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We'll Give You a Job Description, You Give Us the Job Title
By: Monica Lee
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About This Quiz
If you have to work for a living, it pays to know what's out there. In fact, you may not be aware of how many interesting ways you can make ends meet. Take for instance being a background actor. You know, the people in the background walking down the sidewalk or at the other tables in restaurant while the star performs his or her role. The qualifications are minimal and the job is easy. But maybe you're not into movie making, and rather put your education to good use. If so, then think about being a CIA analyst, art therapist, food scientist or other unusual and interesting occupations.
Or, maybe you're on your second career right now. Then this quiz is perfect for you as well. Especially if you found what truly inspires you. Would you like to be a storyteller, an interior designer, or how about a pizza tester? Whatever it is that you want to do, be sure you don't limit your field or area of expertise. Luckily, you'll find a little bit of every field in this quiz. Plus, it's fun to take. You may think you know all the jobs that are available, but a simple description might not be enough to figure it out. Let's find out how you do. Take this quiz now. You can work on your resume later.
Ready for your cup of coffee? Who will make it just right?
A barista prepares and/or serves hot or cold beverages, such as coffee, espresso drinks, blended coffees, or teas. However if you wanted wine, you would consult the sommelier or for beer, a certified cicerone.
This person creates cartoons, anime, claymation and other imaginative media. What's the job title?
Animators are artists who use drawings, puppets and models to produce films for commercials, computer games, pop music videos, websites, you name it.
This person fixes the electric lines so you can use power in your house. What's the job title?
Electrical linemen install, maintain and repair electrical transmission and power distribution systems. They work outdoors, climbing poles and working with both live and dead power lines.
If a defendant fails to appear in court, the bail bondsman may hire a _______________ to help find the defendant. Fill in the blank.
Bounty hunters need to carry out a great deal of private investigation work, from conducting extensive research to spending time on stakeouts, in order to find and bring in fugitives.
This job sells media space or airtime to advertisers. What job is it?
In this position the person works for an employer in the media industry, such as a newspaper or magazine publisher, or a radio or TV station. The person could also be selling ad space on a website, on a podcast, or other media to help a client sell the product.
You'll see this worker at hockey games resurfacing the ice. What is his or her job title?
The Zamboni driver resurfaces the ice, usually after each period. The water is sprayed on the ice in front of a squeegee that collects the water and picks up debris. Then clean water from a heated tank is spread on the ice by a heavy cloth applicator.
This person is well-versed in the laws and contracts pertaining to the corporate world. What's the title he or she holds?
Corporate attorneys counsel clients and handle business transactions including negotiation, drafting, and review of contracts and other legal agreements.
What's the everyday job title for someone who drives an articulated boom?
A cherry picker is a hydraulic crane with a platform for raising and lowering people. From operating the cherry picker to pallet building and placing materials in staging area, a cherry picker operator needs to maintain smooth operation of the vehicle.
This person creates the clothes you buy in a store. What's the position?
Designing clothes takes lot of work. It starts with creating or visualizing an idea and producing a design by hand or using computer-aided design (CAD) as well as choosing fabrics, colors and economical die-cut shapes
When you walk into a store and you're not sure where the appliance section is, who takes care of you?
Store greeters meet customers at the store's entrances and may direct them to specific areas of the store or note a return a customer brings back.
If you're hired to drive vehicles at high speed in front of an audience, what job do you have?
Race car drivers maneuver vehicles as fast as possible, overtake competitors, monitor the car's performance and make media appearances. It's mainly driving and winning, but it's also getting publicity for their racing team, and interacting with fans.
If you want to own your own business but don't have a novel idea, you can buy the rights and blueprint of a existing business. What are you?
If this question tripped you up, just know that entrepreneurs make the decisions for their businesses whereas franchise owners have to follow someone else's rules on running the franchise.
This person is in charge of overseeing the daily accounting operations of a business. What position does this person hold?
A comptroller is a senior-level executive who oversees a company's accounting department. This person develops and forecasts budgets, implements finance and accounting policies and provides strategic financial guidance on business decisions.
Their jobs revolve around riding horses in racing events. What is their job title?
Jockeys ride, exercise and race horses for racehorse owners. A jockey needs to love riding because this is a low-paying job. A jockey might make as little as $25 to $100 for riding in a race in which the horse does not win or place.
This person might knock on your door every 10 years and ask you questions about your household. Who is that person on the other side of the door?
A census taker conducts research on behalf of the U.S. Census Bureau. He or she collects household and demographic information by canvassing an assigned area every 10 years.
This person will stick needles in you, lots of needles, in a single visit. What does this person do?
