There are many misconceptions about a job. If you are in one, we asked, what’s a common misconception about your profession or hobby that you’d like to clarify?
Here are the top responses.
STAND UP COMEDIANS
“As a construction worker, I’d like the public to know:
IT AND COMPUTER SCIENCE
‘IT guy with a computer science degree. Yes, I took coding classes. Yes, I helped build an app or two for senior projects. No, I will not build you an app.
Edit: emphasis on the word helped.”
“Retired Pharmacist. My job was and still is more than counting pills.
Every day I would have to call Doctor’s offices to double-check because they wrote the wrong dose, the wrong directions, or the wrong drug. When the customer is expecting an antibiotic and the MD has prescribed a heart medicine, we definitely need to speak to a doctor. Then we have to argue with the receptionist/nurse that no the doctor really doesn’t want us to fill that prescription as written. Then you have to wait to speak to the MD.
All of this takes time. Add insurance problems, drug interactions, customers who need to be counseled about their medications, cut back on technician hours, etc, and this makes for very stressful days. I retired a few months into the pandemic and know the job has worsened.
I went to school for five years to do the job correctly. Nowadays, it’s six years or longer to get your degree. Please be patient with the pharmacy employees. I know that they care about their customers and are just as frustrated. Didn’t mean to make this into a rant, but we are more than just pill counters.”
“Most lawyers are not super bright; they are just average intelligence with a practiced vocabulary to sound intelligent. Also, only a few lawyers make a ton of money. Most are barely middle class, especially when factoring in the massive student loans.”
“As someone in graduate school studying to be a clinical psychologist:
- No, I could not “do a case study on your family” – most families are filled with oddballs, and that doesn’t mean it’s pathological.
- No, I am not “psychoanalyzing” you in our interactions. We don’t just immediately start taking notes in our heads based on the things we say.
- No, I don’t prescribe medicine. That would be a psychiatrist. We are trained to do talk therapy, research, and sometimes teaching.”
“Journalist. No, we’re not getting paid off lmao. We barely make more than teachers. Actually, probably less.
No, there’s no such thing as “completely unbiased.” Humans, by their very nature, are biased. So it’s biologically impossible to be “unbiased,” whatever that means.
Your favorite journalist is probably not a journalist. Your most-hated journalist is probably not a journalist. There’s a difference between “guy yelling at the camera” and a journalist sitting at city council in the press box writing about some ordinance.”
“Genealogist here. It’s not just surfing Ancestry and asking for money to do what you can do yourself. And it takes a lot of time to do correctly. Also, the pages of citations you toss out are the most important piece of the whole report.”
“Marketing is all about being creative! There is a hard science to marketing. There is also art, but it has to be balanced with the science/evidence.”