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Gabriel Dillard

published on September 21, 2021 - 9:59 AM
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Are you familiar with this scenario?

You are at a party or networking event and someone asks what you do. You tell the person, but know a further explanation will be necessary. A moment into your description, you notice eyes starting to glaze over.

You are now that guy — the boring one with the job no one understands.

CenturyLink Business, online authorized sales agent of internet and phone provider CenturyLink, has released a list of the 10 most misunderstood jobs. They did this by reviewing job market websites to find jobs that either didn’t exist or were less common 5-15 years ago. From there, the team identified frequently mentioned job titles — specifically ones that had a lot of internet search activity for what they do.

The No. 1 most misunderstood job is also one of the most lucrative: actuary, with a median salary of $97,776. For the record, actuaries are risk managers, using math and statistics to estimate the financial impact of uncertainty and minimizing risk, according to

No. 2 was influencer, with a median salary of $83,683. That one is sure to generate just as much derision as confusion.

No. 3 is data scientist, with a median salary of $113,309. Your guess is as good as mine with that one.

Here is the whole list:

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