How did I miss this thread the first time around? Y'all are cracking me up.
I'm a jack of all trades, it depends on who you ask if I've mastered any of them.
I work, essentially, in trade agreement compliance for your friendly, neighborhood government. I was a boots on the ground analyst for 7+ years before switching over to a support role where I help our people work our technology and understand our calculations of just how much violation is going on. Part IT, part statistics, part frustration of impossible demands (could you take calculation A up to point B and then switch it over to calculation C through point D and produce this custom report for me? Preferably in the next 10 minutes? Lemme see...how about ARE YOU INSANE?), part "hey, you've been here longer than everyone around me, can you research/do this for me?" (NO! But I will point you in the right direction...).
I'd kill for a shower door on my cube, Member. I'd *maim* for a SHOWER CURTAIN!
But I do see results from my job (I have documented proof I created/saved a couple thousand jobs over the years), we have bi-partisan support, I got to do some travel back in the day, and I enjoy the company of about 80% of my coworkers, so I stay, for now.
I also do property investment part-time, write for several local blogs on neighborhood and urban/development/transportation issues, and single-handedly keep several local watering holes in business (I kid, I kid).