Can You Guess These Professions From Just a Single Sentence?

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In which profession would you work with yeast?

“It was very pleasant to savor its aroma, for smells have the power to evoke the past, bringing back sounds and even other smells that have no match in the present.” –Tita, Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

In which profession would you make change?

In the United States, cashiers make about $20,180 per year, and about 3.5 million people are cashiers.

In which profession can you make millions pretending to be someone else?

“There’s a fine line between the method actor and the schizophrenic.” –Nicholas Cage, cited in Acting: Onstage and Off by Robert Barton

In which profession do you buy and sell assets for other people?

To be a commodities broker, you should at least have a Bachelor’s degree, but you should plan to get your MBA at some point. Brokers act as liaisons between companies and investors.

In which profession would you need scissors?

“Time may be a great healer, but it’s a lousy beautician.” –Dorothy Parker

In which profession would you run into a burning building?

Firefighters only earn $48,030 per year on average. There are about 327,300 firefighters in the United States.

Who would you hire to go to court and fight a lawsuit for you?

“The other day my house caught fire. My lawyer said, ‘Shouldn't be a problem. What kind of coverage do you have?’ I said, ‘Fire and theft.’ The lawyer frowned. ‘Uh oh. Wrong kind. Should be fire OR theft.’” –Alan King on an Ed Sullivan retrospective

In which profession would you clean peoples teeth?

Dental hygienists usually have an Associate’s degree to start. About half of all dental hygienists work part-time.

In which profession do you traditionally take the winter season off?

"The farmer is the only man in our economy who buys everything at retail, sells everything at wholesale, and pays the freight both ways." –John F. Kennedy

In which profession is it your duty to maintain the nation’s defense?

Military pay is solely based on rank and years served. An E-1 with less than two years experience would make $19,198.80 a year plus benefits, like housing and education, whereas an O-10 with more than 20 years experience would make $186,998.40 with similar benefits.

In which profession do you help others find information and conduct research with your thorough knowledge of how to organize books?

"Librarians are just like search engines except they smile, and they talk to me, and they don’t give me paid-for-advertising when they are trying to help, and they have actual hearts." –Matt Haig, February 9, 2013

In which profession would you create an original 3-dimensional artwork?

The five states with the highest demand for sculptors are California, New York, Ohio, Texas, and Florida. A sculptor can make on average $23,000 -$75,000, but the highest paid sculptors live in California, New York, Arizona, Washington, and Minnesota.

In which profession would you fix a leaky faucet?

“The society which scorns excellence in plumbing as a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy: neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.” –John W. Gardner, Excellence: Can We Be Equal and Excellent, Too? (1961)

In which profession would you work in a hospital?

To start out as a registered nurse, you must have at least a Bachelor’s degree. There are about 3 million nurses in the United States, and the number is quickly growing.

In which profession would you need to know the difference between volts and amps?

“I was training to be an electrician. I suppose I got wired the wrong way round somewhere along the line.” –Elvis Presley

In which profession do you protect personal property and lives and collect evidence for criminal investigations?

Police officers earn, on average, $61,600 per year. Police officers have one of the highest rates of injury and illness out of all the other occupations.

In which profession would you develop, build, and test a new machine?

"Scientists study the world as it is; engineers create the world that has never been." –Theodore von Karman

In which profession would you help treat mental health and substance abuse?

With only about 25,000 psychiatrists in the United States, there are 13,000 people for each psychiatrist. If the psychiatrist saw each of these people once in a twenty-minute office visit, he or she would take over two years to see everyone.

In which profession would you make food?

“I’m not a chef. I think in this country, we use the term very loosely. I’m a cook and a teacher.” –Julia Child

In which profession would you chop meat?

Although no formal education is needed to be a butcher, it does require training that can last several months to cut more difficult pieces of meat. In addition, some butchers must learn religious dietary guidelines for food preparation.

In which profession would you write a prescription?

"The purpose of a doctor, or any human, in general, should not be to simply delay the death of the patient but to increase the person’s quality of life.” –Patch Adams

In which profession would you spend a lot of time filling in tax forms?

The average pay for an accountant is $68,150 a year. There are about 1.4 million accountants in the United States.

In which profession would you organize files, schedule appointments, and provide clerical support to other staff members?

"An office can work without a boss but not without a secretary.” –Jane Fonda

In which profession would you oversee staff hiring processes?

Human resources managers make $106,910 per year on average. They need to have a Bachelor’s degree and usually a minimum of five years experience before they can move into a management position.

In which profession would you need to have patience with young children?

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning.” –Mr. Rogers

In which profession would you need to know languages like C++, Java, and Fortran?

Despite the fact computer systems are becoming more complex, many companies are outsourcing computer programming jobs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that there will be an 8 percent decline in computer programming positions in the United States over the next ten years.

In which profession would you work on engines?

“I was happier when I was doing a mechanic’s job.” –Henry Ford

In which profession would you perform physical labor in a hard hat?

Construction workers generally receive on-the-job training. There are about 1.5 million construction workers in the United States.

In which profession would you repair and clean sewer lines?

Seen on an actual advertisement for Sturgeon Creek Enterprises, LLC: “Septic tanks pumped. Swimming pools filled. Not same truck.”

In which profession would you find yourself working with precious metals and precious stones?

Jewelers only make $38,200 per year on average. They just need a high-school diploma, but it takes long-term on-the-job training to become one.

Which profession is also a recreational sport?

“The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.” –Vincent van Gogh

In which profession would you set up a computer-controlled machine to produce precision parts?

There are 500,000 tool and die makers in the United States. They work in toolrooms, factories, and machine shops and frequently must work overtime as well as weekends and evenings.

In which profession would you need to be elected?

"Politics is almost as exciting as war and quite as dangerous. In war, you can only be killed once but in politics many times." –Winston Churchill

In which profession would you give people advice on how to safely use their prescriptions?

Pharmacists make around $122,230 per year on average. You have to have a doctorate or at least a professional degree to be a pharmacist.

Which profession is a part of waste management?

“You could be the world’s best garbage man, the world’s best model; it doesn’t matter what you do if you’re the best.” –Muhammad Ali

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About This Quiz

When I grow up, I want to be a... fill in the blank here. You probably said this sentence countless of times when you were younger. Your teachers might've even made you write a paper on it. Regardless of what you are now, your answer might've been something like a teacher, an athlete, a pharmacist. With all the modern professions you could think of, can you name them from a single sentence?

Before we move to the modern workforce, we have to pay an ode to all the former jobs that no longer exist! When people use to go bowling, there would be young boys at the end of the lane ready to set the pins back in their place. While computers are still a thing of today, it was a she in the past. Companies would often hire young women to work for them "computing" and "calculating." This job would give away to the machine - the computer.

These two jobs are obsolete, but there are others that will never disappear. What would the world be without teachers, doctors, and judges? How would you go from NYC to London without a pilot? A lot of these jobs have been around for decades, but there are others that are seemingly new.

What would you call the man or woman making your venti iced caramel macchiato? In the growing age of technology, what do you call the person who writes the setup for multiple programs?

With all these modern-day professions, how many do you think you could recognize from a single sentence? Should a quiz-taker be a modern-day profession? Let's see if you'd excel at this job!

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