10 jobs that are impossible to explain to your parents

Woman sewing clothesFlickr/Sandy Chase. Licensed under Creative CommonsWhat exactly does a fashion designer do, anyway?

Many parents have no idea what their adult kids actually do every day. But they want to understand.

In LinkedIn’s 2016 global study, more than two thirds of the 16,529 parents surveyed admitted they aren’t very confident in knowing what their child does for a living

To help bridge the gap, here are 10 of the most misunderstood jobs according to LinkedIn’s survey, and how you could explain them to struggling parents.

14. Lumberjack

Parents who don't get it: 49%

They harvest timber from forests to provide the raw material for many consumer goods and industrial products.

13. Auditor

Parents who don't get it: 51%

They prepare and examine financial records.

12. Veterinarian

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Parents who don't get it: 51%

They care for the health of animals and work to improve public health.

11. General practitioner

Parents who don't get it: 52%

They are the physicians who diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases and injuries that commonly occur in the general population.

10. Fashion designer

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Parents who don't get it: 57%

They sketch original designs of clothing, accessories, or footwear, select the fabrics and patterns for each design, and provide instructions on how to produce your designs.

9. Software developer

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Parents who don't get it: 58%

They design and fix the technology that many people use every day, from phone apps to computer programs.

5. Sub editor

Parents who don't get it: 66%

They check the written text of newspapers, magazines or websites before it is published.

4. Social-media manager

Parents who don't get it: 67%

They use social-media platforms like Facebook and Twitter to communicate with the world on behalf of your company.

2. Actuary

Parents who don't get it: 73%

They use statistics to figure out how risky someone's past behaviour makes them and estimate the cost to insure them.

1. User-interface designer

Parents who don't get it: 80%

They help design the parts of a website or software application that people interact with, such as the button people click on to buy something.

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