Barbie's careers

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Since Barbie's introduction as a teenage fashion model in 1959, the doll has been portrayed with many careers.[1] Dolls are sold with sets of clothes and accessories that fit the career being portrayed. For example, the Lifeguard Barbie playset includes a Barbie, an outfit with shoes, a lifeguard chair, a dolphin, and a life preserver, while the Italian Teacher Barbie includes a Barbie, an outfit with shoes, flashcards, an Italian quiz, an easel, a notebook, a key chain, and a hairbrush. Each career is created to give children the option of exploring new careers and help them learn new things.[2]

According to Mattel, Barbie has had over 200 careers, recently including more STEM fields.[3][4]

Education[edit]

  • Aerobics instructor (1984,[5] 2009)
  • Art teacher (2002)
  • Dance teacher
  • Elementary school teacher (1985, 1992, 1995, 1996, 2006, 2010)
  • Football (soccer) coach and player (2011)[6]
  • Gymnastics coach
  • Sign language teacher (1999)
  • Spanish language teacher (2001)
  • Special education teacher
  • Student teacher (1965)[7]
  • Swim teacher (2005, I can be... Swim Teacher 2008)
  • Yoga teacher
  • Music teacher (2014, 2019)
  • Tennis coach (2017)
  • Volleyball coach (2017) (available only in China)
  • Art and design and visual designer and visionary lecturer

Medicine[edit]

Military[edit]

Political[edit]

Public service[edit]

Science and engineering[edit]

Transportation[edit]

Charlotte’s Driving Instructor (2022)

  • NASCAR driver (1998,[9]: 45  I can be... Race Car Driver 2009)
  • Stewardess (American Airlines 1961–64, Pan Am 1966)
  • Tour guide (Toy Story 2 Tour Guide Special Edition 1999)

Arts[edit]

  • Artist
  • Ballerina (1961, 2006[11])
  • Chef (1996, I can be... Bakery Chef 2008)
  • Designer (2008)
  • Fashion model (1959–present)
  • Film director (2015)
  • Fashion designer (1960[9]: 2 )
  • Guest editor of an international fashion magazine
  • Hairdresser (2008)
  • Make-up artist (Barbie loves MAC 2007)
  • Movie actress (Barbie A Fashion Fairytale, 2010 and Barbie A Fairy Secret, 2011)
  • Movie star (1977, 1985, 1997, 2001, 2011)
  • Olympic athlete (1975[20])
  • Pet stylist (I can be... Pet Stylist 2008)
  • Photojournalist
  • Photographer
  • Producer (2005[9]: 48 )
  • Rapper (1992[21])
  • Rock star (1986,[5] 1998[8])
  • Singer (Solo in the Spotlight 1961,[9]: 4  Barbie and the Rockers 1986, I can be... Rock Star, 2009)
  • TV chef (I can be... TV chef, 2008)
  • Wedding stylist (I can be... Wedding Stylist, 2009)
  • Musician (2017)

Business[edit]

  • Business executive (1960, 1963 Career Girl, 1978, Day to Night 1985, 1992,[8] 1999)
  • Owner of Willow's Cafe (Barbie Princess Charm School 2011)
  • Secretary (2007)
  • See's Candies cashier (2002)
  • Waitress (Barbie Princess Charm School, 2011)
  • Resort greeter (Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort, 2016)
  • News reporter
  • Chicken farmer
  • Banker
  • Cashier
  • Hair stylist (2012)
  • McDonald's cashier (1983)
  • News anchor (I can be... News Anchor 2010)
  • Soda fountain waitress (Coca Cola Series 1998)
  • Babysitter (Barbie Babysits 1963)
  • Pet groomer (2019)
  • Coffee shop worker
  • Noodle bar worker

Sports[edit]

Other roles[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "13 Fascinating Careers You Never Knew Barbie Had". Time. Retrieved May 12, 2021.
  2. ^ Messner, Michael A. (December 2000). "Barbie Girls Versus Sea Monsters". Gender & Society. 14 (6): 765–784. doi:10.1177/089124300014006004. ISSN 0891-2432. S2CID 52253024.
  3. ^ Holland, Brynn. "Barbie Through the Ages". History. Retrieved May 11, 2021.
  4. ^ a b "Barbie STEM Kit, Barbie: MPL999987: Barbie". barbie.mattel.com. Retrieved May 11, 2021.
  5. ^ a b c "Barbie Careers: 1980s". Barbie Media. Retrieved November 4, 2017.
  6. ^ "German women's football team star and coach get Barbie dolls". The Local. February 4, 2011. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Barbie Careers: 1959-1960s". Barbie Media. Retrieved February 10, 2017.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Barbie Careers: 1990s". Barbie Media. Retrieved November 4, 2017.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Barbie through the ages" (Slideshow). Today. Retrieved November 4, 2017.
  10. ^ "1989 - [Barbie] Army #3966". Barbie Collectors' Guide. Retrieved September 21, 2021.
  11. ^ a b "Barbie Careers: 2000s". Barbie Media. Retrieved November 4, 2017.
  12. ^ Aribindi, Priyanka. "13 Fascinating Careers You Never Knew Barbie Had". Time. Retrieved February 10, 2017.
  13. ^ "Doll:Architect Barbie - Mattel, Inc". Google Arts & Culture. Retrieved September 21, 2021.
  14. ^ "Doll:Astronaut Barbie - Mattel, Inc". Google Arts & Culture. Retrieved September 21, 2021.
  15. ^ Buhr, Sarah (November 19, 2014). "Mattel Pulls Sexist Barbie Book "I Can Be A Computer Engineer" Off Amazon". TechCrunch. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  16. ^ "Bug Eric: About That New "Entomologist Barbie"". February 15, 2019.
  17. ^ "Barbie and National Geographic Announce Global Licensing Agreement".
  18. ^ "Barbie® Robotics Engineer Doll". Mattel. 2019.
  19. ^ "Meanwhile, Barbie Has a Career As a Robotics Engineer Who Wears Flats Now". Time. June 26, 2018.
  20. ^ "Barbie Careers: 1970s". Barbie Media. Retrieved November 4, 2017.
  21. ^ 1992 Rappin' Rockin' Barbie Commercial (mp4) (Television commercial). Mattel. Retrieved February 10, 2017.
  22. ^ "Cat burglar Barbie by Christian Louboutin". Archived from the original on June 26, 2015. Retrieved June 26, 2015.
  23. ^ "Barbie® Beekeeper Playset". Mattel. Retrieved December 29, 2018.