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese practice. An acupuncturist inserts sterile needles into a person's body at specific points to help reduce or relieve back pain, digestive issues, migraines, sleep disorders and other health issues.
If you can't ride up to the 14th floor, you need to call one of these. What's the job title?
People who install, repair and maintain elevators as well as escalators and other mechanical and motorized lifts are called mechanics. They have extensive knowledge of electronics, electricity and hydraulics.
It's someone who takes care of you like a best friend on the big day, but isn't. What profession is this?
A professional bridesmaid is hired to do a lot of the behind-the-scenes work that is commonly known to stress the bride and her bridesmaids. Including shopping for dresses, planning the bridal shower and bachelorette party, managing guest lists and more.
This job title requires a colorful talent as well as the education to help people work through past traumas, especially those who can't express themselves verbally. What is it?
To become an art therapist, you will need training in art as well as in counseling or psychology. Art therapy can help reduce a patient's stress and anxiety, improve self-esteem, and provide many other mental health benefits
All it takes is a non-motorized vehicle and a package to get this job done. What is the name of the position?
All you need is a bike, a package to be delivered, and live in a city where delivering via vehicles can be costly and hard to schedule due to traffic jams, construction, parking availability and other factors.
Sorting through resumes and reviewing portfolios are part of the requirements for this job. What is the name of this position?
As a professional recruiter, you don't just collect resumes. You help organizations improve their operations and bottom lines by matching the best job candidate with the unique position, as well as ensuring the candidate will work well within the company culture.
What's the job title for people who oversee the production of spirits or liqueurs for commercial distilleries?
The job description of a master distiller includes expertise in all of the processes and techniques that are used to turn raw materials—such as grains or fruits—into the finished products on store shelves.
If buying and selling artwork is your passion, you might want to have this job. Which one is it?
An auctioneer is only responsible for selling, not buying, art. However, as a gallery owner you do both, as well as introduce the world to new artists through gallery openings and other events.
In this job description, the candidate must oversee the crew on passenger and freight trains. What position is this?
A railroad conductor manages the activities that take place on board including handling the crew. Unfortunately, train conductors don't actually operate the trains.
If you're a skilled technician who can construct, fit, shape and maintain artificial eyes, you could have this job. What's the name of the position?
The ocularist takes a mold of the eye socket, paints it to match the patient's other eye, applies acrylic to it and polishes it. Although an artificial eye does not restore a person's vision, it does allow the patient to maintain his or her normal appearance.
An IT professional who legally hacks into organizations' computer and network systems to test for flaws and weaknesses is called what?
An ethical hacker helps companies protect private data by uncovering and fixing vulnerabilities in computer systems to prevent malicious hackers from gaining access.
Collecting, analyzing and distributing foreign intelligence for national security purposes is done by who?
CIA analysts spend time conducting research, analyzing it, and drafting reports that assist senior U.S. government officials with national security measures.
When people can't do the work or an automated process is needed, this type of person is hired. What's the title of the position?
Robot technology can improve safety, productivity and efficiency. Robotics engineers are hired when an automated process is needed or to create robotic applications to complete work that people cannot, or prefer not to do.
In this job you get paid to play video games! What job title do you have?
Video game developers hire people to pay detailed attention to the unreleased video game to make sure every element of the game works and that there are no glitches or flaws throughout the levels and sequences before it is released to the public.
If you've got an application idea and can program it to work on an Android or iPhone, which of these job titles would you have?
Mobile app developers create, maintain and implement the source code to develop mobile apps and programs. It can be for a client or can be developed for entrepreneurial gain.
Who is in charge of reservations, catering and sleeping accommodation facilities?
Hotel managers are responsible for the above description as well as managing employees and for planning, marketing and administering hotel services.
When people are tired of the ho-hum look of their rooms or an entire office, what type of person do they hire?
Interior designers make interior spaces functional, safe, and beautiful. They use furniture, decorative items, strong colors, lighting, and unique materials to please the eye. They also read blueprints and must be aware of building codes and inspection regulations.
From selecting and booking a location to working out event details and cleanup, this job has a lot of pre-planning. What is the position?
Event planners are in charge of every facet of meetings and events. They work out event details, plan with the client and their team, scout and book locations, food, entertainment, staff and cleanup.
To look and feel your best using makeup, nails, hair styles and more, you visit someone in this profession. What is the job title?
Cosmetologists use makeup application, hair styles, nail services, hair removal and more to help clients make an impression for a special occasion, job interview or to brighten their day.
This person writes advertising promotional materials. What is his or her title?
Copywriters are responsible for the text on brochures, billboards, websites, emails, advertisements, catalogs and even trivia quizzes! Whatever needs the written word to promote an idea or persuade a consumer needs a copywriter.
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