This file includes Occupation ABC List, Occupations, Accountants, Anthropologists, Architects, Geologists, Plumbers, Realtors, Sales, Scientists, and songs about business and occupations.
Also see Business Humor, Money and Finance, History of Labor Day, and the Work section.
- 9 to 5
- 40-hour Week
- Bringing Home the Bacon
- Business as Usual
- Cubical, Sweet Cubical
- Forty Hour Week for a Livin'
- God Bless the Working Man
- It's My Job
- Many Hands Make Light Work
- Men at Work
- Nine to Five
- Quittin' Time
- Rat Race
- Takin' Care of Business
- That's My Job
- The Way We Work
- Whistle While You Work
- A Woman's Work is Never Done
- Working Girl
- Working Hard or Hardly Working?
- Working Stiffs
- Working-Class Hero
- Asking 'who ought to be the boss' is like asking 'who ought to be the tenor in the quartet?' Obviously, the man who can sing tenor.
- AT&T fired President John Walter after nine months, saying he lacked 'intellectual leadership'. He received a $26 million severance package. Perhaps it's not Walter who's lacking intelligence.
- The biggest mistake you can make is to believe that you are working for someone else.
- Business should be fun. Without fun, people are left wearing emotional raincoats most of their working lives. Building fun into business is vital; it brings life into our daily being...we should not relegate it to something we buy after work with money we earn.
- Don't learn the tricks of the trade. Learn the trade.
- Find a job you like and you add five days to every week. (H. Jackson Browne)
- Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it. (Katherine Whitehorn)
- A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit.
- The highest reward for a persons' toil is not what she gets for it,
but rather what she becomes by it.
- I have come to the conclusion that almost no one on earth is lazy. The truth is that the man you call lazy just doesn't want to do your kind of work; he wants to do his kind. (Bertha Damon)
- If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea. (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
- Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling five balls in the air. You name them--work, family, health, friends and spirit, and you're keeping all of these in the air. You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls--family, health, friends and spirit are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged, or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for balance in your life. (Brian Dyson - Coca Cola CEO)
- Individual commitment to a group effort--that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work. (Vince Lombardi)
- It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it. (Upton Sinclair)
- It is not the employer who pays the wages. Employers only handle the money. It is the customer who pays the wages.
- A job is what we do for money; work is what we do for love. (Quinn, Marysarah)
- Leadership is a process, a set of attributes that stems not so much from the ability to wield formal authority or to assert power, but the ability to get people to listen and follow. (Robert B. Reich)
- The man who is waiting for something to turn up might start on his shirt sleeves. (Garth Henrichs)
- Many people would not dream of stealing from the wallet of a friend
but think nothing of returning a half-empty day to an employer.
- Nothing is work unless you'd rather be doing something else. (George Halas)
- Opportunities always look bigger going than coming.
- Opportunities are never lost, someone will take the ones you miss.
- Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don't recognize them.
- Over-seriousness is a warning sign for mediocrity and bureaucratic thinking. People who are seriously committed to mastery and high performance are secure enough to lighten up.
- Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business is only to be sustained by perpetual neglect of many other things. (Robert Louis Stevenson)
- Remember the difference between a boss and a leader; a boss says "Go!"--a leader says "Let's go!" (E.M. Kelly)
- Some people are so busy making a living they don't have time to make a life.
- Stop a moment, cease your work, and look around you. (Thomas Carlyle)
- There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes. (William J. Bennett)
- Those who produce should have, but we know that those who produce the most--that is, those who work hardest, and at the most difficult and most menial tasks, have the least. (Eugene V. Debs)
- To feel valued, to know, even if only once in a while, that you can do a job well is an absolutely marvelous feeling. (Barbara Walters)
- Wise are those who learn that the bottom line doesn't always have to be their top priority. (William Arthur Ward)
- When people go to work, they shouldn't have to leave their hearts at home. (Betty Bender)
- When the deepest part of you becomes engaged in what you are doing, when what you are doing serves both yourself and others, when you do not tire within, but seek the sweetest satisfaction of your life and work, then you know that you are doing what you are meant to be doing. (Gary Zukov)
- When you hire people that are smarter than you are, you prove you are smarter than they are. (R. H. Grant)
- When your work speaks for itself, don't interrupt. (Henry J. Kaiser)
- You should not confuse your career with your life.
