Have you ever thought to stop and celebrate the doctors that work tirelessly to keep us healthy? What about the weather people who inform you of the daily forecast so you don’t walk out the door without a jacket when it’s freezing? In addition to all of the other holidays we celebrate at National Today, we find it’s important to celebrate those who provide us services, essential or not, every single day. There are over 30 career holidays, so nearly every month allows us a chance to celebrate someone new!
Where did career holidays come from?
To answer this question, we have to go back to the beginning of time (well, at least as we know it). For thousands of years, humans only completed the tasks that were necessary for them to survive. There were no opportunities to develop expertise in fields of interest.
Society, over time, got more complex and the specialization of labor became possible. Believe it or not, humans have had "jobs" of some sort for tens of thousands of years. However, each of these jobs were still necessary to survival and no one celebrated their completion. It wasn't until after the 19th century that citizens started proposing actual days to commemorate what they do for a living.
Most of these holidays are championed by associations of professionals attempting to draw awareness to certain careers, but there's a rich history of citizen, organizations, and presidents, even, declaring holidays. World Teachers' Day, for example, was created by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), where President Bush declared National Doctor's Day (March 30) in 1991. Every career-oriented holiday celebrates a certain occupation, from drummers to DJs to paralegals, but there are also some that encourage you to shop local or clean your office desk.
Submit your favorite career holidays
Do you see a career missing from this list? We welcome holiday submissions over on our holiday submission page. Be prepared to share a bit of history about the holiday. We'd also love if you could give us a track record of media coverage (it's a great way to prove your holiday is celebrated). If your holiday passes those requirements, we'd love to hear from you!