How To Write Career Descriptions

A career description can take on a single page presentation of what to expect in it. You can describe a career as specific as an electrical engineering career or as broad as a medical career, in which case, you need to list the major specific job careers under it.  So what does it take to describe a career?

  • Start off with a short description of the expectation from the career in terms of function and value in society, where the career professionals are employed and the common perceptions about the career against what it truly is.
  • Make a short listing and description of each of the major job professions that make up the career.  A medical career, for instance, can have doctors, dentists, medical technologists, etc.
  • Optional: If there’s a common educational, training and licensing requirement of all, then this is mentioned.  For instance, taking on a career as a doctor has a common educational requirement despite the variety in specialization all of which require just a few more years in post graduate academics and internship.  On the other hand, describing the education background in a much broader heath care or medical career can be meaningless since you have about a 100 different jobs in this career.
  • Optional: A salary range can be described if there’s a commonality across the various professions in the career.  Otherwise, if there are wide disparities among the different specific jobs in a career, mention a salary range can be meaningless to the prospective job applicant.

Specific Career

The more specific the career is, the better to describe it. The description can include the same things for a broad career description but is easier, especially in mentioning the salary range and educational background.  But you can now include employment an career advancement opportunities and working conditions.