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Guess my occupation: activity


This activity is designed to get young students thinking about different occupations and reflecting on what they may want to be when they grow up. They will get an idea of what duties are required to perform featured occupations, and learn how to find career information using the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Career Exploration webpage.


After completing this activity, students will have a better understanding of these occupations based on the job duties performed for each job. Additionally, teachers will become more familiar with the Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) so that they may use it as a career resource in the classroom when students inquire further about these occupations.


Students will match the worker’s occupation with the appropriate job description. On the activity page, write down the letter that corresponds to the appropriate job description under each worker. As a classroom activity, students may use the BLS Career Exploration webpage to read about different careers, discuss what they’ve learned, and explain what intrigued them most about these careers.

You may use the BLS Career Exploration webpage as a source of career information to help students identify the types of careers that they may be interested in. Students may also learn about the variety of occupations categorized within the various career fields.

Additional resources


In addition to searching on the career exploration webpage, students, teachers, and others can use the BLS Career Resource Guide to learn how BLS can help you explore careers. Students also may use the BLS OOH as a source of career information to help them identify the types of careers they may be interested in.

Have fun playing games while learning about BLS data.


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Job description

  1. I design, build, and manage construction projects. I oversee the building of structures.

  2. I instruct young students in basic subjects like reading and math in order to prepare them for their next grade.

  3. I use my camera to take pictures of people, places, and things. I take pictures to help tell a story or to help people remember an event.

  4. I care for the health of animals and prevent illness in animals. I treat disease and injuries of animals.

  5. I prepare delicious food. I oversee the daily food preparation at restaurants and other places where food is served.

  6. I help people when they get sick. I help doctors and teach people about different health problems.

  7. I protect citizens. I respond to emergencies when someone is in trouble, and I can arrest people if they don’t obey the law.

  8. I study laws, and I represent my clients in court to make sure justice is done.