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Carpenter? Now that's a hot job!

By Courtney Lane - bio | email
Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The heat is on early this summer. We are starting a series, featuring the hottest jobs in East Texas. Whether you're a roofer, construction worker, landscaper, or any person with a hot job, we want to hear from you and tell your story.

We found an East Texas man working outside, not as a part of his job, but to help his growing family.

For Eston Parson of Tyler, building furniture is his hobby, but his current project is extra special.

"[I'm] trying to build a round crib for my wife," he said. "We just found out we're pregnant. Starting to be a little bit more of a challenge than I figured."

And, in these tough times, the job can definitely pay off.

"Round cribs go for about $1,000 to $1,500 a pop," he said. "I can build this for less than $200."

He just has to endure the heat under the scorching sun. Our trusty thermometer read at about 115 degrees mid-afternoon, which chief meteorologist Mark Scirto said was accurate in the sun.

"[It is] 100 degree weather [and] no trees over here, so the sun is just baking down," said Parson. "Normally, it stays around 80 or 90 degrees and that's alright, but getting up past 100 degrees, it is a little bit surprising right off the start of summer."

What is Parson's advice for people with hot jobs?

"Keep in the shade," he said. "Sunburns, they hurt. They hurt very badly."

Parson's little fan helped out.

"[You] gotta keep water," he said. "That's what I always do. I keep a cooler in the back of my truck. Water and Gatorade."

He is one dedicated dad-to-be.

Again, let us hear from you if someone you know has a hot job we can feature. Once we do several stories, you'll be able to vote online and pick a winner.

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