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+ Archivists Job Description
From a turn-of-the-century love letter…to an old map that settles a modern property dispute, important records of the past are collected and preserved in archives. They are organized and cared for by archivists. Archivists patiently sort historically valuable paper, film and electronic records, deciding what's worth keeping and what’s not. The work may require researching the items to verify their origin and value > view more

+ Automatic Teller Machine Servicers Job Description
It’s amazing for some of us to remember, that we didn’t always have Automated Teller Machines as a ready source of cash. But just as we now take ATMs for granted, we also take for granted that they work—24 hours a day. To help keep them in action, we depend on the unseen work of Automated Teller Machine Servicers. Typically, when ATMs are not working correctly, computer networks alert repairers > view more

+ Bakers, Bread and Pastry Job Description
The smell of just baked bread, rolls and muffins or the taste of a fresh pastry is hard to resist. Bakers measure and mix ingredients according to recipes, bake the dough in ovens and decorate and finish the final products. Large commercial bakeries and bakeries in hotels and restaurants may turn out thousands of items daily, while neighborhood and supermarket bakeries turn out smaller quantities, just enough to supply their local customers > view more

+ Chefs and Head Cooks Job Description
Though some people think the words "chef" and "cook" mean the same thing, in the restaurant world, there's a big difference. Chefs are more highly skilled and better trained than most cooks, and have more responsibility for designing the meals that make a restaurant's reputation. But it's not all about the food. This job requires good organizational and management skills. Sometimes called a head cook, the chef supervises the entire kitchen staff and keeps track of supplies and schedules > view more

+ Cooks, Fast Food Job Description
Fast food cooks work in local diners, bars, and restaurants, and in locations operated by national fast food chains. They prepare hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, French fries, fried chicken, deli sandwiches, and other basic menu items. The hours are long. The work is often part-time. The pay is not much above the minimum wage. And there are usually no benefits. Yet being a fast food cook has a lot to offer those with their eyes on a career in food services > view more

+ Couriers and Messengers Job Description
Some call them messengers, some call them couriers. What they do is pick up and deliver letters, important business documents or packages. Even in an electronic age, the physical act of delivering something important is essential. A messenger is called when the item has to be delivered quickly or when it’s so important that it has to be hand-carried to its destination. Usually messengers deliver things locally—either within a building when they work for a large company, or across town in a metropolitan area > view more

+ Demonstrators and Product Promoters Job Description
When a product is sitting on the shelf, it’s easy not to notice it. The job of demonstrators and product promoters is to bring the product to a shopper’s attention. Demonstrators promote sales of a product to consumers. Product Promoters try to induce retail stores to sell particular products and market them effectively. They work in stores, on television and sometimes door-to-door, showing potential customers why a particular item is a must-have > view more

+ Driver/Sales Workers Job Description
From the bread to soft drinks to toothpaste, the products you find on the supermarket shelves have been placed there by one of the legions of driver-sales workers employed by nearly every company with a product to sell in a retail store. In some businesses, a salesperson persuades a store to buy the product, a driver delivers it, and the store owner has the items unpacked and placed on the shelves > view more

+ Entrepreneur Job Description
People willing to take the risk of starting their own businesses are called entrepreneurs. There’s no single road to becoming an entrepreneur. Some may hit upon an idea for a business by creating an item or providing a service for friends. Others may decide to quit working for someone else and strike out on their own. Or they may use their entire savings to buy a franchise, like a fast food restaurant > view more

+ Food Service Managers Job Description
Food service managers are not only responsible for putting food on the table at colleges, large restaurants, and institutions; they're also responsible for the preparation of how the table is to be set up, as well as for the preparation of the server who takes the order and delivers the meal. In fact, food service managers do everything that restaurant owners do but on a much larger scale: they confer with chefs and cooks regarding the items on the day's menu, the size of the portions, and the price to be charged; they keep a sharp eye out for waste; and they do their best to maximize profitability without sacrificing quality > view more

+ Helpers--Production Workers Job Description
Despite all the advances made by automation, there’s still the need for human helpers on the factory floor. Production helpers perform unskilled tasks around the work area. They may help assembly line workers set up or tend machinery, fetch or hold materials or tools, or feed items into the machines. They use carts, dollies, and hand trucks to move materials between work areas. They may keep records of machine processes…or clean the machinery after use…or sort and load finished products > view more

+ Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators Job Description
Industrial truck and tractor operators are responsible for the movement of manufactured goods, grain, coal, construction materials, or other heavy items, around a factory or on and off ships. Operators must have the ability to judge distance, a good sense of balance, and good eye-hand-foot coordination to operate such equipment. Their primary responsibilities are to protect the materials they carry, to ensure that the goods arrive at the proper destination, and to adhere to strict safety practices so they avoid roll-overs and collisions > view more

+ Library Assistants, Clerical Job Description
Library assistants keep libraries running smoothly by keeping an increasingly diverse array of library resources in order so that they can be easily located. They are paraprofessionals who work under the direction of librarians or library technicians. They perform a wide-ranging list of duties. They're familiar with different filing and cataloguing systems. They may keep the lists of overdue items and send out notices of fines > view more

+ Locker Room, Coatroom, and Dressing Room Attendants
Certain situations require that we change…or temporarily store…our street clothes while away from home. That’s why we need locker room, coatroom and dressing room attendants. Locker room attendants perform varied tasks in athletic facilities. They assign lockers and rent footwear or other gear. They answer members' questions and explain how equipment is used. They're often responsible for cleaning and maintaining the locker room, including restocking supplies > view more

+ Mail Processing Clerks Job Description
The U.S. Postal Service handles more mail than any other postal system in the world. Organizing this vital stream of letters and packages is the responsibility of Postal Service Sorters, Processors, and Machine Operators – also called Mail Processing Clerks. In small post offices, mail may be sorted by hand. In larger facilities, huge electronic letter sorting machines and computer scanning equipment are used > view more

+ Manufacturing Job Description
Most of us depend on others to make the things we use, and the food we buy at the store. We look to manufacturers to produce the material goods we need to live. At every step of the production process, there are jobs in manufacturing. There are machines for making machines, and someone has to design them. Then those machines have to be operated, fed materials, and their products have to be finished—sometimes by hand-- packaged, marketed and delivered > view more

+ Materials Engineers Job Description
From lightweight metal bike frames… to ceramic tile on the space shuttle… innovations to make products last longer and work better are due in large part to the work of materials engineers. Often called a "materials person" in the industry, this inventor plays a key role in the manufacture of any product. Presented with a plan for the item, he or she explores how to make it in the lab. Sometimes this involves creating a new material by manipulating the atomic and molecular structures of substances > view more

+ Mechanical Engineers Job Description
Mechanical engineers know about machines. They design engines, robots, and generators. But they also design everyday items like kitchen appliances and power tools. Indeed -- whatever the device -- if it’s got moving parts, mechanical engineers were almost certainly involved its creation. That’s because this is the broadest of all engineering disciplines. Some mechanical engineers, for example, do the research needed to create a product > view more

+ Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders
Nearly every product made is sold in its own unique packaging. Making sure those items are properly packaged is the job of a packaging and filling machine operator. Whether it’s bagging items, rolling sheets, filling containers, making blister packs, wrapping, or boxing, packaging readies the product for display and purchase. Operators move materials to and from production areas -- manually or with forklifts, dollies, carts, or handtrucks > view more

+ Precision Devices Inspectors and Testers Job Description
also check the work of other people. Just about every manufactured product, from the clothes we wear, to the food we eat, to the cars we drive, are subject to inspection. And we’re fortunate to live in a country that maintains strict standards to make sure food, drugs and products are as safe as possible. Some inspectors, testers and graders work for the government. But most work for the companies whose products they check > view more

+ Purchasing Agents and Buyers, Farm Products
Imagine being paid to shop all day! Purchasers and buyers find the best possible goods at the lowest price for their firms. The successful ones increase company profits and their own salaries. In general, purchasers buy goods and services for company use; buyers acquire items for resale. Buyers and purchasing agents decide which vendor offers the best goods or services, negotiate the price, award the contract, and see that the correct amount is received on time > view more

+ Stock Clerks, Sales Floor Job Description
Companies, plants and stores use Stock Clerks to receive, sort, unpack, store and keep track of materials or products. Most stock clerks work in grocery and department stores. Stock clerks check deliveries against invoices for accuracy and for damages. The items are then organized, marked and placed into the inventory system. Bar code scanners and computers are often used to track the items > view more

+ Wholesale and Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products Job Description
If you feel you were "born to shop" -- you might enjoy doing it for a living. Wholesale and retail buyers purchase products and commodities for resale to consumers. They have two goals: to buy goods their company can sell at a profit, and to increase their company’s customer base. Buyers do their job well if they consistently choose merchandise customers like and consider a good value. Buyers fail when warehouses and store racks are left with unwanted inventory that has to be sold off at clearance prices > view more