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A livelihood is the primary way that a person obtains income to sustain their existence and lifestyle. This is specific to income and differs from occupation that simply indicates how you are productive in life. For example, student is a valid occupation but isn't typically a livelihood unless you are in some type of paid training program. The following are common types of livelihood.
Actor
Agricultural laborer
Artisan
Artist
Babysitter
Baker
Beekeeper
Brewer
Business analyst
Butcher
Carpenter
Chef
Construction worker
Consultant
Counselor
Craftsperson
Data scientist
Delivery driver
Dentist
Designer
Disability insurance
Dog Walker
Domestic worker
Electrician
Engineer
Executive
Factory worker
Family business
Family support
Family wealth
Farmer
Filmmaker
Firefighter
Fisherman
Flight attendant
Food vendor
Forestry worker
Freelancer
Gardener
Geologist
Government assistance
Handyman
Herder
Investor
Janitor
Lawyer
Librarian
Manager
Marketing manager
Mason
Mathematician
Medical doctor
Musician
Nanny
Nurse
Office worker
Paid internships
Paid training programs
Paramedic
Part-time worker
Pensioner
Performer
Pharmacist
Photographer
Pilot
Plumber
Podcaster
Police officer
Professor
Restaurant owner
Retail worker
Sailor
Salesperson
Scientist
Seasonal worker
Security guard
Small business owner
Social worker
Software developer
Statistician
Street vendor
Tattoo artist
Taxi driver
Teacher
Technician
Trader
Truck driver
Unemployment insurance
Vlogger
Welder
A livelihood is specific to how you obtain income.

A profession is specific to your career path.

An occupation indicates how you are productive in life.
The term occupation tends to be preferred as this captures productive members of society such as students and homemakers who aren't directly paid but create significant value.
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The primary way that a person obtains income to sustain their existence and lifestyle.
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