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Writing Ideas and Prompts


Julia H. West's Writing Ideas and Prompts

Random Contemporary Character Jobs or Occupations

Most people think of themselves in terms of their jobs. "I'm a veterinarian." "I'm a writer." Your characters probably do too. This is the list of contemporary jobs. If you need more than one job for your story (you probably will), just click the button and a new job will appear below. You might try the random fantasy/medieval and science fiction/future jobs pages as well. If you want to add to this list, please e-mail me at: julia at

Thanks to Steven Smith for corrections and additions, and to Carol Andrus for a very long list of additions!

Last updated 18 October 2021

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