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"Boy! Did we do a day's work! They give the job all they've got!" Office for Emergency Management. Office of War Information. Domestic Operations Branch. Bureau of Special Services. Between 1941 and 1945.
"Boy! Did we do a day's work! They give the job all they've got!" Office for Emergency Management. Office of War Information. Domestic Operations Branch. Bureau of Special Services. Between 1941 and 1945.

A job, employment, work or occupation, is a person's role in society. More specifically, a job is an activity, often regular and often performed in exchange for payment ("for a living"). Many people have multiple jobs (e.g., parent, homemaker, and employee). A person can begin a job by becoming an employee, volunteering, starting a business, or becoming a parent. The duration of a job may range from temporary (e.g., hourly odd jobs) to a lifetime (e.g., judges).

An activity that requires a person's mental or physical effort is work (as in "a day's work"). If a person is trained for a certain type of job, they may have a profession. Typically, a job would be a subset of someone's career. The two may differ in that one usually retires from their career, versus resignation or termination from a job.

Jobs for people

Most people spend up to forty or more hours each week in paid employment. Some exceptions are children, retirees, and people with disabilities; however, within these groups, many will work part-time, volunteer, or work as a homemaker. From the age of 5 or so, many children's primary role in society (and therefore their "job") is to learn and study as a student.

Types of jobs

Jobs can be categorized by intensity (hours per week), by payment status, or by the level of experience required. The types of job stemming from intensity are categorized as full-time or part-time. They can also be classified into temporary, odd jobs, seasonal, self-employment, consulting, or contract employment. Regarding payment status, jobs are categorized as paid or unpaid. Examples of unpaid jobs include volunteer, homemaker, mentor, student, and sometimes intern. Finally, according to the level of experience required, jobs are usually grouped as entry level, intern, and co-op.

Some jobs require specific training or an academic degree.

Those without paid full-time employment may be categorized as unemployed or underemployed if they are seeking a full-time paid job.

A side job, also called a side hustle, side gig or moonlighting, is an additional job or jobs to supplement one's income. A person with a side job may have little time left for sleep or leisure activities.

The Office for National Statistics in the United Kingdom lists 27,966 different job titles, within a website published 2015.[1]

Day job

The expression day job is often used for a job one works in order to make ends meet rather than working in their preferred vocation. Archetypal examples of this are the actor who works as a waiter (the day job) while looking for roles, and the professional athlete who works as a laborer in the offseason because the athlete's professional or semi-professional team does not pay a full living. The term is also applied to those who maintain a steady occupation while working as a day trader.[2]

While many people do hold a full-time occupation, "day job" specifically refers to those who hold the position solely to pay living expenses so they can pursue the job they really want (which may also be during the day). The phrase strongly implies that the day job would be quit, if only the real vocation paid a living wage.

The phrase "don't quit your day job" is a humorous response to a poor or mediocre performance not up to professional caliber. The phrase implies that the performer is not talented enough in that activity to be able to make a career out of it.

Getting a job

Further information: Job hunting and Employment

Getting a first job is an important rite of passage in many cultures. The youth may start by doing household work, odd jobs, or working for a family business. In many countries, school children get summer jobs during the longer summer vacation. Students enrolled in higher education can apply for internships or coops to further enhance the probability of securing an entry level job upon graduation.

Résumés summarize a person's education and job experience for potential employers. Employers read job candidate résumés to decide whom to interview for an open position.

Use of the word

Workers often talk of "getting a job", or "having a job". This conceptual metaphor of a "job" as a possession has led to its use in slogans such as "money for jobs, not bombs". Similar conceptions are that of "land" as a possession (real estate) or intellectual rights as a possession (intellectual property).

Occupation and life expectancy

Historically, manual work has seemed to contribute to shortening one's lifespan.[3] High rank[4] (a higher position at the pecking order) has a positive effect. Professions that cause anxiety have a direct negative impact on health and lifespan.[5] Some data is more complex to interpret due to the various reasons of long life expectancy; thus skilled professionals, employees with secure jobs and low anxiety occupants may live a long life for variant reasons.[6] The more positive characteristics one's job is, the more likely he or she will have a longer lifespan.[7][8] Gender, country, and statistically confirmed danger are also notable parameters.[9]

See also



  1. ^ "FOI Request: List of all the occupations noted in the UK". Office for National Statistics. The Crown. 2015. Retrieved December 6, 2015.
  2. ^ Newberry, Jon (October 2000). "Night Moves: Be a day trader after hours and keep your day job, too". ABA Journal. 86 (10): 86. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  3. ^ Womack, Sarah (24 October 2007). "Why accountants live longer than builders". The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 29 August 2018. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Living Longer, Working Longer: The Changing Landscape of the Aging Workforce – A MetLife Study" (PDF). MetLife Mature Market Institute. April 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-10-02.
  5. ^ "The Most Stressful Jobs of 2014". Archived from the original on 2016-02-20. Retrieved 2016-02-12.
  6. ^ Lyte, Brittany (18 March 2015). "5 Jobs Proven to Make You Live Longer". Wise Bread. Archived from the original on 16 February 2016. Retrieved 12 February 2016.
  7. ^ Lees, John (11 November 2014). "Personality test: what job would make you happiest?". the Guardian. Archived from the original on 9 December 2016. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
  8. ^ "Whistling While You Work: The 10 Most Satisfying Careers". Archived from the original on 2016-02-04. Retrieved 2016-02-12.
  9. ^ "Find out how your gender and job may affect your life expectancy". the Guardian. 21 October 2015. Archived from the original on 2 February 2017. Retrieved 11 December 2016.


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