What’s Your Baby Boomer Job?

By: Zoe Samuel
Estimated Completion Time
3 min
What’s Your Baby Boomer Job?
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About This Quiz

The Baby Boom generation is so named because they were born after WW II and the Great Depression, when the population suddenly shot up because people could afford kids again. Boomers did much to shape the 20th and 21st centuries. Sometimes called the Me Generation, they came of age in the mid- to late 1960s and through the 1970s, taking over many of the world's big jobs in the 1980s, and running the table in the 1990s. Their age bracket is anyone born from 1946 to 1964. Pew Research defines the following generation, Generation X, as being born between 1965 and 1980 (though the cutoff used to be 1976), and the one following that, Gen Y, as 1981 to 1996 (again, the start used to be 1977). The differences between the lives lived by these groups could not be more stark. While the Boomers and those who came before them could see middle class lives lived on the salaries of factory workers and door-to-door salesmen, many of those jobs disappeared thanks to technology and globalization.

Today, many jobs are simply a thing a computer does, or a thing no one does anymore because it isn't economically viable. Were you go go back in time though, which Boomer job would be your chance to enjoy 45 years of job security followed by a gold watch and a golden parachute? Take this quiz and find out!

How often do you work out?
Constantly
About an average amount
Never
A couple times a week

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Do you know all the cool bands?
No idea!
Some of them
All of them!
Most of them

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How steady are your hands?
Pretty darn steady
Like a rock
Average, I guess
Slightly above average

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Do you prefer to join a union?
I would if one were available!
Definitely - you have to unionize!
I don't know enough about it.
No, unions suck.

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What's the best drink?
A nice stiff drink in the evening
Coffee
Water
Soda

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Do you love driving?
I adore it!
It's fine!
I hate it.
I take the bus.

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How long a commute is OK?
Infinitely long
45 minutes
Up to an hour
30 minutes

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Do you need to be in a field that is fairly open to women?
Yes, that'd be great!
Nope!
Somewhat, yes.
It's essential to me.

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How important is job security to you?
Somewhat
Life and death
More than average
Not very

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Will you travel for work?
I'd love that!
I'll relocate but I won't travel often.
I would hate that.
Once in a while that'd be cool.

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Are you a people person?
Not really
Nope
Yes, very
Totally!

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How creative are you?
A smidge
Extremely
Very
Below average

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Would you move to LA?
No thanks.
Yes, please!
It's in my top three.
I guess, sure.

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Do you make a lot of mistakes at work?
Very rarely!
Almost never
Define "mistake"
None of consequence

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How much do you need to care about what you do in order to do it?
Not a big
A huge amount
Quite a lot
A very little

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Will your job fund you going to school ... to get the heck out of your job?
Probably not
Definitely not
No, I hate formal education
Yep!

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What hours do you want to work?
9-5
8 til late if the money is right!
12-8 for me!
Nights and weekends around school

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Who do you need to support on your salary?
Me and my boo
A family of four
Just me and my dog
Just me

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What uniform would suit you?
Overalls
Shirt and slacks
I hate uniforms
Something cute and polyester

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Can you walk in heels - all day?
I can't even stand in them!
I doubt it.
If I absolutely had to.
Sure!

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Are you technically savvy?
Yes, fairly
Yes, extremely
Somewhat
Nope

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Are you a good communicator?
No, I am terrible
In my field, sure
Yes, outstanding
Better than most

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Can you usually remember where you left something?
Generally, yes
Somewhat
Absolutely
Not really

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Do you mind working weekends?
I would hate that
I wouldn't mind if the pay were good
I prefer it actually
I'll do it if I must

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Would you be able to stand working for tips?
Commissions, yes, but tips, no.
I could never do that.
I'd prefer not.
Sure!

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Could you be in a windowless space all day?
No thanks!
Yes, I'd prefer that! I hate and fear the sun.
I'd prefer not.
I could deal as long as I get to go outside for breaks.

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Would you expect a proper pension?
Yes, that's the point of working so hard.
Yes, that's why we have unions.
It'd be cool, but no.
LOL, no.

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Do you want transferable skills so you can move into another industry?
Yes, that's preferable.
No, I want to be the best at something very specific.
Other than people skills, not really.
One or two, sure.

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How cool are you?
Not a bit
Only a little, by association
Incredibly cool
More than most!

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Do you have pretty eclectic interests?
No, I only like what I like.
Yes, actually - I read a lot.
Yes, totally!
Not really

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