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J is for Jobs

Here are some of my favorite career-focused websites to help children learn about the many jobs that make up our nation’s workforce: bls.gov , careerinfonet.org, careerkids.com, iseek.org, kids.gov
 

 Informational interviews with trusted family and friends is a great way for children to learn about different kinds of jobs.  You may want to have them draw a picture of someone doing this kind of work in their Alphabet Summer journal.  Here are some questions they could ask:
 

 1. What is your job title?
 2. How long have you been doing this kind of work?
 3. Does this job focus mainly on people, information, or tools?
 4. What’s your favorite part of this type of work?
 5. What is the most challenging thing about your job?
 6. How did you prepare to be able to do this job?
 7. How did you learn about this job opportunity?

 8.What are the titles of some other jobs that are like yours?
 9. What advice would you give someone who was interested in this kind of job?
10. How much money could someone starting out in a job like this expect to make each year?
11.
What kinds of activities do you do while working in your jobs?
12. What are the titles of some other jobs that are like yours?

A – account manager, accountant, actor, actuary, administrative assistant, architect, artist, attorney, analyst, assembler, automotive technician, appraiser, astronomer, astronaut, anthropologist, air traffic controller, actuary, archivist
B – bookkeeping clerk, baker, bank teller, banquet manager, bartender, benefits specialist, billing clerk, bus driver, business analyst, buyer, biotechnology professional
C – carpenter, chemist, childcare worker, coach, computer engineer, career counselor, counselor, case manager, cashier, certified nursing assistant, civil engineer, cook, copywriter, custodian, customer service representative, chef, contractor, curator
D – dancer, designer, disc jockey, doctor, data analyst, data entry clerk, database administrator, delivery driver, dentist, dental hygienist, director, dishwasher, dispatcher, drafter, doula
E – economist, electrician, engineer, entrepreneur, editor, electrical engineer, environmental engineer, esthetician, estimator, executive, executive assistant
F – farmer, financial analyst, firefighter, facilities manager, file clerk, financial advisor, flight attendant, forklift operator, fraud investigator
G – graphic artist or designer, gardener, genealogist, garbage collector, guitarist, grocer, geographer, governor,
geologist, gymnast, gym teacher, general contractor, general manager,greeter, groundskeeper, guidance counselor
H – human resources professional, hair stylist, hardware technician, handyman, health educator, 
help desk specialist, home health aide, housekeeper,  homemaker
I – indexer, internist, information technologist, interior designer, industrial engineer, inspector,
installer, instructor, insurance agent, intelligence analyst, internal auditor, inventory specialist,
investment analyst, investigator, inventor
J – judge, janitor, job coach, journeyman (electrician, plumber), juvenile probation officer
K – kennel attendant, kindergarten teacher, kitchen assistant
L – lawyer, librarian, loan officer, lab technician, land surveyor, landscape architect, landlord,
leasing agent, legal assistant, lifeguard, line cook, loan officer, logistics coordinator, loss
prevention specialist
M – manager, mortgage lender, mechanic, musician, machine operator, maintenance worker,
manufacturing engineer, marketing specialist, massage therapist, medical assistant, medical
records technologist, meteorologist, missionary
N – nurse, nutritionist, network analyst, network administrator, network engineer, news reporter
O – optometrist, ophthalmologist, occupational therapist, office administrator, office assistant,
operations analyst, optician, optical engineer, outreach coordinator, oceanographer
P – paralegal, pharmacist, photographer, physicist, pilot, police officer, politician, psychologist,
professor, paraprofessional, planner, painter, payroll specialist, photographer, physical therapist,
plant manager, production specialist, project coordinator, purchasing agent, president
Q – quality assurance specialist, quality control professional (auditor, manager, specialist,
supervisor, technician, engineer), quantitative research analyst
R – receptionist, real estate agent, reporter, recruiter, real estate appraiser, researcher, restaurant
worker, respiratory therapist, retail sales associate
S – scientist, social worker, statistician, stock broker, surveyor, sales associate, sales executive,
sales manager, secretary, security officer, service technician, social worker, software engineer,
surgeon
Q – quality assurance specialist, quality control professional (auditor, manager, specialist,
supervisor, technician, engineer), quantitative research analyst
R – receptionist, real estate agent, reporter, recruiter, real estate appraiser, researcher, restaurant
worker, respiratory therapist, retail sales associate, radiologist
S – scientist, social worker, statistician, stock broker, surveyor, sales associate, sales executive,
sales manager, secretary, security officer, service technician, social worker, software engineer,
store manager, supervisor, system administrator, systems analyst, systems engineer
T – teacher, therapist, tax accountant, technical recruiter, technical writer, telemarketer, teller,
test engineer, trainer, truck driver
U – urban planner, union organizer, ultrasound technician, underwriter, upholsterer, utility  worker
V – veterinarian, volunteer, valet attendant, video editor, vocational rehabilitation counselor,
volunteer coordinator, vice president
W
– writer, wait staff, warehouse associate, web developer, web designer, welder, wildlife
biologist
X
– X-ray technologist
Y – yard worker, yoga instructor, youth worker
Z – zookeeper, zamboni driver, zoning specialist

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