What do you do? (Professionally)

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by thedeejay, Sep 23, 2014.


What is your annual (pre-tax) salary?

Poll closed Jan 21, 2015.
  1. <$30,000

    7 vote(s)
  2. 30,000-49,999

    5 vote(s)
  3. 50,000-69,999

    10 vote(s)
  4. 70,000-84,999

    2 vote(s)
  5. 85,000-99,999

    2 vote(s)
  6. 100,000-119,999

    6 vote(s)
  7. 120,000-149,999

    3 vote(s)
  8. 150,000-199,999

    2 vote(s)
  9. 200,000+

    7 vote(s)
  1. thedeejay, Sep 23, 2014
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2014

    thedeejay macrumors 65816


    Aug 16, 2012
    Toronto, Canada.
    Was just curious as to what our forum readers/members do on a day to day basis. Something I've always wondered. If you'd like to participate please post:

    1) What you do

    2) Type of job (optional if you don't want to give too much info)

    3) Job description

    4) If you like your job or not

    5) Salary (if you're not comfortable, vote on the poll)

    I'll start off:

    1) Clinical Research Associate (CRA)

    2) I work at a hospital. Not with the doctors, more of an office type of job.

    3) Work with a multidisciplinary team (Scientists, Some doctors, other CRA's) to collect data and publish papers according to research grants we get. Currently we're investigating factors that prevent people from being successful with weight loss

    4) Love it. Did my Masters in Science and decided research was the route I'd go

    5) 64,000CAD pre-tax.

    EDIT: Changed #2
    #5 is still optional. If you don't want to answer or don't want to poll, that's your choice.
  2. Peace macrumors Core


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    Since there's only one vote I'm guessing you haven't voted or you make less that 30k per annum for that degree.
  3. Scepticalscribe Contributor


    Jul 29, 2008
    The Far Horizon
    Hm. Reading your thread title, that is quite a bit of information you are requesting from people; indeed, the thread title does not quite convey the full flavour of the questions subsequently asked in the post.

    I'm curious to know why you seem to feel you need - or ought to receive - an answer to all of the questions asked.

    To my mind, the first and fourth questions are more than enough in a poll of this nature, especially if you wish to obtain a substantial number of people who will feel free to respond, with the third question optional. However, personally, I would consider answers to questions number two and five to be none of anybody else's business.
  4. bigjnyc macrumors 603


    Apr 10, 2008
    Fixed income trader for a major investment bank in NY. Love it! Knew I wanted to work in finance since my freshman year in high school
  5. RITZFit macrumors 65816


    Sep 16, 2007
    In my Corner
    1) Engineer
    2) ----------
    3) For 10 hours a day I either doodle in CAD or argue w/ other engineers
    4) Eh, it's alright
    5) I make enough to keep a roof over my head Drugs sales fund the Porsche in my driveway...
  6. yg17 macrumors G5


    Aug 1, 2004
    St. Louis, MO
    1. Software engineer
    2. A big one that most people hate
    3. I'm a code monkey. I write code
    4. No complaints
    5. I do alright
  7. Fzang macrumors 65816


    Jun 15, 2013
    Still studying on my final year of my master's degree :eek::eek::eek:

    About to do a thesis on nanoparticles, cancer and stuff. After that I suppose I'll have to get a job :p
  8. benthewraith macrumors 68040


    May 27, 2006
    Miami, FL
    Not going for a PhD?
  9. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    1. Marketing Director
    2. nope
    3. Oversee marketing (digital and traditional retail) team
    4. New position but liking it so far. Not happy with cramped offices but we are moving within a month.
    5. Enough where I don't have to worry about buying whatever I want and plenty to sock away for a nice comfortable retirement.
  10. Apple fanboy macrumors Penryn

    Apple fanboy

    Feb 21, 2012
    Behind the Lens, UK
    1) Hit man.
    2) Self employed.
    3) Kill people
    4) I love it!
    5) Depends on the victim.

  11. sonicrobby macrumors 68020


    Apr 24, 2013
    New Orleans
    1) Associate Mechanical Engineer
    2) Discrete Contracting Company
    3) Solidworks and AutCAD for design of products
    4) Love it
    5) Pretty good salary for a recent college graduate.
  12. Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    1) Engineer
    2) ---
    3) Manage a radio lab and the FCC, CE, etc certifications for a fortune 500 technology company.
    4) Yes. It's not the design work I went to school for, and some of the ISO requirements suck. But it's interesting, and I get my hands on all the toys before release (I like gadgets). And when there are design problems, and sales schedules, I'm not the one staying up til 2am fixing.
    5) ---
  13. sdilley14 macrumors 65816

    Feb 8, 2007
    Mesa, AZ
    1) Consumer Loan Underwriter
    2) A local credit union
    3) Review loan applications for cars, boats, motorcycles, home equity loans, home equity lines of credit, etc. Review borrowers credit, income statements, etc., and decided if we should lend our money to them. :)
    4) Like it, don't love it. Good company, good bosses, good co-workers.
    5) Right around $40k.
  14. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

    The Doctor11

    Dec 15, 2013
    New York
    1) High school
    3) Do a lot of ****
    4) Nope
    5) $0
  15. Carlanga macrumors 604


