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christopher smead
(hamsterfish) - MLife

Locale: hamsterfish
What do you do for a living? on 10/20/2011 15:33:17 MDT Print View

I have this theory that most UL backpackers are either engineers or accountants. Am I right?

Kyle Meyer
(kylemeyer) - M

Locale: Portland, OR
Re: What do you do for a living? on 10/20/2011 15:45:22 MDT Print View

Web designer & developer here. That's sort of engineery?

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: What do you do for a living? on 10/20/2011 15:47:36 MDT Print View

Interesting question and perspective. I would think it might be high. Often engineers and accountants do not interact a lot with people at work versus the amount of time they spend on their immediate tasks. Which means they are task-oriented professions. To that we may want to add computer programmers, auto technicians or almost any technician to the list. Task oriented people are probably more likely to analyze, tinker, adjust, and modify things.

But I am sure we have a lot of people-oriented members too. That is what makes this place such a treat, so many different kinds of people.

Chris W
(simplespirit) - MLife

Locale: WNC
Re: What do you do for a living? on 10/20/2011 15:50:47 MDT Print View

Mostly nothing for the last 6 months. By choice. :-)

Keith Bassett
(keith_bassett)

Locale: Pacific NW
Business Analyst on 10/20/2011 15:59:38 MDT Print View

The job that no one can define. Business Analyst.

In truth I translate ideas from the business into processes and frameworks that our tech guys can work with to create solutions to business problems.

It is no surprise then, that I too am a task oriented professional. :)

K

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: What do you do for a living? on 10/20/2011 16:00:28 MDT Print View

Guilty as charged. I was an accountant, but am now retired.

Bradford Rogers
(Mocs123) - MLife

Locale: Southeast Tennessee
Re: What do you do for a living? on 10/20/2011 16:04:39 MDT Print View

Project Manager

Richard Cullip
(RichardCullip) - M

Locale: San Diego County
Re: What do you do for a living? on 10/20/2011 16:16:33 MDT Print View

Geologist (or Earth Scientist in the new terminology)

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Re: Re: What do you do for a living? on 10/20/2011 16:23:47 MDT Print View

Partner in a Commercial Finance company.

Tom Clark
(TomClark) - MLife

Locale: East Coast
Re: What do you do for a living? on 10/20/2011 16:31:39 MDT Print View

Materials Engineer for a large food company. I select films that keep keep oxygen and moisture out of packages.

John Harper
(johnnyh88) - M

Locale: The SouthWest
Re: What do you do for a living? on 10/20/2011 16:48:52 MDT Print View

I'm a grad student in mechanical engineering.

Interesting idea though. I believe I read in the interviews of cottage industry people in the blog "Hiking in Finland" that several of the major cottage companies were started by engineers including: Gossamer Gear, Six Moon Designs, Bear Paw, Trail Designs, Alpinlite Gear, and Revelate Designs. Those are all the ones I could find.

Thomas Burns
(nerdboy52) - MLife

Locale: "Alas, poor Yogi.I knew him well."
Ha! on 10/20/2011 16:49:30 MDT Print View

I'm a long-time perfesser and Inglich teacher and writer at a smallish liberal-arts university. I also run their astronomical observatory and sweep up afterward. I think the only thing we have in common is that we like to walk.

Stargazer

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - M

Locale: Cascadia
Job on 10/20/2011 17:00:18 MDT Print View

Right now I'm doing Geology work at a gold mine way up in the arctic circle (I can see the Northwest passage from where I work). My actual schooling is more environmental science/biology focused and I'll likely be working in that field in another year or so, but right now I'm having a hard time saying no to the money and because the 3 weeks on, 3 weeks off work schedule gives me lots of time off for hiking/outdoor rec.

Right now I'm sitting at the airport to take the first of four flights that will eventually land me at the mining camp for another 3 weeks of 12 hour days.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: What do you do for a living? on 10/20/2011 17:01:25 MDT Print View

Part-time metaphysician and founder of a home for unwed engineers.

--B.G.--

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Re: What do you do for a living? on 10/20/2011 17:10:55 MDT Print View

Forgot to add mine.

Started as an auto technician.

Currently I am a gopher of sorts.

But in my spare time I manage field consultants and projects for automotive OEMs, instructional designer, software application designer, and a trainer for all of the above.

My team of gophers are the best in the company.

Todd Hein
(todd1960) - MLife

Locale: Coastal Southern California
CPA on 10/20/2011 17:14:59 MDT Print View

Accountant, guilty...

Matt Mahaney
(Matt_Mahaney) - MLife

Locale: In the District
What do you do for a living? on 10/20/2011 17:20:20 MDT Print View

Freelance dancer (artistic not exotic) and videographer. I supplement income working at, wait for it... REI.

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Job on 10/20/2011 17:20:43 MDT Print View

Dan,

Out of curiosity, does your wife/significant other (I can't remember from your Yosemite report) live with you up on the top of the globe?

Ben Smith
(goosefeet) - MLife

Locale: Georgia
Re: What do you do for a living? on 10/20/2011 17:32:07 MDT Print View

Industrial Engineering student

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Re: What do you do for a living? on 10/20/2011 17:38:55 MDT Print View

Sell wine