I work in software training (job title is "Senior Education Specialist") for a Big Blue Computer Company. I teach courses for employees, business partners, and customers. I also design and write courses and train other instructors. I did choose to do this; I used to be a programmer/analyst and I chose this career change.
2. If time/talent/money were no object, what would your dream occupation be?
A successful novelist.
Or perhaps a motion picture director.
3. What did/do your parents do for a living? Has this had any influence on your career choices?
My father was a steam-fitter and pipe-fitter, worked in construction and ship-building until he was fifty; then he went to work for IBM as a coordinator in facilities maintenance (i.e., he assigned internal requests for plumbing, electrical, carpentry work, etc.) My mother had worked for many years in shirt factories but for most of my life she was a homemaker.
No direct influence on a specific career choice -- I've never wanted to run a sewing machine in a shirt factory or do plumbing work -- but a strong influence in terms of the importance of working hard and taking pride in what you do.