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dprochef  
04/18/2012 08:47PM
What does everyone do as their profession the rest of the time (Your Real Life/Job)

Just curious about the different type of people that enjoy the BWCA? Doctors, mechanics, sales people, bankers, etc.

As for me - I am the Chef at our local Convention Hotel.

How about you all?

 
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knitsocks77  
04/18/2012 09:03PM
RN at a family practice clinic.
overthehill  
04/18/2012 09:04PM
Plumbing,minor electric,tile,trim. Mostly custom showers and baths,kitchens.
often including handyman projects, general remodeling.
gutmon  
04/18/2012 09:08PM
Behavior analyst/trainer/full-time smart ass.
Spartan2  
04/18/2012 09:08PM
Retired. So I guess I do nothing. How the heck can I be so busy??

(Retired from 16 years as a full-time mom with two part-time music jobs, followed by 19 years as a public school music teacher and part-time church choir director.)
kanoes  
04/18/2012 09:08PM
build and wire jet engine test systems.
Tony  
04/18/2012 09:12PM
Park maintenance for a county park system.

tony
tonyyarusso  
04/18/2012 09:13PM
I'm in IT, at a place that does various tech stuff for school districts.
butthead  
04/18/2012 09:17PM
42 years of production work at a chocolate factory (Nestle), almost all in bulk raw materials receiving/handling.

butthead
walllee  
04/18/2012 09:18PM
Greenhouse and garden center owner
TeamTuna06  
04/18/2012 09:21PM
Cool topic! I'm in dental sales.
OBX2Kayak  
04/18/2012 09:22PM
Retired after thirty+ years of crunching, munching and massaging numbers with various actuarial consulting firms.
dicecupmaker  
04/18/2012 09:23PM
Lpn. Worked at local nursing home for 26 yrs and now work nights at the Hospital for last 5
Sierra1  
04/18/2012 09:33PM
Product Manager for copper termination services. I develop Bills of Material, determine labor costs and design wiring systems for OEM companies and the Telecommunication industry.
luft  
04/18/2012 09:40PM
Currently a student working towards a RN degree. If all goes well, I will be an RN in the new year.
Arkansas Man  
04/18/2012 09:41PM
33 years in Education, currently an Assistant Principal at a high school with about 1100 kids. 6 years til retirement!!

Bruce
Kendra  
04/18/2012 09:48PM
quote TeamTuna06: "Cool topic! I'm in dental sales."

What company do you work for TT06?

I'm a dental hygienist, but my favorite job is being a Mom!

SunnyDay  
04/18/2012 09:53PM
Activity Manager at a great nursing home!
DanCooke  
04/18/2012 10:01PM
Design Engineer for Kurt Manufacturing.
I design and sometimes install custom automated resting equipment. Dimensional, eddy current capacitance, or vison inspection. I sew part time.
Zulu  
04/18/2012 10:02PM
Retired. 32 years with a Window Manufacturer.
kanoes  
04/18/2012 10:04PM
quote DanCooke: "Design Engineer for Kurt Manufacturing.
I design and sometimes install custom automated resting equipment. Dimensional, eddy current capacitance, or vison inspection. I sew part time."

what do you sew dan?
Lymphocytosis  
04/18/2012 10:06PM
Immunologist
mooseplums  
04/18/2012 10:09PM
Graphic Arts professional...since 1981.
Part time artist...hoping for full time
bojibob  
04/18/2012 10:12PM
I'm a Partner in a Information Technology Company.

3V Solutions
apendl  
04/18/2012 10:16PM
Project Manager for a big IT company
Basspro69  
04/18/2012 10:24PM
Investigator/Rep for Electric Utility. I also have a PHD in Fishing :-)
bhouse46  
04/18/2012 10:44PM
Clinical social worker in solo practice past 13 years, 42 years total and beginning to slow down.
schweady  
04/18/2012 10:57PM
After 33 years as a special education teacher, I'm retired... been two years now.
photoguy190  
04/18/2012 11:19PM
Currently run an after school program. Hopefully will be doing some outdoor education soon.
TeamTuna06  
04/18/2012 11:21PM
quote Kendra: "quote TeamTuna06: "Cool topic! I'm in dental sales."
What company do you work for TT06?

I'm a dental hygienist, but my favorite job is being a Mom!"

I'm a District Manager for Kerr in Chicago. Mainly restorative, crown & bridge, etc....not too much in the hygiene realm except for the hemostatic products.
Frenchy19  
04/18/2012 11:23PM
Middle school history teacher, and it is really cool to see what other do while posting when they should be working! Great thread!!
mc2mens  
04/18/2012 11:25PM
Landscape architecture/land planning/urban design
Jeriatric  
04/18/2012 11:35PM
I start the morning with a mug of coffee and a cigar on the back deck. First, I welcome the wild turkeys as they file past on their way to the bird feeder area under the side deck. If they are lucky, I throw a few hands full of corn down to them.
The western gray squirrels then come and check me out to see if I have any peanuts. Sometimes I do.
Normally, my day is free after that.
Aaron79  
04/18/2012 11:47PM
I work midnight shift at a coal fired powerplant. I am titled "material handler" I handle all fuels that come in and all by products that go out and run heavy equipment.
MHS67  
04/18/2012 11:56PM
Retired 11 years ago. Spent 28 years as a wildland firefighter. I still teach our wildland basic academy at a local high school.
mr.barley  
04/19/2012 03:36AM
I work for August Schell brewery. A wearer of many hats there.
Unas10  
04/19/2012 04:38AM
Home improvements. Mainly gutters, siding, windows and doors.

For several years I was a substitute teacher but the pay was not very good.
bapabear  
04/19/2012 05:35AM
6th grade was the best 33 years of my life. 17 years where it was part of elementary system and 16 where it was in a Jr. High. Taught mostly science. Coached at HS level - mostly football and basketball but helped with track and tennis when needed. Have subbed for 6 years and am currently in a long term math position for 6th grade. Other than that I'm retired and planning two trips to BW and some river trips with family this summer.
airmorse  
04/19/2012 05:43AM
I'm a slave to the man...and will never be able to retire.
Beaverjack  
04/19/2012 05:51AM
I pick things up and then put them down. Actually, I can't say what I do, it's best you don't know - it could put you in danger.
giddyup  
04/19/2012 06:05AM
Hospital RN for 24 years
rsavik  
04/19/2012 06:09AM
Sr. Network Engineer for a large engineering firm.
SunCatcher  
04/19/2012 06:15AM
I canoe and fish for a living.

