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Mar 08, 2006 08:51 # 42195

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Pharmacist, Truck Driver, Librarian, or Nurse?

Alright, my recent journal entry was pretty pissy, because I am mad about circumstances; but I finally found something to really take my mind off those. I read that several job industries will be begging for new workers fairly soon. These are: Registered Nurse, Machinist, Librarian, Truck Driver, and Pharmacist.

I'm thinking that if I can make this new apartment thing work, then eventually I can go back to school for another Bachelor's or a Master's, on top of the Bachelor's that I already have....so I thought about each of the fields from the bottom up.

Pharmacist: Hm. Once when I was an art student, and awaiting crititque of a sculpture, a fellow student wrote his own version of my grade on a piece of foamcore, and placed it beside my piece. His card read:

GRADE: Have you considered Pharmacy School?

Haha. But seriously, I don't think I could support the bullshit pharmaceutical industry...drug pushers that some people who work in it can be. I would have to hate myself.

Moving on.

Truck Driver: Uh, I know that my hairdresser was one, but I'd rather be a hairdresser than a truck driver. I just can't jump that high into the cab!

Librarian: Ooooh! This looks promising. A career in library science. I'm not joking. I like that idea very, very much. All those books, and I don't have to own them. Thinking hard.

Machinist: Dudes, I wouldn't even know where to start. It's not like truck driving, where I might, and I say might be able to start the engine. :/

Registered Nurse: Hey, I work at my current job with a lot of registered nurses who need extra cashola. AND today I met someone who has a career as a permanent cosmetics and skincare expert with a Registered Nursing degree. She tatoos eyebrows and eyeliner, and lipcolor onto people. Now, I know what you are thinking...this is a very vain industry to get into...but with a background in art, the soft touch, and the sleight of hand required in painting, airbrushing and drawing, as well as tinting photographs would serve well here. I think this sounds like fun. Maybe.

Or maybe I'll stick with the idea of becoming a quirky hairdresser with juicy stories to tell about a former career as a stripper. Right now I gotta get well AGAIN, but it is nice to dream.

My mind is made up...not like my bed, which is a mess.

This post was edited by rosyxxx on Mar 08, 2006.

Mar 08, 2006 20:59 # 42202

Deimos ** has all the information you need...

Re: Pharmacist, Truck Driver, Librarian, or Nurse?

What do you mean exactly by Machinist? The brief annotation gives little to describe.

The Machinist definition I'm familiar with is someone who is competent with fashioning components out of blocks of metal by various processes. Its not a bad option, theres a good demand for machinists, but you might find work hard to find as certainly in the UK at least (dunno bout US) many firms are moving toward CAD/M interlinked processes.

If youve got good hand-eye coordination then its not as bad an idea as you think. Typical accuracy (by hand) is expected to within maybe 1/100th of an inch for mediocre machinists, good to within 1/1000th, and exceptional to a tenth of a thou.

Other qualities youd need are an ability to think of routes of manufacture to a finished article from basic material, and in three dimensions, especially when it comes to lathework.

Hope this helps a tad. Engineerings my strongpoint. Dunno about the rest. *shrugs*

Sir Deimos, Beater of Ass.

Mar 08, 2006 22:28 # 42203

rosyxxx *** replies...

Re: Pharmacist, Truck Driver, Librarian, or Nurse?

Thanks Deimos. I don't think I'll be considering the machinist option, because I don't much like working with the parts of something, I prefer the whole. Machinist work sounds piecemeal. But something tells me that it is also really not up my alley. Engineering is just probably not my forte, either, though I'm curious. One of my friends from high school became an engineer, though I've lost contact with her. She, however, enjoyed making gadgets work. I'm a little more artsy-fartsy.

I love tweaking something, but I like it to involve some sort of canvas...either linen canvas or skin as a canvas, or a blank wall. I'd thought about tattooing, but I don't work fast, unless I have existing guidelines, which is where the cosmetic tattooing idea comes in. But then I guess that's just practice. I have infinitely more practice in coloring in eyebrows, eyes and lips. Having worked as a makeup artist at one point, didn't hurt either.

I also like the idea of sculpting and fashioning, but more along the lines of it being around the human body...such as jewelry, clothes, or hair design. There needs to be a human either directly referenced in the work, or worked around. I suppose, you know, when it comes to automobile design, that it can be worked around the human body. heh. Okay, I was thinking more of the fact that someone told me that the hood of my car was made to look like a woman's curves when I typed that sentence first, but then the irony of it struck me. Oh well.

