So, what do us atheists do for a living?  Surely we are ALL not evolutionary biologists, astrophysicists or philosphers.

 

I'll start:

 

I am a sales planner for the North American Division of an international consumer product company.

 

How about you?

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Hi Larryl,

Evidently you have had alot of replies! Really interesting posts on the types of jobs people opt for. I wonder if there is any connection between the socio-economic background, level of education, the rejection of religion and subsequent acceptance of atheism! There is defiantly a gap in science (psychology/ neuroscience) of understanding atheists, as it seems due to our evolutionary history, we are pre-conditioned for religious thinking.

Anywho's enough of my ramblings.

I'm an environmental scientist working at a Research Institute.
Yes, indeed, Bex, this post did generate some interesting comments about what atheists do for a living. I was hoping that there were other non-scientific atheists like myself, and indeed there are. Not that I don't appreciate scientists, because I do, but it seems that most of the most famous atheists are either scientists (Dawkins/Harris), or extreme intellectuals (Dennett/Hitchens). It's good to know that there are "regular joes" that are also atheists.

By the way, your job rocks. I can't imagine a more important job for the future of our planet than yours.
Mechanical engineer with automotive and combustion concentration

I work for an engine shop in Nascar. My current priority is the development of fuel injection for Sprint Cup cars.
Whoa you must be a chick magnet working on NASCAR Sprint Cup cars!
It's the kind of girls it attracts that is the problem.

And it puts off the rest of the girls who don't recognize that working for a team and being a Nascar 'fan' are very different.
by the way, I'm still hoping for a minister or priest to show up under this discussion. Come on, I know you are out there!
I am a warehouse assistant and forklift driver, in a workplace full of obnoxious people. That is despite the fact that I hold a degree in Mathematics. (I am also studying for another one in geology.)

I am autistic however, and receive no help, so I have had to put up with a rubbish job for the past ten years. That is not an uncommon situation for autistic people.
I'm sorry to hear that. My daughter has autism. We always tell her she can be anything she wants to be. We have spent lots of $ on therapy trying to make this so. Did you have treatment for your autism as a child? If this is too personal, just tell me to bug off.
Don't worry about being too personal. I would like to talk about autism far more than I am able to. I often have to keep things bottled up because nobody understands, despite the fact that my autism affects every minute of my life.

To answer your question, no I didn't have treatment for my autism as a child. I have only been aware that I have an autism spectrum disorder for the past five years - I was in my early 30s when I realized. Before that, I went to see many useless counsellors. I didn't receive any help from the state afterwards either. I eventually found a suitable therapist, but that was after I did a lot of research. She did a very good job, but, coming as it was after I had accummulated 30 years of issues and struggles, she could only do so much.

As for your daughter being able to be anything she wants to be, it sounds like it can make her feel good to hear it, but I think it's unrealistic. People on the autistic spectrum have life-long weaknesses. It's a question of capitalizing on an individual's strengths while making sure you don't go into a situation that the weaknesses make impossible to handle. I know it's like that for nonautistic people too, to some degree, but for us autistic people, the problems impact our lives more, and we have to be more careful where we tread.

Why don't you join the "Autism, Asperger's and Atheism" group on the Nexus?
http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/autismaspergersandatheism
I own my own interior design and home furnishings store. I have a degree in Classical Piano, and I still play from time to time. I also give private piano lessons, to advanced students.
An atheist, interior decorating, classical pianist in Cleveland, Tennessee? Now that is an unusual, and very interesting, combination. Thanks for contributing, Kelly.
Yeah, and that also explains why I am at home on a Friday night too!!! LOL

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