But tp Provide Income...I'm in the Agriculture Chemical Distribution Business. We warehouse, Truck,and help Fertilizer and Ag Chemical Retailer's provide the goods to the American Farmer.
We actually sell to the Coops, Independent Fertilizer Dealers, and Aerial Applicator's (Crop Dusters)
My Sales Territory is NorthEast/North Central Nebraska.
I also have a VERY understanding wife...who let's me do job #1
SunCatcher
ducks  
04/19/2012 06:19AM
3rd grade teacher, varsity baseball coach, and in the summer I work for the city in the parks department.
Benutzer  
04/19/2012 06:37AM
IT, security analyst. I'd rather have a job like Jeriatric's though.
timatkn  
04/19/2012 06:41AM
Physical Therapist. I actually have 3 jobs I work at a Sports Medicine clinic some weekends, Nursing Home the others, then full time during week at a not for profit clinic. Best job in the world for me. Well my best job is being father to my 2 boys---especially when they tackle me when I walk through the door every night :)

T
hwdhusky  
04/19/2012 06:43AM
5th grade teacher for the past 8 years. Started out teaching 2nd grade but at 6'4" the principal thought I would be a better 'fit' for the older kids:)
Longpaddler  
04/19/2012 06:55AM
I'm an environmental microbiologist for another 6 weeks. Then I'm a retiree....YIPPEEEEE
Canoe42  
04/19/2012 07:03AM
Full time firefighter/paramedic for last 16 years. I was a Civil Engineer before that.
Spartan2  
04/19/2012 07:17AM
quote hwdhusky: "5th grade teacher for the past 8 years. Started out teaching 2nd grade but at 6'4" the principal thought I would be a better 'fit' for the older kids:)"

That's very interesting. One of the best elementary teachers I ever knew (taught first grade) was a young man who was 6' 6" tall and about 280-290 pounds; a big teddy-bear of a man. It was inspiring to see him with the little kids. I'm so glad our principal didn't mess with Todd's 'fit'.

But I'm sure that you do a wonderful job with the 5th graders, too, hdhusky.
billconner  
04/19/2012 07:24AM
I am a theatre consultant, consulting on the planning and design for performing arts theatres and churches. My web site.
KevinL  
04/19/2012 07:27AM
Tool & Die Instructor at a community college. First year students from manual machining - intro to CNC machining, Jigs & Fixtures, & SPC.
Northwoodsman  
04/19/2012 07:38AM
National Accounts Manager and Corporate Executive Chef for a food manufacturer; also teach culinary classes at local high school and a nearby college (both as a volunteer). Volunteer 10 or so hours a week at my church.
RaisedByBears99  
04/19/2012 07:50AM

Doesn't matter. 54 days to go.
Frenchy19  
04/19/2012 07:52AM
quote mr.barley: "I work for August Schell brewery. A wearer of many hats there."

My wife grew up in New Ulm; we get down there about once a month or so. My girls love the peacocks at the brewery!
alpine525  
04/19/2012 07:55AM
Director of Human Resources - financial services. I spend my days dressed up in a suit and dealing with other people's problems. Love the solitude and beauty of canoe country - it helps relieve the stress!
bumabu  
04/19/2012 07:55AM
Police and Fire dispatcher, and income tax prep during tax season.
shoreviewswede  
04/19/2012 08:04AM
Phy Ed Teacher turned Software Developer.
joetrain  
04/19/2012 08:10AM
I install just about any type of floor that you walk on.
bbrown6057  
04/19/2012 08:22AM
GIS Analyst here.
oldgentleman  
04/19/2012 08:35AM
After 40 years in IT I've been retired for two and a half years.

Much as I like being retired I have to admit I sometimes miss having an office, going to lunch with my co-workers and being involved in big software projects. I also miss the income and benefits.

However, I really prefer being retired. I got an e-mail from a head-hunter last week and never seriously considered responding.
OneMatch  
04/19/2012 08:38AM
A songwriter in Nashville, which means over the years - waiter, carpenter, tour bus driver among anything else to pay the rent.

Haven't done those in a while, but the royalty checks are getting a little low, so who knows.

I guess you'd call me gainfully unemployed.
tnvol  
04/19/2012 08:46AM
Tennessee State Park Ranger-which means, law enforcement, EMT, firefighter and unfortunately plumber on busy nights
Miami1  
04/19/2012 08:51AM
RN as a profession. With the rest of my time Canoe, Fish, Hunt, Artist. Anthony
woodsandwater  
04/19/2012 09:01AM
27 years Pastor in LCMS
rharjes  
04/19/2012 09:18AM
12 years in the Grocery Business in the Twin Cities, currently an Assistant Store Director at a store in the cities.

Rick
boconorm  
04/19/2012 09:23AM
Retired Army and now an E-mail adminstrator for an insurance company. I keep the servers up, email flowing and trying to block all the male enhancement emails, except for those who need it. It is one of those jobs that only gets noticed when things go wrong. I try not to be noticed very often.
Boognish1  
04/19/2012 09:28AM
Chef on a live aboard scuba dive company in the Bahamas.
nofish  
04/19/2012 09:32AM
Graphic designer and overall marketing guru. Been doing that for about 6 years.

