View Full Version : What do you do, or did do, for a living?

03-08-2011, 10:00 PM
I joined the Navy in 74, got out a few years later because my only options were the USS Forrestal or the USS Forrestal. Went to school for 8 years, worked as a strength coach for awhile, then went back in the Navy. I got tired of the politics involved at Div I schools, and the Navy offered basic flight school (only 8 weeks worth for my specialty), plus a chance to continue my profession. I retired in 2007.

How about the rest of you?

03-08-2011, 10:50 PM
Retired from Chrysler (Mopar Parts Distribution) after 20 years, But have done a little of everything from logging and heavy equipment operator to cabinet maker before working at Mopar!

03-09-2011, 05:59 AM
I work as an ER nurse in Moab, Utah. Also work as a paramedic with the local EMS. Been working in healthcare since 1999.

03-09-2011, 09:00 AM
Did 7 years in the Army, got out in 2006 then got my BS in Wildlife Biology from University of Wyoming in 2010. Been working as a technician on different elk projects since then. Not bad getting paid to run around the mountains of western Wyoming and watch elk, almost like getting paid to go scouting all week.

03-09-2011, 09:45 AM
I had 32 years in the military - joined the National Guard in 1974, was hired full time a few years later. Put in a total of 32 years. Spent a year in Iraq (2004) and retired Jan 06. Moved to Wyoming last summer. I completed a taxidermy school a couple of years ago. Plan on getting a small business started sometime in the near future.

03-09-2011, 10:04 PM
I have 18 years in the Air Force and can't wait to retire!! After the AF I plan on doing something that takes little thought...keeps me outside....and I don't mind getting up in the morning to do it. The rest of the time I plan on hunting and fishing with my kids!!! Everything else is not to high on my list... ~Livesilly and live life before its gone!!! :D

03-09-2011, 11:17 PM
Wow! I am impressed with the military presence, thank you all for your service!! I spent 8 years in the National Guard '69-'77 but don't count it on the same level as you folks. Thanks again!

03-10-2011, 07:25 PM
I work in a university as a researcher. I build drug molecules. Not exactly what most people expect from a guy who goes hunting 150+ days a year, but I like it.

03-10-2011, 07:56 PM
Wow I am very impressed with the service of our forum people, my hat goes off to all of you, and I thank you for your fight to give me my freedom to hunt and enjoy the outdoors! I work for a communications company in a small town. Mainly splice fiber optics for fiber to the home.

03-11-2011, 07:53 AM
I've worked on our family Mink / Cattle ranch all my life but for the last fifteen years I've also been working at a small independent telephone company here in Northern Utah. Right now I'm mostly selling bandwidth to businesses in our service areas. I'm on the tail end of raising four boys and enjoying life in the country.

03-11-2011, 10:29 AM
I to grew up on a mink ranch until my teens, dad sold out in th late 80's. Since then I have done several different things. Guided in S. ID from 02-04, mostly archery elk hunts and had the time of my life. Married in 04 and had to get a "normal job" to make ends meet. Currently work in N. UT a for large breakfast cereal co., sit in a control room and moniter computer and control screens and try to stay awake.

03-15-2011, 07:23 AM
Wow thank you all for your service. I do Crop Consulting in ND, so I drive ATV all day looking at crop, weeds, and big whitetails

Blue Skies Hunting Advent
03-15-2011, 01:56 PM
I own my own buisness and do Consulting for the hunting Buisness, I will also like to thank all our Military folks on this fourm for giving us the right to choose what to do Thanks!

03-15-2011, 03:38 PM
I'm a civilian Drill Instroctor for the Montana National Guard Youth Challenge Academy been one for four years now that's 9 cycles.

03-15-2011, 04:56 PM
I echo the respect and admiration paid above to all those who have served this country. Don't stone me - I work for local government as a HR Director/Attorney.

03-15-2011, 07:14 PM
Im a assistant chief operator in a power plant.Another words I keep the lights on for ya.I work around steam driven turbine generators.Im outside doing anything I can find to do as much as possible when Im not at work.Live in Iowa but we head west whenever possible! Anywhere with mountains suites me fine.

