Job Applicants Find Position Titles Confusing

Nov 8, 2013
Originally published on November 8, 2013 8:17 am



And our last word in business today is: Jobbledygook.

One of the many challenges in finding the right job these days, turns out can be just figuring out what recruiters are actually offering.


The website MyJobMatcher compiled the list of the most ridiculous job titles after a number of applicants complained that they didn't understand what the positions entailed.

GREENE: And who can blame people for being confused? A paper boy is now a, quote, "media distribution officer."

MONTAGNE: A food truck worker is a mobile sustenance facilitator. I can't even say it.


GREENE: And how about the school lunch lady who is now evidently, an education center nourishment consultant.

MONTAGNE: These jazzed up job titles are supposed to make the work sound more appealing, but mostly they end up just bewildering potential candidates.

GREENE: Renee, I don't even want to think about what that makes us. Radio wave information providers?

MONTAGNE: Oh, sure.


MONTAGNE: Why not?

GREENE: OK. Let's go with that. That's who we are. That's the business news on MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm David Greene.

MONTAGNE: And I'm Renee Montagne. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.