Only 12,775 days until retirement. Oh I really wish I hadn't figured that out. A wave of depression just set in as I sit here in my cubical or as I call it my "3 wall prison cell".
sunnybear09  
04/19/2012 09:41AM
44 years as a Land Surveyor, the last 30 as a self-employed registered surveyor in NJ. Also had a side business in excavating. Also have a degree if Forestry and did woodlot planning and environmental assements and wetland identification. I must like being outside. My last wife left because she thought I was a professional Trout Fishermen. I think she was right--she never did want to move to Montana. Curious...
RainGearRight  
04/19/2012 09:44AM
I'm currently a student. I can not decide what I want to be when I grow up.
TwoByGreenCanoe  
04/19/2012 09:58AM
Massage Therapist. Retired military.
fitgers1  
04/19/2012 10:00AM
Facility/Physical Plant manager for several sites for a state agency.
Part-time wild land fire fighter for a different state agency (DNR).
Also retired military (jet engine/gas turbine systems and instructor)
fishguts  
04/19/2012 10:02AM
Dental Technician, crown & bridge :-)
cinna  
04/19/2012 10:07AM
mircobiologist - biotech manufacturing
crumpman  
04/19/2012 10:13AM
I am in my first year of retirement from teaching Social Studies and being a head cross country and track coach. I often miss the teaching, I do not miss being a head coach. I still coach as a volunteer for Cross Country and the pole vault in Track and Field.
Royce  
04/19/2012 10:16AM
Corrections officer for the state prison system
burntsider  
04/19/2012 10:21AM
quote mr.barley: "I work for August Schell brewery. A wearer of many hats there."

Given the well-deserved success of Nordeast, I wish Schell would develop and market Ranger Red or such to celebrate the beer-drinking tradition on Minnesota's homey Range.
burntsider  
04/19/2012 10:23AM
Retired. And back at home after a 40 year business trip.
vinnie  
04/19/2012 10:26AM
Concrete construction worker, Oh! and i own the the company with one other partner
Georgiaboy  
04/19/2012 10:34AM
Principal of an Alternative school. Grades 6 through 12.
27 days and I will be retired. Not that I am counting.
GSP  
04/19/2012 10:49AM
social worker/peer counselor at mental health crisis center.
Intrekid  
04/19/2012 10:56AM
Marketing/Public Programs for an art museum
BearWhoSwims  
04/19/2012 11:06AM
Picture framer
2K10  
04/19/2012 11:08AM
What a wide variety of careers we have here, and some interesting ones!

I am a Health & Wellness Coach. Educate/counsel people in weight & stress management, and tobacco cessation.
mirth  
04/19/2012 11:14AM
I do IT stuff - servers, routers, switches, etc. Kind of a jack of all trades.

I work for a rather large multinational company that is famous for cameras, copiers, and printers.
nctry  
04/19/2012 11:16AM
Had a chimney repair business for over twenty years. Ended up doing a bit of new construction of building fireplaces and installing wood burning stoves and class A chimneys. My health got the better of me so I have backed off and do Maintanance for our township and play around at a canoe shop. Got some new enterprizes going and will enlighten when they amount to something. My focus now is on paddling, to bad you can't make a living doing that. :) Also a volunteer fire fighter and first responder.
Ragged  
04/19/2012 11:22AM
I work for a local product development firm that does design, engineering and research. My specific role involves engineering and fabricating any and all prototypes needed during the many phases of development, from simple concept shapes to highly complex fully engineered systems, every day is a new ball game, that’s why I love it.
jfunk  
04/19/2012 11:22AM
High school business and computer teacher.
josterchild  
04/19/2012 11:32AM
high school special education teacher and coach
mc2mens  
04/19/2012 11:34AM
quote Jeriatric: "I start the morning with a mug of coffee and a cigar on the back deck. First, I welcome the wild turkeys as they file past on their way to the bird feeder area under the side deck. If they are lucky, I throw a few hands full of corn down to them.
The western gray squirrels then come and check me out to see if I have any peanuts. Sometimes I do.
Normally, my day is free after that."


Cake Eater!
leag  
04/19/2012 11:37AM
Paralegal at a Law Firm.
inspector13  
04/19/2012 11:48AM

Quality Assurance and Control for a medical device company. Dick Cheney had been using one of our products, a bridge to transplant device, for the past couple of years.

I calibrate our disposables, produced for testing blood gas and metabolic panels, using linear and nonlinear regression on test data. I also collect and analyze trends in quality data (mostly control charts), write plans and analyze data for instrument qualification, write Standard Operating Procedures, create Excel spread sheets and other statistical programs for data analysis, and I am the point person for training and internal audits.

Did your eyes glaze over? My job is boring and dry. I would rather be a field biologist, or even a bench chemist like I trained for.

bassnut  
04/19/2012 12:07PM
Registered Respiratory Therapist...specialize in Burn ICU, and nutrition for Burn and COPD pts.
longtall  
04/19/2012 12:08PM
Mechanical designer for a large marine engine/propulsion company.
cinna  
04/19/2012 12:10PM
quote inspector13: "
Quality Assurance and Control for a medical device company. Dick Cheney had been using one of our products, a bridge to transplant device, for the past couple of years.


I calibrate our disposables, produced for testing blood gas and metabolic panels, using linear and nonlinear regression on test data. I also collect and analyze trends in quality data (mostly control charts), write plans and analyze data for instrument qualification, write Standard Operating Procedures, create Excel spread sheets and other statistical programs for data analysis, and I am the point person for training and internal audits.


Did your eyes glaze over? My job is boring and dry. I would rather be a field biologist, or even a bench chemist like I trained for.



Inspector13: you are appreciated and keeping us safe. Don't let anyone tell you different. I think of you guys -working with the FDA - as public safety officers.
Mashuga  
04/19/2012 12:27PM
I've been a park ranger for 37 years, with the feds for the last 32. I plan on retiring sometime between tomorrow and 15 months. Then, I want to find a job that doesn't involve people.
ryebread26  
04/19/2012 12:33PM
I work for a electric contractor. deliver parts and help with inventory
keth0601  
04/19/2012 12:51PM
Student, graduating with my degree in computer programming in 3 weeks.
sotaman  
04/19/2012 12:54PM
Contracting Officer for the Superior National Forest and the 148th Fighter Wing. Been in the Air Force in one form or another for fifteen years now.
RAFA Ranger  
04/19/2012 01:00PM
Civil Engineer
Spartan1  
04/19/2012 01:00PM
Retired for two years.
Before that I worked for 34 years for a gas and electric utility. First as a maintenance supervisor then with all areas of inventory management.