    Nov 5, 2009
    I made a lot in monopoly money last time I played. :p

    You need to put USD or whatever the currency you want to know or else things will be all over the place in the poll.
  16. malman89 macrumors 68000

    May 29, 2011
    Job #1
    1) Development Coordinator
    2) Social Services agency (non-profit)
    3) Basically batch donor transactions, donor acknowledgment letters, help with annual fundraising events. Also maintain a WordPress CMS based website for the agency.
    4) Love the people, not the job. It's really less on-hands and skills based compared to previous positions, mostly data entry sort of jobs. It was supposed to lead into more growth in the position, but it doesn't look like that'll be the case due to dept/agency constraints.
    5) $20,000 (salaried 0.6 FTE)

    Job #2
    1) Finance Associate
    2) Youth run-away/homeless shelter, social services agency (non-profit)
    3) Day to day bookkeeping, A/P, month end reconciliation, grant billings, etc.
    4) Love it. Hands on, more varied work, amazing place with amazing people.
    5) ~$13,000 (hourly, considering average hours x average weeks year)

    I am going back to school nearly full time for Accounting to pursue that career interest. I hope to find a full time accounting gig with my Associates (plus current/prior experience) and continue on with getting a second Bachelors in Accounting to land a real gig.

    I also ref ice hockey on the side for fun and spare cash. Probably make up to $2,000/year with that.
  17. TwoBayDude macrumors newbie

    Sep 24, 2014
  18. Fzang macrumors 65816


    Jun 15, 2013
    PhDs are overrated and largely for people who have some kind of dream subject they simply must research and afterwards get their name tags on high-impact papers for others to envy. I also have no desire to partake in classroom teaching as is required of PhDs.

    Master students are younger and require, by law, lower payment. This makes them more "malleable" by companies that don't always find it useful that you spent another 3 years of your working life doing something unrelated to the company's goals.
  19. mobilehaathi macrumors G3


    Aug 19, 2008
    The Anthropocene
    It might shock you to learn that some of us aren't really into making others envy us.
  20. thedeejay, Sep 24, 2014
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2014

    thedeejay thread starter macrumors 65816


    Aug 16, 2012
    Toronto, Canada.
    With the current trend at least in Toronto, PhD's are over saturated, under paid, over worked and have almost no jobs available. I just finished my Masters last year and I got the vibe that a lot of employers were saying, 'Why pay for a PhD when a Masters graduate has the same scope AND we can pay them less as their expectations are lower as they have lower education' (than that of a PhD student).

    Also the fact that I don't really want to teach helps. However, if you're thinking of doing research (of any sort) then I'd suggest getting publications (regardless of the IF). It helps your CV. Well it does in my field, anyways.


    I think that this is taken the wrong way in the sense that it's not to say that how much you make or where you work matters but I'm curious what the members of this community consist of. Many people might say I don't make much in comparison to them but hey, whatever. As long as you're happy right. Plus this is just a question/poll for fun. Which is why I stated it's optional. For example: I'm sure there are enough people here who make more than others but who really cares. I just thought it would be cool to see. I respect your opinion of your choices for 2) and 5) which is fine. Also I'd rather people participate and not answer as opposed to not participate so options are always a choice.

    I don't think I should receive all the answers but ones that people wish to post. Also for example: If you say "I do marketing for a big company" or I work at Apple and do Software dev. There is no way I or anyone would be able to figure out where you live, or who you are. But I do understand privacy and all that.

    Anyways all I'm trying to say is...Answer any question you can, feel free to ignore what you don't want to answer. And it's nothing serious. Just was curious. Plus I'm sure some have wondered the same thing (may be a small minority but I'm sure some can):)
  21. Fzang macrumors 65816


    Jun 15, 2013
    What do you mean? I'm not entirely sure how corporate research works (how could I?) but I assume as in any other field the amount of work you do in a certain position will help your CV. Some people write "senor executive key managing strategist resource manager" and some people write their times cited. Regardless of what I'm going to do after earning my degree, it's probably not going to be "nothing". Doing "stuff" helps your CV. Luckily we don't all have to go to Zimbabwe (no offense intended) during our study in this field, to get a job.

    It might shock you that China (where I live right now) is ALL about that. ;)
  22. mobilehaathi macrumors G3


    Aug 19, 2008
    The Anthropocene
    Are you only capable of painting broad strokes?
  23. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    1) infrastructure specialist/PeopleSoft administrator.
    2) I'd rather not say
    3) I manage servers and a number of enterprise applications
    4) Mostly yes
    5) I'd rather not say.
  24. Melrose Suspended


    Dec 12, 2007
    1) Search Engine Optimization
    2) Moi, Inc.
    3) I take money from high paying clients and make their site go up on Google. Sometime I also make their competitors' sites go down
    4) Love it. Since it's mostly data, I can work from a small laptop anywhere I plug in. Plus, "Local SEO" doesn't mean I have to live locally to charge for it.
    5) I just may not tell you that. I have a handful of sites I own that rent out for $700-$1000 a month, others gather leads that I then sell off.

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