OT - If You Could Switch Professions, What Would it Be?

Submitted by xtramelanin on May 9th, 2015 at 9:58 AM


We enjoyed a great topic earlier this week with the 'Roll Call'.  So next question:  If you could change occupations from what you do now to what you think you would like to do in a near-perfect world (no jobs available in the adult film industry, you rogues), what would that new occupation be?  Extra credit given for humor, the 'why' of the new occupation, and if you are actually taking any steps toward this new job.

Happy weekend and go blue.


Darker Blue

May 9th, 2015 at 10:02 AM ^

I would either want to be Indiana Jones or Batman. I am taking steps towards making this switch. I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night. 


May 9th, 2015 at 10:05 AM ^

A situational left handed reliever. Get to go to the ballpark everyday and hang out in the bullpen all game (those guys always seem to be having a good time).


May 9th, 2015 at 10:05 AM ^

Dentist or pharmacist. Good hours, can work anywhere, can have your own practice, and pretty high pay without the rigors of being a full M.D. That said, I'm pretty happy being an engineer.

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May 9th, 2015 at 10:40 PM ^

Rads sucks, they work a lot of hours and their future earnings are looking grim.

In terms of hours, the best are probably derm, ent, pathology, physiatry, psychiatry, and EM if you don't mind working 12 hour night shifts. But if you ask most doctors they'll tell you they'd rather be doing something else, even the ones in cushy specialties.


May 9th, 2015 at 1:12 PM ^

As a dentist, I can say its a good profession for the reasons you list. I do worry about the long term viability though. Dental "insurance" hasn't really changed in 40 years ie - the amount of money the insurance company will give a patient to have their work done in a year hasn't changed at all (usually a thousand bucks). Meanwhile, like all industries, the cost of doing business continues to rise - supplies, labor, and most importantly dental school. That's why you're seeing corporate dentistry - places like Aspen, Heartland, Great expressions - come to prominence. Dentists are basically being forced to work at these places because they graduate with $250k or more in debt and can't afford to buy a practice. 

TL, DR - dentistry is a good profession but I think its glory days are behind it. 

And if I could change professions - fantasy - PGA golfer - long career and get to play the best courses in the world and they all seem to have amazing wives. Realistic: Opthamologist, I had Lasix and that was the coolest thing ever, I'd love to do that for a living.


May 9th, 2015 at 10:06 AM ^

financial sales right now and like it pretty well. There aren't any practical careers that I would immediately clamor for. However, since I don't have to be practical because this is the internet, I would love to work in the front office of an NBA team.


May 9th, 2015 at 10:11 AM ^

Basketball color announcer, with my own radio show. I love basketball, and often times (as is true of many of the people on here) I find myself saying the exact same things as the color guy before he says it.


May 9th, 2015 at 10:21 AM ^

reclusive hermit in Utah canyon country; Tenured, skirt-chasing professor of art history with a drinking problem; architect; paleontologist; science fiction writer; wildlife biologist studying wolverines; talking head on TV political shows; President of the Federation of Planets; furniture designer; full-time grandfather

Mi Sooner

May 9th, 2015 at 10:44 AM ^

Isn't skirt chasing and having a drinking issue requirements to be a tenured Art History professor? 

Or a Tenured Classics Prof?  (Univ. of OKlahoma had one of these when i was there.  he taught a great/easy 300lvl class.)

Matt Millens M…

May 9th, 2015 at 10:24 AM ^

First I want to become a detective in the Police force. Then I'd go undercover has a Kindergarten teacher to catch some scum killer. After I initially hate the kids I'm gonna realize I love teaching them. Maybe put on an Abraham Lincoln play and bring in my pet ferret for the class mascot... I don't know I'm just spit balling here but anyways, I'll find that scum stealing a kid and and shoot him on school property and because I loved teaching I just plan on becoming a permanent Kindergarten teacher. Lofty goals I know, but hey I'm a dreamer!

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May 9th, 2015 at 10:30 AM ^

Done this a bit.....started as a teacher, spent a few years as a journalist and now work in finance. If I had to change, again, it'd probably try to do something as an astronomer. I always enjoyed studying space.

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May 9th, 2015 at 10:36 AM ^

I've asked myself this one before, and I have a hard time choosing between sports management and working in the front office of a team (MLB would be my top choice there, as I grew up playing baseball) or sports journalism, in which case I would want to cover college football and basketball primarily. Probably, if I had to choose between the two, it would be sports journalism just for the opportunity to see in person games that you'd only see on TV otherwise.