Job Shadowing Opportunities in the Workplace

Here is a sample list of Job Shadow opportunities that was offered to students through one High School in the US. The descriptions will give you some idea as to the variety available, and what you can expect from a Job Shadow experience, so you can decide if it’s worth pursuing, for your own purposes.

Because this High School had a large number of students going through this program, it had to be a highly organized and coordinated effort, with employers submitting Job Descriptions for the students to choose from.

Students will need to arrange these Job Shadows through their teachers or vocational counsellors, because they need an adult to take responsibility for them while they are taking part in any Job Shadow. Adults can arrange a ‘Job Shadow’ experience themselves. For more information see:

21 Examples of Job Shadow Opportunities


Job Description: Accomplished real estate agent will take you out and show you a few houses that are on the market, and discuss what it takes to become a successful real estate agent.


Job Description: My job involves technical writing at a software company. I will show the students what a writer does: what their assignments are, how they get their information, the writing process. We will tour the office and meet people in different job functions.


Job Description: I am responsible for sales strategy and operations which include deciding what products we should sell to our customers, developing commercial proposals to compel our customers to purchase our products, and forecasting future business.


Job Description: Responsible for planning menus that change seasonally, ordering, preparing and cooking food, and preparing pastries and desserts. Students will assist with food preparation.


Job Description: I will talk about how a bank works. The students will have a chance to shadow Tellers, Bankers, Financial Consultants, and Mortgage Consultants.


Job Description: Observe Day-Trading. Learn to identify target companies, study the financial, technology, potential, risk and other forces influencing the outlook; learn to buy and sell stocks for a profit.


Job Description: The job involves developing and testing phone applications. Folks in my office develop software programs and test them on phones.

Job Description: You will hear a talk on computer hard disk drive software design. You will also do a company tour, attend a product meeting, pilot line process, and learn about hard disk drive basics.

Job Description: You will learn about Design and Development in Telecommunications – Architecture, attend standard body meetings and participate in engineering development activities.


Job Description: I manage a small engineering team, and I am responsible for program management of new products for the Advanced Platform Division. I lead meetings, drive schedules, help to manage risk, present to management and ensure that all functional groups have the necessary material to complete their assigned roles in the projects.


Job Description: We usually start with an informational session, and give the students an overview of the profession. We will include staff members who are recent graduates so they can discuss different college curricula relating to architecture. After an hour or so, we will split up in smaller groups and visit recently completed projects and/or construction sites where work
is progressing. During lunch hour we will have a seminar by a consultant or vendor to present new products or materials.


Job Description: Visit one the best national laboratories for High Energy Physics and Photon Science. Stanford Linear Accelerator Center is the place where many elementary particles such as quarks were discovered. A tour of the control room for operating accelerators and particle detector will be provided.


Job Description: Shadow a talented Orthodontist and see him in action treating patients.


Job Description: Students will have a chance to experience a new hospital and talk and learn from various medical professionals. In addition they will learn about what other departments are needed to support a hospital and medical office building.


Job Description: Intensive Care Nursery Nurse – responsible for nursing care of critically ill infants and pre-term infants (neonates) in an intensive care environment.


Job Description: With the patients permission, student will observe how a typical chiropractic visit is done. The student will shadow a chiropractic doctor while he treats patients. They will learn about x-ray and physical therapy and running a small business.


Job Description: Park Ranger, Daily functions include patrol, visitor services, fee collection, Public safety, Possible emergency responses, Park Interpretation, Resource management, Park special use permits, and Staff briefings/meetings.


Job Description: Shadow preschool teachers in their daily interactions with the children. Meet the center director and learn the childcare industry from the inside out. This job requires sincere love for children, plenty of patience and lots of energy. The students will be able to see the preschoolers in the class for a short period of time and have a Q/A sessions for the rest of the time.


Job Description: Job shadow a 3rd grade teacher in an alternative school that follows a “whole child” philosophy, where all subjects are integrated, students are free to move around, and there is no homework, tests or grades.


Job Description: Students will be observing and interacting with Superior Court judges, including observation of court proceedings.


Job Description: Involves time in the law office and a trip to the court to observe some court proceedings and see what a public defender does on a daily basis. May be able to observe the attorney in court speaking with clients, court staff, and Defence Attorneys regarding particular cases, or conducting a preliminary hearing. Each attorney will offer different arrangements.

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