Career Stories are real-world career descriptions and insights collected from interviews of more than 1900 people working in 200+ careers. The professionals interviewed for this feature provide descriptions of their jobs, list the best and worst parts of their work, offer tips for those considering or committed to entering their profession, and more.
Career Stories help students and career-changers answer questions like "What's it like to be a nurse?", "What do accountants do?", and "What does it take to be a successful school teacher?". Because career stories are published anonymously, they reflect an unvarnished view of each profession.
Categories: Allied health • Arts and entertainment • Building and grounds maintenance • Business • Community and social services • Computer • Construction • Culinary • Design • Education • Engineering • Farming fishing and forestry • Hospitality and travel • Installation and repair • Legal • Management • Massage and physical therapy • Mechanic • Medical • Medical office • Nursing • Office support • Personal care and service • Production • Protective service • Sales • Science • Technician • Transportation • Veterinary •
Health technologists and technicians
Occupational health specialists
Compensation and benefits managers
Family and school social workers
Mental health and substance abuse social workers
Application software engineers
Computer and information scientists
Middle school special ed teachers
Preschool and elementary special ed teachers
Secondary school special ed teachers
Forest and conservation workers
Telecommunications line installers
Paralegals and legal assistants
Industrial production managers
Occupational therapist assistants
Mobile heavy equipment mechanics
Customer service representatives
Hairdressers and cosmetologists
Production workers supervisors
Correctional officers and jailers
Zoologists and wildlife biologists
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