Architects work with their clients to plan and design their building structures, whether it is a house, office building or factory. They provide elaborate blueprints that fit the aesthetics and practical needs of their clients, while taking into consideration of building codes, zoning laws and other regulations. The blueprints provide details not just on the physical structure, but also the plumbing, air conditioning, electrical and other systems.
Carpenters work with blueprints to construct their project’s framework and foundation. Some day-to-day responsibilities and tasks can include measuring, cutting and shaping building materials, directing orders to help the progress of the project, installing drywalls, and insulating a building.
Electricians work in inspecting and repairing electrical systems within homes and factories that power these buildings’ lights, appliances and other equipment. This role requires an understanding of electrical components, usage of devices to pinpoint the root of the problem and make the necessary fixes, and knowing the state regulations of the National Electrical Code (NEC).
General contractors are in charge of providing all the labor, building materials and other equipment for the project. Although they may not be entirely involved in the actual construction and labor of the project, they ensure the project will follow building codes and regulations as well as be finished by the agreed timeline and costs.
An interior designer works to plan, prepare, design and implement the ideal space for their clients. Factors often considered for each project are law compliance, efficient use of the space (in terms of furniture and building materials), and aesthetics (color schemes and layout). They are also responsible for effective communication with their client, providing sketches, ordering supplies for the inventory and providing a project timeline for their client.
Landscape architects seek projects to design outdoor and recreation spaces. They work with clients to see what their needs are and they create graphical blueprints to present to their clients. They are also responsible for providing cost estimates, selecting the landscaping materials, and analyzing and adjusting the design based on the environmental reports and conditions.
A real estate agent stays up to date with current market trends to use to their advantage as they are helping their client selling their homes, or finding a new home. A day-to-day schedule can include open houses and meetings, doing paperwork on ‘sold’ or ‘for sale’ properties and marketing themselves so new clients can find their business. It is also important to note that a real estate agent must work under a real estate broker.
Accountants record and audit financial statements to ensure their clients are complying with the law and they can also provide some recommendations on how to manage costs and improve profits. Additionally, they prepare tax returns and other paperwork to ensure payments are punctual and accurate.
Business executives are those who are in charge of an organization. The role does vary by the company, but the main objective is to help the growth of the organization. This can be done by building closer or more relations with clients and users or by making the proper adjustments to meet the budget. They often work with high-level staff members to make decisions that meet the company’s mission and its short and long-term goals.
A financial planner helps clients create personal budgets, control expenditures, set goals for saving and implement strategies for accumulating wealth. He or she may have working relationships with financial advisors, investment managers and/or mutual fund companies, utilizing these specialists for the actual investment of their clients' funds. The job requires keeping current about developments in financial products, tax laws and strategies for personal financial management, particularly with respect to retirement plans and estates.
Human resource specialists work to recruit, screen and place employees at their company. In some organizations, this may include traveling and attending school fairs or other networking events. They are also responsible for an employee’s compensation and benefits, and ensuring new employees receive proper training and a smooth transition into the company.
Loan officers work with people and businesses to recommend and advise which loan type best fit their needs and what they would qualify for. They also collect their clients’ data (i.e. income and credit levels) to evaluate and approve the loans appropriately.
Management consultants or management analysts work to help companies and organizations improve efficiency through reducing costs and spending and improving revenue. They are generally hired to find strategies and provide expertise for the business to stay competitive in their market as well as evaluating the corporate structure and removing non-essential positions.
Marketers research and carry out strategies that captivates the consumers in hopes of selling a particular product of service to them. These strategies can include campaigning, sponsoring and advertising through different mediums.
As the project manager, your job is to plan, budget, oversee and document all aspects of the specific project you are working on. Project managers may work closely with upper management to make sure that the scope and direction of each project is on schedule, as well as other departments for support.
Sales representatives sell retail products, goods and services to customers. They work with customers to find what they want, create solutions and ensure a smooth sales process. Sales reps work to find new sales leads, through business directories, client referrals, etc.
A college professor will guide a group of students through their curriculum on their area of expertise. The curriculum can involve lectures, group discussions, after-class office hours, presentations, exams and other projects. The ultimate objective is helping each of their students better understand the material than they did previously.
