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Listing all types of work we come across from the meme Four jobs you've had:


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  1. Researcher at a flood observatory (sort of like the tornado chasers in Twister only less exciting)
  2. ESL teacher; Barnes & Noble clerk dude
  3. fact-checker for everyone's favorite best-selling travel book.

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  1. Dance Teacher
  2. Book/Music Seller - Borders #1 Ann Arbor, MI
  3. Graduate Assistant - Library and ABle program
  4. Research Assistant - Psychology - undergrad
  1. book store clerk
  2. capital one disputes
  3. house painter
  4. cook

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  1. working in factory making ready-made microwave meals for office workers
  2. packing salad vegetables on a production line
  3. training German bankers to speak English
  4. invigilating undergraduate exams

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  1. Delivery for the Ann Arbor Observor in the Old West Side. The Observor is this enormous monthly paper that’s delivered for free in Ann Arbor. It was terrible.
  2. Technology Assistant, Community High School, associated with the University of Michigan’sHi-Ce Group. (Center for Highly Interactive Classrooms, Curicula & Computing in Education). The beginning of the end!
  3. Production Assistant, Borders.com.
  4. Senior Interface Developer (Consultant), Razorfish

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  1. Waiter at a Thai restaurant in Champaign, IL. $10 hour, not too shabby.
  2. Web Developer and Systems Admin at Four Points Digital
  3. Razorfish twice.
  4. Contracted for guru.com, myplay.com, phone.com

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  1. "Senior" journalist, the magazine (Google is a biatch)
  2. Data-entry/IT assistant, California Pacific Medical Center
  3. Online editorial intern, San Francisco Bay Guardian
  4. Campus editor, The Daily Targum (Rutgers)

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  1. Library Page
  2. Technical Support Analyst
  3. Bowling Statistican
  4. Double Agent (yes, my job title)

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  1. Banker in 8th grade history
  2. IT Intern, The Neutral Zone
  3. Technohost at the Library
  4. Dog sitter (I don’t even like dogs!)

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  1. Actor
  2. Truck Driver
  3. Tree Planter
  4. Bellboy

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  1. sunday school teacher
  2. law firm coffee and copies bitch
  3. drummer
  4. esl/fsl tutor

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  1. Sandwich artist
  2. dishwasher
  3. movie theater projectionist
  4. systems administrator

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  1. Dry-Cleaner Janitor
  2. Minor League Ballpark Picnic-Area Sterno Lighter
  3. Speed Dealer
  4. .com Boomer

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  1. Sunglass Hut sales rep
  2. Camp councilor
  3. High School Teacher
  4. Preschool Teacher

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  1. Tutor
  2. Writing Fellow
  3. door-to-door salesperson
  4. camp counselor

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  1. Hospital orderly
  2. steeplejack
  3. game show host
  4. Sean Hannity’s barber

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  1. Garbage collector
  2. phlebotomist
  3. stewardess
  4. toll booth operator

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  1. Messenger dispatcher
  2. busboy
  3. Subway sandwich "attendant"
  4. freelance writer

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  1. sandwichmaker
  2. telephonic pizza-order taker
  3. lawyer
  4. English teacher

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  1. Routine unqualified drudgework at an IT department
  2. routine unqualified drudgework at an IT department
  3. routine unqualified drudgework at an IT department
  4. routine unqualified drudgework at an IT department

