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The only detail I can remember that can give a hint on what Walter's job was in The Big Lebowski, is that he works in Security, as written in his van:

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Can't remember anything for Donny. Is there another hint in the movie on what Donny's job could be and what Walter's job in Security is, specifically?

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Forgive my ignorance to the movie, but what plot significance does their jobs have on said plot? – TylerShads Jun 14 '12 at 12:21
@TylerShads It might give background on why those characters behave the way they do and why they are treated the way they are in the movie. It might also give insights on how their jobs could have brought them (including The Dude) together. – galacticninja Jun 14 '12 at 12:32
I don't believe any reference to Donny's livelihood being mentioned in the movie – amphibient Aug 26 '15 at 19:47
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Walter owns his own security store. He is clearly in front of Sobchak Security store when The Dude picks him up to go pay the ransom.

The fact that he is a Viet Nam vet, is into arms, interrogation, and security is exceedingly important to the movie.

As for Donny's day job, I have no clue. Great question though.

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what's a "security store" ? – amphibient Aug 26 '15 at 19:46
It's a store that sells security items, such as cameras, recorders, alarms, pepper spray, and other home, business, and personal security items. My guess is that Walter installed security systems that he sold at his store, dude. – Evik James Aug 26 '15 at 20:36

Having watched the movie a few times, As far as I can tell no where in the movie is Donny's job indirectly or directly expressed (I could be wrong). However we can infer from the plot and overall theme of the movie the following

  • They all have places they live which costs money

  • They all bowl which costs money

  • For the most part they have decent clothes which cost money

Logically they all have to have some sort of income. My guess is they have some sort of slacker time part time jobs along with some sort of other income.

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