Barbie's careers

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Since Barbie's introduction in 1959, the doll has been portrayed with many different careers. Different dolls are sold with sets of clothes and accessories that fit the career being portrayed. For example, the Lifeguard Barbie play set 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, flash cards, 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.[1]

According to Mattel, Barbie has had over 200 inspirational careers, and more recently including more STEM fields.

Education[edit]

  • Aerobics instructor (1984,[2] 2009)
  • Art teacher (2002)
  • Dance teacher
  • Elementary teacher (1985, 1992, 1995, 1996, 2006, 2010)
  • Football (soccer) coach and player (2011)[3]
  • Gymnastics coach
  • Sign language teacher (1999)
  • Spanish language teacher (2001)
  • Special education teacher
  • Student teacher (1965)[4]
  • 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)

Medicine[edit]

Military[edit]

Political[edit]

  • Chancellor (I can be... Chancellor 2013), (available only in Germany)
  • United States President (2000)
  • Presidential candidate (Barbie for President 1992,[5] 2004,[7] 2008 ,2012, and 2016)
  • UNICEF Ambassador (1989)[8]
  • Vice Presidential candidate (2016)

Public service[edit]

Science and engineering[edit]

Transportation[edit]

  • Pilot (1990, Airline Pilot 1999[5])
  • Flight attendant (1961,[6]:5 American Airlines 1973–75, Flight Time 1989)
  • NASCAR driver (1998,[6]: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[7])
  • Chef (1996, I can be... Bakery Chef 2008)
  • Designer (2008)
  • Fashion model (1959–present)
  • Film Director (2015)
  • Fashion designer (1960[6]: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[12])
  • Pet stylist (I can be... Pet Stylist 2008)
  • Photojournalist
  • Photographer
  • Producer (2005[6]:48)
  • Rapper (1992[13])
  • Rock Star (1986,[2] 1998[5])
  • Singer (Solo in the Spotlight 1961,[6]: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,[5] 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. ^ 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.
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  3. ^ "German women's football team star and coach get Barbie dolls". The Local. February 4, 2011. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
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  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Barbie Careers: 1990s". Barbie Media. Retrieved November 4, 2017.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Barbie through the ages" (Slideshow). TODAY.com. Retrieved November 4, 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Barbie Careers: 2000s". Barbie Media. Retrieved November 4, 2017.
  8. ^ Aribindi, Priyanka. "13 Fascinating Careers You Never Knew Barbie Had". Time.com. Retrieved February 10, 2017.
  9. ^ Buhr, Sarah (November 19, 2014). "Mattel Pulls Sexist Barbie Book "I Can Be A Computer Engineer" Off Amazon". TechCrunch. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  10. ^ "Barbie® Robotics Engineer Doll". Mattel. 2019.
  11. ^ "Meanwhile, Barbie Has a Career As a Robotics Engineer Who Wears Flats Now". Time Magazine. June 26, 2018.
  12. ^ "Barbie Careers: 1970s". Barbie Media. Retrieved November 4, 2017.
  13. ^ 1992 Rappin' Rockin' Barbie Commercial (mp4) (Television commercial). Mattel. Retrieved February 10, 2017.
  14. ^ "Cat burglar Barbie by Christian Louboutin". Archived from the original on June 26, 2015. Retrieved June 26, 2015.
  15. ^ "Barbie® Beekeeper Playset". Mattel. Retrieved December 29, 2018.