And then there's my absolute life-long fascination with books. It might serve me well to address my need to be surrounded by stacks of them in a place that isn't my home. They take up so much space. I could, though, go to work every day, and just revel in all of the books, if I were a librarian. People tell me that I'd make a good one anyway...just hopefully not the sort of librarian the writer Borges describes in his books.

Engineerings my strongpoint.

Is it something that you do for a living? Just curious. I don't know much about engineering, but I'm curious. I expect you use an assload of physics knowledge, which was a subject that I enjoyed in college, but just couldn't seem to get. It was the only class I got a C in, and I was grateful...but it fascinated me. So, I'm curious about engineering and physics. Fill me in.

My mind is made up...not like my bed, which is a mess.

This post was edited by rosyxxx on Mar 08, 2006.

Mar 09, 2006 18:52 # 42211

Deimos ** replies...

Re: Pharmacist, Truck Driver, Librarian, or Nurse?

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I'm not an engineer, or at least, not yet. I'm at the end of my second sixth form year, going to go off and study mechanical engineering at uni in september. My dad's an engineer who started off as a machinist apprentice and worked his way up to management, so as a result I've been surrounded by it all my life, which is great cos I love it.

I know what you mean about the academia, though. Im not a particularly stellar academic when it comes to physics and maths, but so far I've always been the sharpest when it comes to solving practical problems.

Physics as an applied science is going to be reasonably limited with my selection (mechanical engineering) since the physics of speeding blocks of metal and the like we covered at the beggining of the course two years ago. The maths is quite simple, too. The rest of the past two years has been delving into electronics, sub atomic physics and interactions between light and matter, the larger part of which is irrelevant. On the plus side, I do know why the sky appears blue in the daytime and turns red in the morn and eve. Of course, your mileage may vary with what aspect of engineering you take an interest in.

Engineering is a very broad church, but the basic premise holds true across the board - the application and use of science to make things easier and solve problems. There are lots of XYZ Engineering, but the main ones:

Mechanical engineers deal,basically, with lots of large blocks of metal that whirl around and around and structures. Chemical engineers work to figure out how to produce chemicals en masse with the greatest efficiency and least cost. Electrical engineers deal with those magical boxes that do stuff. Geotechnical Engineering is basically a catch all for the mapping and extraction of natural resources (note: There is currently a large lack of mining engineers, or at least according to uni's in the uk.)Civil engineers deal with the construction and maintenance of buildings and municipal services; sewers,roads, that sort of thing. (For others see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fields_of_engineering)

The sky really is the limit in terms of what you can do.

Sir Deimos, Beater of Ass.

Oct 23, 2008 20:10 # 46081

Aynjell *** replies...

Re: Pharmacist, Truck Driver, Librarian, or Nurse?

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Machinist: Dudes, I wouldn't even know where to start. It's not like truck driving, where I might, and I say might be able to start the engine. :/

I was a machinist once, for about 2 years.

What do you mean exactly by Machinist? The brief annotation gives little to describe.

The Machinist definition I'm familiar with is someone who is competent with fashioning components out of blocks of metal by various processes. Its not a bad option, theres a good demand for machinists, but you might find work hard to find as certainly in the UK at least (dunno bout US) many firms are moving toward CAD/M interlinked processes.

If youve got good hand-eye coordination then its not as bad an idea as you think. Typical accuracy (by hand) is expected to within maybe 1/100th of an inch for mediocre machinists, good to within 1/1000th, and exceptional to a tenth of a thou.

Other qualities youd need are an ability to think of routes of manufacture to a finished article from basic material, and in three dimensions, especially when it comes to lathework.

Hope this helps a tad. Engineerings my strongpoint. Dunno about the rest. *shrugs*

Machinist work sucks. It's typically under paid and over worked. All my work was withing 1/1000th of an inch tolerances, and that's hard to hold on a 50 year old turret lathe.

As for the other stuff, my dad works on Citizen swiss lathes. Those are fun to watch, and when you work in that department, that's all you really do, watch and make offsets. I worked the secondary operations department, for example, when my dad's department fucked up and made a part too big or a cutting tool broke and a radius was not cut right, I was the guy that fixed them.

Either way, I'm way happier working my IT job.

I should be ashamed of myself.


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