Wikipedia:WikiProject Occupations

Welcome to Wikiproject Occupations! This is an open WikiProject where anyone can participate at any time. There is no need to ask for permission before working on specific tasks, and there is no obligation to continue in the project afterwards. If you need ideas, please see our to-do list below.

"We Can Do It!

Examples of our work

  • Mathematician: Changing the article from its previous revision to its current incarnation by adding an infobox, a history section, and an activities section.
  • Poet: Changing the article from its previous revision to its current incarnation by adding an infobox, a history section, and an activities section.



Add your name if you are interested in this project, even if you don't have the time to regularly contribute.


  • The goal of this project is to improve coverage of occupations on Wikipedia, especially the broad articles such as engineer, scientist, artist, etc. Our main goals are to establish a uniform template that can be used and bring up the most important articles to a usable level (at least C or B).


  • This Wikiproject covers articles on professions, vocations, and careers.



There are several unique aspects which go into producing a quality article about an occupation. Below is a list of the typical content and questions which should be answered when constructing the article.

  • Infobox – {{infobox occupation}} (or a more specific template) is used to provide basic information to the reader.
  • Navigation – if there is a article series template for the field of work, it can also be included (add the occupation page to the template).
  • Lead section – The first sentence should be concise and unambiguous definition of the occupation, describing how it relates to its field of work. The rest of the lead should give a very brief summary of the rest of the article, including information about when the occupation began, major historical changes to the occupation, related/similar occupations, and modern activities of the occupation.
  • History section – What is the etymology of the occupation? When was it started? Who was the first? What where the major changes to the occupation? When were more specialized related occupations developed? Remember, this is a history of the occupation, not the field of work.
  • Education section – What schooling or training is necessary? How is the education different around the world? What institutions are preeminent? What are the statistics for graduation vs. final placement in the occupation? This section should be of use to people who want to learn what it takes to become this occupation.
    • The US Occupational Outlook Handbook [2] can be used to identify the typical US educational programs. It will also let you compare education requirements for related/similar occupations, e.g., if one occupation requires a training program and a similar one is usually taught via on-the-job training.
  • Activities section – What tasks or responsibilities are part of the occupation, especially as relates to modern usage? What titles are used? How does this occupation interrelate with others? How is the occupation different around the world?
  • Demography section – How many working in this occupation are there? Is there a difference between countries? If you include income information, be sure to identify the location (e.g., the US) and the date (e.g., 2019).
  • Awards section – How are preeminent members of this occupation recognized by their peers? By outside bodies?

Things to avoid:

  • "Notable persons" sections should not be used. This kind of who's-who list is often subjective, doesn't inform readers about the occupation itself, and distracts from the overall narrative. Notable members of the occupation should instead be mentioned in context within the History or other sections in a natural way. A link to a "List of <x>s" article can be included in the See also section.

Article assessment


As of 11/19/2014, very few articles have been added to the project or rated. Completing the ratings is an important first goal for the project. Wikipedia:Version 1.0 Editorial Team/Occupations articles by quality statistics

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Categories for discussion

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Articles to be merged

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Open tasks

  • Add project banner and assess articles. Picking a subcategory of Category:Occupations and working through it should get you started.
  • Add Occupations infobox template (or similar template) to most articles (avoid when it detracts from the article).
  • Improve top and high importance articles.





New articles


Please feel free to list your new Occupations-related articles here (newer articles at the top, please). Any new articles that have an interesting or unusual fact in them, are at least over 1,500 characters, don't have any dispute templates on them, and cite their sources, should be suggested for the Did you know? box on the Wikipedia Main Page.

Review and assessment



Wikipedia:WikiProject Occupations/Assessment

Peer review

Peer review




To display all subcategories click on the "►":
Occupations(15 C, 48 P)
Occupations by type(43 C, 1 P)
Lists of occupations(1 C, 21 P)
Fictional occupations(5 C, 7 P)
Positions of authority(24 C, 173 P)
Green jobs(4 P)
Informal occupations(3 C, 24 P)
Obsolete occupations(27 C, 183 P)
Shipbrokers(3 P)
Occupational surnames(3 C, 1,411 P)
Occupation stubs(4 C, 271 P)