Neil
CORIOLIS  
04/19/2012 01:17PM
27 years with a two way radio/communication company. Install the equipment from the base stations and cables on the ground to the antennas and coaxial cables on the towers, though I finally quit climbing two and a half years ago (let the young kids have at it).
K2  
04/19/2012 01:30PM
Transportation, aka trucking. Run around 400 trucks total most of my time is spent on the 215 that run freight of all kinds from the Mid-West to the West Coast and haul produce back into the Mid-West. The rest is a mix of dumps, tankers, and regional tractor trailers.
paddlefamily  
04/19/2012 01:48PM
writer, designer
gorytt  
04/19/2012 02:15PM
I work in the credit department of the local utility company.
inspector13  
04/19/2012 02:20PM

Thanks Cinna!

chesapeakes  
04/19/2012 02:21PM
Cattle farmer/ dog trainer.
cowdoc  
04/19/2012 02:29PM
cowdoc
oneportage  
04/19/2012 02:44PM
I grow hierloom tomatoes and other tasty crops for grocery stores and resteraunts in the twin cities.I also sell at the mpls farmers market. my brother and I own and operate a gymnastics training center in Savage mn. I have been farming and coaching over 35 years. I do not think I will ever retire, farming is addictive.
emptynest56  
04/19/2012 02:46PM
Medical Lab Technologist at a Twin Cities children's hospital. Being in a hospital lab, of course we are in the basement with no windows. Makes me look forward to the outdoor vistas in the BW!
Buster  
04/19/2012 02:48PM
Quality assurance auditor for a major airline.
Dbldppr1250  
04/19/2012 02:54PM
41 years P. E. teacher, now retired for 4 months. Ready to go back part time to coach hoops again. Also, sideline hobby is high school/college women softball umpire.
Gunflinter  
04/19/2012 02:56PM
My son and I own and operate 10 hair salons. Neither one of us cuts hair, it's the perfect job, we legally can't do any of the real work.


MrBreeze  
04/19/2012 02:57PM
I am an organic chemist working as a Lubrication Engineer and Laboratory Manager. I like the chemistry part more than the manager part. Basically I make new oil products and test used lubricants from equipment to determine the status of the equipment and oil (maintenance).

BWPaddler  
04/19/2012 03:41PM
Really fun to read the whole thread - we are from all walks of life!

26 years and counting in IT, now for huge company that bought my previous company, sigh. I've worn many hats, one of my favorites was managing a group of engineers that installed software and trained people on US Army bases in Europe. Of course I had to "help" a lot! Now, I work from home and focus on "integration" - making different computer systems talk to each other and share data. I specialize in "procurement" processes, but haven't touched those in a long time.

I also wear many hats in parenting three kids with various special needs. I am transportation director, CFO, social worker, therapist, teacher, law enforcement, cheerleader, scout master, health care manager, lifeguard, travel agent, cruise director and ship captain, personal assistant, tutor, insurance agent, banker, chief mechanic, chef/nutritionist, housekeeper, pharmacist, education advocate... it never ends, and I never want it to!
bapazian1  
04/19/2012 05:34PM
When I first went to the BWCAW a few years ago I was a door to door sales men. Then a Americorps volunteer with Conservation Corps Minnesota and Iowa. Then Greenpeace as a fundraiser. Now I work for New York City Parks as a trail restoration Crew Leader. Hope to get out to the BWCAW later in the year when I have some vacation time!
Jackfish  
04/19/2012 05:38PM
Regional sales manager for a building products manufacturer.
vickieh69  
04/19/2012 05:39PM
RN at hospital-love the variety it has to offer. Have worked in Medical Surgical, ICU, ED, leadership and current field Quality Improvement.
bapabear  
04/19/2012 06:00PM
My first response found me honest and upfront with you folks. I'm proud of what my career has been but when I usually meet someone new I don't say I was a teacher. I'll tell them I've been in "energy management" for almost 4 decades and I get a LOT of interesting looks and questions about what that could be.

This is a most interesting thread. It takes all kinds to make a world and when I meet folks in the BW I'll appreciate better the thought of what they are trying to "get away" from.
Merganser  
04/19/2012 06:13PM
Software engineer.
sterngirl  
04/19/2012 06:16PM
I work as a Special Education Teacher in an Elementary school. I love not working in the summer.
mcsweem  
04/19/2012 06:17PM
Last 13 years papermaker. Largest recycled mill in the. U. S. The 15 before that social worker working with delinquent teens.
waterdog  
04/19/2012 06:24PM
Full-time: dir of training at a Big 10 university.
Part-time: trainer of licensed security officers.
Basspro69  
04/19/2012 07:08PM
quote cowdoc: "cowdoc " LMAO
Dances with Sheep  
04/19/2012 07:32PM
Medical Physicist at a cancer center
eagle93  
04/19/2012 07:32PM
Like bapabear, I have spent a lot of time in 6th grade, both elementary school and middle school. Will finally graduate after 40 years on June 6th. Best job in the world. Rewarding in so many ways.

I am looking forward to being a full-time grampa.
awbrown  
04/19/2012 07:33PM
Retired 3 years ago.

Before that, Chief Engineer at a State Mental Hospital.
plainspaddler  
04/19/2012 07:41PM
Taught school(2nd grade), worked construction, and now Law Enforcement.

Traveler  
04/19/2012 07:45PM
College professor teaching graphic design. Summer starts in two weeks!
Camp Cook  
04/19/2012 08:04PM
Retail manager.
dprochef  
04/19/2012 08:38PM
quote Boognish1: "Chef on a live aboard scuba dive company in the Bahamas."

WOW, sounds like a great job. would love to hear some details. Shoot me an e-mail sometime. Would be great to meet in the BWCA sometime.
dprochef  
04/19/2012 08:40PM
Thanks everyone for all the feed back.

Very interesting to see all the different careers that people have but still have the same overall interest in the BWCA. I think it's good to see that there is a very diverse group of people that enjoy the outdoors/canoeing/camping/nature. Seems to me that we have a very strong group of people here on the BWCA.com site.

Thanks to all and would love to spend a evening at a campfire with you all to talk about your experiences.

"Stay strong and canoe long"
Savage Voyageur  
04/19/2012 08:41PM
Field service mechanic for power generators and trucks/buses and heavy equipment.
twston  
04/19/2012 08:52PM
20 years in electrical distribution. Still trying to figure out what I want to do when I grow up.
Kevlar  
04/19/2012 09:02PM
Another teacher! Retired after 34 years in junior high, teaching social studies and English, coaching 20 years of 8th grade girls' basketball, and my favorite, 24 years of cross country running.

