Occupation

Occupation

This field is to record the person's occupation. This can be a little tricky to identify, but fortunately we have the ability to enter several. Try to use one or two word professions when possible, do not include the company or organization that they work for, and sometimes it makes sense to break a job up.

The goal of this is to allow researchers to have a look at all the biologists, teachers, physicians, or politicians easily. So we will need to use a standardized list of occupations. Most occupation lists do not include the typical kind of work that middle- and upper-class women did in these years, often volunteer, philanthropic, or as an unpaid activist. In order to include that kind of detail, we based our occupations on a modification of a list created by the Australian Women's Register. If you come across a new occupation that you believe needs to be added, add a comment to this page and provide a link to the person you are working on.

Examples:

A professor of biology should have two occupations:

Biologist

Professor

If she were also a member of a pro-woman suffrage society, we would add:

Woman's Rights Activist

A politician trying to reform education laws might go in as:

Politician

Lawyer

Education activist

A Hull-House client, who worked as a maid might be entered as:

Domestic worker

Homemaker

The occupation does not have to be paid. A patron of Hull-House with no discernible occupation, but a reputation as a excellent pianist, should be:

Philanthropist

Social welfare activist

Pianist

To research a person's occupation, search:

Occupation List

A

Abolitionist
Accountant
Activist (use one below):
— Birth control activist
— Catholic activist
— Child welfare activist
— Civil rights activist
— Consumer activist
— Disability activist
— Education activist
— Labor activist
— Peace activist
— Political activist
— Public health activist
— Religious activist
— Social reform activist
— Social welfare activist
— Temperance activist
— Women's rights activist
— Woman suffrage activist
Actor
Actuary
Administrative assistant
Administrative officer
Administrator
Advertising practitioner
Adviser
Advocate
Agriculturalist
Air hostess
Alderman
Ambassador
Animator
Anthropologist
Antique dealer
Arbitrator
Archaeologist
Architect
Archivist
Army officer - Use Military officer
Art collector
Art dealer
Art Director
Art educator
Artist
Artistic director
Arts administrator
Astronomer
Athlete
Athletic coach
Attorney — Use Lawyer
Author

B

Bacteriologist
Ballerina
Banker
Bibliographer
Biochemist
Biographer
Biologist
Biometrician
Birth control activist
Bishop — use Clergyman
Blacksmith
Board member
Bookbinder
Bookseller
Botanist
Broadcaster
Bureaucrat
Bus driver
Business owner
Businessman
Butcher

C

Café owner
Campaign manager
Campaigner
Cartoonist
Carpenter
Catholic activist
Cattle Farmer
Charity worker
Chemist
Child welfare activist
Childcare worker
Children's writer
Choreographer
Church worker
Cinematographer
City planner
Civic leader
Civil engineer
Civil rights activist
Clergyman (use for all denominations of Christians)
Clerk
Coach
Comedian
Commissioner
Community activist
Community leader
Compliance officer
Composer
Concert performer
Conductor
Conference organizer
Congregational minister (use clergyman)
Congressman
Conservationist
Consumer activist
Coroner
Councilor
Counselor
Criminologist
Critic
Cultural commentator
Curator
Custodian

D

Dancer
Deacon — Use Clergyman
Dentist
Deputy Mayor
Designer
Clothing designer
Graphic designer
Interior designer
Detective
Dietician
Diplomat
Director
Disability activist
Doctor - Use Physician
Domestic worker
Dressmaker
Drover

E

Ecologist
Economist
Editor
Education activist
Educator (this is for non-teachers who work in education, administrators, deans, provosts, etc.)
Electrical contractor
Electrical engineer
Embroiderer
Endocrinologist
Engineer
Entomologist
Entrepreneur
Environmentalist
Ethnic leader
Ethnographer
Eugenicist
Explorer

F

Factory manager
Factory worker
Farmer
Fashion editor
Film critic
Film director
Film producer
Film writer
Filmmaker
Financial adviser
Firefighter
Florist
Folk singer