A Boss or a Leader
(Russell H. Ewing)
A boss creates fear, a leader confidence.
A boss fixes blame, a leader corrects mistakes.
A boss knows all, a leader asks questions.
A boss makes work drudgery, a leader makes it interesting.
A boss is interested in himself or herself, a leader is interested in the group.
The key to success is doing;
The key to happiness is to have done it.
Thank you for your time, talent and dedication to our (project, company, etc.)
There are many places to find clipart that you can copy or scan and use like die-cuts. Look at trade publications, newsletters, manuals, etc. that have to do with the occupation.
Also programs from conventions, the yellow pages, newspaper ads, coloring books, etc. Make color copies of things like badges and patches. It is my understanding that as long as you are using the things in your personal albums copyrights should not be a problem.
Occupation Page Ideas
Look at other layouts with an open mind. A travel layout with a road made using the wavy rule could be used for truck drivers, bus drivers, etc. A piano keyboard layout for a recital could be used for musicians. Many vacation ideas would work for pilots, travel agents, etc.
Shame on People Who Have to Work
(Jan Roe - 1979)
(note--the city is considering requiring persons who are able to work, but do not hold jobs, to pick up litter in return for receiving food stamps . . . but critics of the plan insist it is demeaning to the participants)
I've suffered my humiliation in silence long enough. It's time I spoke out.
I have decided it is demeaning for me to have to work for a living.
Why should I, and other middle-class Americans, be persecuted simply because fate has kept us from becoming rich? It's embarrassing enough to need money. It's worse to have to work for it.
I didn't choose to be middle-class, you know. I was born that way. And now everyone sees me slaving away to earn my living . . . and they know I'm not independently wealthy. I feel ashamed.
Sure, I'd like to be a big $100,000-a-year executive. I could run General Motors . . . if I just had the training, the opportunity and the government support. I could probably run Chrysler Corp. too . . . but I have my pride.
Like the majority of middle-class Americans, I'd be willing to work at an honorable job that provided me dignity and self-respect. But society has no right to expect me to work at a job that is not glamorous and exciting and dignified . . . just to make money.
Can you imagine how it feels to know people are saying about you: "He has to work for a living."
I'm warning you that--if you continue to make me work--you'll strip me of any shred of self-respect I may yet possess. And if, in desperation, I turn to a life of crime, the fault will be yours, not mine.
And here's one last warning . . .
If you're not careful, you will establish a dangerous precedent.
The concept that one must work to earn one's money could possibly catch on in this country. And it could spread until, one day, every able-bodied person would be expected to work for a living.
Sounds downright un-American, doesn't it?
accountant, actor, actuary, acupuncturist, administrative assistant, administrator, aeronautical engineer, agriculture sales, Air Force, air traffic controller, aircraft maintenance engineer, aircraft mechanic, airline pilot, ambulance driver, anthropologist, appraiser, archaeologist, architect, archivist, armed forces, Army, artist, astronaut, astronomer, athlete, attorney, audiologist, auditor, author, auto body repair, auto mechanic
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- Accountant: anyone who can add the same column of figures five times in a row and come up with five different tax deductions.
- Accountants are top dollar!
- An accountant is a well-balanced person!
- Accountant's Maxim: When you make a mistake of adding the date to the right side of the accounting statement, you must add it to the left side as well.
- Accountants work their assets off!
- C.P.A. - Certified Pain in the A**!
- Economists are people who work with numbers but don't have the personality to be accountants.
- I'm an accountant...not a magician!
- Old accountants never die, they just depreciate.
- Old accountants never die, they just lose their balance.
- Old accountants never die, they just lose their figures.
- What do accountants suffer from that ordinary people don't?
- What's the definition of a good tax accountant?
Someone who has a loophole named after him.
- You can count on an accountant.
What is Two and Two?
A business man was interviewing applicants for the position of divisional manager. He devised a test to select the most suitable person for the job. He asked each applicant, "What is two and two?"
The first interviewee was a journalist. His answer was "Twenty-two."
The second applicant was an engineer. He pulled out a slide rule and showed the answer to be between 3.999 and 4.001.
The next person was a lawyer. He stated that in the case of Jenkins v Brown, two and two was proven to be four.