A very interesting topic. Without actually counting, it seems like the careers mentioned most often are teaching and some form of IT/computer. Many jobs that involve a lot of people contact...may explain our love of the BW solitude. Many non-physical jobs. My iron-worker inlaws don't want anything to do with hobbies that take exertion...fish from a motorboat, hunt from a deer stand...have more than enough exercise on the job.
dprochef  
04/19/2012 09:14PM
quote Kevlar: "Another teacher! Retired after 34 years in junior high, teaching social studies and English, coaching 20 years of 8th grade girls' basketball, and my favorite, 24 years of cross country running.


A very interesting topic. Without actually counting, it seems like the careers mentioned most often are teaching and some form of IT/computer. Many jobs that involve a lot of people contact...may explain our love of the BW solitude. Many non-physical jobs. My iron-worker inlaws don't want anything to do with hobbies that take exertion...fish from a motorboat, hunt from a deer stand...have more than enough exercise on the job. "


Thought the same thing. was very surprised that there was not as many "Blue" collar, hands on workers, as I would have assumed there would have been.
friman001  
04/19/2012 09:27PM
accounting/analytics
HighPlainsDrifter  
04/19/2012 09:40PM
Was a research Soil Scientist (37 years of science)
now I am retired
quite happy
and building my 2nd cedar strip ( my new science job :)
stormrider1  
04/19/2012 09:44PM
I do IT work for a Mental health center. I did a lot of cooking and construction while going to school and figuring out what I really wanted to be.
BigMac  
04/19/2012 10:12PM
Im a sheetmetal worker. I install heating and ventilation systems(mostly ductwork) in commercial buildings.
Bonvicken  
04/19/2012 10:55PM
Systems Engineering manager for a large aerospace firm.
Part-time musician.
tg  
04/19/2012 11:10PM
Physician assistant with the hospitalist service at a large east metro level 1 trauma center and teaching hospital
Hawkeye2010  
04/19/2012 11:10PM
DDS
RaisedByBears99  
04/19/2012 11:27PM
quote dprochef: "quote Kevlar: "Another teacher!
Thought the same thing. was very surprised that there was not as many "Blue" collar, hands on workers, as I would have assumed there would have been. "


Oh, I think they utilize the area as much as anyone - at least many of the locals do. They just don't see much need to go online and talk about it.

I've been doing a very unofficial poll among northshore residents the last few weeks. It is very strange. The responses vary between "Love the place, go as often as possible," to "Never been there," or "Been there once," with very little in-between.

Living so close, I find the lack of curiosity intriguing.

chaseMX41  
04/19/2012 11:41PM
I graduate college with a B.S. in two weeks. I hope to find a job soon that will put me on the path to becoming an agricultural lender/ loan officer. I also farm with my father. I'll eventually be generation 6 to take over the family farm.
Drab  
04/19/2012 11:55PM
University logic/ philosophy instructor
Bwoods  
04/20/2012 12:21AM
I am a director at a non-profit camp in St. Louis area. I am also an active volunteer and vice president of a wildlife rehabilitation center.

Great to see what everyone else does!
knitsocks77  
04/20/2012 07:06AM
quote bumabu: "Police and Fire dispatcher, and income tax prep during tax season."

I was a dispatcher for the Wi State Patrol for about 5 years before I went to nursing school.
griswold  
04/20/2012 07:15AM
Industrial Rehabilitation Specialist for a major airline.
john 800  
04/20/2012 07:24AM
Diesel Mechanic for a private motorcoach and schoolbus company
Instigator  
04/20/2012 07:45AM
Fish and wildlife biologist with a tribal natural resource agency.
Canoeski999  
04/20/2012 09:32AM
Electric Arc Furnace operator at a steel mill in Ohio
ozarkpaddler  
04/20/2012 11:04AM
Spent all my adult life in health care. 25 years as a R.N.
DeterminedOrange  
04/20/2012 12:27PM
Unbelievable mix of professions!

I'm a Senior Electrical Designer of packaging machines. About half my time in design of power and control circuits and the other half programming PLC's, servo motion control and HMI's.
Bill Tea  
04/20/2012 08:27PM
Financial aid counselor at a Chicago area university and adjunct psychology professor there and at junior colleges in the area from time to time.
Canoearoo  
04/20/2012 09:48PM
I'm a Children's Ministry Director in an E'free church.

I also home-school our 3 kids (we cover canoeing a lot in school lol)
Jonesy  
04/20/2012 09:50PM
Auditor with the Gov't (not IRS).
Yakfish  
04/20/2012 10:17PM
Account Management Director for a consumer internet company.
PlumberDave  
04/20/2012 10:31PM
Jack of all trades and master of none.
Oh wait a minute I do carry a master licence in plumbing.
zeke1000  
04/21/2012 12:17AM
I'm an energy and environmental lawyer in Denver. Really impressed with the breadth of people on this site and the respectful (and fun!) conversations here.
blutofish1  
04/21/2012 05:37AM
I install and repair heating and cooling equipment for a university in Indianapolis.I also teach a millwright apprenticeship course
for the university.
missmolly  
04/21/2012 08:05AM
Journalist, lecturer, and comedienne.
ghamer  
04/21/2012 08:12AM
Engineering Lab Technician at a Defense communications contractor. Part-time nature photography business.
Red Solo  
04/21/2012 08:32AM
I'm the guy who everyone avoids at cocktail parties. I'm in the insurance biz!
Scout64  
04/21/2012 08:54AM
Banker
pdidy  
04/21/2012 08:54AM
Volunter Fire Fighter/First Responder/Hazmat operations.

Service Manager at a HVAC company. 8 Techs to keep under control and busy.
RJB  
04/21/2012 09:52AM
Very interesting. I'm a former commercial lender whose bank was gutted by a newly formed loss/share bank.

I have been in and around the BWCA almost every summer, sometimes more than once, since 1953. I enjoy it more every year. What a treasure! Pointing toward late June this year.
Hawbakers  
04/21/2012 10:08AM
quote Beaverjack: "I pick things up and then put them down. Actually, I can't say what I do, it's best you don't know - it could put you in danger."

LOL I love it! I do a lot of that, too, just around the house. (Where did I put my reading glasses?)

