All of the controversy over the Internal Revenue Service's investigation of Tea Party groups has unleashed a torrent of criticism of IRS tactics. But what do IRS agents think of their profession? And what do they actually do all day? Carroll McKibbin, a former IRS agent, gave AOL Jobs permission to reprint a... Read More »
I woke up one morning about four weeks ago and realized in a flash that I'd hit a wall. Most days I can't wait to get to work. On this day, I struggled to get myself out of the house.
The first three months of the year had been intensely demanding, between hiring a series of new employees for a rapidly growing... Read More »
By Vivian Giang
It takes a special kind of person to provide health care for accused murderers, rapists, and drug addicts.
But these doctors do, in some cases, receive "better pay, better hours, retirement benefits, and free malpractice insurance," Parija B. Kavilanz has reported on CNN. "Typically a salaried... Read More »
Lots of people enjoy or at least have tried skydiving. They include President George H.W. Bush, who famously parachuted from a plane 10,500 feet above the ground to celebrate turning 85, following similar jumps on his 75th and 80th birthdays.
Some lovers of the sport attempt to turn it into career by... Read More »
By John Powers
I am a private investigator. Which means if we met at a party you'd immediately ask: So do you, like, follow people around? Are you an ex-cop? Where'd you park the Ferrari?
Then you'd confess: Wow, I've never met a real P.I. Which partly explains your misconceptions, though in my experience the... Read More »
By Ashley Lutz
A longtime servant of an eccentric millionaire wrote about what it's like to spend most of your time in a mansion while earning minimum wage.
The man, who said he worked for a gentleman who made millions in real estate, posted on Reddit's Ask Me Anything to answer questions. Read More »
In June 2006 I took a call center job that I thought would be just like all the rest: take some calls, placate some customers, sell people some things that they probably could do without. You know, the usual. But one week in, it became clear -- there was nothing usual about working in a call center of a major... Read More »
I am Antoniya Hamberg and I have been a Las Vegas blackjack dealer for over two years, working at Binion's Hotel and Gambling Hall (which used to be known as the Horseshoe), as well as at a couple of other properties. I'm what they call a party pit dealer; I deal blackjack while wearing lingerie. It is my... Read More »
It's always different and always the same, the life of an animal behavior consultant. Life as an animal behavior trainer is rewarding, tiring and more akin to family therapy than pet training. Read More »
My name is Rose Silcox, and I was a credit manager for Qwest Communications for two years, based out of Seattle, Wash. The title of credit manager is a nice way of saying I was the person who shut off the customer's home phone, cell phone, Internet and dish service if they didn't give me money for their... Read More »
They never told us in law school that it would be like this. I know it's hard to feel sorry for a lawyer, but they could have at least told us that on most days as a criminal lawyer, there is nothing we'd be able to do for our clients.
The first thing that struck me when I started practicing criminal law... Read More »
In the fall of 2003, I had just graduated from UCLA with a degree in anthropology, an area which was personally very enlightening but, unless you plan on doing research in that field, is basically useless in most work sectors. At 22 years of age, I didn't want to go to law school or work in human resources --... Read More »
My name is Heidi. I'm a 36-year-old professional reporter and researcher. My husband Kaylan is a professional taxidermist who runs and operates his own studio, called In Tune Taxidermy, here in Castle Rock, Colo. I have on many occasions been promoted to "assistant taxidermist" when my husband is in a bind; I... Read More »
What's it really like in a coroner's office? The truth is, it's nothing like what you see on television.
As I stood over the railroad tracks, freezing and cold on a damp, rainy December morning, the sight was gruesome. Some kid had decided to throw himself in front of an Amtrak train -- and now I, as the... Read More »
Wherever I go, people ask me what it's like to work as a funeral director. I tell them it is not an easy career, particularly given the emotional component of the work. As funeral directors, we deal with issues of mortality -- our own as well as those of our clients -- on a daily basis. We also work long... Read More »
I was young when I got started as a bail recovery agent. I had just turned 23 and recently been honorably discharged from the Army. I was working as an EMT for an ambulance service in Oklahoma City, and I needed a second job to earn a living wage. It was 2004, and the TV show 'Dog the Bounty Hunter' was just... Read More »
A medical assistant, also be known as a patient care tech (PCT), is a person who assists nurses and doctors in completing procedures and monitoring the status of patients. This job requires an attentive and responsible individual to insure patients receive the proper care.
My name is Teddie Wiggins. I am 23... Read More »