The last applicant was an accountant. The business man asked him, "How much is two and two?" The accountant got up from his chair, went over to the door and closed it then came back and sat down. He leaned across the desk and said in a low voice . . . "How much do you want it to be?"
He got the job.
- Anthropologists are a connecting link between poets and scientists; though their field-work among primitive peoples has often made them forget the language of science. (Robert Graves)
- Anthropology is the most humanistic of the sciences and the most scientific of the humanities. (Alfred L. Kroeber)
- Anthropology is the only discipline that can access evidence about the entire human experience on this planet. (Michael Brian Schiffer)
- Anthropology is the science which tells us that people are the same the whole world over--except when they are different. (Nancy Banks-Smith)
- The historical development of the work of anthropologists seems to single out clearly a domain of knowledge that heretofore has not been treated by any other science. (Franz Boas)
- I am perhaps more proud of having helped to redeem the character of the cave-man than of any other single achievement of mine in the field of anthropology. (Henry Fairfield Osborn)
- Old anthropologists never die, they just become history.
- The purpose of anthropology is to make the world safe for human differences. (Ruth Benedict)
- All architects want to live beyond their deaths. (Philip Johnson)
- Architects in the past have tended to concentrate their attention on the building as a static object. I believe dynamics are more important: the dynamics of people, their interaction with spaces and environmental condition. (John Portman)
- A doctor can bury his mistakes but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines. (Frank Lloyd Wright)
- The great thing about being an architect is you can walk into your dreams. (Harold E. Wagoner)
- My passion and great enjoyment for architecture, and the reason the older I get the more I enjoy it, is because I believe we--architects--can effect the quality of life of the people. (Richard Rogers)
- Old architects never die, they just lose their structure.
- There's this very vulnerable planet of ours with finite resources. Architects and designers have, I think, a fair responsibility for conserving energy and materials, and making things durable. (Robin Day)
- Civilization exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice. (Will Durant)
- Geologists are amazing. They know hundreds of words for different sorts of dirt and hundreds of words for things it does when left alone for a few million years. (Thomas Kettenring)
- Geologists are caught between a rock and a hard place.
- Geologists are fault finders.
- Geologists have sedimentary value.
- Geologists have their faults.
- Geologists rock your world.
- Geology gives us a key to the patience of God. (Josiah Gilbert Holland)
- It was during my enchanted days of travel that the idea came to me, which, through the years, has come into my thoughts again and again and always happily--the idea that geology is the music of the earth. (Hans Cloos)
- Never lend a geologist money. They consider a million years ago to be Recent.
- The world is the geologist's great puzzle-box; he stands before it like the child to whom the separate pieces of his puzzle remain a mystery till he detects their relation and sees where they fit, and then his fragments grow at once into a connected picture beneath his hand. (Louis Agassiz)
- We learn geology the morning after the earthquake. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
You Might be a Geologist if...
- The baggage handlers at the airport know you by name and refuse to help with your luggage.
- You can pronounce the word 'molybdenite' correctly on the first try.
- You consider a 'recent event' to be anything that has happened in the last hundred thousand years.
- You don't think of 'cleavage' the same way everyone else does.
- You find yourself compelled to examine individual rocks in driveway gravel.
- You have ever been on a field trip that included scheduled stops at gravel pits.
- You have ever found yourself trying to explain to airport security that a rock hammer isn't really a weapon.
- You have ever had to respond "yes" to the question, "What have you got in here, rocks?"
- You have ever taken a 12-passenger van over 'roads' that were really intended only for cattle.
- You own more pieces of quartz than underwear.
- You plan on using a pick and shovel while you're on vacation.
- You think the primary function of road cuts is to attract tourists.
- You will walk across eight lanes of freeway traffic to see if the outcrop on the other side of the highway is the same type of rock as the side you're parked on.
- Your photos include people only for scale and you have more pictures of your rock hammer and lens cap than of your family.
- Your rock collection weighs more than you do.
- Your rock garden is located inside your house.
- You were the only member of the group who spent their time looking at cathedral walls through a pocket magnifier during your trip to Europe.
