What is your profession?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by SPNarwhal, Jul 11, 2012.

  1. SPNarwhal macrumors 65816


    Apr 22, 2009
    What does it consist of exactly?

    How did you get into it?

    What type of schooling does it require?
  2. Intell, Jul 11, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2012

    Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    Apple certified technician. I diagnose and fix broken Apple things up to 14 years old. I submitted my resume to a local company that needed an "APPLE Expert". Got the position. Lots of Apple workshops and other nonsense courses were required Company paid for all of them but the starting ones.
  3. eric/ Guest


    Sep 19, 2011
    Ohio, United States
    Currently a student, but will be an industrial and systems engineer.

    Requirements: be a huge nerd and a BS in ISE.

    May pursue my masters. Dunno yet.
  4. WRP macrumors 6502a

    Jul 20, 2011
    Video Producer/Editor
    - I made crappy skate videos growing up with a hi-8 camera and figured I could be happy doing that for a living.
    - I went to college for it.
    - Went and cut my teeth making ski and snowboard films for a well known company.
    - Moved home years later and became freelance.
    - Hated the freelance hustle after years and took a good position for a big market research firm creating their production dept.
    - I am happy.
  5. Shrink macrumors G3


    Feb 26, 2011
    New England, USA
    Clinical Psychologist.

    I was a philosophy major (metaphysics) my first year of undergrad but I decided I wanted something with more direct impact on others. This is not to suggest the study of philosophy does not have profound effects on the individual, but I wanted something with a more interpersonal impact.

    To be Licensed one must have a Doctorate in clinical psychology from a graduate program accredited by the american Psychological Association.Grad school takes about five years, unless you screw around like I did, and it took MUCH longer! When I earned my degree, a Ph.D was it. That was before the Psy.D was developed, which is also acceptable for Licensure. After completion of the Doctorate, and 1 or 2 years experience, one can sit for a national exam, leading to state licensure. In Mass, only licensed psychologist can use the title "Psychologist", which is regulated by statute. Anyone can call themselves a "psychotherapist", but only one with a state license can be called "Psychologist".

    I have done a very wide variety of practice foci, currently I'm working with geriatric patients in Nursing Homes.
  6. rick snagwell macrumors 68040

    rick snagwell

    Feb 12, 2011
    oceanside, ca
    firefighter/paramedic in san diego county, california

    EMT for 3 years
    Medic for 6 years

    was a reserve firefighter for 3 years, then finally hired full time.
  7. Dagless Suspended


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    Creative director at a game studio my girlfriend and I run.

    Basically I just write up game concepts and GDDs, float them along to whoever will take them, direct the project and adjust as we go, then get wheeled out to shows and expos. Or help direct/produce/guide other studios games. Wouldn't trade it for anything.

    Training+education? It was a hobby since I was like 6 or 7 and I used that passion to force my way in. I have college and uni degrees in graphic design, but it doesn't really help my job.
  8. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    IT work (I usually fall into IT Generalist positions which are all kinds of different things).

    Training: Self taught mostly although I have 7 years of college and a degree and roughly 12 years of IT experience.

    I'd really like to do support in a film or game studio and I'd REALLY like to switch professions to a technical director or technical director assistant but I can't seem to escape my IT rut.
  9. iJohnHenry macrumors P6


    Mar 22, 2008
    On tenterhooks
    Drunkard, but it's more of an avocation than an occupation.

    I also do other stuff, but that doesn't pay very well. ;)
  10. SlasherDuff macrumors 6502a


    Apr 7, 2008
    Gator Country
    Musician, performance and practice

    My parents and other musicians were my influence

    I took different types of music based classes growing up, from elementary school band to high school marching band, to music theory, to audio engineering, learning about recording music and live sound
  11. Hastings101 macrumors 68020


    Jun 22, 2010
    Substitute teacher... I think you know what that consists of lol

    I got my BS Ed. mjr/English degree and landed a job teaching 11th grade English. I taught for about a year but did not get my contract renewed, along with every other new teacher that couldn't teach math or science, due to budget cuts.

    I started substitute teaching to support myself while I looked for a new job but I found out that I really enjoyed teaching a variety of subjects and age groups. Now it's my primary profession for the time being (I would like to eventually teach secondary English again but I'm unwilling to leave my area). I do other work on the side; I'm currently working part-time at the public library and writing for one of the local papers to supplement my income.

    Nothing exciting but I love what I do.
  12. Shrink macrumors G3


    Feb 26, 2011
    New England, USA
    I hope you can find that secondary English job you want.

    Teachers have my highest level of respect.

