While you'll probably never work on a project that carries with it the intensity or the singular ownership as your thesis, I think you'll find that any job worth having will require the constant management of deadlines and pressure. I work in a non-revenue generating area of a company that is constantly in "cost-cutting" mode. So while I may not be filling out grant applications and writing research papers I have to constantly demonstrate that the group I work in does things like "create value" and "enhances shareholder value". It's not my favorite aspect of my job, but it's certainly not the worst. Keeping it challenging is what it makes it so worthwhile.
rft: i hate my major so much. i love science, I love learning about science, going to talks, etc. but research is so monotonous. i don't love it enough to dedicate my life to spending obscene hours in the lab. there are plenty of people who are and good for them, but i'm not one of them. so now i'm in my junior year of undergrad with a very specific skill/knowledge set that i don't want to use at all and no clue what i want to do with my life. so yeah.
i just want a completely average 9-5 job so that I can live my life outside of work. work to live not live to work concept.
Mikey, if you are figuring this out now, you are very lucky. Better to discover this now, rather than halfway through your second year in a PhD program. If you're genuinely serious about that last sentence you wrote, I would advise you to choose your electives with purpose. I'm not saying you need to drop everything and become a finance major, but take an intro course into computer science (if you don't already have a background in it) and accounting (same). With a decent GPA from Hopkins, a strong science background, and just a little bit of rounding out your skills, you can easily get a very good job with decent hours and pay (especially if you're not picky about where you want to live, like say Cleveland).