Me? Right now I drive a mini school bus for Robbinsdale Schools Special Education. Summers off for more camping and canoeing time
fishonfishoff  
04/21/2012 12:44PM
quote Jeriatric: "I start the morning with a mug of coffee and a cigar on the back deck. First, I welcome the wild turkeys as they file past on their way to the bird feeder area under the side deck. If they are lucky, I throw a few hands full of corn down to them.
The western gray squirrels then come and check me out to see if I have any peanuts. Sometimes I do.
Normally, my day is free after that."
That is my goal in life except I don't smoke or drink coffee. In my present life I fix CNC machines for a living.
Arlo Pankook  
04/21/2012 02:03PM
Before 2008 I was a Builder/Carpenter.

Now I'm a Carpenter/Handyman/Builder.

Oh, and soon to be landlord.
Old Hoosier  
04/21/2012 04:45PM
Electrical engineer - have worked in the semiconductor business, electronic equipment business, and was even a plant manager for plastics/wood processing company for outdoor products. Now work for a automotive/industrial battery company.

Old Hoosier
Joseph16  
04/21/2012 05:39PM
Was a diesel tech for the Army for a handful of years, now in nursing school and presently, and pleasantly unemployed.
WI Paddler  
04/21/2012 06:40PM
Medical sales rep here:-)
yellowcanoe  
04/21/2012 07:32PM
Retired.

Was a paramedic for 27 years.
chesapeakes  
04/21/2012 07:41PM
I can't believe I'm the only farmer. Anybody else do any farming?
Chilly  
04/22/2012 01:29PM
Rochambeau consultant
JoeWilderness  
04/22/2012 02:25PM
quote butthead: "42 years of production work at a chocolate factory (Nestle), almost all in bulk raw materials receiving/handling.


butthead"


Oh man! Receiving and handling chocolate? That is a dream job!!!
Zulu  
04/22/2012 03:03PM
quote chesapeakes: "I can't believe I'm the only farmer. Anybody else do any farming?"
I recently heard there is becoming a shortage of farmers in Minnesota and some programs were being initiated to help. I believe it was aimed at people who were already part of a farming family though.

All the farmers I know were born into it. My dad grew up on a series of rented farms and I have always admired the profession.
butthead  
04/22/2012 03:07PM
quote JoeWilderness: "quote butthead: "42 years of production work at a chocolate factory (Nestle), almost all in bulk raw materials receiving/handling.



butthead"



Oh man! Receiving and handling chocolate? That is a dream job!!!"



You bet Joe, a lot of interesting vermin come from those tropical 3rd world countries!

butthead
quark2222  
04/22/2012 03:23PM
Conversation killer. "What do you do for a living?" "I sell pumps." Oh . . . Actually, I own a pump distributorship. We carry a number of lines for industrial and sanitary applications for food, pharmaceutical, chemical, asphalt, biofuel, and many other markets. Anything that is remotely liquid-like, we can sell you a pump for the application. 24 years. Prior to that, I've been a product manager for a banking supply company, a QC tech, OEM sales manager, and in addition to that, I am currently an outdoor slave to my wife, doing landscaping at our house. My Spanish is getting really good! Spent 5 hours so far today cutting the lawn and cutting Buckthorn. Time for a shot and a beer!

Tomster
Spartan2  
04/22/2012 06:17PM
quote Zulu: "quote chesapeakes: "I can't believe I'm the only farmer. Anybody else do any farming?"
I recently heard there is becoming a shortage of farmers in Minnesota and some programs were being initiated to help. I believe it was aimed at people who were already part of a farming family though.


All the farmers I know were born into it. My dad grew up on a series of rented farms and I have always admired the profession."


I think there is a very simple reason why there aren't farmers in this group (chesapeakes being the notable exception.) Most farmers can't get away for a vacation! My grandfather was a farmer, my husband's father and several of his uncles and cousins were farmers, my husband worked for five years on farms, my uncles were all farmers, and I know lots of farmers. Getting one week away from the farm is a very, very unusual situation and it would be once about every five years, not a regular thing.

As "hobby farmers", we are very fortunate to have a neighbor who enjoys being a substitute shepherd when we are away. But it is difficult to leave even a small flock of sheep, and a large garden is a mess of weeds when we get back after a couple of weeks in Minnesota.

Farming isn't an occupation that lends itself to taking vacations, especially in the soft water season.

The people who have the luxury of going to the canoe country are either the ones who live nearby or the ones who get regular vacation time and can schedule it all at once during the months between May and September. A very good reason why teachers seem to be in abundance on the portages. :-)
Zulu  
04/22/2012 06:30PM
I met a man on a portage doing a week trip who was a farmer. He said he was on a paid vacation. He paid his neighbor to do his farm chores for a week so he could take a vacation!
TomT  
04/22/2012 08:47PM
Me and my wife own and run Weedoo Windows, Inc. We clean residential windows and gutters and also do snow removal in the western suburbs of Chicago.

I worked in a custom photo lab for 7 years while building a customer base. I quit there in 1996 and now we both wear many hats as small business owners.

gsfisher13  
04/23/2012 03:13AM
Network Administrator for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. More or less an IT plumber, I keep all the things running that should be running and fix when things aren't working.
Unas10  
04/23/2012 05:01AM
quote gsfisher13: "Network Administrator for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. More or less an IT plumber, I keep all the things running that should be running and fix when things aren't working."

A great organization. It meant a lot to me in my years at UW-EC. In fact, I hope to see some of the alums next weekend at a wedding.
Arlo Pankook  
04/23/2012 08:32AM
quote walllee: "Greenhouse and garden center owner"

No spring trips for you then?
floatstanley  
04/23/2012 08:58AM
Life Guard.
Mustangt125  
04/23/2012 10:07AM
Lobbyist.

eglath  
04/23/2012 10:49AM
I run the Map Library at the University of Minnesota (which is where the maps in the Historic section came from...)
rookie in 03  
04/23/2012 11:48AM
Millwright- we build and repair grain elevators and feed mills.
Grumpy  
04/23/2012 12:04PM
Real Job - Structural Steel Detailer

Pretend Job - ATF at Cabelas
misqua  
04/23/2012 12:09PM
Geohydrologist for the U.S.EPA and U.S.Forest Service. Hope to retire in two years. Already have my cabin in the Superior National Forest on a nice lake off the Wanless Road (FR 172) near Isabella. Can't wait to spend more time up there.
oldnewbie  
04/23/2012 12:45PM
nailbender
jphares44  
04/23/2012 02:22PM
Quite the interesting post!

