The Opposite of 'Accountants and Auditors' is 'Agricultural Graders'

Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
Aug 9, 2017
Apples and Oranges

Using data from the U.S. Department of Labor, the New York Times broke every profession down into their required skills, and then used those points to determine what the opposite of each profession would be. In the case of accountants and auditors, the result was agricultural graders. For those not in the know, an agricultural grader is someone who will "Grade, sort, or classify unprocessed food and other agricultural products by size, weight, color, or condition." 

This conclusion is based on the skills that both professions use the most and least. So, for instance, accountants and auditors use (unsurprisingly) economics and accounting the most. This skill is considered the direct opposite of the skill agricultural graders use the most, "trunk strength." 

We believe the data should be taken with at least a grain of salt. After reading more about what agricultural graders do, they don't seem to be as much of an opposite as the U.S. DoL seems to think they are, given that both require an attention to detail, a knowledge of industry standards, and strong communication skills. Then again, few accounting jobs require people to "lift products and stand for many hours," so there are some key differences. 

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