I guess it's a case of how you define what you do. Let's reframe:
"So, what kind of work do you do?"
- I'm an engineer.
- I'm an English teacher.
- I'm a home child care provider.
- I'm an IV nurse.
- I'm a web programmer.
- I'm a waitress.
- I'm a librarian.
- I'm a commercial artist.
- I'm an exotic dancer.
"And how exactly does that contribute to society?"
- I make sure that the materials construction companies use are safe and fit for their purpose, protecting people from harm.
- I open the minds of teenagers to the beauty of words and imagery and stimulate their brains.
- I provide babies and young children with love and care while their parents provide for their physical needs, and allow the parents the personal fulfilment they need to provide the same love and care outside work.
- I help to make sick people well, or ease their pain.
- I assist busy people to organise their work to ease their stress, and make them happier.
- I ensure that people who come out for a pleasant evening of relaxation enjoy this leisure time.
- I provide people with easy access to information to help them achieve what they want to do.
- I create beauty or functionality.
- I help people who are sad, depressed or lonely find sanctuary for a while from their hurt and unhappiness.
Now that I can respect.