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The ability to create a division of labor was one of the earliest marks of an advanced society. Rather than every person in a settlement needing to learn every skill, people could focus on their own strengths, and then the group as a whole would benefit. While this process grew more complicated as civilizations matured and became both technologically and sociologically advanced, the idea that different people would do different jobs only grew stronger.

If your games take place in the sci-fi future, whether it's in the neon fallout of a cyberpunk dystopia, or in the deep black of a starfaring setting, people likely still have jobs. And while some of those jobs may be recognizable as the descendants of many of the careers people have today, others will be completely unique to the needs of a world that doesn't yet exist. While the following professions may describe the careers (or former careers) of player characters in your game, they can also be used to diversify the NPCs those characters come across throughout their adventures.

However you choose to use this supplement is up to you!

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  • Prototype Modeler: Product designers who reach a certain point in the process need to actually create a functional version of the thing they're drafting. That's when the blueprints are turned over to the modeler. From those who work with thermo-injected plastics, to those who specialize in liquid print steels, the skills and materials vary depending on the industry, but there's a surprising amount of applicability across disciplines and industries.
  • Stunter: From action vids to live wrestling matches, stunters are the people who put their bodies and skills on the line in order to add a bit of realism to the most over-the-top performances. From jumping off of high buildings, to sprinting over collapsing bridges, to running through burning buildings, or just being flung through windows in a cloud of broken glass, a stunter might do all of these things before they break for lunch. While some of them might use this position as a stepping stone to a leading role as an onscreen actor who is capable of doing their own stunt work, most who do this job never make that particular jump.
  • Escort: While often used as a pseudonym for sex workers, true escorts are an entirely different career. An escort is arm candy, of course, but they also act as a kind of social buffer for those who need someone by their side who is smart, sophisticated and who knows how to work a room. Often employed by the rich and famous to help make soirees into successful networking events, these individuals are typically worth far more than their fees in terms of revenue generated by the business agreements they help broker... even if they keep their clothes on when everything is said and done.
  • Liner: In a world where more and more items can be purchased with the flick of a finger across a mobile device, or the blink of an eye on a set of net lenses, some things still require you to show up in person. Whether it's picking up the latest tech gadget from a distributor when it hits the market, or being first in line when the black day deals weekend comes around, you need to have a body on the line... it doesn't have to be your body, though. Liners are people who hold spots for others, enduring the uncomfortable hours stuck in one place so that other people don't have to. Whether it's the current nightlife hotspot, or theme parks on opening day, there's always folks willing to trade credits for convenience. The money isn't great, but the security is good, and liners can usually work on their side hustles while they occupy a spot on the pavement as long as they've got wireless net access.
  • Cryo Tech: Cold storage and life support systems are a necessary part of any spacefaring vessel, and this is doubly true for transport vessels who use these systems to preserve their cargo. With all the things that could go wrong out in the black, the cryo systems are always near the top of any priority list. As such, this career is always a necessity, and techs can typically find a berth on a wide variety of vessels whenever they're looking to tie on with a new crew.

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James L May 22, 2024 10:41 pm UTC
Ah.. I think your full-sized preview page is wrong. It seems like a page out of a detective novel, not out of a list of sci-fi professions. Is this space oriented, or cyberpunk oriented?
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Adrian K May 23, 2024 8:42 am UTC
Thanks, I'd made a mistake and it was showing the opening fiction piece rather than the actual list. I've corrected it, though it may take a bit to update on the site.

I would say this is more space-oriented, but a fair number of the professions work in a cyberpunk setting.
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