The Careers for Characters Project

This is the cornerstone of my Careers for Characters project. 

Careers Already Highlighted
 Horse Breeding Farm
 Plastic Surgery Assistant

Do You Have Experience to Share?
You don't need to be an "expert" to participate, just someone with experience who is willing to share the kind of details that will keep writers from making blatant faux pas and help us add the kind of details that enrich the reading experience. As a contributor, you'll also get the opportunity to include a short bio with links back to your website or blog.

The list of Careers below is by no means all-inclusive. If you have or have had an unusual or interesting job and it's not on the list, please know I'm very interested. There are so many jobs out there that I've never even imagined that I know are incredibly fascinating and yours may be the perfect one for that lazy, lay-around bum my hero has turned into while I job hunt for him. If you think you have something to share that might be of interest, please leave a comment *** here *** with a way to contact you or you can email me at: suequint (at) (preferably with "JOB" in the subject line.)

Careers of Particular Interest
Any cruise ship worker  
*Coast Guard 
Dude ranch worker
*Horse Rescue Operation
*Hotel concierge 
*Las Vegas showgirl
Mortgage Broker 
*Offshore oil roughneck
River rafting guide 
*Smoke Jumper 
Spa worker
Tourist guide (any location)

Upcoming Features Planned 
Drive Test Examiner from DOL
Personal Trainer

Other Career & Avocation Resources
Border Patrol Agent
The Reaper's Line by Lee Morgan

Cattle Ranching
Portrait of a Burger as a Young Calf by Peter Lovenheim
The Secret Life of Cowboys by Tom Groneberg

Coast Guard
Brotherhood of the Fin by Gerald R. Hoover
Deadliest Sea by Kalee Thompson
Rescue Swimmers
So Others May Live by Martha J. LaGuardia-Kotite

Food Industry
Chocolate Taster
Ice Cream Taster
Kitchen Confidential by Antony Bourdain
Service Included by Phoebe Damrosch

Horse Racing
Blood Horses by John Jeremiah Sullivan

Hotel Concierge
Ultimate Service by Holly Stiel, Delta Collins

Poker Nation by Andy Bellin

Tips on Becoming a Psychologist

Rodeo Cowboys
Blacktop Cowboys by Ty Phillips
Chasing the Rodeo by W.K. Stratton
Fried Twinkies Buckle Bunnies & Bull Riders by Josh Peter
Gold Buckle Dreams by David G. Brown
Gold Buckle by Jeff Coplon
King of the Cowboys by Ty Murray, Steve Eubanks
Ring of Fire edited by Kendra Santos
Roughstock by Ty Murray, Kendra Santos

Secret Service Agent
The Secret Service by Phillip H. Melanson
Standing Next to History by Joseph Petro, Jeffrey Robinson
To Be a U.S. Secret Service Agent by Henry M. Holden

Smokejumpers & other firefighters
Fire by Sebastian Junger
Fire and Ashes by John N. Maclean
Fire in their Eyes by Karen Magnuson Bell
The Fire Inside edited by Steve Delsohn
Fire Line by Michael Thoele
The Fires of '88 by Ross W. Simpson
Jumping Fire by Murray A. Taylor
A Season of Fire by Douglas Gantenbein
Thirty Mile Fire by John N. Maclean
Wildfire by Alainor True
Year of the Fires by Stephen J. Pyne
Young Men and Fire by Norman Maclean

Treasure Hunters
Salvage at Sea

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