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2012-07-31 09:12:22 PM  
See Subby, your Mom lied to you, "fluffer" is not a six figure job.
 
2012-07-31 09:12:48 PM  
So jobs that are rare and require specialized skills pay good money? SHOCKED I say!
 
2012-07-31 09:13:17 PM  

Skyred: How do those elevator installers get 100k+ a year? My friend did that.. for 10/h..


Did he do it for 60 years?
 
2012-07-31 09:13:52 PM  

God-is-a-Taco: [blogs-images.forbes.com image 620x434]

This scene is intense.

The father, soon to retire, is gazing out the window in despair. For 36 years he has glanced out of that window and seen many dreams collapse around him. Is it now his turn?
His legacy is in jeopardy, and he only has his son to rely on now.
This woman... she doesn't understand. He came to this country with nothing; to her it's just business. "Those are the old ways," she would say, "the world doesn't work that way any more."

Tell that to his son.
Look at the him. His eyes burn with intensity, striving to meet dad's expectations. The business will not fall, it can't fall.

"You... you biatch. Look at this paper. Do you see this? DO YOU SEE WHAT I'M POINTING AT?"
"But I thought..."
"DO YOU NOT SEE WHAT I AM POINTING AT?"


It' is obvious that the stack of papers the woman is holding is a metaphor for the father's withering legacy. The son's finger represents his penis, poised to fark up that legacy.

Are you the Cormac McCarthy of stock photo prose? Bravo!
 
2012-07-31 09:14:09 PM  
roblarky: Lsherm: If I had a six figure job in in me I'd be surprised, subby. I HAVE a six figure job, but not in me.

[img841.imageshack.us image 618x357]

I've done alot but I think that would be a boner killer. :(


I think I'd try to stick my wiener in there.
 
2012-07-31 09:15:23 PM  

fusillade762: Home economics instructors who teach at the college level

They teach home ec in college??


My gf's niece almost burned down her dorm when she forgot to put water in the ramen... it still might have a place.
 
2012-07-31 09:15:45 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: Engineers will gladly work 80 hours a week for 30000$.


Not all of us!
 
Slu
2012-07-31 09:16:22 PM  

fusillade762: Home economics instructors who teach at the college level

They teach home ec in college??


I was thinking the same thing. Not at my college, as far as I remember.

To fair though, I don't remember much of it...
 
2012-07-31 09:16:37 PM  
Im a west coast longshoreman in trades
work when I want make 6 figures easy :-)
suck it college peolpe
 
2012-07-31 09:16:44 PM  
What about nurses? A lot of us make six figures in Texas. Maybe nationwide it is less than ten percent?
 
2012-07-31 09:23:32 PM  
So, legit question...

What salary would you accept as an inbound call center director? Grabs popcorn.
 
2012-07-31 09:24:56 PM  
Well, sometimes faking a job could get you through life. It's not much about answering your call to life than making a living.
 
2012-07-31 09:25:21 PM  
blogs-images.forbes.com

"Wait a minute, if I am a database administrator, what am I doing with a screwdriver, a video card, and a bunch of memory boards on my desk???"
 
2012-07-31 09:26:20 PM  
That figure for writers and authors is ridiculous. The median earnings for an author from writing is less than $5000 a year. Maybe 50 writers make six figures or more, but the idea that writers make a lot of money is absurd.
 
2012-07-31 09:27:23 PM  
By the way did you know that a submarine captain earns 200,000 dollars a year?

That's less tax, Marv

Yeah, less tax.

/figure not adjust for 2012 salary guidelines
 
2012-07-31 09:29:03 PM  

Macular Degenerate: For those who hate slideshows (like me), I took one for the team:

1. Theatrical Makeup Artists
2. Technical Writers
3. Gaming Managers
4. Home Economics Teachers, Postsecondary
5. Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels
6. Art Directors
7. Transportation Inspectors
8. Broadcast News Analysts
9. Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers
10. Insurance Sales Agents
11. Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School
12. Writers and Authors
13. Film and Video Editors
14. Human Resources Managers
15. Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
16. Multimedia Artists and Animators
17. Elevator Installers and Repairers
18. Loan Officers
19. Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
20. Database Administrators

PunGent: Sigh...Forbes MEANT to say "the top ten percent of some fields make six figures".

