Where to Start When Deducing Careers [65] ramblings of a deductionist

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Topics of Discussion:

Types of Careers

Where to Start your Deductions



Types of Careers

In order to be able to look at someone and tell their relative career you first need to know about careers. Now, I could sit here and write out every career plus an overview of each for you but I honestly don’t think I have the patience for that. Plus, why would I do that when someone has already done it for you?

Here are some links to career types:



These two links cover different careers and give a brief description of each. Use memory techniques, make a knowledge base. Once you have the basic information you can expand your knowledge of specific careers by googling or reading about them and add that to your knowledge for better accuracy.


Where to Start your Deductions

So… How do you look at someone and figure out their career?

It is a simple process to narrow down what type of career a person has, then you just have to take in contextual clues for specifics. However, most of the time you will only get to narrow it down and not get a specific career.

Firstly, take in what the person is wearing. Some careers are obvious because of uniforms or name tags. Keep note of the different types of uniforms that people wear for jobs in your area of the world.

You will then want to deduce everything you see about the person. I always start with handiness. I know this may not seem relevant to career deduction but if you know everything about the person that you can gather then you can infer things about their personality and narrow down what type of career they might have.

I always like to show people this example for reference of narrowing down:


Now, obviously he is performing in this video and comes to some very specific conclusions but he is also very good at what he does.

So what did you take away from the video?

Here are some take away notes:

1. He is using everything about the person he can conclude to narrow down the options. Did you see how he explained the man’s posture and how he was using his eyes to gauge if this strange man approaching him was a threat?

2. He combines body language deductions with clothing and physical object deductions. I won’t get into specifics on those here, for that you can check out my blog series on each but what he is doing is taking into account how these people act in public, their body language, the context they are in, how they react when approached, what they are wearing, what time of day it is, their relationships to the people around them, etc. Using this can REALLY narrow down the prospects of jobs.

I specifically like the example of the two women walking together where he concluded that they work in high end fashion. This is good because even though he didn’t explain much of how he came to his conclusions there is a lot you can tell that went through his mind if you know how the process works. I’ll explain it to you.

He saw the two women, noticed their familiarity with each other and noticed how they were dressed in comparison to each other and the time of day. You can tell that they are work friends because of those combinations of observations. Firstly, they do seem familiar with each other but they are also dressed fairly similarly and considering it was a lunch time the most probable and logical conclusion is that they work at the same place and are out for lunch. He then narrowed down his career deductions by noticing that the clothes they were wearing were “night clothes” as he referred to them. They are less typical work clothes and more fancy clothes than would be typically worn to work, most likely concluded because of the area where he was as work clothes do vary based on area. The flower also does stand out on the one lady’s jacket which further confirms his conclusions. Therefore it would make sense for them to be in some sort of fashion but they weren’t modeling because then they would have been more dressed up. So where do you go from there? You can conclude that if they aren’t modeling they work in fashion in some other capacity. They either design it or work for the designers.

That is just a short walkthrough of the thought process he most likely went through to come to that conclusion. Of course, if you want to go simper you can look at them and tell that they are in some type of creative job. That is also plausible to do and is much less narrowed down but you follow the same thought processes. This is what I do most of the time when deducing careers. It is quite difficult to get specific careers like he was doing so narrowing it down is a good thing to begin on.

I’m going to provide some examples so I can further show you the thought process.



I just found this image off of the internet so keep in mind I can’t confirm any of my conclusions.

In picture we see several people. I want to start from left to right.

Look at the guy in the purple/pink button up. His posture says relaxed and his clothes say casual but not too casual. His haircut also confirms the fact that he can’t work somewhere that requires a dress code or to overly dress up. I’d say because of this that there are a few options for what he could do. He could work at a small company (sort of like a family run thing) or some type of store. We know that at any rate he doesn’t work at a high end fancy job.

The next two people I am going to group together. Firstly the guy without the suit jacket. He works very near where this photo was taken. He goes to work in a suit jacket and left it at work in order to go get those papers he has in his hand and return to work. You can tell this because of the lack of a bag and the lack of his jacket when that is clearly a suit. From there you would look at the office buildings around you and form the most logical conclusion. Maybe you could even get a peek at the papers he is carrying to narrow that down some more. The other guy is either leaving work or arriving. He has all of his things with him. He has to work somewhere in an office setting that requires you to wear a suit most of the time. Because of the street they are on I would bet he also works near the area.

The two women I will also group. Firstly, the fact that they are both in dresses stands out. This could indicate several things though. The women on the left is wearing a fancier dress than the woman on the right. This most likely means that she works a higher end job than the woman on the right. She has taken the time to match her purse and shoes to her dress by exact colors so that also leads toward someone who gets payed enough to be able to afford that. She would be a higher up in the company she works at and would work in an office setting.The woman on the right on the other hand is more casually dressed, almost like a secretary or a receptionist would. Based on how everyone in the photo is dressed I would bet this is in a business district so she probably works at the front desk of one of the business offices near here. Her body language is also more casual than some of the other people, indicating that she doesn’t feel the need to present herself in such a fancy way as the other woman does which confirms the secretary conclusion.

As you can see, I just narrowed down some things to possible jobs. I couldn’t get much more specific (with the practice I have done up to this point anyway) with their careers without knowing the specific location. They all work near here or they wouldn’t be walking. This does look like a business district which is why I concluded them all to be in business or office type jobs. This is all in context of what the photo presents and there is always room for error. However, this can show you the thought process you could go through to form similar conclusions.

Take a look at my “let’s play deductions” series as well. You can also deduce careers from a person’s living space. I might include that as a future blog is you guys want.

I hope this helps you see how the narrowing down process works so you can apply it yourself. Keep in mind, what Derren Brown did in that video is very specific and he has had a lot of practice at it. I have not had near as much practice as him and for the moment prefer to keep my conclusions to less specifics. I can update this blog at a future date after further training in this area maybe a year from now though. I am always progressing in training just like you try to so please let me know if you know anything about this subject and want to give me pointers! I am happy to admit I’m wrong. This is just to see the mindset and mental processes after all!


This topic was suggested by @sherlockjones-221b as are a number of the topics that are coming up soon. Thanks for the great suggestions!


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I teach people inductive/deductive reasoning and related topics. Most of the information on my blog comes from my own experiences and observations but some of it will also come from various different sources and is just information I use. I don’t claim ownership of information from other sources.

I have been studying these mindsets religiously for a while now and have been practicing memory techniques since I was in the sixth grade. However, I too am still learning. So if you have any suggestions or comments that are helpful to others that I neglect to mention please do so in the comments. I do not claim to know everything there is to know about these techniques. This blog is for educational purposes for me and the readers.


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