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Old 01-24-2013, 05:48 PM
 
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Default Careers where you don't stand on your feet all day?

Can anyone name some careers that are decent paying ($25 an hour range) that don't require you to stand all day? I currently have to be on my feet for 8+ hours at a low wage job, and it's causing me to have issues when I lie in bed at night (legs tingling and twitching) and I've been getting a lot of charley horses. Not to mention the obvious pain I get in my feet and legs during work.

As I've been researching careers I was quite surprised to see just how many people have to stand all day. Even highly educated professionals are forced to stand all day at work (pharmacists).
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Old 01-24-2013, 06:59 PM
 
Location: San Bernardino County (previously L.A.)
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I'm a Speech-Language Pathologist & I don't hve to stand for any period of time.
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Old 01-24-2013, 07:10 PM
 
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Most anything in an office.
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Old 01-24-2013, 09:14 PM
 
Location: Metro Detroit, Michigan
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How long have you been doing this type of work? Most people get used to it after awhile. I stand 80% of the day, sometimes for many hours at a time, and I have never had any issues. Frankly, I much prefer standing to sitting. I would go crazy if I had a job where I was sitting all day. Try using Doctor Scholls inserts. They really do help a bunch. They help take the impact off your feet when you're walking, and you'll notice you have more energy throughout the day. Afraid I can't help with the low pay issue...

If you really want to sit all day, maybe you could work as a patient sitter. Basically you just sit there all day and make sure the patient doesn't get into any trouble. Many hospitals use them instead of the less humane straps and restraints. Doesn't pay well, but it would be a relatively quick and easy job to get.
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Old 01-24-2013, 09:27 PM
 
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Can anyone name some careers that are decent paying ($25 an hour range) that don't require you to stand all day? I currently have to be on my feet for 8+ hours at a low wage job, and it's causing me to have issues when I lie in bed at night (legs tingling and twitching) and I've been getting a lot of charley horses. Not to mention the obvious pain I get in my feet and legs during work.

As I've been researching careers I was quite surprised to see just how many people have to stand all day. Even highly educated professionals are forced to stand all day at work (pharmacists).
Most jobs that require a college degree will have you sitting for the vast majority of the day. That's why they call them office jobs.

Pharmacy is the exception yes. You MUST stand all day. And the shifts are longer than 8 hours. As much as I say that I'd be a pharmacist if I could do it over, that is a MAJOR deterrent.
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Old 01-24-2013, 09:38 PM
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Location: Central Florida
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Truck driver.... Though you might have a different variety of ailments from prolonged sitting.

Whatever the job, if you don't take care of yourself you'll end up with something. Carpal tunnel and deteriorated vision are common for people that work desk jobs.
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Old 01-25-2013, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Planet Woof
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accountant, engineer, architect, lawyer, doctor (though they stand a lot), heavy equipment operator, taxi cab driver, bus driver, truck driver, administrator, paralegal, computer geeks, insurance careers,...

and many more
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Old 01-25-2013, 09:11 AM
 
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My company recruits for over 2000 corporate positions, none of which require people to stand on their feet. How much time do you have....?
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Old 01-25-2013, 03:24 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle, originally from SF Bay Area
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First, I suggest eating a banana a day, that will help your legs.

Do a good job in your position that requires you to stand, get additional education and training and work on a promotion to a higher level job or management which requires less or no time on your feet. There are 600 people in my office, none that stand on their feet all day,
and all over $25/hour but we require at least 3 years of appropriate experience or more depending on the job.
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Old 01-25-2013, 03:39 PM
 
Location: High Bridge, NJ
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Ironically I sit all day and have lately been trying to find ways to stand and walk around more. Between the two hours I spend in the car each day (one to work and one back) and sitting for the majority of 8-9 to hours a day that's a lot of sitting. I made myself a kind of standing desk (I put in for a real one but they're kind of pricey) and I like it so far. I don't stand ALL day, but I feel better being up and around more. I could see how a job where you are literally on your feet for the entire day/shift would get tiresome though.
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