A typical day for an elementary teacher can involve carrying out their created lesson plan, assessing each student’s progress, grading projects and tests, and communicating with students’ parents on their progress. As an elementary teacher, they teach much younger students (grades 1 – 6), building their foundation in reading, writing and math and how to communicate with those around them.
Middle and high school teachers generally specialized in a particular subject. A typical day involves carrying out their created lesson plan, assessing each student’s progress, preparing students for state standardized exams or college, grading papers and projects and communicating with students’ parents on their progress. Middle school teachers teach students in grades 6-8, while high school teachers teach those in grade 9-12.
DJ, or a disc jockey, is responsible for creating a playlist for multiple occasions. This can range from a wedding reception to a festival. The talent and creativity lies in creating a continuous stream of songs (and in some cases, a show) for their audience.
A musician is someone who is talented with any musical instrument. This can be in the form of composing or performing their pieces. The work environment for this career can vary on the person. They can be performing for an audience or teaching and sharing their musicality with those around them.
Performers, choreographers or dancers all train, audition and perform choreography either in the form of entertainment or through teaching a class--sharing their pieces and training with other performers.
Agricultural engineers work to improve efficiency within the farming industry. Sample projects can include the optimization of refrigerating mass produce, the automation of harvesting, watering and fertilizing, creating a more efficient disposal or usage of livestock waste, or systems to help regulate the climate for the optimal growth of crops.
Bakers can work anywhere from restaurants to their own retailer businesses. Generally, they spend their time mixing flour and other ingredients and baking them into desserts and other baked treats. For sweeter pastries, bakers will also be responsible for icing and decorations.
Aside from meal preparation, a chef is also in charge of ordering fresh and quality ingredients and other supplies for the inventory, deciding on dishes for the menu, creating recipes and supervising and monitoring the workflow and sanitation process of other workers.
Farmers produce various foods for human and animal consumption. This can be in the form of growing oats and wheats, fruits and vegetables, or raising livestock. In additional to tending to their crops and animals, farmers must also buy quality seeds and dietary foods and supplies for their livestock, abide by the Food and Drug Administration and plant crops accordingly to season, soil and demand.
Civil engineers tackle on the designing, repairing, surveying and supervising of construction projects (i.e. transportation systems, roads, airports, dams, bridges and etc.). Some specific tasks can include surveying the land of the planned project, assessing environmental impacts and hazards, getting appropriate permits for the site, and selecting the building materials for the project.
A content curator is someone who sorts through data on the Internet and collects the most relevant data to share on blogs, websites and through social media.
Graphic designers create visual concepts, by hand or using computer software, to communicate ideas that inspire, inform, or captivate consumers. They develop the overall layout and production design for advertisements, brochures, magazines, and corporate reports.
The role of an IT administrator, or a system administrator, generally revolves around maintaining and configuring a company’s network, servers and security systems. In some cases, an IT administrator is also the liaison between the technical and non-technical departments of the company
Mechanical engineers generally work closely with computers to research, design, analyze, run stimulations and help with manufacturing devices. These devices can range from batteries to larger and more complex machinery such as elevators, engines, and power-producing machines.
The responsibilities of a mobile application developer are very similar to that of a software developer. They are in charge of designing, implementing and creating the architecture of the application for users to see and interact with. The main difference is a higher priority in mobile optimization so that any user on any mobile device can use the application with ease.
Software developers are in charge of the entire development process for a software program. They may begin by asking how the customer plans to use the software. They must identify the core functionality that users need from software programs. Software developers must also determine user requirements that are unrelated to the functionality of software, such as the level of security and performance needs. They design the program and then give instructions to programmers, who write computer code and test it.
Detectives or criminal investigators work to gather and secure evidence at the crime scene and obtain facts through observations and investigations about a particular case. However, more specific responsibilities can vary depending if they are working at a local, state or federal level.
A lawyer’s or attorney’s role can range from providing legal expertise and advice for business entities and individuals (i.e. help their clients follow applicable rulings and regulations, prepare contracts, wills, appeals and etc.) to preparing a case in court on behalf of their clients.
