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Explain the factors that might affect an individual's choice of occupation.

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funkay | eNoter

Posted May 23, 2013 at 3:14 PM via web

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Explain the factors that might affect an individual's choice of occupation.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 23, 2013 at 3:28 PM (Answer #1)

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There are many factors that could have an impact on a person’s choice of career or occupation.   Not all people will give the same weight to each of these factors.   Some of the factors include:

  • Personal skills.  The abilities a person has will often help to determine what job they want because they will naturally want a job in which they can succeed.
  • Personal tastes.  People will often tend to try to enter occupations that sound interesting to them.  A person who does not like children, for example, might not want to try to become a teacher. 
  • Level of pay.  Some people care very much about how much money they can make in a given occupation.
  • Level of prestige.  Some people want jobs that will make others look up to them and respect them. 
  • Familial expectations.  Some people have parents and other family members who expect them to enter a certain occupation.  This can affect their choices.

All of these are factors that could have an impact on a person’s choice of occupation.   However, different people will attach different levels of importance to each of these factors.

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