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  1. day laborer
  2. punchcard-database operator
  3. open-air-market stained-glass seller
  4. science fiction and fantasy book editor
  5. fast-food slavey
  6. Assistant to the Director of Programs, Council on Foreign Relations
  7. IBM 1110 input-output operator
  8. Anglo-Saxon, Middle English, and Early Modern English proofreader
  9. hospital worker
  10. tax preparer
  11. martial arts instructor
  12. fiction writer
  13. Data Entry Clerk
  14. IT Manager
  15. Strategy Consultant
  16. Tech Marketer
  17. rag cutter
  18. pharmacist
  19. freelance journalist
  20. senior programmer
  21. Laundry aide
  22. camp counselor
  23. office worker
  24. fiction writer
  25. Commercial production assistant
  26. substitute teacher
  27. personal trainer
  28. editor
  29. fast-food cashier
  30. graduate research assistant
  31. tax preparer
  32. reader for blind and disabled students
  33. substitute cello teacher
  34. mortgage loan processor
  35. bookseller
  36. theme park zombie
  37. librarian
  38. movie theater flunky
  39. fast food cashier
  40. research assistant
  41. newsagent
  42. civil servant (Ministry of Defence)
  43. educational software designer
  44. lecturer in Roman history
  45. electronics assembler
  46. landfill gate attendant
  47. wholesale nursery inventory control
  48. quality control of utility maps
  49. Dishwasher/fry cook
  50. assembly line worker (aluminium windows and doors)
  51. radio news director
  52. database programmer
  53. ward clerk
  54. secretary
  55. consultant
  56. senior scientist
  57. newsletter editor
  58. web developer
  59. waiter
  60. marketing canvasser
  61. driver
  62. movie extra
  63. recording engineer
  64. election inspector
  65. psychiatric aide
  66. letter carrier
  67. NYC taxi driver
  68. production editor
  69. Jewellery box and leather pouch goldstamper
  70. bum nest mucker
  71. teaching assistant
  72. multimedia UI programmer
  73. Creative Director
  74. Teacher
  75. Walt Disney World Custodian
  76. Projectionist in old, small-town, single screen theater
  77. press room killout boy
  78. picture framer
  79. religious studies instructor
  80. electrician
  81. library aide/technician
  82. bookstore clerk
  83. accounts payable clerk
  84. graduate teaching assistant
  85. A&W Rootbeer drive-in cashier
  86. soda-jerk at Denton's Carnation
  87. Wendy's table cleaner/ketchup bottle filler
  88. Bank of America statements clerk
  89. paint mixer
  90. farm laborer
  91. drill instructor
  92. apprentice cabinetmaker
  93. college town pizza joint waitress (I was a terrible waitress, but the owners were lovely)
  94. apartment swimming pool lifeguard/pool manager
  95. typewriter attachment (job title was "news dictationist")
  96. reporter
  97. newspaper carrier
  98. high school janitor
  99. teletype operator
  100. IT manager
  101. theatrical costumier's flunkey
  102. lighting designer
  103. graduate student in nanomaterials engineering
  104. research psychologist.
  105. tapestry reweaver
  106. line worker in a vegetable freezing plant
  107. leather embosser
  108. teacher of academically at risk high school students
  109. Journalist
  110. busboy/dishwasher
  111. camp counselor
  112. security guard.
  113. Bank teller
  114. technical writer
  115. telecomm manager
  116. director of web site development'
  117. theatre concessionaire
  118. pet store clerk
  119. package designer
  120. Flash animator
  121. Cashier in corner shop
  122. Librarian's assistant. (In the sense that I came in after school and did odd jobs. But I got paid, so it was a job.)
  123. Administrative assistant in a nursing home.
  124. teaching assistant at UC Berkeley; editor at Locus
  125. writer (well, I did get a little advance on the novel)
  126. part-timer for Locus
  127. street sweeper
  128. cannery tomato peeler
  129. land economist
  130. magazine publisher
  131. XML/Standardization expert?(my current, don't know that it has a title)
  132. programmer
  133. laying concrete moulds and moving them outside after they were set?
  134. data entry for U.S government forms
  135. editor
  136. storyteller
  137. writer
  138. mom/grandmom
  139. merchandise tagger
  140. secretary
  141. keeper of technical data for a small paging company
  142. chief data wrangler for legal publisher (I didn't write the programs, I made the data go thru them properly)
  143. Hospital orderly
  144. computer consultant
  145. slushreader
  146. copyeditor
  147. butcher
  148. mainframe printer operator
  149. librarian
  150. MRI builder
  151. file clerk/general gopher at a real estate firm. (One thing they had me do was match their cancelled checks against their computer-generated list of checks. This required concentration while providing no intellectual stimulation whatsoever. May I never be that bored again.)
  152. counter-person part time at The Other Change of Hobbit.
  153. bakery counterperson/handler of takeout orders/general gopher at a restaurant/bakery.
  154. Production person at a copy shop. (This last has expanded to include inventory management and keeping the books using QuickBooks.)
  155. Library assistant
  156. regulatory assistant at a Vet vaccine manufacturer
  157. project coordinator at an ad agency
  158. database manager at a tradeshow publisher
  159. jewelry trade-show assistant
  160. printshop hand-collator
  161. security aide at the National Air and Space Museum
  162. Big Pharma chemistry research lab-slavey
  163. Secretary
  164. retail clerk
  165. dorm desk guard
  166. library assistant
  167. UNIVAC* 1110 I/O operator
  168. attorney
  169. retail asst. manager
  170. telemarketer
  171. respiratory therapist
  172. worm picker
  173. farm field hand
  174. youth counselor
  175. retail store manager
  176. physics professor
  177. postdoc
  178. grad student
  179. undergrad research assistant
  180. undergrad TA
  181. fixing up slum apartments for my mother's boss (who owned a couple of buildings on the side)
  182. odd jobs
  183. babysitting
  184. fish-monger
  185. big Boston restaurant maitre'd
  186. reporter for union newspapers
  187. associate producer for local ABC affiliate
  188. lieutenant
  189. office of Chief of Staff Intelligence
  190. cubicle denizen (software programming)
  191. cubicle denizen (R&D software)
  192. cubicle denizen (software tech support)
  193. Used book store cashier
  194. software engineer
  195. founder/CEO of small company
  196. contract programmer/consultant
  197. candy counter clerk in Eaton's
  198. long distance operator
  199. computer programmer
  200. newspaper editor
  201. department store clerk (Kaufmann's, Downtown Pittsburgh)
  202. worker in a factory that made women's handbags
  203. babysitter
  204. reference librarian
  205. nurses aide
  206. fast food cashier
  207. Kelly Girl
  208. clerk typist
  209. Papergirl
  210. admissions clerk for hospital
  211. temp
  212. professor of engineering (plus a whole bunch of research/school type jobs to get to that point)