- Anybody who has any doubt about the ingenuity or the resourcefulness of a plumber never got a bill from one. (George Meany)
- If I had my life to live over again, I'd be a plumber. (Albert Einstein)
- In Cleveland there is legislation moving forward to ban people from wearing pants that fit too low. However, there is lots of opposition from the plumber' union. (Conan O'Brien)
- Old plumbers never die, they just go down the drain.
- Old sewage workers never die, they just waste away.
- A plumber is an adventurer who traces leaky pipes to their source. (Arthur Baer)
- Plumbers go with the flow.
- Plumbers have the best connections.
- Sign on a plumber's truck: We repair what your husband fixed.
- There's no greater bliss in life than when the plumber eventually comes to unblock your drains. No writer can give that sort of pleasure. (Victoria Glendinning)
- I have to have a raise in my commission," the realtor said to his manager. "There are three other companies after me."
"Is that so?" asked the manager. "What other companies are after you?"
"The electric company, the telephone company, and the gas company."
- My buyers want a new home on the outskirts--of their income, that is.
- Old real estate agents never die, they just grow listless.
- A real estate agent was the first person to make a mountain out of a molehill.
- Real estate agents are like elephants, they never forget.
- Real estate agents start by telling you what excellent taste you have and how beautifully you have decorated your home. Then they tell you to take those wonderful decorative items and pack them all away somewhere.
- Realtor to first time home-buyer: First you folks tell me what you can afford, then we'll have a good laugh and go from there.
- Realtors have 'lots' to be thankful for.
A Good Sign
A realtor was upset when he saw another real estate business had opened up next to him and put up a sign that said "best agents". He was even more upset the next week when yet another real estate business opened on the other side of him and put up a sign that said "lowest commissions". The third week he topped them both by putting up a sign that said "main entrance".
- Confidence and enthusiasm are the greatest sales producers in any kind of economy. (O.B. Smith)
- For every sale you miss because you're too enthusiastic, you will miss a hundred because you're not enthusiastic enough. (Zig Ziglar)
- In sales there are going to be times when you canít make everyone happy. Donít expect to and you wonít be disappointed. Just do your best for each client in each situation as it arises. Then, learn from each situation how to do it better the next time. (Tom Hopkins)
- Old salesmen never die, they just go out of commission.
- Sales are contingent upon the attitude of the salesman--not the attitude of the prospect. (W. Clement Stone)
- A salesman minus enthusiasm is just a clerk. (Harry F. Banks)
- A salesman must have flexible goals. You may say, 'I want to sell 10 accounts this week,' and you sell five. You're ready to die. But, you tell yourself, 'Five isn't too bad. You know, next week maybe I'll sell 10.' (Curtis Carlson)
- Sign on reception room desk: We shoot every third salesman, and the second one just left.
- There are worse things in life than death. Have you ever spent an evening with an insurance salesman? (Woody Allen)
Songs about Sales
- Ace Insurance Man - Bobbie Gentry (1969)
- Life Of A Salesman - Yellowcard (2003)
- O.K. Wheeler, the Used-Car Dealer - Freddy Cannon (1964)
- Salesman Of The Year - Wills & The Willing (2006)
- Shoe Salesman - Alice Cooper (2005)
- Traveling Salesman Blues - Walty (2006)
- The Very Busy Salesman - FOG (2005)
- Old chemists never die, they just fail to react.
- As this body of knowledge has evolved, a much more critical job for researchers and scientists has evolved into explaining and educating policy makers and the public to the risks of global warming and the possible consequences of action or of no action. (John Olver)
- At a time when science plays such a powerful role in the life of society, when the destiny of the whole of mankind may hinge on the results of scientific research, it is incumbent on all scientists to be fully conscious of that role, and conduct themselves accordingly. (Joseph Rotblat)
- A good scientist is a person in whom the childhood quality of perennial curiosity lingers on. Once he gets an answer, he has other questions. (Frederick Seitz)
- I am optimistic globally. So many scientists are working frantically on the reparation of our planet. (Steve Irwin)
- A lot of high-level scientists are in fact people of almost universal interest. (Jonathan Miller)
- The most wonderful discovery made by scientists is science itself. (Jacob Bronowski)
- A scientist is in a sense a learned small boy. There is something of the scientist in every small boy. Others must outgrow it. Scientists can stay that way all their lives. (George Wald)
- Scientists are peeping toms at the keyhole of eternity. (Arthur Koestler)
- Scientists keep a close 'ion' their equipment.
