What’s Your Baby Boomer Job?

EMPLOYMENT

Zoe Samuel

5 Min Quiz

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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?

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Do you know all the cool bands?

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How steady are your hands?

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Do you prefer to join a union?

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What's the best drink?

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Do you love driving?

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How long a commute is OK?

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Do you need to be in a field that is fairly open to women?

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How important is job security to you?

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Will you travel for work?

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Are you a people person?

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How creative are you?

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Would you move to LA?

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Do you make a lot of mistakes at work?

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How much do you need to care about what you do in order to do it?

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Will your job fund you going to school ... to get the heck out of your job?

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What hours do you want to work?

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Who do you need to support on your salary?

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What uniform would suit you?

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Can you walk in heels - all day?

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Are you technically savvy?

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Are you a good communicator?

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Can you usually remember where you left something?

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Do you mind working weekends?

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Would you be able to stand working for tips?

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Could you be in a windowless space all day?

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Would you expect a proper pension?

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Do you want transferable skills so you can move into another industry?

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How cool are you?

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Do you have pretty eclectic interests?

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