Punk Rock Jobs

a working punk rocker

Punks hate The Man and love DIY projects. You know, "Eat the rich" and all that anti-capitalist stuff. But the truth is, when you start getting older, living in a squat or punk house with 7 other housemates starts to become less appealing to a lot of folks. (Hats off to the old punks who are still living in punk houses!)

Less housemates means more rent, which means the possibility of a full time job. Lame! So the transition goes, from bondage pants to business suites.

There's a great podcast (that no longer seems to be making new episodes) called Killed By Desk where punks interview other punks about their day jobs. It's a really cool format that lets you learn about different careers, but the people telling you about the careers aren't boring recruiters or whatever. They're cool people who might have played in a band you know and love.

I was curious to see what kind of jobs the 77 or so people that were interviewed on Killed By Desk held. So I made a little list and organized it by general category.

Are you a young punk looking for your first job? Take a look at this list and see what other punks ended up doing to survive (and thrive).

The Punk Jobs List

Arts and Entertainment

Business and Management

Skilled Trades and Craftsmanship

Health and Wellness


Media and Communication

Technical and Engineering

Hospitality and Food Service

Sports and Athletics

Government and Politics

Transportation and Logistics

Science and Research

Religious and Spiritual Services