- Blacksmiths forge ahead.
- A consultant is someone who takes the watch off your wrist and tells you the time.
- Old cashiers never die, they just check out.
- Old janitors never die, they just kick the bucket.
- I fired my masseuse today. She rubbed me the wrong way.
- When sign makers go on strike, is anything written on their signs?
- Old steel makers never die, they just lose their temper.
- Old watchmakers never die, they just wind down.
- A train engineer has a one track mind.
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Songs about building, businesses, busy, business, guarantee, mining, specific occupations, Walmart, and work.
- Big Buildin' - Wink Martindale (1964)
- Boats to Build - Guy Clark (1992)
- Build a Computer - Hanner (2004)
- Building a Bridge - Claude King (1963)
- Building Bridges - Brooks and Dunn (2006)
- Built for Comfort - Howlin' Wolf (1963)
- Built to Last - Heartland (2007)
- Gonna Build a Big Fence Around Texas - Gene Autry (1945)
- Gonna Build a Mountain - Julius La Rosa (1964)
- House That Jack Built, The - Aretha Franklin (1968)
- Proud of the House We Built - Brooks and Dunn (2007)
- We Built This City - Starship (1985)
- Aunt Annie's Quilt Shop - The Gackle-Trucker Band (2010)
- Barber Shop Boogie, The - Tommy Sosebee (1954)
- Bargain Store, The - Dolly Parton (1975)
- Billy Broke My Heart at Walgreens - Ruby Wright (1964)
- Candy Store Blues - Dodie Stevens (1960)
- Corner Grocery Store - Raffi (1978)
- Corner Laundromat - Johnny Dowd (2006)
- Dairy Queen - Norman Greenbaum (1973)
- Discount Store - Dan Bryk (2009)
- Down at the Pawn Shop - Anita Carter and Hank Snow (1967)
- Drugstore Rock 'n' Roll - Janis Martin (1956)
- Dry Cleaner From Des Moines - Joni Mitchell (1979)
- Elm Street Pawn Shop - Freddie Hart (1966)
- From the Candy Store on the Corner to the Chapel on the Hill - Bennett (1956)
- General Store - Andy Vine (2007)
- Get it at the General Store - Archie Campbell (1971)
- Girl at the Videogame Store - Parry Gripp (2009)
- Girl in the Candy Store - The Reflections (1965)
- Grocery Store - Goldspot (2009)
- Hardware Store - Weird Al Yankovic (2003)
- I Found a Million-Dollar Baby in a 5 & 10-Cent Store - Intrigue (2000)
- In a Little Second-Hand Store - Lawrence Welk (1992)
- Johnston's Grocery Store - Lost and Found (2001)
- Lady From the Beauty Shop - Joe Cook (2003)
- Love at the Five & Dime - Kathy Mattea (1986)
- Massage Parlor Blues - Matt Lucas (1979)
- Old Malt Shop, The - Ronnie Haig (1961)
- Pawnshops Ain't No Place for a Wedding Ring - Whiskeytown (1997)
- Red Shoes By the Drugstore - Tom Waits (1978)
- Second-Hand Store - Richard March (2007)
- Shopping Center - Bobby Lord (1963)
- Shopping Mall - Simon Astley (2009)
- Speedy's Auto Repair - Two Banks of Four (2000)
- Stores Are Full of Roses, The - Jack Grayson (1980)
- Sweet Shoppe Sweetheart - Molly Bee (1956)
- Take Her to the Music Store - From Autumn to Ashes (2008)
- There's a Pawnshop on the Corner in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Mitch Miller (1952)
- Toy Shop in the Town - Sally Starr (1958)
- Toyshop Ballet - Mantovani and His Orchestra (1956)
- Workin' at the Car Wash Blues - Jerry Reed (1980)
- Y.M.C.A. - Village People (1978)
- Back Before Walmart - James Gordon (2000)
- Banned From Wal-Mart - Taylor Made (2010)
- Hangin' Out At Walmart - Ned Van Go (2002)
