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What do jack-of-all-trades end up doing for a living?

Asked by prioritymail (1630points) December 20th, 2011


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zenvelo's avatar

Whatever they can find. Contractors that do small house repairs actually are in great demand.

Judi's avatar

My hubby is a General Contractor.

jerv's avatar

It really depends, but personally, I am a CNC Machinist.

WestRiverrat's avatar

Whatever it takes to pay the bills.

whitetigress's avatar

That’s a good question, I’d like to know, what does a jack-of-all trades “artist edition” do for a living. But I think what @zenvelo said. My old apartment manager did that, and “odd” jobs all around San Diego, CA. New season, new fairs opened up, stuff like that. Jack of all trades tend to have no shame and high confidence and learn fast on the job I’m sure.

zensky's avatar

Some teach.

prioritymail's avatar

Great answers, thank you :)

rooeytoo's avatar

Fix small appliances. In this age of “throw it away and get a new one,” a person who can actually repair is a gem!!! Advertise in a local paper. I just paid over $100 to have a rotary grinding tool repaired, and really all it needed was a directional switch which no one in this country stocks so the guy just went around it. Now it just goes on and off which is fine with me.

prioritymail's avatar

You don’t necessarily have to be into construction to be a JOAT though, right? I mean, one can be good at a lot of other things as well. What about those people?

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

Building maintenance man, for a small to medium-sized apartment.

comity's avatar

In my town there’s a man who calls himself ” The handyman, No job too small”. He’s wonderful and fixes everything down to cleaning off the roof when we get an ice dam. I wonder about health insurance and other benefits for people in his position.

janbb's avatar

To me, the term “jack of all trades” does imply a mastery of mainly mechanical or practical skills so I would think handyman, construction worker or maintenance. I do not think of a general practice doctor or a free-lance writer as a jack of all trades.

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marinelife's avatar

Almost whatever they want to.

CaptainHarley's avatar

The ones without really good mechanical skills do the sort of things I did: US Army officer, Personnel Manager, Mediator, Arbitrator, etc. : )

Paradox25's avatar

This question is right up my alley. I would say either contractors (except for specialty ones) and maintenance personel. From my personal experience you will almost always sacrifice knowledge in one skill to try to learn another. I have worked with both mechanics and electricians and while it was expected that you could perform the minimal skill levels in certain trades you always had your mechanical or electrical guys.

It is usually not a great idea to try to turn into ‘superman’ because most employers will utilize this to their advantage, and they will rarely pay you for multitasking ability but you will work harder for that lower pay.

downtide's avatar

Whatever they can do that pays the best. Or in this day and age, whatever they can find.

citizenearth's avatar

Actually these type of people do something for a living, to earn a stable income. They masquerade as technician, executive, engineer, repairman, and other normal occupations. You will know one when you get to know them.

zensky's avatar

@CaptainHarley Those, and teach. Or act, maybe.

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