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OCCUPATION THESAURUS
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A character's occupation says a lot about who they are. It can define their morals and values, stem from a past wound, hint at their highest aspiration, or highlight a talent or skill. Occupations should also help (or hinder) the character as they strive to achieve their goals. As such, they need to be chosen deliberately. Use this thesaurus to brainstorm viable career choices for your cast that will provide characterization and strengthen your story.

ACTOR

ANIMAL RESCUE WORKER

ANIMAL TRAINER

ANTIQUES DEALER

ARCHITECT

AUTO MECHANIC

BABYSITTER

BARISTA

BARTENDER

BOUNCER

BOUNTY HUNTER

BUSINESS TYCOON

CASHIER

CHEF

CLERGY MEMBER

CONDUCTOR

CORONER

CORRECTIONS OFFICER (PRISON GUARD)

DEEP SEA DIVER (COMMERCIAL)

DIPLOMAT

DOG GROOMER

DRIVER (CAR)

EMERGENCY DISPATCHER

EMERGENCY ROOM PHYSICIAN

ESCORT

ETHICAL HACKER

EXOTIC DANCER

FARMER

FUNDRAISER

FUNERAL DIRECTOR

GENERAL CONTRACTOR

GEOLOGIST

GHOSTWRITER

GLASSBLOWER

HOME HEALTH AIDE

HUMAN TEST SUBJECT

INTERPRETER

JEWELER

LANDSCAPE DESIGNER

LIBRARIAN

LOCKSMITH

MAIL CARRIER

MAKEUP ARTIST

MASSAGE THERAPIST

MECHANICAL ENGINEER

MIDWIFE

MODEL

NANNY

NURSE (RN)

OUTDOOR GUIDE

PALEONTOLOGIST

PARALEGAL

PAROLE OFFICER

PERSONAL ASSISTANT TO A CELEBRITY

PERSONAL TRAINER

PEST CONTROL TECHNICIAN

PHYSICAL THERAPIST

PILOT

POLICE OFFICER

PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE

RADIO DJ

RANCHER

REALTOR

RECRUITER

REFEREE

SERVER

SKYDIVING INSTRUCTOR

SMALL BUSINESS OWNER

TATTOO ARTIST

TAXIDERMIST

TEACHER

THERAPIST (MENTAL HEALTH)

TOUR GUIDE

TREASURE HUNTER

VETERINARIAN

WEDDING PLANNER

YOGA INSTRUCTOR

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