TITLE: The Worst Kind of Job AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford DATE: April 08, 2008 9:11 PM DESC: ----- BODY: Comedian Rodney Laney Yesterday I was listening to comedian Rodney Laney do a bit called "Old Jobs". He explained that the best kind of job to have is a one-word job that everyone understands. Manager, accountant, lawyer -- that's good. But if you have to explain what you do, then you don't have a good job. "You know the inside of the pin has these springs? I put the springs on the inside of the pins." And then you have to explain why you matter... "Without me, the pins wouldn't go click." Bad job. Okay, computer scientists and software developers, raise your hands if you've had to explain what you do to a new acquaintance at a party. To a curious relative? I should say "tried to explain", because my own attempts come up short far too often. I think good Rodney has nailed a major flaw in being a computer scientist. Sadly, going with the one-word job title of "programmer" doesn't help, and the people who think know what a programmer is often don't really know. Even still, I like what I do and know why it's a great job. (Thanks to the wonders of the web, you can watch another version of Laney's routine, Good Jobs, on-line at Comedy Central. I offer no assurance that you'll like it, but I did.) -----