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+ Bakers, Manufacturing Job Description
The main difference between the baker at your local pastry shop and the baker at a large manufacturing firm is the environment in which they work. A local baker is likely to interact with co-workers and customers, and has a hands-on approach to the products. Manufacturing Bakers spend more time with machines, turning out the large quantities of baked goods found in grocery stores and other establishments > view more

+ Bartenders Job Description
Bartenders fill the beer, wine, and mixed drink orders that waiters and waitresses take from patrons seated in a restaurant or lounge. Most do the same for customers seated at the bar. Whether through vocational school training or personal experience, most bartenders know how to prepare drink orders quickly and efficiently, even during an establishment’s busiest periods. However, since the same brands are available everywhere, the most important part of a bartender’s job is usually the creation of a friendly, welcoming atmosphere that encourages customers to return on a regular basis > view more

+ Camera and Photographic Equipment Repairers
The world of cameras and photography is becoming increasingly complex. What once was a simple mechanical matter of allowing light to enter a box and engrave an image… now can involve complex electronics and computer chips. So camera and photographic equipment repairers need very specific knowledge and training. Career schools offer classes in subjects like computer or film technology. Manufacturers and retailers offer on-the-job training > view more

+ Cargo and Freight Agents Job Description
Businesses need orders filled and shipments moved as quickly as possible. Cargo and freight agents are the people who help make that happen. Whatever the size, route or nature of the shipment, these agents handle the details of getting cargo from place of origination…to destination swiftly and efficiently. Cargo and freight agents take orders from customers and arrange getting the freight to the loading platform > view more

+ Cashiers Job Description
Cashiers account for the sale of a store’s merchandise - an important responsibility in helping businesses run smoothly and efficiently. To be considered for this kind of job, a store manager must believe an applicant to be trustworthy, since cashiers are given tremendous faith in safeguarding a business’s money. Duties include weighing produce and bulk food, receiving money, totaling bills and returning any change, and filling out charge forms and giving receipts > view more

+ Coin, Vending, and Amusement Machine Servicers and Repairers
Our modern world would be far less convenient if we didn’t have the round the clock services of vending machines. Coin-operated machines dispense snacks, food and beverages. They make change and they entertain us. They’re stocked and kept clean by Vending Machine Servicers or Route Drivers, who travel from machine to machine. Drivers follow government regulations to protect food and beverages from contamination > 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

+ Cooks, Restaurant Job Description
Across the nation, over 700,000 restaurant cooks prepare literally millions of meals each day, most of them cooked to order. Since different foods require different preparation techniques and cooking times, filling the dinner order for just a party of four can be a major challenge. Yet that's the challenge restaurant cooks routinely meet and master many times over. Specific duties vary depending on the restaurant > 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

+ Court Clerks Job Description
Before a judge can bang the gavel to call a court to order…a court clerk organizes the whole procedure. It is up to the clerk to prepare a calendar of cases to be called in court, and to contact every person who will be needed to try the case. All the documents submitted for the case have to be pulled together and distributed. And the all-important procedures must be explained to those who will participate > view more

+ Court Reporters Job Description
When it is essential to have an exact legal record of what people said, the services of court reporters are needed. They are trained to quickly create a record of testimony, speeches, conversations, legal proceedings and other events. Court reporters even take down the words of our nation’s lawmakers in Congress. In courtrooms, the court reporter makes the only legal record of events. He or she might be called upon to read back testimony during the trial…and the court reporter’s work is cited during legal appeals > view more

+ Drafters Job Description
A drafter “draws” the plans that specify how something should be constructed. Engineers and architects may develop the grand design of a machine, building, or circuit board, but the drafter is the one who does the “heavy lifting” of filling in the specific details -— without which nothing could be built. The work of drafters is all around you. Your computer, your telephone, and your TV exist because a drafter at some company created a set of plans specifying how it should be built > view more

+ Electric Home Appliance and Power Tool Repairers Job Description
When an appliance in your household breaks down…you want someone to fix it in a hurry. That’s why Electric Home Appliance and Power Tool Repairers are a welcome sight. These service technicians are sometimes trained by a store or manufacturer to handle particular brands of appliances or tools. Bench technicians do repairs in repair shops, factories and service centers. Field technicians dispatched to homes and businesses > view more

