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Top 10 most misunderstood job titles, according to LinkedIn

(BUSINESS NEWS) LinkedIn reveals the 10 most misunderstood job titles because your parents probably don’t understand what you do for a living.

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Jobs they are a-changin’

As the world evolves, the job market often changes with it. As a result, the meanings behind certain careers may sometimes be misunderstood by the public.

The same is true for jobs that have been around for quite some time as well. There have always been those jobs that we’ve heard tell of, and just pretend we know the description, when we’re actually at a loss.

LinkedIn’s research

LinkedIn recently released the current 10 Most Misunderstood Jobs. The results were found via a global study given by LinkedIn and Censuswide, studying 16,529 parents between the dates of October 4 – 17 of this year.

The 10 misunderstood jobs are:

  1.     UI designer (80%)
  2.     Actuary (73%)
  3.     Data scientist (72%)
  4.     Social media manager (67%)
  5.     Sub editor (66%)
  6.     Radio producer (62%)
  7.     Sociologist (60%)
  8.     Investment banker (59%)
  9.     Software developer (58%)
  10.   Fashion designer (57%)

Participant’s revelations

Participants were from the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, France, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Brazil, Ireland, Netherlands, Italy, and India. The study focused on the relationship between career professionals and their parents.

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And more than one in three American parents shared that they feel their child is on track to be more professionally successful than they were.

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Strengthening relationship with advice

With this, 65 percent of Americans feel that their parents probably hold unshared knowledge or advice that could help further their career. And, one in five parents reported that they feel they would have a difficult time if they were tasked to do their child’s job.

This is not the first time that LinkedIn has conducted such a study, and they have implemented Bring In Your Parents Day, where businesses can sign up for a program allowing their employees to bring in their parents. On this day every year (November 4th,) parents will get an inside look of what their child does for a living.

This is beneficial for all parties, as employees feel appreciated by their employer and are likely to be more productive. And, more importantly, the relationship between child and parent has the potential to be strengthened because there will be more of a professional understanding.


Staff Writer, Taylor Leddin is a publicist and freelance writer for a number of national outlets. She was featured on Thrive Global as a successful woman in journalism, and is the editor-in-chief of The Tidbit. Taylor resides in Chicago and has a Bachelor in Communication Studies from Illinois State University.

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