC

My current job is doing systems design on missile systems for the British Armed Forces. I think that's pretty cool. I'm doing work on one of our more recent pet projects, Fire Shadow.
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Postby PictureSarah » Thu Feb 25, 2010 8:01 pm UTC

I've had a few cool jobs.

The first one was a lowly work-study job, but I worked in the Museum of Fine Art Boston's painting conservation laboratory. They took x-rays and infrared images of the paintings for conservation purposes (to see if there had been previous restorations, if there was deterioration that wasn't visible, etc.), and I scanned the x-ray plates (I had to do two scans for one plate, and some paintings had 20-30 plates, they were so large), and digitally stitched them together in photoshop, to re-create an entire x-ray or infrared image of the painting. It was kind of a boring job, but working in the painting conservation lab and getting to see all the paintings being restored every day was AWESOME.

The second one was as a still photographer on a movie set. I took pictures of the scenes as they were being filmed, and just the activity that went on on set, for continuity, publicity, and documentation purposes. It was a hard job. I had to be pretty much silent, and also had to work from 7 AM - 7 PM 6 days a week, and I had to work with a kind of high-strung crowd (film crew from Los Angeles)....but they pay was pretty good ($175/day), and it wasn't a boring job.

The third is the job I do now. I'm a home visitor for Early Head Start. I go into people's homes and support their parenting by doing weekly lessons in child development and bringing activities for them to do with their children. I also hook them up with local resources when they're needed. It's a pretty rewarding job. The pay, however, is shit.
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Postby You, sir, name? » Thu Feb 25, 2010 8:24 pm UTC

There's a truck that comes and refills my university's liquid nitrogen tank every week or so. That's a -very- cool job.

Working in cold storage is also pretty cool. And making ice-cream.
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Re: Cool Jobs

Postby freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen » Thu Feb 25, 2010 9:20 pm UTC

The coolest jobs are classified...... 8)

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Postby TheKrikkitWars » Thu Feb 25, 2010 11:37 pm UTC

I'm a self-employed Raft Guide, which is kind of a cool job, and certainly better than being a Monkey (aka Salaried Guide/General Dogsbody).

The pay is astronomical (£108 on a busy day), the hours acceptable (8.30 to 5.00) and the actual work is a lot of fun, after all the other 7 people on the raft are paying to enjoy it. The best bit is the strange sense of community between the guides (and the management too, did I mention my boss is my landlord).

Has its downsides too mind, how much work comes your way is determined by the weather, the water company and who wants to go rafting, so sometimes there are months with no work at all, and being on the river for 9 hours leaves you physically and mentally exhausted, even more so when you crew is either physically weak, very heavy or intent on mucking about (which is by far the worst, because if they don't listen and hurt themselves or someone else you have to deal with it and you may well have to prove it was not your fault. I've seen a husband ignore a call to get down in the raft, only to be sent flying into his wife giving her a black eye...).

On a sunny day, with only My Boardies, PFD and Helmet on at the helm of a raft full of people having fun; I'm convinced I couldn't find a better job. (Though in the winter, freezing my ass off under a drysuit as hail smashes me in the face, I often wonder why I got up and shook of my hangover at six that morning to go to work).
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Re: Cool Jobs

Postby SlyReaper » Fri Feb 26, 2010 11:29 am UTC

freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen wrote:The coolest jobs are classified...... 8)


Actually, most classified jobs are really boring.
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Re: Cool Jobs

Postby You, sir, name? » Fri Feb 26, 2010 11:35 am UTC

SlyReaper wrote:
freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen wrote:The coolest jobs are classified...... 8)


Actually, most classified jobs are really boring.


I never find any good jobs in the classifieds.
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Re: Cool Jobs

Postby SlyReaper » Fri Feb 26, 2010 11:41 am UTC

You, sir, name? wrote:
SlyReaper wrote:
freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen wrote:The coolest jobs are classified...... 8)


Actually, most classified jobs are really boring.


I never find any good jobs in the classifieds.


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