Overworked, underpaid and have a slave-driver for a boss (myself).
I've been in technology-related work since about 1969 when I learned to use my first ("the" first) automated typewriter - the IBM MT/ST. I can remember how fantastic we all thought it was to be able to type some text, "play" it back, correct an error, and then reprint the whole thing without having to retype it! By today's standards it's like comparing rubbing two sticks together to nuclear fusion!
After several different college careers and deciding that I was in fact NOT cut out to be an opera singer, I decided that tech was going to be the career for me. Since I had been dabbling in technology all along the way, it wasn't too big a stretch. After all, those were the days when most everyone in technology was self-trained. I haven't looked back since then, working my way along a career as a Legal Administrator and consultant specializing in automating document production and accounting for law firms, to my current position as the founder and President of my own consulting firm. We still specialize in law firm technology but have branched out to include other types of professional, non-profit and business organizations.
My mission starting out was to bring technology to companies that couldn't otherwise manage it and integrate it into their existing company culture. So many smaller companies had no technology expertise available to them that I felt sort of like a "messiah of the bits and bytes." Making technology comprehensible to new users who'd never touched a PC before was very satisfying. Of course as we went along, I took on larger projects and became an expert administrator in those systems that became the backbone of any business office. Windows and Exchange have been our "bread-and-butter" systems, with the normal add-ons like backup systems, antivirus and antispam software and appliances, and eventually encryption, firewalls and other security technology that has become so important in recent years.
If and when I ever retire, I'll go back to my music and actually play that 1935 Knabe baby grand piano that is sitting in my living room being dusted and petted about once a week. Might even sing a few arias now and then...