Nice thread, some very interesting jobs out there
Spent the first 20 years being a corporate slug, working my way up from inventory management to systems design and administration. Changed jobs to do systems analysis but I guess I was doing too good when they laid me off because they weren't going to support the technical customer service stuff I did.
After being laid off for almost a year to the day I took a position as Homeland Security Program Coordinator for a volunteer organization. Been a volunteer / call firefighter since I was a junior in High School and got involved in emergency management and EMS after getting out of collage which got me the H/S job.
I am currently the Director of RSVP Worcester Area Volunteers and although the pay working for a non-profit leaves a lot to be desired I love my job and the impact it has in the community. If you are 55+ and have skills, talent and time please contact your local office. e-mail me and I will give you the link
I have also accepted a position leading a Critical Incident Stress Team that uses K9 (totally volunteer position) that serves public safety organizations, like Lisa you would not believe some of the stuff I've heard when these folks start unloading, the details that never makes the paper.
My grandfather and great grandfather were master craftsman working with wood, my dad has the talent and does a lot in his retirement which I think where I get a natural curiosity for how things work. There isn't any machine ever made that I can't take apart. The problem I have is getting them back together