A legislative deputy drafts and edits legislation, including bills, rules or other items. Other job duties include generating ideas for legislation and writing speeches to introduce new legislation to a committee or legislature, such as the U.S. Congress or a state legislature. Also tracks legislation after it is introduced and work to ensure that the legislation has the appropriate support for it to pass. May answer questions about legislation for reporters, committee members or other legislative staff. Sometimes, they meet with constituents, non-profit agencies or lobbyists to discuss a current or future bill.
A biomedical engineer takes in the engineering theories and practices and brings them into the medical industry. This involves creating equipment, devices and software to enhance and optimize the healthcare experience for both the patients and practitioners.
Chemical engineers utilize their backgrounds in chemistry, biology, physics and math to help create and regulate efficient and proper operations of production of products. Some examples can include food and drug-related products to fuel.
Hair stylist is someone who washes, cuts, colors and styles hair. They are also a great source to help you with scalp or any other hair-related concerns that you may have.
There are two types of makeup artists. The first being one that uses cosmetic techniques and products to accentuate and highlight their client’s natural beauty. These makeup artists can be freelancers, or work with a makeup or fashion company. The other, is a theatrical makeup artist and they work with performers. They use makeup to transform actors and actresses into the character or role they are playing.
An event coordinator or planner meets with their clients to plan for their clients’ events. This includes understanding the purpose of the event, booking and placing bids on venues, rooms, vendors and other needed services, monitoring the event to ensure it meets their clients’ requirements and satisfaction, and lastly, providing estimates and collecting payments.
Journalists or reporters work to gather testimonies from witnesses and other facts to provide an objective and all-encompassing narrative of a particular event. These findings and narratives are then shared through the media, whether on television, radio, online or a documentary.
Publicists are communications professionals whose primary responsibility is to ensure their clients receive positive coverage in the media. Most publicists work for a public relations agency and have multiple clients in various industries around the world.
The Social Media Manager will administer the company’s social media marketing and advertising. Administration includes development of brand awareness and online reputation, content management, SEO (search engine optimization) and generation of inbound traffic, and cultivation of leads and sales. A Social Media Manager is a highly motivated, creative individual with experience and a passion for connecting with current and future customers.
Media production specialists produce items such as commercials, films, short documentaries, audio messages and videos in various TV and Internet formats. This career may involve working with others to select a video topic, script writing, set building and casting in addition to coordinating studio time and other scheduling concerns. They may need expertise with computer software editing programs and video equipment such as cameras, microphones and lighting.
Dentists examine, treat and educate patients on concerns regarding oral health. This can revolve around treating tooth decay, performing tooth extraction and root canals, prescribing meds, filling cavities, examining x-rays, and advising their patients on proper diet and care for their teeth and gums.
Medical doctors examine, diagnose and treat patients. They can specialize in a number of medical areas, such as pediatrics, anesthesiology or cardiology, or they can work as general practice physicians.
Nursing jobs require not only treating patients who are sick and injured, but also offering advice and emotional support to patients and their families, taking care of paperwork (lots and lots of paperwork), helping doctors diagnose patients and providing advice and follow-up care.
Pharmacists fill out patients’ prescriptions, communicate with health insurance companies, inform and educate the patients on their medication and verify if this medication will clash with their history or any current medications they are taking. They are also a great source to ask questions about improving a current lifestyle or about any side effects on a particular medication. In some cases, pharmacists are also in charge of supervising and helping pharmacy technicians and interns.
Physician assistants, also known as PAs, practice medicine on teams with physicians, surgeons, and other healthcare workers. They examine, diagnose, and treat patients.
Veterinarians examine, diagnose and tend to all animal-related health concerns. This can range from educating the animals’ owners, to finding the cause of the health concern, treating it either by prescribing medication, performing surgery or in some cases, euthanizing and lastly, testing and provide vaccinations.
A personal trainer works to find out what their trainee’s fitness goals are, to assess their current health, fitness abilities and any injuries, and to help that person get to where they would like to be through a series of stretching and conditioning exercises and dietary advice.