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  1. Work at the White House
  2. anything that would involve even remote contact with Katie Couric
  3. spy
  4. surgeon

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  1. Telephone-pole repairperson
  2. personal assistant to..

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  1. Selling farm equipment
  2. Making Chrysler V-8 engine blocks
  3. Professor of communication
  4. Editing commercial banking documentation

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  1. Laying sprinkler pipe during Summer break at college
  2. Hotel front desk clerk
  3. Kindergarten teacher
  4. Transcriptionist for a Poli-Sci professor

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  1. Prospect writer dude
  2. Rolling Stone intern
  3. press aide for Chuck Schumer
  4. summer camp counselor
  5. Supermarket bag boy
  6. pizza delivery guy
  7. motel clerk
  8. Senate press aide

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  1. Summer-camp counselor
  2. carpet machine operator
  3. forklift driver (summer jobs)
  4. teaching assistant (grad school)
  5. Customer service rep
  6. florist
  7. PR flack
  8. sales exec.

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  1. Newspaper Editor
  2. Sales
  3. Computer Company Executive
  4. President of my own Company

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  1. Teacher
  2. soldier
  3. probation officer
  4. waiter/busboy
  5. Paperboy (4 routes)
  6. Dispatcher
  7. Marine
  8. “customer service engineer” (fixer)
  9. Car and motorcycle test driver
  10. teacher
  11. intel
  12. editor

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  1. Business Analyst
  2. Management Consultant
  3. Underwriter
  4. Grocery Clerk
  5. emergency medical technician
  6. short-order cook
  7. technical writer
  8. IT consultant/business process analyst
  9. grocery store sacker
  10. microfilm camera operator
  11. pizza delivery driver
  12. computer operator

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  1. Analyst
  2. Project Manager
  3. National Customer Service Rep.
  4. Education Lobbyist.

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  1. Documentation Specialist
  2. Intranet Coordinator
  3. Project Manager

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  1. Software developer
  2. Instructional Technologist (yeah, it's a made-up job title, but I'm not the one who made it up)
  3. Arabic linguist
  4. general purpose worker at a Southern Baptist summer camp

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  1. Cashier
  2. funnel cake purveyor
  3. proofreader
  4. editor.

