The Many Jobs of Homer Simpson
What jobs has Homer Simpson held?
We know him best as a bumbling safety inspector and technical supervisor at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, but Matt Groening’s Homer Simpson has taken on almost 200 paid jobs such as artist, farmer and astronaut. Here's a sampling of Homer’s many jobs along with useful career info from real life.
1. Power plant worker
Homer first worked at Springfield’s nuclear power plant as a safety inspector and was promoted to technical supervisor. In one episode he was even the power plant’s VP.
How much does Homer earn at the plant? The Simpsons writers are inconsistent about Homer's salary. One episode suggests that he only brings home about $19,000 per year after deductions – but in another episode he refers to his $60,000 salary, which sounds right. According to a recent article about careers in green energy technology, power plant workers at Homer’s level earn about $65,000/year.
Remember when Homer Simpson worked for NASA? Scroll down for video! In the episode entitled “Deep Space Homer,” NASA recruits him as an “average Joe” to recapture the public’s interest in their work. Unfortunately, trouble ensues when Homer opens a bag of potato chips on NASA’s spaceship. The chips float off and clog the computer.
You can see job opportunities with NASA here: nasajobs.nasa.gov/. You probably won't see any astronaut job listings, but there are usually opportunities in research, engineering and other fields.
Homer Catching Chips in Outer Space
3. Security worker
Homer works as Mayor Quimby’s bodyguard in the episode “Mayored to the Mob.” He trains for the position at Leavelle's Bodyguard Academy.
Where could you train for a job in security? The US government recognizes many online and offline programs in security, criminology, policing and emergency management. Get a link to all accredited programs from DegreeScape.com.
4. Car designer
Homer Simpson has a wealthy half-brother named Herb Powell. In one episode Herb invites Homer to work as an automobile designer for Powell Motors. Homer’s task is to design a car for the “average American,” but his plans would cost an unaffordable $82,000 per car to realize.
How could you become a successful car designer? See this helpful article from CarDesignNews.com.
Homer Simpson briefly works as a cook in a Florida-based episode of The Simpsons. In “Kill the Alligator and Run,” he accidentally kills an alligator and goes on the lam. While hiding out he takes various odd jobs, including that of cook.
Like Homer, you could start working in a restaurant kitchen without formal training – but it’s best to attend culinary arts school. The best-known network of culinary arts schools is that of Le Cordon Bleu.
6. Conceptual artist
As shown in this image from DeadHomerSociety.com, Homer’s plans to assemble a barbecue grill didn’t go as planned. Even so, his creation was successful in the eyes of Springfield’s art community!
Could you make a living as an artist? The picture actually looks rosy. Most people with art degrees in the US report being employed with jobs they enjoy.
Homer returns to Grandpa Simpson’s farmhouse and farms the land in “E-I-E-I-D’oh.” He accidentally creates tomacco, a fictitious hybrid of tomatoes and tobacco.
According to the EPA, fewer than 1% of Americans are professional farmers. Help keep a crucial tradition alive! You can begin with online study with respectable schools such as Oregon State and the University of Nebraska.
A Quote from Homer Simpson
Homer once said to Marge,
“I’ve had a lot of jobs in my life: boxer, mascot, astronaut, baby proofer, imitation Krusty, truck driver, hippie, plow driver, food critic, conceptual artist, grease salesman, carny, mayor, grifter, bodyguard for the mayor, country western manager, garbage commissioner, mountain climber, farmer, inventor, Smithers, Poochie, celebrity assistant, power plant worker, fortune cookie writer, beer baron, Kwik-E-Mart clerk, homophobe and missionary -- but protecting people, that gives me the best feeling of all."
There you have it – seven varied jobs of Homer Simpson! For a comprehensive listing of Homer Simpson's jobs, from acrobat to webmaster, visit http://simpsons.wikia.com/wiki/List_of_Homer%27s_jobs.
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