Despite loving my work, I’ve always hated that question. Ben Casnocha says:
Generally, the harder it is to explain to someone you’ve just met at a cocktail party what it is you do on a day to day basis, the more interesting the work you’re engaged in.
Then he shares this from Arnold Kling, which I wish I could transmit to every high school senior and college freshman in America:
A job seeker is looking for… a well-defined job. But the trend seems to be that if a job can be defined, it can be automated or outsourced.
The marginal product of people who need well-defined jobs is declining. The marginal product of people who can thrive in less structured environments is increasing.