- Hark! the Walmart Banners Say - Seattle Labor Chorus (2008)
- I Found My Gal At the Super Wal-Mart Store - Bj Dowdy (2002)
- I Hate Wal-Mart - Dave Lippman (2004)
- I Saw Elvis At Wal-Mart - Billy Walker (2009)
- Prettiest Girl in Wal-Mart - Roy Jay (2009)
- Tailgate Party in The Walmart Parking Lot - Wayne Harvey (2008)
- Wal-Mart Blues - Joni Laurence (2006)
- Wal-Mart Bound - Bj Dowdy (2002)
- Wal-mart Flowers - Thom Shepherd (2008)
- Wal-Mart Girl - Lawrence J. Clark (2001)
- Wal-Mart Moment - George Farmer (2010)
- Wal-Mart Parking Lot - Chris Cagle (2006)
- Wal-Mart Parking Lot Social Club - Pat Montes (1999)
- Wal-Mart Song - David Stephens (2002)
- Walmart Sweeties - Robert Lynn Brown (2011)
- We Don't Need a WalMart - Carla Ulbrich (2009)
- Welcome to Wal-Mart - The Jongleurs (2002)
- When Wal-Mart Opens... - Tim Koukos (2010)
Songs about Being Busy
- Busy as a Beaver - George Leduc (2008)
- Busy Being Fabulous - Eagles (2008)
- Busy Man - Billy Ray Cyrus (1998)
- He's Too Busy Working to Cheat on Me - Rebecca Lynn (1976)
- Little Girl You've Had a Busy Day - Bobby Rydell (1964)
- Too Busy Being in Love - Doug Stone (1993)
- Too Busy Thinking about My Baby - Marvin Gaye (1969)
- Dying Business, A - Chad Mitchell Trio (1964)
- I'll Make a Change in Business - Lonnie Glosson and His Band (1947)
- Mr. Businessman - Ray Stevens (1968)
- Open for Business As Usual - Jack Jones (1967)
- Takin' Care of Business - Bachman-Turner Overdrive (1974)
- Guarantee for a Lifetime - Mary Wells (1964)
- Lifetime Guarantee - Michael Johnson (1983)
- Money Back Guarantee - The Neville Brothers and Jimmy Buffett (1983)
- Satisfaction Guaranteed or Take Your Love Back - Harold Melvin (1974)
- Written Guarantee - The Owen Bradley Quintet (1950)
- Canary in a Coalmine - The Police (1980)
- Coal Dust Blues - The Lonesome Pine Fiddlers (1962)
- Coal Mine Canary - Clint Niosi (2008)
- Coal Miner's Daughter - Sissy Spacek (1980)
- Goldmine - George Fox (1989)
- Hemphill Kentucky Consolidated Coal Mine - Henson Cargill (1969)
- Last Day in the Mines - Dave Dudley (1963)
- Miner, The - Howard Vokes (1963)
- Miner's Lady - J.D. Crowe and the New South (1986)
- New York Mining Disaster 1941 - The Bee Gees (1967)
- She Got the Goldmine, I Got the Shaft - Jerry Reed (1982)
- Working in the Coal Mine - Allen Toussaint (1971)
Songs about Specific Occupations
- Bank Teller Song - Me First (1999)
- Bulldozer Blues - Sonny Wilson (1952)
- Charleston Cotton Mill - Marty Haggard (1981)
- Dying Business, A - Chad Mitchell Trio (1964)
- Fireworks Factory - Johnny Dowd (2006)
- Grocery Clerk Blues - American Wicker (2007)
- Grocery Store Clerk - Mike Vitale (2006)
- If I Were a Carpenter - Johnny Cash and June Carter (1970)
- Jack of All Trades - Jerry Abbott (1978)
- Lumberjack - Hal Willis (1964)
- Mid-American Manufacturing Tycoon - Bobby Russell (1973)
- Off-Shore Drilling Rig - Slim Willet (1959)
- Peter, the Meter Reader - Meri Wilson (1981)
- Rosie the Riveter - Eve Goldberg (2003)
- Sawmill - Mel Tillis (1973)
- Tool-Pusher - Slim Willet (1950)
- Tool-Pusher on a Rotary Rig - Ramblin' Jimmie Dolan (1954)
Songs about Labor Day
- Day After Labor Day, The - Jim Thielen (2003)
- Ella's Labor Day Blues - Ken Bonfield (2005)
- Happy Labor Day - The Spoiled Chefs (2005)
- Labor Day - John McCutcheon (1998)
- Labor Day Blues - Jay Nash (2006)