03-15-2011, 07:51 PM
I began my law enforcement career 23 years ago as a state game warden......transferred to a major law enforcement agency in the area a year later. Liked being a warden.......but when I couldn't take vacation to go hunting (busy time for wardens), I decided to transfer. Been with my current department for 22 years now.

03-15-2011, 08:39 PM
This is a cool thread!!
Fascinating what folks do for a living, I am a painting contractor in the portland area ,although I try to stay out of freaksville.ie portland, freaks ,treehuggers and alot of hippies I hate working there, but one must go where the work is. self employed for 16 years and love the freedom of being my own boss . ditto to all the military folks, "YOU" are all are real hero's !! not that idiot charely sheen

03-15-2011, 08:59 PM
Hats off to those military members. I truly appreciate all you do.

I'm a Sr. Environmental Health Specialist for the Health Department. I head up a crew that conducts Zoonotic disease surveillance and abatement in the Las Vegas area.

We look for disease outbreaks in animals that have the ability to bridge the gap from animal to man, then eliminate the source if possible. This includes diseases like Plague, Hantavirus, West Nile Virus, Equine Encephalitis, Rabies, Raccoon Roundworm, etc. Been at it for 6 years and loving it.

03-15-2011, 09:27 PM
Distribution Linemen for a utility in Wisconsin. Get to climb 80 year old power poles and play with voltages from 120 to 24.9kv, pretty decent job and it keeps you on your toes.

03-15-2011, 10:32 PM
I hunt for a living all other days have been wasted ! JK I work for Coors Brewing Co in Golden, Colorado.

03-16-2011, 08:23 PM
U.S. Public Health Service Pharmacist

03-17-2011, 01:30 PM
Project Manager for a Utility Contractor. I tramped around the country for 10 years or so as an aerial lineman before landing here for the last 12 years.

03-17-2011, 03:26 PM
Interesting thread. Kinda neat reading all the posts and seeing peoples different professions.

As for myself, Ive been a firefighter/paramedic for 13 years. Have a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science. Unfortunately, that profession didnt work out, but believe I found the next best thing.

03-17-2011, 10:07 PM
I work for Nightforce Scope Optics as the Warehouse Coordinator in Orofino Idaho (AKA God's Country). Love my job!:D

03-18-2011, 10:30 AM
Currently a student at South Dakota Stat, pursuing a career in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences.

03-18-2011, 11:03 AM
Muskie...thats where I attended college also. Good school, fun town....

MT backcountry hunter
03-18-2011, 04:19 PM
I work for a hunting website called highcalibergear.com. The website just got started and we carry the high end items that hunters need in the backcountry. Let me know what you think.

03-18-2011, 06:19 PM
Im a Wildland firefighter in Idaho during the summer and early fall, then i switch over to guiding fishing trips for steelhead out of my drift boat. I love my jobs, only wish i had more time to bow hunt in september but im usually working the last fires of the season then.

03-21-2011, 05:10 PM
Hello all, U.S.M.C for 4 years then dairy farmer for the last 10.

03-21-2011, 09:48 PM
I'm a machinist, I work at a small machine/welding shop, we fix most of everything.

03-22-2011, 02:49 PM
I am a licensed residential building contractor. Pretty small potatoes, but I'm damn good at what I do.

03-22-2011, 05:33 PM
I am a garbage man. I drive an automated truck so I have to work-out allot on the side to stay in shape. The best job I've had was probably as a firefighter for the USFS in Payson,AZ on a helicopter crew. I have a degree in Parks and Recreation/ Law Enforcement but like many others that didn't pan-out, Reagan cut the park systems budget in half while I was getting my degree. I think I just dated myself there.

03-23-2011, 09:51 AM
I'm a stay at home mom/ranch hand :)

03-23-2011, 11:23 PM
I am a hunting guide/packer. Specialize in backcountry/wilderness operations with horses and mules. Have worked as an instructor at a highly regarded guide/packer school, and have had the joy of spending hundreds of nights in the mountains throughout Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana.

