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What do you work as and do you hate it?

  1. Yes.

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  2. I neither hate it or like it.

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  3. No.

    5 vote(s)
  1. Nov 19, 2003 #1
    Post your job description and why you like/hate it.

    I'll start the ball rolling.

    Aeronautical engineer. I hate it. Bad salary. I am diversifying into commerce/finance because of that, even though I hate commerce/finance and would actually prefer to be doing my job as qualified.

    I'm one of those people fortunate enough to come from a family with a decent financial background. The money I make off the stock market in a day sometimes beats my monthly salary. This may sound like a good thing, but it completely kills any motivation to want to work and have a steady job.

    Yet I am wise enough to know that making money on the stock market is fine...but not without a stable source of income.
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  3. Nov 20, 2003 #2
    I'm a Steam Engineer. I'm the senior engineer at small power plant owned by a university. The pay is a little below the industry standard but the benifits are good.
    I like my job. I've been here for 16 years and being one of the larger fish in a small pond isn't such a bad thing.
  4. Nov 20, 2003 #3
    I used to think that money was everything. That job satisfaction can be "bought". Sigh...I was wrong.

    Both money and job satisfaction are important. You can't have one without the other, but to some extent money can buy some job satisfaction.

    I envy you, Havoc
  5. Nov 20, 2003 #4

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    Because im still at college, i work part time in the local betting shop. For my age and status (obviously student), i suppose im quite well paid, the money gets me what i want:- i can save for university AND have a lot left over. I like my job because it isnt busy apart from on the Grand National really, its a small shop. I also like it cos i actually get to know the customers instead of being an anonymous face behind the till. Also i get to watch a ludicrous amount of television!! (when we get our new shop we will have Sky )
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    i am a sales rep...i don't get into what i sell, but i like selling in general because it takes me to many new places and i meet many people...also, i don't always go to the office, so i have a lot of diversity...
  7. Nov 20, 2003 #6
    Software "engineer"/developer. Fundamentally I very much enjoy the work, but it's all the social and political overhead that leaves me in a state of disenchantment.
  8. Nov 20, 2003 #7
    Systems Engineer/R&D test engineer

    We specialize in focused charged particle optics, for example SEM(scanning electron microscopes) and FIB(focused ion beam)

    I love the job, pay is good and it's very interesting. I built my first SEM at age 20 and have been doing this type of work for 12 years.

    Our latest tool is being used by the data storage industry to cross section, image and perform metrology on hard drive heads. We sell a similar tool to the semiconductor industry.
  9. Nov 20, 2003 #8
    network Engineer. It's ok, if only a little too dilbert-esque. Money's not really the issue. It's more of a job satisfaction thing. The pressure is high and the return on investment is very poor. The only "difference" I make is weather a few thousand people can send thier personal emails or surf ebay at work *shrug*. I'm in the process of switching careers to medicine.
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    Environmental engineer...consulting. Has its ups and downs depending on who you're working with and what kind of projects you work on. I've been fortunate the past few years to be working with good people on good projects. I only want to run screaming from the building 20% of the time.
  11. Nov 20, 2003 #10
    It's not like that aspect is any better in science..
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  12. Nov 20, 2003 #11
    I'm a lab/design/process engineer and student. I like my job so far, but then I've only been here 3 months. Work on designs and implementing them into prototypes for testing. Not bad pay...or bad work...but not enough some days....but overall alright job.

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    Student in Biomedical sciences, worked as a research assistant a while ago and I absolutely love the work (although there can be rough weeks/months when experiments don't work out).

    The thing I like most is the exchange of knowledge. First gaining knowledge through experimentation, through reading publications, through attending seminars and the best through conferences and to top it off, writing a publication yourself.

    I also like the fact that it is team-work and it often requires collaboration with other research groups and a lot of innovative thinking.

    But there is also the bureaucratic site, lots of regulations (especially when it involves research subjects/animals) and lots of grant writing, not having a steady job since a grant only lasts for 2-3 years.. but I'd have to be higher up the ladder to worry about those things.
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    Oh, I noticed I voted wrongly :S

    I answered the question What do you work as and do you hate it? with No, but the question of the pole was whether I liked it :) sorry
  15. Nov 20, 2003 #14
    Oops. I think that was my mistake [zz)]

    Can one of the mods change it so it is more consistent?
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