G

Gardener
Genealogist
Geneticist
Geographer
Geologist
Government official
Governor
Gynecologist

H

Hematologist
Hairdresser
Headmistress
Health worker
Hindu priest
Historian
Homemaker
Horse breeder
Horticulturalist
Hospital administrator
Hospital worker
Hotel owner
Hotel worker
Hotelier
Humanitarian

I

Illustrator
Iman
Immunologist
Industrialist
Industrial worker
Insurance sales
Inspector
Interior designer
International activist
Internationalist
Interpreter
Investigator
Investment broker

J

Jeweler
Journalist
Judge
Justice of the Peace

L

Laboratory assistant
Labor activist
Law clerk
Lawyer
Librarian
Library worker
Lifeguard
Linguist
Literary agent
Literary critic

M

Magistrate
Mail carrier
Manager
Manufacturer
Mathematician
Mayor
Mechanical engineer
Mediator
Metalworker
Microbiologist
Midwife
Military officer
Milliner
Miner
Mining entrepreneur
Minister — Use Clergyman
Missionary
Model
Monarch — Use instead of King, Queen, Prince, etc.
Mortgage broker
Mountaineer
Municipal worker
Museum director
Music critic
Musician
Mycologist

N

Naturalist
Naturopath
Newspaper Owner
Novelist - Use Author
Nurse

O

Occupational therapist
Office assistant
Office worker
Ornithologist
Osteopath

P

Painter
Paleontologist
Parole officer
Pathologist
Patron
Penologist
Pentecostal leader
Performer
Personnel manager
Pharmacist
Philanthropic administrator
Philanthropist
Philosopher
Photographer
Physician
Physicist
Physiotherapist
Pianist
Pilot
Playwright
Plumber
Poet
Police commissioner
Police officer
Political activist
Political adviser
Political candidate
Political organizer
Political scientist
Political staffer
Politician
Postmaster
Potter
Preacher —use Clergyman or Public speaker, whichever works better
Preservationist
President
Priest — Use Clergyman
Prime Minister
Principal
Printer
Printmaker
Prior -use **Clergyman
Probation officer
Producer
Professor
Projectionist
Prostitute
Psychiatrist
Psychologist
Public health activist
Public official — use Government official
Public speaker
Publicist
Publisher
Purchasing agent

R

Rabbi
Radio broadcaster
Radio executive
Radio journalist
Radio producer
Radiologist
Real estate agent
Real estate developer
Relief worker
Religious activist
Religious worker
Representative (political)
Researcher
Restaurant owner
Restaurant worker
Retail sales
Reverend — Use Clergyman

S

Sailor
Sales manager
Scientist (if possible use more specific specialty)
Screenwriter
Scriptwriter
Sculptor
Secretary
Senator
Serologist
Settlement house resident
Sex reformer
Shoemaker
Shop keeper
Singer
Social commentator
Social reform activist
Social theorist
Social work educator
Social worker
Sociologist
Soldier
Songwriter
Sports educator
Statistician
Stenographer
Stockbroker
Student
Superintendent
Supervisor
Surgeon
Surveyor

T

Tailor
Tanner
Tax officer
Teacher (any level, college to grammar school)
Telephone operator
Temperance activist
Textile designer
Textile worker
Theatrical agent
Theatrical director
Theatrical producer
Theologian
Tour guide
Town planner
Translator
Traveling sales
Treasurer
Truck driver
Tutor
Typist

U

Umpire
Union member
Union officer
Union organizer

V

Veterinarian
Volunteer

W

War correspondent
War worker
Warden
Watchmaker
Winemaker
Women's health advocate
Women's rights activist
Woman suffrage activist
Writer (Use Author for most, only writer for non-poems, non-books, non-newspapers… like speechwriter or ad writer)

Y

Yoga instructor
Youth worker

Z

Zoologist

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