03-25-2011, 08:49 AM
I am a Construction Super heavy highway and cival for 22 years. Spend a lot of time on the road in Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota and Iowa. (notice I put Iowa last) You people who are fortunate enough to live out west and do some intresting things-suck. Just kidding, JUST KIDDING Im just jealous. I too thank all the sevice men and women for keeping us free and safe! Interesting so many on here.

03-28-2011, 04:14 PM
I worked for 10-1/2 years for Meeks Lumber. Now I manage an outdoors store. Sierra Mtn Outdoors.

I would also like to thank all the service men and women. My hat's off to you all.

03-29-2011, 09:11 PM
I used to work for the State Fish and Game Department...Now I own my own Wildlife Management and Removal business in Idaho. Thanks to all who served/serve this country-you are all greatly appreciated.

03-29-2011, 10:24 PM
Born and raised in Montana. Did a few years as a Firefighter/EMT and wildland. Currently in the Marine Corps and stationed in San Diego, CA. Can't wait to get back home though and get back in the woods...

03-29-2011, 10:25 PM
Wow! I am impressed with the military presence, thank you all for your service!! I spent 8 years in the National Guard '69-'77 but don't count it on the same level as you folks. Thanks again!

From a civilians perspective, you're all in the same boat. If you are willing to sacrifice your life for the benefit of others then you deserve as much recognition as the full timers. Thanks to you all. My daughter's in the Navy. She's on the George H W Bush. They'll be heading out on their maiden voyage soon. USA!!!!

I'm an electrician. I've traveled North America doing specialized electrical safety training for the last two years. It sucks being away from home, family, friends and church but I've seen more in the last two years than I ever thought I would. Because of my job I'll be hunting hogs in TX within the month, mulies and elk in CO this fall, bears in Ontario this fall, gators in FL next year (probably) and mulies and elk in WY next fall. Plus the standard whitetails, turkey and fishing in MI. My job ain't that bad of a gig.

03-29-2011, 10:37 PM
Currently work in N. UT a for large breakfast cereal co.

What cereal company? I live in the Cereal City Capital of the world. The cold cereal history is pretty neat actually. At one point we had over 1000 cereal producers in Battle Creek. Now there's 3. Kellogg, Post and Ralston.

rocky mt addict
03-30-2011, 05:36 AM
I am a licensed residential building contractor. Pretty small potatoes, but I'm damn good at what I do.
crimson arrow, i also am a residential contractor in the twin cities (south metro) what is the name of your company?

03-31-2011, 07:47 PM
sheetmetal worker for 34yrs own a trophy, awards and engraving business

Doe Nob
04-01-2011, 09:28 AM
I trade power for an oil major.

04-01-2011, 09:17 PM
I'm a pilot for a regional airline in Minneapolis. I don't know about everyone else, but I really don't like my job.

04-02-2011, 09:57 AM
Project manager for a civil engineering company in California. I was a regional branch manager, but times are tough and we downsized from 3 offices back to one. I hope things turn around soon.

04-02-2011, 08:30 PM
well i havent hurd this one yet...im a rail road conductor....i sit on my a$$!!! not a hard job...just sucks being away from home...but it lets me do what i love to do and that is hunt!! i also do some guiding in CO every year...we kill some big deer and elk..and speed goats!! check out our wed site www.atkinsonexpeditions.com hope eveyone has a great hunting season!

the men and women who put their lives on the line everyday for this great country do not get enoph "thank you's" from us...so thank you...

04-03-2011, 07:45 PM
I farm mostly alfalfa seed but also oats and wheat.

04-04-2011, 10:58 AM
i work for the department of the army in physcical security been there for 32 years before that 4 years usmc. spend alot of time each fall helping out elk hunters who are lucky enough to draw a tag above my home but dont have the deep pockets to hire a guide. there is nothing like the thrill of watching a person who has been putting in for the tags for 12 years are more harvest the trophy of there lifes

04-06-2011, 01:30 PM
agriculture k9 officer

04-21-2011, 08:27 PM
I am a painting contractor here in idaho falls, it is nice to be your own boss it can get a little nerve racking sometimes when the work slows down but I batle through it and try to get out as much as possible

MT Muley
04-21-2011, 10:53 PM
I am a student at Montana State University, studying Construction Engineering Technology and Minoring in Business. I have 3 semesters of school left. This summer, I will be doing boundary surveying for the forest service. I am excited, it will keep me in shape and I may learn some new areas as well. Not sure what I will do when I'm done with school...

