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student/unemployed 84 16.34%
employed (non-photographic) 324 63.04%
employed (photographic) 50 9.73%
retired 56 10.89%
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Old 12-15-2006   #1
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out of curiosity

so where do you fall in this poll?
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Old 12-15-2006   #2
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Information Technology pays too much for me not to be here these days. When I was old enough to be serious and told my father I wanted to be a professional photographer he said keep it as a hobby I would be happier (he wished he had). He was right, while I did it for a while, it's a great hobby.

I've seen way too many studios and good photographers (and lots of bad ones too) go out of business big in very painful ways over the past ten or fifteen years.

While I like to think I am good enough to survive, I've got two kids, a wonderful wife and could not afford to travel or take the time off (including flex time) that I do in my current role if I was a photographer.

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Old 12-15-2006   #4
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same here, clinical/pharmaceutical research pays the bills and is reasonably interesting too..photography takes the job related stress away
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Old 12-15-2006   #5
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im a marketing assistant in a small telecommunications company. I do all the ad's and graphic work. I started doing photography again cause i Honestly dont like coming to work working on a computer for 8 hours then going home and doing the same thing again for another 5 hours with personal/freelance work. Photography Is still a creative outlet for me, just a different medium.
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A biomedical electronics technician position pays the bills (with help from military retirement), photography provides some of the fun.

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Old 12-15-2006   #9
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Selling cameras is a great way to kill all interest in a hobby, it's just like working in a sweetshop. Going digital revived my interest. Now I feel I've outgrown digital, it's time to go for a darkroom setup.
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Old 12-15-2006   #10
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Old 12-15-2006   #12
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I am an oil and gas fired burner service engineer working on industrial and commercial plant.

The job paid well over the years with plenty of overtime. Nowdays with factory closures etc. things aren't so good but it is still a steady job.

I would love to take photographs semi-professionally but I would need to practice and get willing models for portraiture and do still life.

A lot of the photographers from the 1930s to the present day have produced amazing black and white images.
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Old 12-15-2006   #13
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Great poll DMG!

being one of those employed without photography connection
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Old 12-15-2006   #15
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I watch paint dry...no, really, I watch paint dry.
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Mechanical Engineer by training. Worked in industrial/military product design in the engineering departments of several companies over many years. Recently changed jobs and am working at a great small company, splitting my time between Manufacturing Engineering and Design Engineering. More variety and challenge, and much more fun. Got to be assistant for a freelance photographer doing a shoot of one of our new products for trade literature today; learned some stuff and had a great day.

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12-15 Retired from the navy,working as a contract aircraft maintenance supervisor.Like cameras to relieve the stress.........Robin
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I'm a machinist by trade, currently working full time while I'm between quarters at school... Come January I'll be a full time student with a part time job cutting things. I've never worked in imaging. I called myself "unemployed/ student", largely out of wishful thinking...
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I earn money from photography .... but its a very small amount

so yes I am an office/cubical manager type ... but not a lumberg type
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Out of curiosity...why don't you give the thread a proper title?

My mama still handles me as a student. I guess, for her there are only 2 possibilities if someone spends his time at a university: Either he's a professor or a student.

I'm doing research in nanophysics, currently post-doc contract.
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Pherdinand, are you the bearded guy in the middle of the back row?
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We're consulting on document management and workflow systems, my part is the backends backend, i.E. RDBMSs like Informix, DB2 and Oracle running on Linux and Unix systems as well as conectivty and firewalls.

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so where do you fall in this poll?
Between the cracks, so to speak: formerly eked out a living entirely from photography, working for a stock photo agency until shortly after 9/11 (I think a lot of folks' full-time employment ended at roughly the same time). The full-time universe seemed not to want me anymore, so since then I've done freelance computer tech work and taken on the occasional photo-shoot gig – I guess it's a 70/30 formula. The going's a bit bumpy from time to time, but the crazy thing is I'm happier.


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You know, reading through all these responses we (the collective 'we') have some interesting jobs, at least they sound that way. I'm sure the day-to-day grind is somewhat less glamourous, but some of these sound very specialized and not the sort of occupation one would run across on a daily basis.

Thanks to all for sharing a bit of insight into your professions.
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I'm an itinerant T'ai Chi Ch'uan Instructor. I retired a few years ago from owning a one-man company supplying equipment and service for the sport-fishing industry. (I owned a tackle shop.) Specialized in custom fishing rods and reel repair/restoration. Before that, Museum Director/Anthropologist. Woulda stayed in THAT gig except that I was coerced into being a Director, and got fed up with a Board of Directors and walked away to buy the tackle shop. I now teach several fitness/self-defense classes each week, and play with my toys and grandkids.

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Interesting responses. I'm a copy editor for a daily newspaper. Used to work as a reporter and editor and was up to about half-time as a photographer for a couple years. Now the working hours are much shorter and the photography is a nice relief from working with words and writers.
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BTW, I teach Spanish language and Spanish American literature. Sometimes I use my own photos as props in my classes, sometimes not. I love my job because it allows me to support my photography and cats.
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Estudio espanol, pero soy empezador?(beginner?) y mi espanol esta un poco mal, ahora mismo. Espanol esta una lingua muy interesanta y muy facil.

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