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Top 10 Manly Jobs: Popular Mechanics’ Cool Gigs List
http://wmbriggs.com/blog/?p=2171 ^ | William M. Briggs

Posted on 04/03/2010 8:55:56 AM PDT by mattstat

Popular Mechanics published a list of four dozen or so “Coolest Gigs on Earth.”

They ought to have said “manliest.” This isn’t The Atlantic or Time. This is Popular Mechanics!

The catalog is admirably inclusive, but it smacks of padding. For example, “Food Scientist” is pegged. This is a job which I’m sure is at least interesting—the guy profiled develops, among other things, blended iced coffee—but it isn’t manly.

Like “Food Scientist”, “Statistician” can be interesting. But is it a manly gig? “Don’t mess with him, Jim. He’s a statistician!”

Before laughing, try swapping your own title for mine. See if the sentence becomes less ridiculous. We “Account Managers”, “Financial Specialists”, “Insurance Brokers”, “Customer Relation Managers” are all in the same meek boat.

What’s a manly job? One that if you were to announce it at the bar—a drinking establishment where Pinot Grigio is not on the menu—the men sitting there would not smirk. Preferably, it is something that is done with your hands. Bonus points if it requires dangerous tools. A manly job is one that makes something tangible. It does something noticeable. It’s one that, at the end of the day, you can look back and actually see progress.

Here, then, are my entries. I’ve taken as many as I could from Popular Mechanics (marked with PM) and made inclusions where they were negligent. The entries are in rough order of what I’d rather be doing. Daydreaming is, of course, the real purpose of the list...

(Excerpt) Read more at wmbriggs.com ...


TOPICS: Society
KEYWORDS: jobs; manliness

1 posted on 04/03/2010 8:55:56 AM PDT by mattstat
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To: mattstat

“An actuary is an accountant without the fascinating personality,” we used to say when I was a financial services employee. “And they have *really big calculators*!”


2 posted on 04/03/2010 8:57:25 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Espiritu Santo, Espiritu Santo, renueva la faz de la tierra!)
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To: Tax-chick

“An actuary is an accountant without the fascinating personality”

I’ll have to remember that one, LOL.


3 posted on 04/03/2010 9:00:53 AM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (Voters who thought their ship came in with 0bama are on their own Titanic.)
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To: mattstat

I comfort dying people and their families. I wash and care for the newly deceased. People still assume I am a woman. Go figure.

There are no manly jobs, just men who do jobs.


4 posted on 04/03/2010 9:04:11 AM PDT by HospiceNurse
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To: mattstat
“What’s a manly job?” A rather odd question.

Farmer
Rancher
Ironworker (high rise)
Public Health Doctor (think plague fighter)

There are others

Seal
Ranger

Grunt

Some are not near as glamorous as others, but all are needed at one time or the other.....

5 posted on 04/03/2010 9:14:52 AM PDT by ASOC (In case of attack, tune to 640 kilocycles or 1240 kilocycles on your AM dial.)
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To: mattstat

Lumberjack

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zey8567bcg


6 posted on 04/03/2010 9:17:40 AM PDT by smokingfrog (Free Men will always be armed with the Truth.)
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To: HospiceNurse
There are no manly jobs, just men who do jobs.

Excellent observation.

7 posted on 04/03/2010 9:26:00 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Espiritu Santo, Espiritu Santo, renueva la faz de la tierra!)
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To: ASOC
Gee, those jobs all have one thing in common: low pay.

How Manly.

8 posted on 04/03/2010 9:28:17 AM PDT by Regulator (Welcome to Zimbabwe! Now hand over your property....)
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To: mattstat

Top of the manly list:

Any military special ops gig:
Army Ranger / Green Beret
Navy Seal / Frogman
Marine Force Recon
Air Force Pararescue
etc

Second on the list, any combat arms job or government security detail

Third, cop, fireman, prison guard, etc


9 posted on 04/03/2010 9:33:01 AM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: Regulator

LOL

If you think someone is a RANGER or suffers thruogh BUDS for the PAY, think again.

Some MEN think that the pride that come with the gig is worth more than the dough they get.

But, maybe they are just silly - eh?


10 posted on 04/03/2010 9:35:50 AM PDT by ASOC (In case of attack, tune to 640 kilocycles or 1240 kilocycles on your AM dial.)
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To: HospiceNurse
You miss the point of this article. It has nothing to do with real manliness, IMHO. There is nothing more manly than a good husband and father, both of which are pretty tough jobs.

This is about impressing dweebs at a bar, or impressing an 18 year old girl who hasn't figured out yet that macho and asshole are often synonyms.

As a WSO/EWO - and you lose HUGE macho points if you have to explain what your job is - I've spent lots of time with fighter pilots and test pilots. Some are truly outstanding men, and some are just self-serving jerks - but "I test fighter jets" is pretty high on the cool list.

Me? I've done Mach 2, gone M 1.6 at 500', done .9M at 400' at night, I've been in combat, as a youngster I cut down trees for a living for a while...but in my 50s, I'm at that happy stage in life where folks look at my bifocals, and don't even ask.