+ Employment Interviewers, Private or Public Employment
Most employment interviewers work either for personnel staffing firms and employment agencies or for state job service centers. They may also be called “personnel consultants” or “human resource coordinators.” The challenge all employment interviewers face is matching people who are seeking jobs with employers who want to hire them. Employment interviewers must be able to both evaluate a job-seeker’s skills and know an employer’s needs > view more

+ Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters
Few careers leave so little room for error as that of an explosives worker. This is a job with conditions that are not only challenging, but often dangerous. Explosives workers, ordnance handling experts and blasters prepare and detonate explosives to move large amounts of earth or rock…or to demolish structures, such as buildings. They’re involved in every step of the blasting process, starting with a careful evaluation of the job and the materials needed to do it safely and effectively > view more

+ First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Retail Sales Workers
Competition among retail stores has never been fiercer. There are more stores than ever selling the identical products at identical prices, often within a few yards of each other. So where do people shop? Much of the time they pick the store with the most knowledgeable, helpful, and friendly sales people. Since retail sales worker supervisors and managers are directly responsible for a store's sales staff, that makes them very important employees indeed > 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

+ Industrial Production Managers Job Description
Production, planning, and expediting clerks keep manufacturing plants operating smoothly. They ensure the continuous flow of work and material within production schedules. They deal with inventory of raw materials or subassemblies and production quotas. They track output and expedite orders when necessary. In small firms, one person may do the job; larger companies may need more. Working under the supervision of industrial managers, these clerks can boost production efficiency > 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

+ Order Fillers, Wholesale and Retail Sales Job Description
Every time you order merchandise from a catalog, or fax a request for information, your contact with a company is handled by an order clerk. Orders for materials, merchandise or services can come from within an organization or from outside. However, most order clerks receive orders from other companies or individuals. The order clerk serves an important role, since he or she is often a customer’s only direct contact with the company > 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

+ Packers and Packagers, Hand Job Description
The modern industrial assembly line is a wonder to behold: bottles, boxes, jars, cans, and thousands of other products move by at a dizzying rate. But in many cases, they'd all wind up in a pile on the floor at the end of the line if it were not for hand packers and packagers. Some tasks simply cannot be automated. Therefore, many production lines still rely on human beings to visually inspect and manually pack or package their output > view more

+ Pharmacy Aides Job Description
A pharmacy is literally a lifeline for the community it serves. This is where people come to obtain the medicine and equipment their health care professionals have prescribed. While prescriptions must, by law, be filled by a licensed pharmacist, pharmacy aides keep the operation running smoothly. Applicants for these positions usually need a high school degree—and a record clean of drug or substance abuse > view more

+ Pharmacy Technicians Job Description
Pharmacists used to fill prescriptions by preparing and dispensing doctor-specified pills, creams, and liquids, by hand. Today, most medications are manufactured by drug companies and shipped in bulk to pharmacies. As a result, pharmacists are able to focus more on providing clinical services. But someone must still measure the doses, count out the pills, and type up instructions for the patient > 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

+ Railroad Yardmasters Job Description
Yardmasters are the traffic cops of the railroad yard. It’s their business to know everything that’s going and coming—and to make sure operations run smoothly. Working for a railroad, or an industrial plant, the yardmaster examines train schedules and switching orders. Then he or she gives instructions for when and where trains are assembled, or turned around. Situations may develop that call for decisive action and a solid understanding of rolling equipment—and the cargo, as well as thorough knowledge of switching, signals, and everything else associated with railroad safety and efficiency > view more

+ Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs Job Description
A/V: NARRATOR (VO): Any position in law enforcement is filled with daily challenges. But the job of sheriffs differs from other law-enforcement officials in that their jurisdiction is usually limited to a single county. And, unlike commissioners and chiefs of police, sheriffs are usually elected by popular vote. Sheriffs and their deputies are involved in a wide range of law enforcement activities within their jurisdiction —everything from issuing traffic tickets to conducting murder investigations > 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

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