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  1. Customer Service
  2. CNA
  3. Security Guard
  4. Shift Supervisor

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  1. bank teller, dance-band bass player, magazine editor, newspaper editorial writer

antique store shopgirl, technical writer, assistant editor, managing editor. Yes, most of these are practically the same job.


via blogger, coin counter (don't ask), project manager, toilet cleaner webmaster, signmaker, carpenter, kitchen assistant auditor, budget manager, consultant, marketing intern busboy, butcher, electronic tech, salesman analyst, cashier, sales representative, tutor roof truss builder, college cafeteria, baker, professor Technical Coordinator (IT Guy), Staff Assistant, Co-Campaign Manager (very local race), Kitchen prep. person Librarian, Waiter, Construction Worker, Customer Service Rep Inventory Taker, Math Tutor, Substitute Teacher, Special Education Advocate


via paperboy; hospital orderly/transport; doctor at an earpiercing clinic; professor


via hardware store clerk; statistical typist; database trainer; paralegal 1. Statistician 2. Math Professor 3. Teaching Assistant 4. Paralegal


via Bingo Hall worker. Warehouseman in a refrigerated warehouse. Newspaper reporter. Newspaper editor


via (1) Tree planter in northern Quebec. (2) Waitress. (3) Salesgirl at Ogilvy's and other retail establishments in Montreal. (4) CBC-TV reporter


via artist (dancer, actor, writer, director), producer, ngo coordinator, bartender


via dishwasher (saw my employers brandish knives at one another), magazine seller (as much as I enjoyed the job, on long shifts felt the uniform glossy aesthetic that surrounded me corroding my sanity), social planner (learned lots that my employer didn't intend...about hegemony, 'soft' social control, the poverty industry, and drinking beer), teaching assistant (relearned how scary some people's (mis)understanding of the world is)


via newspaper delivery, McDonald's peon, table rental delivery guy, machine shop victim


via 1. Packing at the Aeroplane Jelly factory. (I was 15; it was very educational.) 2. Cleaning the Cococabana Night Club in Wagga Wagga 3. Handing out pig recipes while dressed in a Miss Piggy apron in the main street of Dubbo (a cattlemen's town) 4. Burr chipping (cutting down thistles and other spikey plants) in 45 degree heat about three hours out of Longreach. (I was a jillaroo - briefly. I quit before I killed myself falling off a horse or a motorbike.)


via (Well, since I've had such a variety, I'll try to pick four. Hmmm....) I've worked in Toronto's Sick Children's Hospital, as a medical transcriber in their Visual Education Department. (Back then, I had hopes of studying for a medical career, so this fit in nicely.) Later, I worked at the Toronto Mental Health Centre on Queen Street. That was interesting, and I learned a lot. (However, the sad state of my financial affairs precluded me from pursuing a medical career.) Then I worked as an assistant to one of the bigwigs of the Meat Packers Council of Canada. That lasted a few years. Subsequently, I made a move to the U.S. (which ties in with the next question, where I went into my life-long love of writing, in the field of publishing, for a small ethnic weekly newspaper in Southern California. I also wrote some articles for a few 'offbeat' rags and mags. (Somewhere along the line, I'd managed to get a few poems into a book of collected poetry by new writers, which was published in San Francisco.) Nothing earth-shaking, though, and no best-seller! Of course, in-between these, for short times I'd worked in real estate offices, travel agencies, doctors' offices, law offices, clinics, farmwork, childcare, waitress, bookstore....


via Waiter in high school. Officer Cadet in university. Car salesman before marriage. Commercial insurance account manager now. And about a million others in between


via -Oh-so-insightful 'anti-racist' precocious brown girl-woman (blissfully unaware of how to ask the direct applied questions). Press button for (masochistically-satisfying) eruption of cutting vocabulary between (conveniently) self-deconstructing periods of (soothingly) low energy. Bonus: curvier bum than most white women's (heats up in red hand-shaped pattern when white male hand placed on it). Double bonus: that tell-tale wild black hair (see attached tag of authenticity detailing unhappy childhood stories involving said wild black hair). Paid on occasion.