04-26-2011, 03:28 PM
Worked as a logger for the first 14 years; sawing, hooking, crane operator, last 18 years been a Land Surveyor in the brushy mountains of Northern Idaho (miss being in logger shape, extra years don't help either).

04-26-2011, 04:36 PM
Got my bachelor's in Graphic Design last May. Worked for a county road department for 6 months before being laid off in January. Been jobless looking for something in my degree ever since. Tough time to find a job, thank the Lord for unemployment benefits from my last job.

04-28-2011, 10:28 PM
Ditto's to all the Service men and women, you have my regards. God Bless You !

Well I've lived and worked on the family ranch my whole life, went to college for Welding, and started a portable welding business. I have been a wildland firefighter for about 7 years, I drive an over the road Truck hauling cows mostly from MT, WY, and SD to feedlots in KS, NE and CO, so if your ever passed by a white semi doing 95 on the interstate its probably me....(j/k) but most of the time I spend working here on the ranch either driving circles in a field or watching cows and believe me 700+ mother cows is enough to drive anyone INSANE !!! but you couldn't pay me to do anything else !

05-20-2011, 05:52 PM
I am a diesel Mechanic for Cummins. Mainly work at the coal mines in Northest Wyoming. Also Have a custom haying buisness on the side. I found out a few years ago that throwing hay bales is a great way to get in shape for the fall.

05-20-2011, 10:30 PM
I grew up in western MT. I have been in the Air Force for eight years as a fighter aircraft mechanic. Spent the first 5 in Alaska, the last 3 in England. One tour to Iraq ('03), one to Afghanistan ('10), and have been able to see lots of the world that I never thought I would. I'd headed back to Alaska in November for at least another 4 years! I cant wait, already have a moose hunt planned for 2012 and a sheep hunt in the works for 2013!

05-23-2011, 03:30 PM
I was a fireman for 3 years for our city( laid off budget cuts) now working for the dept of corrections. Not the best job in the world. Spent 3 years working for blm before all of this also.

05-24-2011, 09:34 AM
Motorcycle and ATV Salesman for South Valley Motorsports in Draper, UT

We sell Yamaha and Kawasaki.

05-24-2011, 09:53 AM
I am a design engineer for a company that makes valves for city water mains, wastewater plants, etc. Looking to get out west within the next year. Anyone need a mechanical engineer?

05-24-2011, 10:56 AM
I'm a fisheries biologist working with sturgeon.

05-24-2011, 11:09 AM
New Guy here. Was in Law Enforcement in South Florida since 1982. Retired and moved back to home place of Colorado. Currently with Sheriff's Office, search and rescue unit. Gives me a chance to keep those skills active and in use LOL

05-25-2011, 01:32 PM
Heres a first - Insurance Agent. Family agency since 1963. Have offices in CA and Idaho with my brother who also is a member on this site. As you can imagine, not much insurance gets sold during hunting season. It pays the bills and you can't argue with being your own boss and taking the time off needed for hunting.

05-25-2011, 05:03 PM
wildland firefighter

06-10-2011, 01:15 PM
I am a Journeyman Lineman. I climb up to 300ft in the air to keep the power on! I love my job! I travel from coast to coast doing storm repair but spend the majority of my time in Northern California.

Colorado Cowboy
06-11-2011, 12:37 PM
I am a retired aerospace research engineer. Worked on Apollo/Saturn, B1, Space Shuttle, F18, B2 and a bunch of classified programs. A 4th generation Californian, played football at a major southern California university and when I retired in 2000 moved to SW Colorado. Been a hunter since I was 7 years old and still going strong ...will be 70 this year!

06-11-2011, 08:52 PM
I currently work full time for the military, 16 yrs and 1 deployment so far. Finishing my degree in Project Management and looking for a job in the west!!

06-11-2011, 11:32 PM
Journeyman Lineman, I keep the lights on.

