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What's my job?: activity requirements

Lesson description

The “What’s my job?” activity helps students to learn more about various occupations that may interest them. This activity helps children identify different occupations based on the items used in the occupation and on the uniform worn by workers in the occupation. You may use the Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) as a resource to learn more about necessary skills needed to work in these occupations.

Activity objective

Students will accomplish the following:

  • learn more about a particular occupation including
    • what workers wear in their jobs
    • what items workers use to perform their jobs
  • become excited to learn more about different occupations
  • get acquainted with OOH as a method to locate career information.

BLS topics covered

  • Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH)

Grade level

Elementary level

Time to complete

Approximately 30 minutes


Students will need:

  • a printed version of the “What’s my job?” activity
  • scissors
  • glue.


Using a printed version of the “What’s my job?” activity document, have the students review the selected occupations and the items used in those occupations. They will cut out an illustration of a worker who represents each occupation. They will match the worker to the items used in the job. The students will then paste the worker in the box under the appropriate items.

Activity assessment

At the conclusion of the activity, students should be able to

  • identify job titles with the items used to perform featured occupations
  • familiarize themselves with the uniforms that are typically worn by people who work in featured occupations
  • ask more questions about these occupations (e.g., what do they do in their occupations?)

Other resources

You may visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) to browse the available profiles and information. The Teacher's Guide lists resources to help teachers develop a career curriculum for their classrooms. For more classroom materials, visit the Council for Economics Education and the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

If you have any questions about this K–12 activity, or would like to provide feedback, please contact the BLS Division of Information and Marketing Services at 202-691-5200, or email us at


Last Modified Date: June 29, 2018