Well I’m a scientist. I don’t know if people usually think of that career as fun, but I think people think it’s a lot more “Eureka!” and a lot less “this data’s has to be manually processed for 600 hours before I can analyze it.—u/JeremyTheRhino
Paleontologist. You don’t get to work with full dinosaur skeletons and do all kinds of awesome expeditions. You’re mostly sitting at a desk looking at some pictures and logging stuff on your computer, maybe examining a fossil occasionally. If you’re lucky you can go on a real dig, and OMG SPEND HOURS IN THE HOT SUN DUSTING OFF ROCKS!!!—u/MidwesternMonkey
All the ones we see on TV and movies are the 0.0001% of incredibly lucky and talented people who managed to thrive in a hostile and overcrowded industry.
And even when you are working, the actual job itself is 99% sitting on apple crate in hot makeup waiting for some grips to move a lighting fixture. Then you say three lines over and over again for an hour, and then you wrap.—u/Wazula42
Video game testing.
I’ve been working in the game industry for 6 years now, and teaching for 2.
Testing video games is thought to be just “oh you just play games all day? LOLOLOLOL” but it’s actually very specific and arduous.
First of all, there a bunch of testing metholodogies such as load/soak testing, white room testing, version testing to name a few, but the most common one is functionality testing.
Functionality testing is “so if I walk into that corner with the shotgun in my inventory, I can clip through the wall, but if I have my M16 in my inventory, I don’t clip through.”—u/shanster925
Oh my gosh, BUILD A BEAR. Weirdest and most frustrating thing. Granted I didnt make it a super long time in the job and seeing kids so happy is great. But they are really strict and the bad times get pretty bad.—u/BabyMalks
1) You are on call (on reserve) forever, have a terrible schedule, have no life, and make no money for 5-10 years.
2) While you work for peanuts, you can’t afford to use your flight “benefits” in any substantial way.
3) Then, when you finally get a chance to use your benefits for a trip, you have to fly standby which means you aren’t guaranteed to get on the flight you want.
4) Then, if you do make it out of town you better have like a week off so you can make damn sure you’re back in your base city in time for your next work shift.
5) Did I mention there is an act of US legislation (Railway Labor Act) that allows airlines to exploit so you don’t get paid for certain work hours that you actually need to be working? For example, FAs don’t get paid for boarding, or any time the plane is at the gate.
WORST JOB EVER.—u/y0r0bin
Trimming weed, Idk why people think working with weed is like working in the willy wonka factory, it’s not. You literally get to make tiny cuts with sticky scissors for 8 hours.—u/Ari_AK
I do closed captioning.
While I joke that yes, I get paid to watch TV, it’s actually very tedious. And if you don’t actually enjoy the programming you’re being forced to watch something you don’t care for.
Or worse, if it’s something I do enjoy like a long form drama, we usually chop those up into 15 minute increments and split between everyone so I only see chunks and not always even in order it actually ruins the show for me.—u/jessjess87
Being a writer. I always thought it was my absolute dream job. But the only job I could get after college was working in a content mill as a blog writer. I used to work 70-hour weeks staring at the computer in a basement of an old bank writing bullshit articles about the dangers of mold, fence cleaning, and why you need a commercial awning and the dream turned into a nightmare. —u/Impossibly_me
Hiking and backpacking guide worrying for others the whole time takes the fun away—u/isithellatight