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  • Counterhand at Muffin Break
  • Garnisher at Muffin Break
  • Group Leader for Japanese students
  • Shopfloor/Stockroom at Next

via - Server in a muffin/coffee place - Shoe salesperson (the boss hired me cuz she said "Iranian people were good sales people"; I was fired cuz my sales were too low) - Receptionist at Hair Salon - Receptionist at a Beauty Salon


via "a random sampling going back over decades - I see my life has been dedicated to assisting): - executive assistant in a global consulting firm (one of only like 3 or 4 male assistants in North America, in a company that had 16,000 employees worldwide, hmm...) - teaching assistant in the music program at York U - assistant manager in a classical/jazz music boutique in Hazelton Lanes, Yorkville (celebrity-watching heaven or hell depending) - gofer, cleaner and ticket delivery boy at the family travel business"


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   Tim Horton's Cake Decorator - back in the day when they did birthday cakes.
   Telemarketer - Yes, yes.  That annoying, super perky voice on the other end of the line was me...Would you like to subscribe to 3 years of Maclean's Magazine?  Ugh!
   Stripper - That should explain a few things for some of my readers.
   Customer Service - For a cellular phone company.  My first real proof that most people don't understand technology as much as they think they do.  But the best job I ever had!

via Operations Research Analyst, as A Credit Risk Analyst, an Energy Risk Analyst and as a Business Analyst.


via Waiter in high school. Officer Cadet in university. Car salesman before marriage. Commercial insurance account manager now.


via artist (dancer, actor, writer, director), producer, ngo coordinator, bartender.


via 1. Statistician 2. Math Professor 3. Teaching Assistant 4. Paralegal


via Waiter, Grocery Stocker, Musician, Blogger Burger King, Texaco, Barnesandnoble.com, Wolfe for Congress Community Outreach Director, State of Israel Bonds (present) Deputy Campaign Manager, Pascrell for Congress (2000) Communications/Field Coordinator, Florio for Senate (2000) Social Studies Teacher, Hunterdon Central Regional High School bridge and culvert maintenance repair, dishwasher, short order cook, technical editor. Insurance Producer, Cashier, Line Cook, Supervisor janitor, parts performance engineer, tutor, eternal graduate student


via Welder - Water Towers, Ornamental Iron Workers and Boilermakers Union - http://www.ironworkers.org/ Hot Asphalt Sales – Ads on vinyl phone book covers, Copiers, Water Softeners, Solar Heating systems. Mortgage Lending – Best doc drawer in Southern California Computer programmer System administrator Magazine writer (computer software)


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  • Marquette (MI) Mining Journal paper boy
  • McDonald's cashier
  • Student library assistant, Alice Lloyd Hall, U of Michigan
  • Consulting Engineer, Cisco Systems

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  1. lab tech (what else do you do with an English degree except go and count the number of mice who die after being injected with various strengths of botulism toxin?)
  2. lecteur d'anglais
  3. arts education manager
  4. mommy

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  1. Banker in 8th grade history
  2. IT Intern, The Neutral Zone
  3. Technohost at the Library
  4. Dog sitter (I don’t even like dogs!)

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  1. Retail Store Designer (VideoWatch, now Hollywood Video)
  2. Do-naut, John’s Space Age Donut Shop
  3. Puppeteer, Kansas City Toy and Miniature Museum
  4. Bubble Expert, Kay-Bee Toys

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  1. Pizza Cook
  2. Whitewater kayak instructor
  3. Wilderness trip leader
  4. Dad

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  1. DJ at my undergrad college radio station
  2. Consession stand worker at a little league ball park
  3. Pizza delivery dude
  4. freelance recording engineer (translation = unpaid coffee-maker / errand boy)

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  1. Dairy Queen
  2. Waitress (Steak & Shake, Ponderosa, Johnny’s Steakhouse)
  3. Waldenbooks
  4. Library Webgoddess

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  1. Preschool teacher
  2. Grocery store deli chicken fryer
  3. Bookkeeper
  4. Library assistant

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