People love to say that other people don't have "real jobs" or don't "work" when what they really mean is, "You don't do the kind of work I do, and the kind of work I do is the only kind that's valuable." People tell me all the time that neither of the three types of work I do (student [which is listed as on occupation on most forms asking for occupation], restaurant work [including waitressing, bartending, hosting, running take out, and training new people], or retail work [which often includes a small amount of hard manual labour like lifting and moving heavy boxes, hauling manikins, and moving display pieces) aren't "real jobs" when they're really trying to say, "You don't sit in an office all day like I do, so you aren't as good as me."
I think most of the people who say things like that are a)jealous because they hate their jobs, b)suffering from inferiority complexes and feel obligated to make themselves sound important c)actually think they're better than everybody else, d)think that because they have money falling out their ass holes, their jobs are inherently better/more valuable, or e)more than one of the above. Clearly these people need to be poked in the eye with a sword.
Unless you cure cancer or prefect a clean, renewable energy source, or free a country from poverty and starvation, or something like that, I think you have no right to put down what anybody else is doing so long as it's something even remotely productive. If somebody's job is watching a wall of plain white paint on the side of a house dry, then call them useless, but otherwise, people should mind their own damned business.
-- mistressdeath, in my LJ