Non-Standard Professions


Think of your character. Now think of your character’s job.

Was it a profession that required schooling? If so, has your character had the proper amount, and are the right age to have the job they do? 

Jobs like doctors and lawyers require years and years of university training, so think before you hand your character a high-profile job title.

Instead of picking a doctor or a surgeon, shoot for something smaller. A nurse, a radiologist. They still work in the hospital, and they’re just as necessary to the function of the workplace. Instead of a lawyer, try a paralegal or even an intern.

Everyone seems to be top-level management, a rock star, an actress, a model, a waitress, a bartender, a barista, a trust fund baby, or a stripper. These are common.

But what of some uncommon professions:

  • Bike messenger
  • Librarian
  • Retail worker
  • Secretary
  • On-air DJ/radio station worker
  • Bank worker
  • Pizza delivery
  • Teacher/tutor
  • Caterer
  • Social worker
  • Florist
  • Optometrist
  • Dance teacher
  • EMT/Firefighter/Police
  • Personal trainer
  • Handyman/construction worker
  • Mechanic
  • R&D (lab work or company)
  • Food service (management/chef)
  • Daycare/nanny

Now, some of these are still fairly common, and a lot of them aren’t particularly glamorous, but that’s the thing about jobs: they’re not meant to be glamorous. I think some people forget that. A job is a means to create enough money to survive off of, not something that is necessarily enjoyable.

That’s not to say a profession can’t be enjoyable or a livelihood, but it doesn’t always have to be. Don’t forget about the little guys, too.

I think it’s important to remember that not everyone can be a doctor or a lawyer! And that not everyone wants to be one of those.

Some big career stuff is going on with me lately, so I’ll try to update you guys on what it’s like to be doing the work that I’m doing.

I’d like to do some posts about what it’s like to be a freelance writer and editor. Would anyone be interested in reading about that?

My new role for one of my clients is that of “content strategist.” I’ll try to explain why that’s such a big deal another day. :3

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