I mentioned this "So, what do you do for a living" question bugged me when meeting people for its shortcut to all that is useful to know of a person as it misdirects. I never did identify with my job. Knowing where I worked didn't inform anything, I'd have to explain how poorly I fit in. However, what I did within those positions tells everything. Yet it is standard question that is asked immediately by way of icebreaker. Pity. It means the individual is not only curious but uncomfortable. And now I think the question is funny. Funny because the person is even more socially uncomfortable than I am. The person I mentioned this to at the time is fifteen years my senior and now that was a very long time ago said way back then, "Yeah, do you have a puffy wallet? Do you live in a big house? What about your car?"
That was hilarious to me and it's impossible to forget that agreeable reaction.
People still ask. At this point I tell them I whore myself out any number of ways then ask what they might have in mind.