I think what they're showing is that if 10% make 6 figures on average, then there is a career path towards it and it's likely someone will get there once they have X years of experience, unlike garbage man or administrative assistant where you start at minimum wage and max out at $40K.


WTF is a gaming manager? and really what qualifications do you need? Guild/Raid leader?

/I make 7 figures as IT support
//that is, if you include the numbers after the decimal point
 
2012-07-31 09:29:20 PM  

fusillade762: Home economics instructors who teach at the college level

They teach home ec in college??


Teachers colleges, yes.
 
2012-07-31 09:30:25 PM  

stiletto_the_wise: [blogs-images.forbes.com image 620x434]

"Wait a minute, if I am a database administrator, what am I doing with a screwdriver, a video card, and a bunch of memory boards on my desk???"


While fiddling on a mac, where most of the peripheral components are integrated into the main board.
 
2012-07-31 09:32:06 PM  

God-is-a-Taco: [blogs-images.forbes.com image 620x434]

This scene is intense.

The father, soon to retire, is gazing out the window in despair. For 36 years he has glanced out of that window and seen many dreams collapse around him. Is it now his turn?
His legacy is in jeopardy, and he only has his son to rely on now.
This woman... she doesn't understand. He came to this country with nothing; to her it's just business. "Those are the old ways," she would say, "the world doesn't work that way any more."

Tell that to his son.
Look at the him. His eyes burn with intensity, striving to meet dad's expectations. The business will not fall, it can't fall.

"You... you biatch. Look at this paper. Do you see this? DO YOU SEE WHAT I'M POINTING AT?"
"But I thought..."
"DO YOU NOT SEE WHAT I AM POINTING AT?"


outstanding
and here i was pissed off i'd clicked that ridiculous link.
 
2012-07-31 09:33:47 PM  

Smeggy Smurf: fusillade762: Home economics instructors who teach at the college level

They teach home ec in college??

A Masters in Sammich Making is a highly desirable degree in the baby manufacturing field


Once you get your Masters they're known as Sammich ARTISTS, thank you very much, and it's the only way to get your foot in the door for a lucrative six figure salary at that Mecca of fine five-star dining- Subway.
 
2012-07-31 09:34:27 PM  

Unoriginal_Username: Guild/Raid leader?


Actual comment from my wow gaming session yesterday:

ÐæŗķMąsŧĕr: "yo guildies - sorry for all the drama but one of the ladies here is ruining the vibe here, so lates."

ÐæŗķMąsŧĕr has left the guild

/g "WTH? What drama? Who? Why would I care?"
 
2012-07-31 09:35:46 PM  

stiletto_the_wise: "Wait a minute, if I am a database administrator, what am I doing with a screwdriver, a video card, and a bunch of memory boards on my desk???"


I'm a CTO now, but I still keep a pair of wire cutters on my desk. I use them sometimes to threaten my computer when it misbehaves, but they are there mainly for the day the stress of keeping multiple offices and a large complex production system all running smoothly makes me snap and go full Kaczynski (well, half-Kaczynski, I don't think I'll be bombing anyone, only the technology must be destroyed).
 
2012-07-31 09:36:11 PM  
Former sammich artist here... Two Masters... Blah!
 
2012-07-31 09:36:32 PM  

CrispFlows: Unoriginal_Username: Guild/Raid leader?

Actual comment from my wow gaming session yesterday:

ÐæŗķMąsŧĕr: "yo guildies - sorry for all the drama but one of the ladies here is ruining the vibe here, so lates."

ÐæŗķMąsŧĕr has left the guild

/g "WTH? What drama? Who? Why would I care?"


Did he get her Avatar pregnant or something?
 
2012-07-31 09:39:19 PM  

Thrag: stiletto_the_wise: "Wait a minute, if I am a database administrator, what am I doing with a screwdriver, a video card, and a bunch of memory boards on my desk???"

I'm a CTO now, but I still keep a pair of wire cutters on my desk. I use them sometimes to threaten my computer when it misbehaves, but they are there mainly for the day the stress of keeping multiple offices and a large complex production system all running smoothly makes me snap and go full Kaczynski (well, half-Kaczynski, I don't think I'll be bombing anyone, only the technology must be destroyed).


For a while I kept an abacus under glass labeled "IN CASE OF EMERGENCY"
 
2012-07-31 09:40:06 PM  
I decree God-is-a-Taco wins the thread!
 
2012-07-31 09:40:24 PM  

Unoriginal_Username: WTF is a gaming manager?