And with my marriage at 23 years and climbing, my house paid for, 3 kids, 1 granddaughter and 2 more on the way...I don't give a rat's rear end about what other folks think. I'd much rather go ride my horses than hang around a bar and try to impress strangers. (And yes, I'm old enough to wear a helmet doing it...)


11 posted on 04/03/2010 9:38:55 AM PDT by Mr Rogers
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To: mattstat
Hate to be a stick in the mud as I know the list is meant in the spirit of fun, but this fellow is an idiot.

6.Soldier. The profession of arms is nowadays seen as low class when it’s not downright despised. People say, “We support our troops” by which they mean, “Those fools couldn’t find any other job.” An army is an indulgence and not a necessity. History is filled with societies anxious to beat their swords into plowshares only to find their neighbors have done the opposite. But what of men like Alexander, Patton, Ceasar, Joshua, Nelson, Washington, Wellington. That I can just write their last names and that you know exactly who I mean and why, shows the true importance of this profession

12 posted on 04/03/2010 9:41:05 AM PDT by Textide
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To: mattstat

Judge at a rib cook-off would be the ultimate job.

Otherwise, I like my job...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tKuX3HKKTA


13 posted on 04/03/2010 9:45:08 AM PDT by WSGilcrest ( The momentary value of any argument lies in the capacity of the mind to which it is addressed.)
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To: Textide
but this fellow is an idiot

He spelled "Caesar" wrong, and he thinks Alexander, Joshua, and Wellington are last names. If he's not an idiot, he's certainly poorly educated.

14 posted on 04/03/2010 9:51:19 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Espiritu Santo, Espiritu Santo, renueva la faz de la tierra!)
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To: ASOC
Y'all keep workin' for that pride thing.

The guys you work for will smile and retire to the upstairs office...

15 posted on 04/03/2010 9:52:55 AM PDT by Regulator (Welcome to Zimbabwe! Now hand over your property....)
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To: ASOC
Heavy Equipment Operator
Truck Driver
Oilfield Roughneck
Construction/Carpentry, etc.
16 posted on 04/03/2010 9:57:25 AM PDT by redhead (ROC & ROLL: Restore Our Constitution--Restore Our Lost Liberties! --Gunslinger)
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To: Regulator; ASOC

Something that is incredibly UNMANLY is working for cash. If the only thing you care about in your job is your paycheck, you aren’t worth spit as a man!


17 posted on 04/03/2010 10:04:26 AM PDT by Mr Rogers
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To: mattstat

None of these jobs, nor the ones listed in the posts so far, seem to be anything where a man is in much of a position of leadership, management, etc. Implied is that business leaders, teachers, politicians, etc are all supposed to be women or “unmanly” men.


18 posted on 04/03/2010 10:05:10 AM PDT by KrisKrinkle (Blessed be those who know the depth and breadth of their ignorance. Cursed be those who don't.)
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To: Mr Rogers
Something that is incredibly UNMANLY is working for cash

Ah. So you work for free? That nice hacienda style house with a stable there in what, East Tucson came for free? Retired out of DM or Luke and they gave you a house gratis, right? Right...sure they did.

A "manly" job is one where you keep your family housed, clothed and fed, and provide for their future. That's it.

Your earlier post alluded to that. So stay on that track, it's the right one. Any idiot can be trained to ride horses, shoot a big gun, drive a tractor; that's why the pay is low - simple skills. The difficult things in life require patience and dedication to develop talents and abilities that people have in varying degrees - and it's when all of those stars align that you have real value.

An acquaintance of mine is a 4 star. He's the sort of guy who doesn't talk about the illustrious past: he stays in the now. Working with him, you notice that there are very few rough spots, and he takes you along for the ride quite nicely. At the end, everyone gets it: that's how he ended up where he is.

No big noise, no chest thumping, no screaming...just the right mix of perception, organization and knowledge.

That's um, "manly". And he doesn't even have to wear the nice little epaulets every day: everyone knows.

19 posted on 04/03/2010 10:28:44 AM PDT by Regulator (Welcome to Zimbabwe! Now hand over your property....)
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To: Regulator
The guys you work for will smile and retire to the upstairs office...

As long as they stay the hell away from me, so I can do my job, I'm cool with that.

20 posted on 04/03/2010 11:02:06 AM PDT by Seven plus One
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To: KrisKrinkle
None of these jobs, nor the ones listed in the posts so far, seem to be anything where a man is in much of a position of leadership, management, etc. Implied is that business leaders, teachers, politicians, etc are all supposed to be women or “unmanly” men.

I wonder where that implication could come from.

21 posted on 04/03/2010 11:10:28 AM PDT by Seven plus One
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To: Mr Rogers
Something that is incredibly UNMANLY is working for cash.

Thank goodness I work for direct deposit!

Of course sitting around all day using ten fingers to hit a plurality of little square buttons might not widely be considered manly.

I suspect that they are actually paying me to know which buttons to push, and in which order.

