"Progeeky Fields Forever" sounds like a Beatles song, but nevermind that. Our question of the week is:
Are certain fields more progeeky than others?
Tamara: Technology and science seem to be recognized as such most often. I also count areas that require hands-on craftsmanship, like special effects work for movies, or costume design for theatre, because those require mastry of a skillset yet encourage creativity.
Bonnie: Besides computer tech and science - considered the default geek careers by the world at large - I'd say the biggest geeky field is the arts. Theater arts, costume design and writing all attract a huge amount of progeeks.
Tamara: I swear, I wrote my answer before reading Bonnie's.
Scott: I'd like to add creative fields on top of Bonnie's contribution. Everything from theatre to writing to music to creating games. Engineering fields of all sorts also attract the geeks.
Serdar: I think it depends less on the field than on the specific people you're connecting with within that field. I'm discovering, to my pleasant surprise, a lot of geeky people in many very different and dissimilar walks of life.
Steve: First of all any field based on what you enjoy is geeky for you. That being said, I view geekiness in general as information-intense - and thus jobs in computers, media, history, science, communication, and more are all very geeky.
Jason: I agree with the consensus here - Some of the coolest geeky people I know are in tech. I'll never forget my first week at Microsoft, meeting a very pretty, well-dressed and professional woman, walking to her office and finding a poster of the old comic book Dreadstar on her wall. That sort of geekiness is just part of the culture in tech. I agree too that the arts tend to attract the most geeky people, though occasionally there can be a bit of snobbery inside the geek domains. Artcomics geeks tend to look down on comic geeks who love super-heroes, and the hero-lovers tend to think the artcomics guys are snobs.