06-16-2011, 11:16 AM
Born and raised in western MT, I joined the Navy out of high school as a photojournalist. I've been at it for five years. We fly back every November for mulies, and we're getting out next year to move back to Bozeman where I'll start Bible college.

07-12-2011, 09:31 PM
Electrician in a gold mine. fatrooster.

Kevin Root
07-13-2011, 07:31 AM
I've worked at Apple Inc since 1987. I kind of fell into the job out of college and I've been here ever since. I'm a supervisor for the group that builds/customizes the offices here for the company. Not the outdoor job I dreamt of being in since I was a kid though.

07-16-2011, 07:06 AM
Im in sales for a major pharmaceutical manufacturer.

07-17-2011, 07:38 PM
Thanks to our defenders. I did a tript to Viet Nam and 3years in 101st airborne, total 6 years. One year in Korea. Recently, my company designed, built and sold racing minibikes for adults, youth atvs, and street legal scooters. Homeland Security seized my inbound Christmas(several hundred thousands dollars worth) that I had prepaid. They had absolutely no reason for their actions and never gave justification. Now I have a few cattle and otherwiseI am retired and my twenty plus employees are doing something else.

08-12-2011, 10:05 AM
For all of you that think your job sucks just remember It could be worse. I'm a professional DOOD-TO-DOOR salesman. I work my can off for 4-5 months out of the year take 3-4 months off for hunting season. Then just dabble around with petie jobs for a few months before returning to the Doors. Not a job I love but I sure do like hunting mon-fri in the fall makes it worth it.

08-18-2011, 09:03 AM
I've been a financial advisor since graduating school in '06. I've earned the Certified Financial Planner designation and advise people on all aspects of the finances - investments, retirement, insurance, estate planning, taxes, etc. I hate being viewed as a salesman as "brokers" don't exactly have the best reputation. But I love showing people how to make the most of what they have and use it to do what they dream. For those who know what they want - family, hunt/fish, church, etc - it really doesn't take all that much to be happy.

I like setting my own schedule but I sure envy the guys who can get away during the week in the fall!

08-18-2011, 04:29 PM
I spent 6 years in the Air Force, and just separated last month. Now I work for the Dept. of Veteran Affairs in Cheyenne.

08-20-2011, 02:32 PM
Deputy Sheriff since 2005. 11 years of residential concrete construction before that

08-30-2011, 09:51 PM
Former union carpenter fell into a job 6 months ago with a large commercial property owner doing tenant improvement construction and commercial building maintenance. Best part is the company owners are hardcore archery hunters who have hunted most of the worlds most sought after trophies. Im just a lifelong Idaho diy general tag mule deer hunter but its nice to work for guys that love hunting as much or more than I do.

08-31-2011, 03:54 AM
8 years in the Marine Corps with deployments to the Gulf and Mogadishu. Some how managed to get a degree in business and now work in law enforcement. I've spent the last 14 years as a Deputy Sheriff. I currently work as a K9 handler and love every minute of it! Oh yea, and the time off for hunting and fishing with my family ain't bad either.

12-08-2011, 11:19 AM
I own and operate a small Pest Control Company.


12-10-2011, 07:45 AM
Hello from PA. I run a program to help homeless/near homeless consumers. Also run the county transportation for consumer on pa states medical assistance.

12-11-2011, 09:07 AM
Hello all!
I figured this was as good a place as any for a first post. I retired from the U.S. Navy in 1996. Since '96 I have been working as a machinist. I currently reside in the Missouri Ozarks in a tiny little town. I too always dreamed of an outdoor job, anybody hiring in Wyoming?


12-11-2011, 11:02 AM
My wife and I are over the road truck drivers. We just started last week. We are only out five days. I have ben driving all my life. All ways local. Home every day. I have all ways hunted diy back pack hunts. Looks like those may end. We will not have time to get in shape.

12-11-2011, 01:15 PM
Im a utility worker. Take care of a local water, waste waste and treatment system. This is the newest adventure. Before it was residential and commercial construction, logging, farming and ranching

12-11-2011, 06:28 PM
I posted on this when it first started... but I am going to post again since my jobs have since changed!
I work part time at a powersports store and I am also Pro-Staff for a game call company :) I have two of the best jobs in the world, without a doubt!