    Kudos to you, Mate.:D
  13. Scepticalscribe Contributor


    Jul 29, 2008
    The Far Horizon
    Yes, but an avocation that demands time, energy and utter commitment. Not an easy avocation, my friend. Indeed, in order to do it well, it requires the sort of demanding apprenticeship (followed by a lengthy time at journeyman status) - the sort, of demanding and trying entry conditions, in fact, that medieval guilds could only dream of being able to impose in terms of setting onerous conditions before one can be allowed to describe oneself as a fully fledged master of the trade in question.

    Myself, I'm an academic (used to teach history and politics at university) who has sort of drifted, or strayed, into public service.
  14. FMJPhoto.com macrumors member


    Nov 9, 2010
    Littleton, CO

    No schooling-but lots of self-teaching, just a basic understanding of math, creativity, business, and excellent people skills lol

    I love it!
  15. Maulden macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2012
    I'm surprised no-one's made a 300 reference yet. :D

    And as for me, I'm an I.T. guy, though I do some iOS app development on the side (currently got two apps on the App Store, but neither one sells much :()
  16. awer25 macrumors 65816


    Apr 30, 2011

    Seemed interesting while in undergrad, and was a 3-year doctorate

    3 years of law school
  17. ChristianVirtual, Jul 11, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2012

    ChristianVirtual macrumors 601


    May 10, 2010
    IT professional ... what ever that means.

    I started with technical education; shared hand with bits and bytes while building some small CPU boards. Z80, 6502, 68000, those little old friends.

    Studied econonomics and IT (mastered with expert system dealing withgermsn tax law).

    started to work with pharmaceutical software development (recipe data and dispensing).

    switched to SAP inhouse consulting and operation (and hell do I love it still).

    but now I'm more manager style of work; budget, supervise projects etc.

    miss the old days ...
  18. yg17 macrumors G5


    Aug 1, 2004
    St. Louis, MO
    I clean the toilets at Taco Bell, but occasionally when the manager isn't looking I'll put my meat and special sauce in the tacos.
  19. h1r0ll3r macrumors 68040


    Dec 28, 2009
    Client Service Director. Basically I manage the high profile clients for the content aggregator company I work for. Most, if not all, clients I deal with are idiots. I'm amazed by how many "business" people out there sign contracts without even reading them then complain why section xxx is in the contract.

    I got into this completely by accident. No special schooling required but the ability to bite your tongue and not blurt out, "are you a freaking idiot or what?" or "how are you still in business?" all the time does come in handy.
  20. WoodNUFC macrumors 6502a


    Apr 30, 2009
    A Library
    I'm a Tech Specialist for a large non-profit, but really I'm a graphic designer and web programmer. It's a horrible job title for what I do.

    I have a Masters Degree in Early Modern History from a well respected uni, but it took me over a year to get a job that obviously has nothing to do with my degree. Luckily my experience as a photographer/videographer/general tech nerd gave me enough experience to land my job.

    I absolutely love what I do, and the organization that employs me.

    Hoping to get my PhD in History at some point to teach at the university level. (I was a substitute teacher during the year I was looking for full-time work and loved being in front of a classroom, just not at that age group. I worked a lot, but didn't care for the lack of benefits or weird scheduling procedures.)
  21. AlexBass macrumors regular

    Jul 9, 2012
    Currently a student, hope to be a Private Neurosurgeon.

    Get a 4 years MSc degree in the UK (Physics or Neurobiology, I can't decide), 4 year Med School in US, 5 year surgical residency in US, 2-3 year specialist training in neurosurgery... open neurosurgery clinic.

    Requires a BSc in any Biological/Mathematical Science and an MD from medical school, a 5 year surgical residency, and specialist training.

    However, I hope to pursue a PhD or ScD in either Physics or Neurobiology too.
  22. Fed macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2012
    1) I work in Consultancy and also develop on the side.

    2) Via UK Graduate Scheme.

    3) I did Computer Science.
  23. Erendiox macrumors 6502a


    Oct 15, 2004
    Brooklyn NY
  24. peskaa macrumors 68020


    Mar 13, 2008
    London, UK
    Medical student.

    To be precise, I'm on the graduate-stream course at a London university, so I'll be entering the UK Foundation programme after four years in medical school, which is one year faster than the norm. After that, I'll be in Foundation for 2 years, then on to specialist training where I'm looking at some flavour of paediatrics. End qualification will be an MBBS, which I will no doubt add to over time - possibly a UK MD qualification.

    My previous degree is a BA(Hons) Photography and a PostGraduate Certificate in Clinical Photography.

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