I do IT work as a Technical Support Analyst for a large home health and hospice company.
kayakrookie1  
04/23/2012 02:23PM
I'm a CIA analyst....Just kidding.
oneportage  
04/23/2012 02:27PM
I posted it earlier, I am a farmer. I grow 7,ooo tomatoes and alot of other crops. I get my planting done, get the weeds out , stake and tie the tomatoes and go to the bwca in mid to late june. when we get home it is not to hard to get things back into shape. then if we get our work done we go back to the bwca for 3 days and basecamp and fish. and if I am really lucky we go back to bwca after frost in fall.
walllee  
04/23/2012 06:15PM
Arlo, I have never been on a spring trip in my entire life. I no I am missing a great fishing season. What I really regret is not being able to hit the Rainy run. Oh well, maybe some year. I Will have to hit the lotto, or find somebody who wants to buy a garden center. Nobody wants to work that hard now days. Guess I can not blame them. 7 days a week, 8 months out of the year. I can not complain though, I do get up that way 4 or 5 times a year. Great pics on the fishing forum by the way.
wildernessfan2  
04/23/2012 06:45PM
IT business owner.
ozarkpaddler  
04/23/2012 06:57PM
quote chesapeakes: "I can't believe I'm the only farmer. Anybody else do any farming?"

Used to have 98 head of cattle, mostly Santa Gertrudis and charlais with a few others scattered through the herd. Sold out in the '90's. Not enough hours in the week to get all the work done without help, especially with my other career. So we let our neighbor run his herd on our land now. Do miss it sometimes, and I'm certain I'll buy a few again when I retire.


chesapeakes  
04/23/2012 07:22PM
quote Spartan2: "quote Zulu: "quote chesapeakes: "I can't believe I'm the only farmer. Anybody else do any farming?"
I recently heard there is becoming a shortage of farmers in Minnesota and some programs were being initiated to help. I believe it was aimed at people who were already part of a farming family though.



All the farmers I know were born into it. My dad grew up on a series of rented farms and I have always admired the profession."



I think there is a very simple reason why there aren't farmers in this group (chesapeakes being the notable exception.) Most farmers can't get away for a vacation! My grandfather was a farmer, my husband's father and several of his uncles and cousins were farmers, my husband worked for five years on farms, my uncles were all farmers, and I know lots of farmers. Getting one week away from the farm is a very, very unusual situation and it would be once about every five years, not a regular thing.

That is true. It is hard to get away. I take care of my brother in laws farm when they go on vacation and he does the same for me. Thats why only one trip a year. I grew up working on my grandparents farm in the summer. I went to college to be in law enforcement but couldn't give up working on. A farm. No regrets. I love farming.

As "hobby farmers", we are very fortunate to have a neighbor who enjoys being a substitute shepherd when we are away. But it is difficult to leave even a small flock of sheep, and a large garden is a mess of weeds when we get back after a couple of weeks in Minnesota.


Farming isn't an occupation that lends itself to taking vacations, especially in the soft water season.


The people who have the luxury of going to the canoe country are either the ones who live nearby or the ones who get regular vacation time and can schedule it all at once during the months between May and September. A very good reason why teachers seem to be in abundance on the portages. :-)"
OBX2Kayak  
04/23/2012 07:40PM
quote floatstanley: "Life Guard."

Big smile! You do a good job, Stan.
Bonvicken  
04/23/2012 09:20PM
quote Spartan2: "quote Zulu: "quote chesapeakes: "I can't believe I'm the only farmer. Anybody else do any farming?"
I recently heard there is becoming a shortage of farmers in Minnesota and some programs were being initiated to help. I believe it was aimed at people who were already part of a farming family though.



All the farmers I know were born into it. My dad grew up on a series of rented farms and I have always admired the profession."



I think there is a very simple reason why there aren't farmers in this group (chesapeakes being the notable exception.) Most farmers can't get away for a vacation! My grandfather was a farmer, my husband's father and several of his uncles and cousins were farmers, my husband worked for five years on farms, my uncles were all farmers, and I know lots of farmers. Getting one week away from the farm is a very, very unusual situation and it would be once about every five years, not a regular thing.


As "hobby farmers", we are very fortunate to have a neighbor who enjoys being a substitute shepherd when we are away. But it is difficult to leave even a small flock of sheep, and a large garden is a mess of weeds when we get back after a couple of weeks in Minnesota.


Farming isn't an occupation that lends itself to taking vacations, especially in the soft water season.


The people who have the luxury of going to the canoe country are either the ones who live nearby or the ones who get regular vacation time and can schedule it all at once during the months between May and September. A very good reason why teachers seem to be in abundance on the portages. :-)"


Dirt farmers don't have much to do between planting and harvesting season. Dairy farmers are a different story...
Spartan2  
04/23/2012 09:37PM
Are you a "dirt farmer", Bonvicken? The "dirt farmers" I know are very busy between planting and harvest, but perhaps they are just smaller farmers than the ones you know.
Millrat  
04/23/2012 09:58PM
Overhead crane repair Arcelor Mittal Steel on the shore of lake michigan
Drab  
04/23/2012 10:08PM
quote chesapeakes: "I can't believe I'm the only farmer. Anybody else do any farming?"

Only on a small scale (though to be honest over the last couple of years my small scale farming has brought in almost as much income as my full time teaching. I know it won't last but these grain prices are unreal!)
WhiteWolf  
04/24/2012 02:04AM
Full Time : weather observer at KDSM (Des Moines International Airport). We basically babysit a system designed in the late 1980's and correct new technology that's supposed to replace it and actually gives us more work. Basically comes down to seeing and reporting weather conditons that sensors can't see or do a horrible job of so pilots actually know and trust whats going on rather then relying on automated sensors.

