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  The term ‘career’ (from Latin carraria, ‘carriageway’) refers to a sequence of jobs pursued by individuals in the course of their working lives, which may be structured or unstructured. Structured sequences of jobs form a hierarchy of increasing income and prestige. The term is also applied to progression in an non-occupational life course ‘patient career’. DA

See also bureaucracy; division of labour; occupations; profession; social stratification; status; work.Further reading R. Hall, Occupations and the Social Structure.



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