On the Job

I get a kick out of asking people about different jobs. The range of opportunities available in the big wide world fascinates me. Asking also serves me as an ongoing reminder that there are way more opportunities out there than people realize. When I was working with a group of junior high school students several years ago I asked them to make a list of all the jobs that they could think of without stopping. Most of them could list about 15 or 20 jobs before they ran out of ideas, and understandably, many of them listed what their parents and family members did, or things related to their hobbies and interests.

When I ask adults to create a similar list, many of them can list up to 50 job titles before they run out of steam.

Those are pretty short lists. There are more than 20,000 different job titles around today, and new ones get added every year! If you are sick and tired of your job, want to look at options just for fun or have kids who are starting to think about what to do next, the internet is a good place to start. In Canada, the National Occupation Codes keep the titles organized and provides information about all kinds of related aspects of our careers. This site can help To get a handle on the options, those 20,000 titles are organized into more than 500 occupational categories where you can get a great idea of the range of work that makes the world go around. I love the resources available from Alberta at this site:
If you prefer a book that can take you through the options, check out Richard Bolles’ What Color is Your Parachute? It’s in plenty of libraries, and there is also a workbook that you can purchase to really dig deep. Mr. Bolles’ website is here: You could be happily surprised at what you find about yourself, and your future!


shannon said...

The possibilities amaze me! Growing up you think everyone works like your parents, then you grow up and realize adults work graveyard:)

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Pam Robertson said...

You've certainly got it figured out Shannon. Thanks for your visit!

Babs (Beetle) said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment, I don't come across many Flockers ;O)

Anonymous said...

Very interesteding and indeed correct. I also found Total Job Titles 10678
Pending Titles 50 at after a quick search on google for job titles and descriptions.

Mekhismom said...

I love What Color is Your Parachute. That is a great resource for when you are ready to make a change or are new to the work world.

H.E.Eigler said...

I love the names for these books - there is one called "who moved my cheese?" Cracks me up.

thanks for coming by earlier - nice to hear from a fellow Albertan

ps - I lived 2 years in PEI...I do miss the east!

George Maciver said...

Hi Pam!!