Some other threads have piqued my curiosity...So, what do you do to make grocery money? I've pretty much always worked in 'occupational safety'. For the last couple of years, I've been a workers' comp claims adjuster. I hate it more than half the time, but I do get to hear some hilarious...
Firmware engineer (essentially software that’s embedded in small devices). I work with electronics engineers, optical engineers, mechanical, and chemical engineers. My CS / Math degree is from UCLA back when dinosaurs roamed the planet (i.e. mainframe computers - UCLA had two IBM 360/91’s - the supercomputer of its day).
But, being that my parents and family escaped Eastern Europe during the era of the Soviet Union, I began my career as a translator of Russian scientific and military documents. I still do some translation work in a few languages. Like music, it’s a labor of love and there isn’t much money in it
I've had day jobs, but it's been singing in Rock bands that has been the consistent "extra income" stream since 1986, although I was still at school when I started, I just played with people 10/15 years older than me. A 16 year old singing in a band of people in their late 20s or early 30s, luckily I looked older than I was or I wouldn't have gotten in to the venues!
I was forced to go on a disability pension when I was 33, so apart from the pension, singing has been my main source of self generated income, although I haven't had a gig for three years now. I moved 300+km away from where my bandmates live, and with this virus, there's been no gigs anyway. Things are looking up here in South Australia though, so hopefully we can start playing charity gigs for the Vietnam Vets monthly again to warm up, but for regular income I might have to go solo again, as I've done in the past from time to time. Problem is, I'm a bit limited in what I can play and sing at the same time, the guys say I can't walk and chew gum, so Rockabilly, Blues and Country it'll have to be! The town I live in now usually has rock'n'roll festivals and country music festivals, so it's not a bad place for going solo.
For the past 30 years, Bail recovery and process server along with part time dog behaviorist/trainer. I've been playing part time gigs and busking off and on for 50 years, since I was an overconfident run away 13 year old. I was never really interested in being a full time musician.
At present I earn my daily bread as a cybersecurity specialist according to my job description, or generalist according to my duties as a GS-14. I’ve been one to three years away from retiring for at least a dozen years now, and I’m still on schedule. One to three years from now I expect to be saying the same thing...
Production designer for film, tv, and the odd commercial. I run the art department, which is responsible for, or oversees pretty much everything the camera sees that is not lightwaves, humans or animals (vehicles are a bit on gray area). That's like 2/3 of income, rest is various related stuff like prop manufacturing, prop rental, some set building or overseeing builds, little bit of teaching, prop graphics etc. Music is purely a hobby and I intend to keep it so.
Used to be a mural and portrait painter, then had a stained glass business, then became a carpenter.
Hmm,... now that I see it written down it appears I am devolving. I'll probably be blowing insulation into attics pretty soon unless I cut a hand off or something............ knock on wood.
Being a wife, mother, and grandmother I have no PRIMARY occupation. No husband during the week so my primary duties include; Maid services, appliance repair, wood splitting, chimney cleaning, basic auto service/repair, lawn care, driveway clearing using a Kubota 3130, you name it I do it.
Retired from being a band room aid, SpEd Parapro, Private Woodwind Instructor, and raising Suffolk, Dorset, and Jacob Sheep.
I also do consignment knitting, and provide paid child care for 2 of the 4 grandkids.
I guess my primary occupation is making sure my truck driving husband has nothing to do when he gets home time, and I'm damned good at it.
I'm slightly confused by college student and teenage student.
(a) what if someone is a teenage college student? And who pays them to be that?
And business owner? What exactly is that? I have a publishing company which is obviously a business so should I tick that as well as composer. But then I also do recording. But I can only tick one box.
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