What job do you do that isn't a desk job?

posted 5 months ago in Career
Post # 2
362 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

I’m  a correctional officer. I work in juvenile detention.  Rewarding? Yes. Can it be depressing,  not feel fulfilling, not paid enough? Yes to all those questions. It depends on the day and the kids that we have at the time. We also work in partners so kiss “independent work evaluations” goodbye. Everything depends on your partner. Your safety and your partner’s safety is number. It is not an easy job and we also have the desk work part ofnthe job where we do more documentation than you can imagine while being responsible for the lives of all these different kids. Some days I wish I had a desk job. 

Post # 3
211 posts
Helper bee

I help families with disabilities get services. It’s super rewarding and every day is different. I love it. 

Post # 4
363 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

I’m a restaurant manager. It’s more physical than people expect it to be (heavy lifting, running in heels for 9 hours, meeting needs of guests and employees ect…). I wouldn’t say it’s the most rewarding job but I enjoy the regular guests. I do plan on going back to school for something with animals. If I didn’t work swing shift I’d be volunteering more often at my local pet shelter. 


Post # 5
94 posts
Worker bee

English professor! Extremely fulfilling. 

Post # 6
224 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2018

I know you said you don’t see yourself as a teacher but that’s what I do and it certainly keeps me moving!

I worked briefly in marketing right after college and one of the reasons I couldn’t stand it was that it was too much time at my desk in front of the computer, so I could definitely see how you might feel depressed. Before I went back to school for teaching I worked as a ski instructor and a park ranger – both kept me super active. Good luck!

Post # 7
542 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

Diagnostic radiographer. Medical field, patient interaction, and if you go into an emergency setting, you certainly do not know what you will be met with each day. Most of the time, the xray room is where the patient first gets a brief period of piece and quiet on their own, and with the rooms being typically darker, you are the first sight of calm in what will have been a traumatic period. So sometimes you need to handle very raw emotions. Physically you are up and about, high mental stimulation as you are continually adapting your knowledge around each patient and their limitations to get the highest quality images you can. I love it 😊

Post # 8
279 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017 - A Historic Inn

I’m a middle school teacher. I’m always on the move at work! My best friend is an OTA at an elementary school, and she LOVES it. Plus, she qualifies for the public service loan forgiveness program because she works in a school. 

Post # 9
281 posts
Helper bee

I am a high school teacher, in my school the students stay mainly in one classroom and teachers move around from grade to grade, I am always on my feet. I love it most of the time!

Post # 10
3748 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

 I’m a speech language pathologist. I currently work in the schools but have also worked in nursing homes. Definitely rewarding and you are constantly on the go! Some states allow SLP-As to practice (slp assistants kind of like an OTA or PTA), but it’s still kind of new, so check it out!

Post # 11
3028 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I teach 1st grade. It’s fulfilling and I love my kids. First grade is amazing because so many “light bulbs” come on. I also taught K last year so I have my same kids from kindergarten and seeing how much they’ve grown is incredible. However, the paperwork, meetings, low pay, general disregard/hate by politicians and the public, and evil, entitled parents can be demoralizing. I would never recommend this job to someone who didn’t truly feel it was their calling. 

Post # 12
4349 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2016 - Virmond Park

katmaekat :  I work 1 day a week as a floor manager at a local hardware store. I mostly keep the job for the discount because we just bought a house. However, I do love being able to help people and blow their minds aways that a *gasp* female knows anything about hardware. FWIW, I’ve been working in hardware stores since 2006.

My other job (3 days a week) is an Art and Custom Framing Specialist. I really enjoy this job. The part I dislike is the commute. Alas, I get to use my creative talents in some pretty awesome ways. I’ve been custom framing for 6 years. I’m learning the art selling side of it now and the total production side (from cutting and building the frame to finishing it). I get to use a lot of my hardware knowledge here as well! I’m also considering getting my professional certification.

Post # 13
217 posts
Helper bee

I’m an early childhood teacher (Birth to 2nd grade).  I have been working for 3 and 4 yr olds for over 15 yrs.  I can’t even begin to describe how rewarding and fun it’s.  Yes, it gets challenging at times. But it’s part of it. And every single day is a “new day”.    money? “We make a difference”

Post # 14
305 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I work in a variety of museums, in a variety of roles (such is the curse of part-time work), but I enjoy every second of it. I care for museum collections and inform visitors about history (in 19th century costume). It’s incredibly rewarding because it is work in my field, and because I get to  share my passions and interests with museum visitors. I like going: “isn’t this cool?” (while showing them an artifact, or doing a demonstration), and them responding with: “yeah, it is cool! Tell me more.” 🙂 

Post # 15
1493 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016 - St. John's Lutheran Church

I’m a costume designer. 🙂 It’s extremely rewarding in that I get to be creative all day and make beautiful things. Plus I get to meet new people all the time. It is definitely not financially rewarding. Unless I reach the top 1% of my field, I’ll be barely making ends meet for the rest of my life. But on my deathbed, I want to be able to say that I followed my dreams!

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