- Labor Day (It's a Holiday) - Black-Eyed Peas (2004)
- Rainy Labor Day - Jared Campbell (2003)
Songs about Work
- 9 to 5 (Morning Train) - Sheena Easton (1981)
- Bossy Boss - Gene Simmons (1966)
- Bringing Home the Bacon - Porter Wagoner (1953)
- Call My Job - Detroit Junior (1965)
- Cowboy's Work is Never Done, A - Sonny and Cher (1972)
- Dirty Work - Sterling Whipple (1978)
- Eight-Hour Day - Pete Seeger (1957)
- Everybody's on Strike - Vik Venus (1969)
- Factory, The - Kenny Rogers and Dottie West (1988)
- Five O'Clock World - The Vogues (1965)
- Forty Hour Week for a Livin' - Alabama (1985)
- Full-Time Job, A - Eddy Arnold (1952)
- Get a Job - The Silhouettes (1958)
- Go to Work on Monday - Johnny Collins (1993)
- God Bless the Working Man - Merle Kilgore (1971)
- Graveyard Shift - Uncle Tupelo (1990)
- Hands of a Working Man - Ty Herndon (1999)
- Hard-Hat Days and Honky-Tonk Nights - Red Steagall (1980)
- Hard-Workin' Man - Brooks and Dunn (1993)
- He's Too Busy Working to Cheat on Me - Rebecca Lynn (1976)
- Heaven Help the Working Girl - Norma Jean (1967)
- High Cost, Low Pay Blues - Ivory Joe Hunter (1947)
- I Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow - Janette Carter (1972)
- I Wish I Had a Job to Shove - Geezinslaw Brothers (1993)
- I'll Make a Change in Business - Lonnie Glosson Band (1947)
- I'll Never Work There Anymore - Spike Jones (1952)
- It's My Job - Jimmy Buffett (1980)
- Keep the Customers Satisfied - Gary Puckett (1971)
- Let's Work Together - Canned Heat (1970)
- Mr. Businessman - Ray Stevens (1968)
- National Working Woman's Holiday - Sammy Kershaw (1994)
- Nice Work if You Can Get it - Charlie Byrd Trio (1960)
- Night Shift - The Commodores (1985)
- Nine to Five - Dolly Parton (1981)
- Occupational Hazard - Oseo (2007)
- On the Job Too Long - Billy Grammer (1959)
- Open for Business As Usual - Jack Jones (1967)
- Out of Work - Gary 'U. S.' Bonds (1982)
- Part-Time Job - Mark Valentino (1963)
- Pay Day - Guy Davis (2004)
- Paying the Cost to Be the Boss - B.B. King (1968)
- Quittin' Time - Mary Chapin Carpenter (1990)
- Shh, I'm Working - Lorenzo Gallini (2008)
- Swing-Shift Swing - The Count Basie Orchestra (1944)
- Take This Job and Shove it - Johnny Paycheck (1978)
- Takin' Care of Business - Bachman-Turner Overdrive (1974)
- That's My Job - Conway Twitty (1987)
- Too Lazy to Work, Too Nervous to Steal - BR5-49 (2001)
- Unemployed - Steve Goodman (1998)
- Woman's Work is Never Done - Archie Campbell (1961)
- Work in Progress - Alan Jackson (2002)
- Work Song - Corbin Hanner (1990)
- Workin' at the Car Wash Blues - Jerry Reed (1980)
- Workin' for the Man - Roy Orbison (1962)
- Workin' for the Weekend - Ken Mellons (1995)
- Workin' Man Blues - Jed Zeppelin (1995)
- Working Girl Blues - Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard (1976)
- Working Man - John Conlee (1984)
- Working Man Blues - Sleepy John Estes (1956)
- Working Man (Nowhere to Go) - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (1988)
- Working Man's PhD - Aaron Tippin (1993)
- Working Man's Prayer, A - Arthur Prysock (1968)
- Working on a Road - The Country Gentlemen (1991)
- Working on the Road - 6 O'Clock News (1969)
- Working Poor - David Francey (2000)
- Working Without a Net - Waylon Jennings (1986)
- Working Woman - Rob Crosby (1992)
- Working-Class Hero - Green Day (2007)