12-13-2011, 09:33 AM
I'm a software architect, primarily designing secure web-based supply chain software for the aerospace industry.

12-13-2011, 12:46 PM
Spent 9 years working fly fishing retail, guiding, teaching classes and traveling. Then decided it was time to do something different. Been a State trooper for the last 3 years. Really liked both carreers for different reasons.

12-13-2011, 02:14 PM
Spent 28 years working for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department offering advice to hunters, trying to educate hunters about wildlife management and have employees of the Department set hunting seasons based on sound wildlife management principles. Then hunters decided they should make all of the wildlife management decisions based on what they saw from their pickups and ATVs and ignore the biology, so I retired.

12-13-2011, 02:42 PM
Spent 28 years working for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department offering advice to hunters, trying to educate hunters about wildlife management and have employees of the Department set hunting seasons based on sound wildlife management principles. Then hunters decided they should make all of the wildlife management decisions based on what they saw from their pickups and ATVs and ignore the biology, so I retired.

Lol. That's funny, I mean that NOT in a negative way. However in Nevada. They cut mule deer tags despite biologist opinion on upping tag quota by 10%. I question the biologists here (nevada)because it seems the mule deer population is still way down from where it was pre 93. (el niņo). Just a side note. I appreciate what biologists do.

Kevin Root
12-13-2011, 03:47 PM
I just wanted to say thanks to DrHJH for the 28 years of service with Wyoming G&F department. I appreciate your service and your efforts. It surly was and still is a difficult management puzzle to put together with all the different organizations, both anti and the pro hunting groups and political pressures you must have faced. I appreciate what biologists do.

Bitterroot Bulls
12-13-2011, 04:32 PM

This biologist thing needs its own thread.

Our local MT FWP biologist here in the Bitterroot gets the blame for everything and kudos for nothing. I have heard people say it was his fault (or FWP fault) that wolves were introduced(uhhh, USFWS debacle, folks!) or that he hates hunting, or that he lies in his game counts, or that he wants access shut down, etc. etc. I have had a number of conversations with him on various subjects, and found him to be nothing short of a professional scientist.

Thanks to all biologists for what they do. Dr.HJH, your input on these forums should be enlightening for many of us here. I hope you stick around. As far as political game management decisions ... those happen with influence from both sides, and shouldn't.

12-14-2011, 10:13 AM
Army for 7 years, then MT national gaurd for 2 years. Now working in Law enforcement.

12-14-2011, 05:32 PM
Shipping and Receiving Manager for a large furniture distribution warehouse.

Joe Hulburt
01-05-2012, 09:25 PM
Fish farmer

01-11-2012, 12:32 PM
New member here. When I'm not chasing big bulls or bucks - I'm in the office working as an optometrist. I'm fortunate with my career that I'm able to be away from the office a lot to pursue my outdoor passions!

01-25-2012, 10:29 AM
All over the map on this one for me. I've worked in Law Enforcement, Sporting goods retail, been a financial planner/insurance sales, Commercial Fisherman in Alaska, and now... I am an English Teacher and High School basketball coach and have been for some time. I'd echo others in saying thank you to those who serve, both in the military and in a civilian capacity the world needs positive influences. Kudos!

Muleys 24/7
01-25-2012, 10:26 PM
I've been working as a Electrican for the past 12 years , I'm now a Electrical Contractor in Southern Califorina.

01-26-2012, 07:57 AM
One of the head groundskeppers at University of Iowa. Love my job have been here for over 22 years.

eye in sky
01-26-2012, 10:11 AM
Air Traffic Controller in Chicago.

01-26-2012, 11:26 PM
Fun post... We should keep this at the top... Kind of fun to get to know people a little better...

I'm a banker...

01-27-2012, 08:39 AM
Wildland Firefighter

01-27-2012, 10:36 AM
Thank you all for your service!
I am a CPA, worked for a public accounting firm for 14 years, just took a new job as the corporate controller for an autodealer group that owns 7 dealerships in the area. Hoping this new job appreciates hunting seasons a little more. :)

I am also an owner of an excavating business and a real estate investment company.

Retirement here I come!