Every job, and career is its own little world with its own rules. For the people who work in that job, most days are just normal days at work and it is what it is. But people not in that line of work develop a lot of assumptions and stereotypes about what it must be like in that line of work, or, more insidiously, what those workers are like. People from a variety of professions got to work on Ask Reddit to debunk those pervasive myths about what they do for a living.
1. PL4444 says that making planes not fall out of the sky is no big deal.
Air traffic control is super stressful.
Yes, it can be at times, especially in non-standard situations, but the bigger everyday issue is how demanding it is mentally, and therefore tiring. You’re more tired than stressed.
2. I_CLEAN_TOILETS reminds you to not be so judge-y.
Custodians / janitors are all highschool dropouts or people who are going nowhere in life.
3. coughdrop01 says that the one thing you know about librarians is totally true. But not the other thing you know about librarians.
People seem to think librarians read all the time? Running a library is actually a lot of work and we have as much time to read as most people who work all the time. Although the sexy librarian thing, is 100% true, we’re all sexy af
4. Bigbirdy19 says that not all nannies work for Ben Affleck.
Not really a “fact” but I’m a Nanny. And people, men and women alike, won’t stop asking me if I’ve started sleeping with the husband yet. I know it’s supposed to be a joke, but it happens a lot and it’s starting to get creepy.
5. Yeah, cray_pokemon, but you do get summers off.
Teachers only work 9 to 3. If only this was true.
6. According to goodoldthrowaway1234, Hollywood is just like any other town.
You have to be cutthroat to get ahead in the entertainment industry. Bullshit. That’s something assholes say to justify being assholes.
7. unicornpilots is just trying be all that they can be.
Military here. Not all of us are death machines programmed to thirst for blood. Most of us will never fire a round and can easier file papers, establish a network, fix a truck, or cook you a really bad meal before we could accurately shoot a person 300yds away.
8. PM_ME_UR_baaby says that child care involves, like, caring for children.
I used to work in a daycare and a lot people thought all I did was change diapers all day. Yeah I changed a lot of diapers but I was also very involved in every child’s development.
9. 1whats_that_smell wants you to do the math.
Accountant/Auditor No, I don’t work for the IRS. No, I don’t do taxes.
10. ScroteMcGee is both a prison guard and nice.
Corrections Officers are either sadistic thugs, crooked, or both. Obviously there are exceptions, but they are rare.
11. Loading in with Fizz712.
Roadies, sound guys, lighting designers and crew for live shows are all just failed musicians. Fools. You have no idea of what you speak.
12. An arch example from TheDoorDoesntWork.
There is a common image that architects still use those ginormous slanty tables or spend all their days drawing perspectives. Not even students use those slanty tables anymore, everybody uses computers. Perspectives are good for showing off but ultimately useless in construction. Most firms outsource these to professional renderers
13. Office hours for RagenChastainInLA are now.
That tenured professors have a cushy job where they only have to work 9 hours a week (or work relatively little compared to other white collar professionals).
A friend of mine–an astronomy prof–said it best: “Academia: where you get to choose which 60 hours a week you’re going to work.”
14. How does this one from offshorewind make you feel? (They don’t care.)
I’m a therapist and we are not analyzing you all the time with the same focus or attention we use in actual sessions. But we do a lot of passive analyzing
15. zerbyderp is the pole-er opposite of what you think.
Stripper – that we’re all either being trafficked by drug cartels, or forced to out of desperation for money, or if not choose to for attention because of poor relationships with our fathers.
More than half of the coworkers I’ve met live in nice city apartments with their husbands and are exceedingly well-adjusted, confident, smart and sometimes highly educated women who use their stripper dollas to pay for graduate degrees, start businesses, or invest in stock and index funds. No one’s on drugs or alcohol and there’s only one single mother.
The hot messes who make bad decisions in that club are 100x more likely to be a customer than a stripper.
16. a1b2t isn’t cruel — the system is. Yay?
people think we are evil money hungry bastards, but the product saves lives, is normally bargained down aggressively by the user, who then charges the patient almost twice as much for its use.