22 posted on 04/03/2010 11:13:49 AM PDT by Erasmus (The Last of the Bohicans)
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To: redhead
Reading your post made me think of an article Michael Yon wrote about the Air Force's "Red Horse" crews that are drilling wells not only for Afghans but for our troops as well.

Red Horse

23 posted on 04/03/2010 11:18:06 AM PDT by csvset
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To: Regulator; ASOC

Hmm...I also said “If the only thing you care about in your job is your paycheck...”

I have NEVER had a job where all I cared about was the paycheck. Never. I have worked jobs because I needed the cash, but I’ve always worked with pride and for the satisfaction of a job well done.

“Any idiot can be trained to ride horses, shoot a big gun, drive a tractor; that’s why the pay is low - simple skills.”

Hmmm...I’ve done those enough to know they are not simple skills. I’m reminded of a professional guitar player I met who said the guitar was the easiest instrument in the world to learn to play - and the hardest to play well.

Any idiot can sit on top of a mild horse, but a real man would aspire to more. If you watch a good cowboy cutting cattle, or watch folks riding jumpers or dressage, or reining, then you will see serious athletes performing at a level I will never reach - although I aspire to it every time I ride.

My last tour was in Afghanistan working EW. Shooting little guns in infantry is also an art, and a real man there takes it very seriously - mistakes kill people. The big guns - artillery - is even more demanding to do well. During tours as an ALO, I worked with both good and bad FSOs, and the good ones were as much artists as I tried to be as an ALO. And on Tuesday, I’m going to pay an expert to come to my place with a tractor and fix MY tractor work!

That is my point. A manly man doesn’t fill squares and collect cash. He constantly tries to do his best, for the pride and the joy of doing things very well.

The SEALS and Rangers want to be, not ‘just a soldier’, but the best! They don’t do it for the cash, but the love of being very good, and the recognition of their peers of their proven performance.

And yes, any woman who is worth spit will treat work the same way. My wife is a nurse. Some nurses do their hours and collect their checks. She works very hard, is constantly studying, and is exhausted at the end of every shift...for the same pay as the donut-eating fat lumps with RN badges.

Not for cash. For pride.


24 posted on 04/03/2010 12:04:45 PM PDT by Mr Rogers
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To: Mr Rogers
If you watch a good cowboy cutting cattle, or watch folks riding jumpers or dressage, or reining, then you will see serious athletes performing at a level I will never reach - although I aspire to it every time I ride

I watched it from the drivers seat. Worked as a cowhand in Southeastern Arizona and Tucson as a teenager, bucked out my own horse every morning at 6 AM (now that's a rotten way to start the day!).

My sister did all the gymkhana stuff (you know, over at the Rillito stables?), I thought it was sissy. More into saddle broncs. My father was a bare-back rider from Montana (Bozeman), he counted the days until I stopped...and on a real ranch, you don't use horses for cutting: you use cattle dogs. Amazing thing to watch, a pack of mutts controlling a herd of 800 lb animals.

My last tour was in Afghanistan working EW

Really? Congratulations. Aren't the EWO's and WSO's routinely belittled as wannabe pilots and backseat drivers? By all the idiots who don't understand what goes into the training and use of the equipment? You agree with that?

As far as SEAL's and Rangers, I'd be happy to hear that they do it for love of country and nation, not to prove something to the schoolyard mentality. Some of them I know do - but never talk about it.

But the idiotic idea that only blue collar jobs are "manly" is something that you hear from the comic book reading set. I've done virtually all the jobs mentioned except for the military job descriptions and I can safely tell you that they aren't particularly difficult, don't return much for the effort expended, and are significantly overrated as "career options"...unless trailer parks are your ultimate goal for retirement.

Speaking of which, if it's "manly" to be a dial twiddler in the back seat of an F-15 or whatever the hell you were in, how would you characterize say, the guy designing the boxes that flew your airplane at 400' AGL at night, acquired and targeted the threats to that aircraft, and then automatically fired and took out said threat?

I mean, didja have some high-school dropout who drove a truck design it, or maybe some one else who did something say, a little less sexy...like study filter design?

You know the answer, so don't BS me.

25 posted on 04/03/2010 2:31:10 PM PDT by Regulator (Welcome to Zimbabwe! Now hand over your property....)
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To: mattstat
Jobs I have had some must qualify.
Changing tires (working for my dad as a kid)
Juggie on a seismograph crew
Land surveyor
US Air Force
US Border Patrol Agent
US Army (present)
26 posted on 04/03/2010 5:41:07 PM PDT by Hotmetal (Lead,follow,or get the Hell out of the way.554th REDHORSE)
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To: Mr Rogers

And you, Sir, ‘get it’.

check your freepmail


27 posted on 04/03/2010 10:49:23 PM PDT by ASOC (In case of attack, tune to 640 kilocycles or 1240 kilocycles on your AM dial.)
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To: ASOC; Mr Rogers
Hey, here's a "Manly" job for the two of you: Only for Manly Men

Big opportunity, see it all the time on the back of 45' vans

See you loser maroons later

28 posted on 04/04/2010 10:16:39 AM PDT by Regulator (Welcome to Zimbabwe! Now hand over your property....)
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