It's the nice way of saying "Dungeon Master" on your resume.

30.media.tumblr.com

Them D&D nerds got a lotta gold in them corduroy pockets. Six figures worth.

/suck it nerds
 
2012-07-31 09:41:30 PM  
For those who hate slideshows (like me), I took one for the team:

1. Plastic Surgery Artists, Pre-Medical degree
2. Fox News Writers
3. Home Sale Staging Managers
4. Republican Economy Shills, Post-any education
5. Baters, Master Baters and Captains
6. Street Artists who Sell Weed
7. TSA Inspectors
8. Fox News Blondes
9. Pot Farmers and Other Agricultural Managers
10. Ponzi Scheme Sales Agents
11. Retired Elementary School Teachers
12. Dominatrixes and Authoritarians, dressed in black leather
13. YouTube Video Viewers (just kidding)
14. Human Organ Donor Managers
15. Assholes
16. Pornography Artists and Animators
17. Vibrator Installers and Repairers
18. Bain Capital Officers
19. Hebrew Teachers, Postsecondary
20. Database something
 
2012-07-31 09:42:06 PM  

WhippingBoy: For almost every job you can think of, someone out there is doing it and making 6+ figures.

What's your excuse?


patriotstatesman.com
 
2012-07-31 09:43:47 PM  

stiletto_the_wise: Wait a minute, if I am a database administrator, what am I doing with a screwdriver, a video card, and a bunch of memory boards on my desk???"


better question: Why is he using a Mac?
 
2012-07-31 09:46:00 PM  
I'm guessing, the person who crammed all those ads into that slideshow also makes 6 figures, which probably is about 1/10th of 1% of the ad revenue generated by that crappy excuse for a website.

/made it to the 3rd slide
 
2012-07-31 09:48:02 PM  
I started out on a dairy farm in PA. Now I'm a SysAdmin keeping a data center running for a small web development group, and yes, I make six figures.

It shouldn't really be a surprise to anyone that the top tier of talent in any field (and I do not necessarily place myself anywhere near the top tier of talent) makes more money than the bottom tier.

What also should not come as any surprise (to anyone outside of Forbes magazine, that is) is that someone who has worked long and hard to develop expertise and skills can prosper *without* being an MBA, a doctor, or a lawyer. No offense to doctors and lawyers - the best in those fields also put in their blood, sweat, and tears to develop their skills and their careers, and they have my respect - those of us outside of the so-called 'professional' jobs have something to contribute to the world, too. Once in a while, some them even get some recognition and/or respect. (From the self-blinkered idiots like the ones at Forbes, that is, who seem amazed that anyone would pay some techno-peasant anything resembling a living wage, no matter how vital their services are.)

I have my self-respect, and the respect of my employers and my peers. I do not need Forbes to notice my profession to provide my sense of self-worth.

One of the greatest crimes of this society is the wage scales paid to corporate executives, so-called 'celebrities', and 'athletes', as compared to teachers, police, firefighters, engineers, paramedics, etc., etc.
 
2012-07-31 09:48:32 PM  
I keep waiting to see assistant crack whore make the list but it never does.

/school administrator? really? Fark them thats a 45k job at best.
 
2012-07-31 09:48:58 PM  

PanicMan: I decree God-is-a-Taco wins the thread!


Wow, thanks guys. I need a muse to be creative and that picture hit me. Sorry, I'm not usually very motivated to do that stuff.
 
2012-07-31 09:52:21 PM  

Detwah: You want amazing six figure salaries......look no further than govt "workers".
All of whom do little, badly.


If you think most government workers are just raking in the cash, then you're woefully misinformed. Theres some 100k earners at the GS15/SES level (just like executives in the private sector), but your average government worker basically gets paid squat.
 
2012-07-31 09:52:27 PM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: I started out on a dairy farm in PA. Now I'm a SysAdmin keeping a data center running for a small web development group, and yes, I make six figures.


I'd rather be a dairy farmer. It seems like a much more deeply rewarding career.
 
2012-07-31 09:54:13 PM  

WhippingBoy: For almost every job you can think of, someone out there is doing it and making 6+ figures.

What's your excuse?


www.tackoperatortraining.com

The world needs ditch diggers too!
 
2012-07-31 09:54:25 PM  

God-is-a-Taco: PanicMan: I decree God-is-a-Taco wins the thread!

