CareerA career is a course of successive situations that make up some activity. One can have a sporting career or a musical career, but most frequently "career" in the 21st century references a workinging existence: the series of jobs or positions by which one earns one's bread.
In the relatively static societies before modernism, many workers would often inherit or take up a single position (a place) in the workforce, and the concept an unfolding career had little to recommend it. More recently a plethora of choices and more widespread education have allowed it to become fashionable to plan (or design) a career: in this respect the careers of the career counsellor and of the career advisor have grown up.
For a pre-modernist career structure, compare cursus honorum.
See also: career development, career management