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What occupation would you've chosen if science wasn't an option?

  1. Aug 1, 2008 #1
    Hello dear PF'ers.

    I was thinking, what would I've done if not studying science and engineering to go into that field?

    I probably would have been an electrician because that was my second choice for highschool (we have more focused programs where I live, I ended up in the natural sciences program).

    Maybe I would have been a bartender, something I do on the side and really enjoy. I love to tinker with drinks, maxing their potential from the available spirits and joking with the costumers. They often think I am the most drunk person in the establishment, but I always work sober, I just have a weird sense of humor.

    So, if not science, what would you have done with your life?
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  3. Aug 1, 2008 #2
    Pilot, or Architect.
  4. Aug 1, 2008 #3
    I would have:

    - started or joined a rock band.

    - focused on sport more and tried to build one up to professional level

    - become a teacher.
  5. Aug 1, 2008 #4
    I probably would have worked construction. I did some construction work during highschool, and it was enjoyable enough. There are real physical accomplishments - at the end of the day there is always something you created. Maybe you did a section of siding. Maybe you installed a cabinet. Maybe you did some framing. Whatever it is, it wasnt there before, and it is now because you built it.

    I like figuring things out, I like building things, and I like helping people. I think I would have a hard time working in a service-type job, or paper-pushing. Thankfully I've been able to avoid them so far, with the exception of grading which I had to do during undergrad and hated immensely.
  6. Aug 1, 2008 #5
    Software engineer.
  7. Aug 1, 2008 #6
    There is no hesitation at all for me : music.
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    porn star. That or a librarian
  9. Aug 1, 2008 #8
    Pilot, or Architect.
  10. Aug 1, 2008 #9
    Strange, I thought you would have said "Architect, or Pilot".

    What about composer for the King (or Queen) ? Too political for you ?
  11. Aug 1, 2008 #10


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    If I won the lottery, I'd probably become a teacher.

    Science would still be a good subject, but the subject wouldn't be the most important part. I've also gotten the same satisfaction out of coaching soccer.

    Oh, wait, actually teaching is a big part of my current job, just not the only part. :rofl:

    I used to work construction on a masonry crew building basements, firelplaces, and chimneys, plus an occasional commercial job. That was a decent lifestyle. I worked outdoors, usually in a nice location (we only built very expensive houses). I was in incredible shape. I was laid off in the winter, so I could plan my visit to relatives living somewhere warmer. The fact that I was laid off every winter meant I could plan for it, so it wasn't a huge hardship. In fact, I had so much work in the summer, it was nice to finally have some time to spend some of that money. It would have been a hard job once I got older, though.
  12. Aug 1, 2008 #11
    If that means i would earn lots of money, then, yes i would certainly do this job.

    Actually, to answer the OP's question : i quit science to do something else. My next goal is to obtain a masters in economics (starting in october) and after a few years i wanna obtain a MBA. Then i am going for the top positions in banking.

    tchhaa tchhinnggg

  13. Aug 1, 2008 #12
    Astronaut, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, God Emperor of Earth, cab driver.

    In that order.
  14. Aug 1, 2008 #13
    How does one become God Emperor of Earth ?
    What do you do in this profession ?

  15. Aug 1, 2008 #14
    Becoming God Emperor isn't easy, as it involves become both God and Emperor. Anyway, I can't give out the details, but it has to do with becoming the leader of a hidden sand people, getting a monopoly on the most precious commodity on Earth, and basically kicking the *** of the current God Emperor*.

    *as there is none right now, this part would be the easiest to accomplish.
  16. Aug 1, 2008 #15
    It would of been music for me. Or Queen of some small Island.
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    Art of some sort. And I'd be very poor.
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    Coming out of highschool, my top 3 choices were Engineer, Police Officer, Teacher.

    By now, I would add one more -- Paramedic Firefighter.
  19. Aug 1, 2008 #18
    Financial Analyst
    Stock Broker
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    You're all wrong. If science wasn't an option, we'd all be peasant farmers.
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    I can understand astronaut being number 1.

    I can sort of understand putting Chief Justice of the USSC ahead of God Emperor of Earth. Chief Justice has better job security since your job as God Emperor of Earth could always be outsourced.

    How come cab driver? It reminds me of that Harry Chapin song.
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