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December 23, 2011 2:21 PM   Subscribe

Are there "basic college degree-holder" level jobs that DON'T involve constant sitting? I have 2.5 years of job experience in graphic design, but it turns out I really don't enjoy it, and more importantly I'm not actually all that good at it. I'm also the unhealthiest I've ever been in my life.

Also, between the security concerns and my embarrassment at the quality of my work, I don't have a lot to show for it. But it's my only real job skill, so it's either that or something generic. So what's a more active version of a secretary or something, for someone of good basic intelligence but not much field-specific experience, who can keep flyers and things from looking embarrassing but doesn't want to do it all day (and has pretty good drawing skills - not that anyone wants them and I don't need them to be part of the job, but they're there)? Something less sedentary and isolating than sitting in an office all the time, and more... real-jobby... than waiting tables? Is this being too picky these days?
posted by jinjo to Work & Money (14 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
Network news, most below-the-line jobs in film and TV, sales, real estate, food service (not just waiting tables), relocation services, professional organizing, retail display artist--there's tons of jobs that aren't sedentary.
posted by Ideefixe at 2:32 PM on December 23, 2011

In any good sized media company, there's a Traffic department that runs around a lot coordinating stuff between other departments (copy, art, production, etc.).

Any kind of retail sales.

posted by mkultra at 2:42 PM on December 23, 2011

Elementary teacher at a private school. Often has no cert requirements beyond basic first aid. Keeps you on your feet. Your room decorations will be awesome.

Vast amounts of patience and consistency in the face of chaos required.
posted by Monsieur Caution at 2:57 PM on December 23, 2011

Lab technicians spend a lot of time moving around, usually. When I was a tech 10 yrs ago in MA, a BS was all that was required to qualify, along with having taken some science courses in there in somewhere (eg my bench partner had a BA in Art History, but had taken biology and chemistry as part of her core requirements and/or electives). YMMV these days.... Aerotek (staffing agency) is one way I know of to get into this sort of thing....
posted by Tandem Affinity at 3:43 PM on December 23, 2011

Stores employ people to build displays. Graphic sense is a big asset. I work in a grocery store and we have a couple of people who spend a good deal of their time assembling signs, props and merchandise and then building eye catching displays.
posted by a humble nudibranch at 3:54 PM on December 23, 2011

Buy a standing desk?
posted by wongcorgi at 4:02 PM on December 23, 2011

Elementary teacher at a private school

Or teaching English, abroad.
posted by Rash at 5:39 PM on December 23, 2011

Some large libraries need design people and hire specifically for it. Physical design as well as graphics.
posted by geek anachronism at 5:51 PM on December 23, 2011

Warehouse order picker! I lost twenty pounds in two months just by pushing a wonky cart for eight hours a day with steel toed boots on.

I could also physically feel my brain melting away from under-use, though.
posted by Sys Rq at 6:16 PM on December 23, 2011

Working in a hospital. Emergency room tech (A 1 semester long EMT training class qualified my friend for that), unit assistant (not sure of that exact title), something like that. Also, working as a staff member in a psych hospital will definitely get you moving (sometimes more than you want) and you have to be in shape to restrain patients or lift them.
posted by MultiFaceted at 7:16 PM on December 23, 2011

Go join the Coast Guard and rescue people for a living.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 8:05 PM on December 23, 2011

You could do office assistant work at an architecture firm. They need people who can do basic and not so basic word processing, but who can create documents that look good - who can use photoshop, illustrator - that sort of thing. People with office skills and a good design sense.
posted by Flashman at 8:54 PM on December 23, 2011

Military officer.
posted by ctmf at 6:08 PM on December 24, 2011

Trader Joe's. Store Management jobs pay well, you're on your feet all day, still have to think and strategize.
posted by purenitrous at 3:30 PM on December 25, 2011

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