Part Time : snow weather forecaster for a private firm. Upper Midwest area. Watch out this weekend S.MN!!!!!
254Bow  
04/24/2012 02:57AM
quote Mashuga: "I've been a park ranger for 37 years, with the feds for the last 32. I plan on retiring sometime between tomorrow and 15 months. Then, I want to find a job that doesn't involve people."

After nearly 22 years in Law Enforcement, can I relate to you. Good luck! Only 4 years, and 4 months to go, then I too, will avoid people. Like the plague. Except the ones I like and trust. About 3, I think. :)
toddhunter  
04/24/2012 09:33AM
Lawyer (business and employment litigation)
kavdvm  
04/24/2012 09:54AM
Spent 10 years as registered nurse (still have the license), then decided to change careers. Now I'm a practicing veterinarian focusing on small animals (dogs & cats).


Hawkeye2010 --- Do you graduate from the U. of Iowa? My mother was an RN in oral surgery there for 30+ years, and my brother is a dental lab tech. in Pros. If you graduated in 2010, then you know him.
chesapeakes  
04/24/2012 09:58AM
I'm not a big farm. Cattle 50-100 head. Supplement with dog training. I have a deal with my brother in law. I take care of his pig farm when he is gone and he takes care of my farm when I'm gone. Only leave once a year though. Hard to get away. Makes me nervous leaving.
Dennisal  
04/24/2012 10:50AM
Banker. Head Teller of 3 branches. Oversee 22 tellers.

fitgers1  
04/24/2012 11:27AM
quote chesapeakes: "I can't believe I'm the only farmer. Anybody else do any farming?"

Besides my income earning employment mentioned above, I farm about 8 acres of hay on my property and assist my cousin with about 50 acres on my dad's property. The 50 has been hay for the last eight years and it was put into corn last year. Also assist the same cousin that runs about 40 head of beef on my dad's land. So, not truly a farmer but definately in the mix. I like the payment for this work - a freezer full of beef every year.
My son says I have a tree farm. I plant a few hundred every year. This year it will be 600 I am planting. Did half last weekend and the other half this coming weekend. The farm should look pretty good for my grandchildren.
housty9  
04/24/2012 12:33PM
Porn star, just kidding mechanic and demo promoter.
TIGERKAT  
04/24/2012 02:19PM
Own and operate a home inspection company for both buyers and sellers.
muckluck  
04/24/2012 07:12PM
quote Chilly: "Rochambeau consultant "whats that?
karola  
04/24/2012 07:18PM
College student and work as a graduate assistant, graduating in 1 year.
Mashuga  
04/24/2012 07:52PM
quote 254Bow: "quote Mashuga: "I've been a park ranger for 37 years, with the feds for the last 32. I plan on retiring sometime between tomorrow and 15 months. Then, I want to find a job that doesn't involve people."


After nearly 22 years in Law Enforcement, can I relate to you. Good luck! Only 4 years, and 4 months to go, then I too, will avoid people. Like the plague. Except the ones I like and trust. About 3, I think. :)"


254Bow, thanks! You have lots of friends. I can only come up with 2 people I really like.:) Stay alert, watch your 6 and good luck to you too.
KarlBAndersen1  
04/24/2012 08:11PM
Full time Blade Smith.

Andersen Forge
h20  
04/24/2012 08:18PM
Restaurant supervisor. Deal with customers and employees 5 days a week. Get away the other 2.
Puin78thdiv  
04/24/2012 08:27PM
Non-destructive testing tech
RT  
04/24/2012 09:38PM
I am an Associate Media Producer for Fantasy Flight Games. The company makes board games and I am on the team that makes the How to Play videos and commericals.
mntentman  
04/24/2012 09:51PM
quote RT: "I am an Associate Media Producer for Fantasy Flight Games. The company makes board games and I am on the team that makes the How to Play videos and commericals."

Hey, RT... you must work with my nephews (on my wife's side) -- the Hurley boys.
frogger  
04/25/2012 04:06PM
Sales Rep for Blue Bunny Ice Cream, almost 20 years, probably work another 10 and hope my health stays good and I can take grand kids to the BWCA.
inspector13  
04/25/2012 05:02PM
quote muckluck: "quote Chilly: "Rochambeau consultant "whats that?"

A type of conflict resolution consultant?

I’m an amateur mind reader too. Sometimes with certain workplace cultures you get good at it. : )

outdooraddict  
04/25/2012 08:32PM
Welder, just had an interview today, hoping to move up in the company. I have horrible interviewing skills though :-/
RT  
04/25/2012 08:51PM
LOL... that's funny. One of those Hurley's is my boss.
520eek  
04/25/2012 11:14PM
motorcycle mechanic for law enforcement agency
Tonya33  
04/26/2012 09:28AM
Taxi driver, nurse, motivational speaker, ref, coach, cook, maid, party,day trip, and vacation planner, teacher, pro lego builder and book reader, ,banker or rather atm machine ;)...Yup I'm a stay at home mom.
On the side I am a school assistant sub, I teach Zumba fitness classes, and maintain our little hobby farm.

Planning our first BWCA trip this July!

I just read through a bunch of strangers professions and found it quite entertaining. I am completely addicted the BWCA.com. Facebook? whats facebook?
sotaman  
04/26/2012 10:21AM
quote frogger: "Sales Rep for Blue Bunny Ice Cream, almost 20 years, probably work another 10 and hope my health stays good and I can take grand kids to the BWCA."

Shoot me an email at trent.thomas21@gmail.com I met someone that works for them too. He has a son that was with mine at the Shriners in MSP. Maybe you know who I refering too.
fireman  
04/26/2012 11:12AM
Full Time Mechanic (fix trucks and heavy equipment) for the power company, Paid on call Firefighter/EMT. Best job of all; being a DAD!
grampgramp  
04/26/2012 11:54AM
I work in the medical research field, being a dad is great, but the best job is a grandpa
Ozarker  
04/26/2012 12:08PM
Taught HS Science full-time for 32 years. Retired 2 years ago. Was happily retired for a month when a neighboring school district called and said they needed a P/T science teacher. I was actually up in the Knife Lake area when they called my outfitter looking for me. Also work P/T for our county's Soil and Water Conservation District. Also run a small ranch raising grass-fed Lowline Angus beef.

My wife's not happy with me as I'll be in MN the first week of June, right in the middle of our heifer calving season!
tschultzee