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List of 100+ Job Ideas for your Characters


So I'm a really, really big fan of lists. Really. I could live off of making lists and bullet points and just having everything neatly laid out. Is anyone else that way? I have an entire writing journal just filled with different kinds of lists: names, passions, story idea. Lists, lists, lists.

I thought it would be kind of fun to share one of my lists for writing with you guys, and see if anyone takes any inspiration from it. I know this has probably been done before, but the idea of sharing my thought processes is kind of exciting, and I hope someone finds a good idea.

Today, I'm going to start with my list of Job/Careers for your characters, whether it be major or minor. Any kind of career can shape and make your character, so I hope one of these jumps out at you!

1. Delivery Nurse

2. Cell phone repairer

3. Stay at home mother/father

4. Baker/Chef

5. Freelance writer

6. Dog Trainer

7. Delivery Driver

8. Nanny

9. Caregiver

10. Bookseller

11. Barista

12. Food Court Worker

13. Web Page Designer

14. Museum Curator

15. Mechanic

16. Movie Theater Worker

17. Model

18. Fashion Designer

19. Waitress

20. Intern

21. Wedding Planner

22. Tailor/Seamstress

23. Massage Therapist

24. Psychologist

25. Musician

26. Photographer

27. Bartender

28. EMT

29. Customer Service Representative

30. Professional Rock Climber

31. Marine Biologist

32. Ice Cream Attendant

33. Receptionist

34. Teacher

35. Veterinarian

36. Pharmacy Technician

37. Makeup Artist

38. Singer

39. Fitness Instructor

40. Factory Worker

41. Grocery Store Clerk

42. Author

43. Graphic Designer

44. Accountant

45. Insurance Agent

46. Divorce Lawyer

47. Cross Country Truck Driver

48. Mail Clerk

49. Hairdresser

50. Physician's Assistant

51. Personal Assistant

52. Interior Designer

53. Journalist

54. Custodian

55. Realtor

56. Limo/Cab Driver

57. Carpenter

58. Lifeguard

59. Swimming Instructor

60. Farmer

61. Floral Designer

62. Professional Videographer

63. Substitute Teacher

64. Mystery Shopper

65. Travel Agent

66. Video Game Designer

67. Social Worker

68. Flight Attendant

69. Security Agent

70. Police Officer

71. Mortician

72. Forensic Scientist

73. Political Ballot Counter

74. Retail Worker

75. Dishwasher

76. Dance Instructor

77. Skincare Professional

78. Bus Driver

79. Banker

80. Pianist

81. Psychiatrist

82. College Professor

83. Construction Worker

84. Pediatric Nurse

85. Professional Skateboarder

86. Actor/Actress

87. Tattoo Artist

88. Zookeeper

89. Professional Blogger

90. Optometrist

91. Critic

92. Psychic

93. Dentist

94. Beekeeper

95. Midwife

96. Talkshow Host

97. Personal Assistant

98. Self-Defense Instructor

99. Insurance Agent

100. Dog Breeder

101. Fisherman

102. Restaurant Owner

103. CEO of a Company

The list could genuinely go on and on, but I hope a few of these job ideas gave you inspiration for a character or scene, no matter how small. Sometimes, when I'm stuck in a rut, reading or writing lists really gets my creativity flowing.

Do you have more jobs to add to the list? Did any of these inspire you? Leave a comment down below, I'd love to hear from you!

Over and out,

Sarah Sutton

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