Wow, thanks guys. I need a muse to be creative and that picture hit me. Sorry, I'm not usually very motivated to do that stuff.


Keep it up. I saw a slideshow recently that declares that writers make a lot of money, surprisingly.
 
2012-07-31 09:54:28 PM  
21. Slideshow creators. Top 10% get a kick in the balls.
 
2012-07-31 09:57:20 PM  

Deedeemarz: What about nurses? A lot of us make six figures in Texas. Maybe nationwide it is less than ten percent?


Nurses weren't on the list because everyone knows they can make more than 100k a year.
 
2012-07-31 09:57:42 PM  

FuturePastNow: Macular Degenerate: 5. Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels

I am a tax preparer. I had a client walk in one day, years ago, and he smelled bad. I mean, this man was stinky. Something had died in his beard. He threw a sopping wet W-2 onto my desk.


Gotta make sure the client chairs are vinyl. Cloth just soaks the stank right up. I always wondered why the metro had those hard plastic benches. Well, eventually it became clear.
 
2012-07-31 10:00:51 PM  

Dear_Leader: Im a west coast longshoreman in trades
work when I want make 6 figures easy :-)
suck it college peolpe


Yup. I'm a crane operator and I make 6 figures. It would blow Farkers minds how many industrial pipe fitters, welders and riggers I work with who make way more than I do. And a whole shiatload of them are some of the most backwoods, illiterate country bumpkins with 4 teeth among 30 people they will ever meet.
 
2012-07-31 10:02:31 PM  
So basically, if you're in the top 10% of many fields, you can make over 100k? If you are making that much, you likely live in an area where a small condo starts at $350k or more, old, tiny homes start at $450k and other costs of living are higher than average as well. Sounds like that salary could go pretty quick, especially if you want to put kids through college and retire someday.

/I fully expect that by the time I reach retirement age, a person can be a millionaire without being well off.
 
2012-07-31 10:05:59 PM  

stiletto_the_wise: [blogs-images.forbes.com image 620x434]

"Wait a minute, if I am a database administrator, what am I doing with a screwdriver, a video card, and a bunch of memory boards on my desk???"


"Well Doug, when you spearheaded the shift of the DBs into to the cloud we assumed the guys who maintained that hardware weren't really useful anymore. So now that you're the only one left in the office that knows how to do computer stuff you get to fix my secretary's computer, again. Chop Chop."
 
2012-07-31 10:06:06 PM  
This is an update of an article that ran previously.

Three words.

Cutting. Edge.
 
2012-07-31 10:06:58 PM  

RealityChuck: That figure for writers and authors is ridiculous. The median earnings for an author from writing is less than $5000 a year. Maybe 50 writers make six figures or more, but the idea that writers make a lot of money is absurd.


Writers and Authors
Top 10% make $115,740, on average.

Yeah, I'm thinking there are about 5 writers making enough to push that average over 100k.
 
2012-07-31 10:12:31 PM  

Evil Twin Skippy: PunGent: Sigh...Forbes MEANT to say "the top ten percent of some fields make six figures".

Stopped reading that POS pretty quick...I miss anything?

Nope. Nevermind that the bottom 10% of each of the fields cited pays $10/hour. In a competitive market.


you missed wasting 10 more mins of your time going "really???"
 
2012-07-31 10:14:55 PM  
Six figure income, college drop-out and I can barely work my laptop.

What a Country!!
 
2012-07-31 10:16:51 PM  

stiletto_the_wise: [blogs-images.forbes.com image 620x434]

"Wait a minute, if I am a database administrator, what am I doing with a screwdriver, a video card, and a bunch of memory boards on my desk???"


and if I'm a DB, why doesn't it appear that I'm using a Crapple.
 
2012-07-31 10:17:00 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: Engineers will gladly work 80 hours a week for 30000$.


Close, right now I usually work 60 hours a week (and I make more than $30k, though still 5 figures) because I took a salaried position and it's turned out to be more work than I anticipated. I have high personal standards for what I consider acceptable work and I'm unwilling to compromise them just so I can spend a few more hours at home watching TV. (I'm married but we don't have any children)

My current employer is a small but growing firm, I'm hoping my work ethic will be noticed but I don't plan to work like this forever, nor do I do it anonymously.

TL;DR

I'm a gullible idiot that is willing to be taken advantage of.
 
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