Firstly, being asked what you do, or anything else for that matter, is not... an indication that the two of you are heading into dating. Or so says the married guy! I could be wrong on this. With that said, the qeustion has lots of other purposes. Getting-to-know-you chit-chat can be difficult. One of the commentators echoed what I was thinking, that the question about work was one of those safe questions you ask people. The other two I hear a lot are “what is your major” and “where are you from”. Well, I hear the second one mostly. I look a bit old to be another college attendee. Another commentator said that the question was there to guage if there was a common ground for interests. I agree with this!
Secondly, job titles are weird things and don’t immediately lend themselves to knowing what a person makes. The can indicate a person’s general interests, if they are right or left brained, and a very relative measurement of maturity. What do you think???
So what happens when people chit-chat with me? Here is a summary:
Question: What do you do?
Answer: I am a software compliance analyst… that means I am a fancy technical writer.
Resulting impression: I have no idea what that is…
Question: Where do you live?
Resulting impression: I have no idea where that is…
Questions: Are you that photographer?
Resulting impression: he might be OK after all.
Sigh… I really need to get a new job title and I need to live somewhere more cool!