Jobs, Occupations, and Businesses, And What We Never Know About Them

Previously posted on August 29, 2010. Click it here.

Oh, it has been virtually, almost a month I didn’t write any articles, or posted either. I was facing a more-than-a-week monthly test, and I was struggling hard at it in order to maintain myself in so-called ‘Plus’ class. Thanks to God, it has been over. But I am not going to discuss about the test itself: it’s about everything that, perhaps, our parents, friends, siblings, or our acquaintances do, and what we have never found out to discover much further. When asked, for example, “What are you going to be in the future a?” A majority of us would answer doctors, lawyers, teachers, accountants, police, whatsoever. But how vastly stretched our knowledge is on the olla-poddiga, the phantasmagorism about these sorts of occupations themselves? These facts, collected from many popular sites I googled on, serve as examples. I just present, likeningly, a dust compared to the vastlessness of a beach itself.

Let us start with teachers. Anybody dreams of becoming a teacher? That’s a job which requires perseverance, knowledgeable expertise in certain fields of study, and not-so-high salaries (unless you work in a private school, not the government-owned decades-old leaked-roof entities). Surveys have shown that teachers in Switzerland are the most prosperous, combined with teachers from the other countries as surveyed: they averagely earn 33,000 US$ a year (source: Perhaps that would have been as peakingly high as a headmaster’s salaries per annum. Another question arouses: which country serves the highest number of teachers aged below 30s? The place we need no-older-than-30-year-old educators, indeed? Be proud, that’s our country, Indonesia. More than one third of the teachers surveyed are aged below 30.

Now, take a sharp eye at illegal businesses. Ever heard of the so-called ‘go-go girls’? If not, I’ll define that as ‘stripteasers’. Yes, the ones who dance either half-naked or totally nude! Despite their status, they are also ‘good citizens’ for global economy, as well. Statisticians from IMF and World Bank have estimated that they contribute, at least, 75 billion dollars for global economy a year ( And that is nearly similar with Indonesia’s current foreign exchange reserves (spelt in Indonesian: cadangan devisa). What about the balloon swallowers? Ever heard of this term before? This, in crime world, defines to those who ‘swallow huge piles of narcotics, store them safely on their intestines, and come out, neatly packed inside the poop’. That takes sacrifices, especially to the couple of hands which have to dig deeply on their own poop to uncover these piles back, and therefore, distributed. That’s yakky, but also yummy as well, albeit they are insignifcant part of the global illegal drugs industry, which is now a market worth 600 billion dollars in assets. But, the worse, is, 95% of this money remains undetected, because these brobdingnagian flows of money have undergone through multiple ‘cleansing’ programs over these highly-privileged, global-esteemed banking giants, or in a short term, the popular banks we entrust our savings accounts in, not these promiscuous, untitled piggy banks.

You just see the outdoor part, yeah, buddy?

It is a misery to see people who have their organs sacrificed to obtain money, isn’t it? The much sadder one is to find out the lives of children who are lost in the hands of the irresponsible, who kidnap them, have them blown off in a single bullet, and have their bodies torn to loot away as many organs as they can. This has been gorish, sadistic enough to envision it on your mind, especially when you are the one who witness it! That is how most of the time organ trade works. Organ transplant issues have been always subjected as controversial in People’s Republic of China and Israel, countries known to have the largest number of organ trafficking cases throughout the planet. Several human rights activists have accused Chinese authorities of ‘harvesting organs from the executed prisoners, especially of those deceased Falun Gong followers’. In Israel, 6 men were captured after making a dirty plot in successfully smuggling kidneys at more than 100,000 US$ each. Not each pair. For more information, click here:

Indians whose kidneys were removed from their bodies.

Let us focus on the less ‘brutal’ ones. Many people are willing to put their lives at stake, for the sake of headlines on televisions, magazines, newspapers, or any other forms of mass media. It is good whenever you want to be a journalist, or a reporter, but please be careful. Reporters Without Borders estimates that approximately 63 journalists lost their lives 5 years prior. Remember Maguindanao Massacre last year? Nearly all of those 57 men killed en masse were journalists at that time covering up elections on a local province in Southern Philippines. The NGO itself has also listed regions which are known as ‘closed to foreign journalists’:

1. Chechnya, Russia

2. Myanmar

3. Jammu & Kashmir, India

4. Papua, Indonesia

5. Waziristan, Pakistan

6. Tibet, People’s Republic of China

7. Agadez, Niger

8. Iran, at last.

Another death-seeking job besides journalist is war photographer, where wars, battlefields, and all sorts of excruciating brutalities are their workplaces, and suffering is their object. Like troops, they also shoot, but they use Canons to do so, and they shoot not the people, but the pictures surrounding around. Perhaps this may sound a bit laughable for you, but the truth is not. Dozens of war photographers lost their lives when the battles peaked, most of them succumbed in Iraq & Afghanistan War.

Ever heard of PMC? So-called ‘private military company’? What differs them with national armies is the companies rigorously train them, not the military authorities. One of the main factors which triggers them to be employed in PMCs is large sums of money they are paid, despite overwhelming stresses that they might face, because, just like national armies, they would be deployed in war zones. Their duties may variously differ, which are ranging from guarding ‘special guests’, like industrialists, members of parliaments, or presidents as well whenever they are visiting the war zones, or conducting watertight observation on infrastructural projects mainly built by multinational corporations. For example, protecting an oil field owned by an American oil & gas moguldom in Iraq. However, their presence has been always controversial all the time, in which some accuse them of ‘free-to-kill’ as another ‘additional tasks’. They are also called as ‘mercenaries’. Currently, PMCs is a global industry worth more than 100 billion US$ nowadays.

Who says that ‘bounty hunter’ is just a movie? Some people are mainly serious in it! In fact, bounty hunters may define as ‘those whose task is to capture fugitives wanted by police forces’. Anybody else can do this job, as long as they are triggered with the amounts of cash rewarded once the fugitives are handed in. There are only two countries in which this job can be said as ‘common phenomenon’: United States and The Philippines.

Let us take another look. About the shiny thing most of the time most of us have wanted, all the time. Even so are the gold diggers. Yes, that’s the gold! But how much do we know about the gold industry itself as well? Consider these facts very well:

1. Approximately 15 million illegal miners are struggling hard for your gold rings, as well as their families. Most of them are children and women.

2. Some of them are produced in war-torn African countries, for example, Congo. Here is where the ‘blood diamond’ term becomes popular.

3. There are at least 180.000 tons of gold bars circulating throughout the stock exchanges everyday, worth nearly 5.2 trillion US$. This is even not enough to cover up two Olympic-standard swimming pools in Beijing.

4. The vast amounts of money generated from gold mining comes into the hands of rebels who control the illegal mines. It is then used to purchase large amounts of semi-automatic weapons, for example, AK-47.

I am myself still, honestly, interested in buying gold rings. I just try not to be a hypocrite.

Gold miners in Democratic Republic of Congo. Near the end of the 20th century, a civil war erupted in the country, and as a result, nearly 3 to 4  million men lost their lives. There is no exaggeration on the death toll.

At last, photographers. You don’t need to put your life at stake in order to maintain a professional life as a photographer. There are many other things you can do in it besides war photography. For example, photojournalism, documentary photography, street photography, wedding photography, fashion photography, commercial photography, and etc. I have got some acquaintances in Facebook who are truly talented in this field.

There are still many other facts on jobs, occupations, and businesses, that  I haven’t written on, but if I have time, I promise I will do it.


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