Most employees in the workforce are either considered blue or white collar workers. While blue collar workers typically perform manual labour for an hourly wage, white collar workers are typically paid a salary and are almost always college educated or highly skilled in their fields.

White collar workers often wear dress shirts or suits and work at offices or schools in managerial or professional positions. The list of white collar jobs is fairly extensive and can include a number of different industries.


Teachers are considered white collar workers. They obtain a formal education in college, then take positions in elementary or secondary education after graduation. Teachers are involved in teaching children a variety of subjects such as math, science and history. Most teachers that work in high schools often specialise in a specific subject area like English.

Sales Representative

Another type of white collar job is a sales representative. Sale representatives usually do inside or outside sales. Their main responsibility is selling a company's wares or services. Sales representatives are typically required to meet a minimum quota of sales in terms of units and dollars. Many sales representatives receive a salary plus a commission or bonus.

Senior Corporate Executive

When people think of white collar workers, they often picture the men in charge of corporations, such as the chief executive officer, president, those who hold vice president positions or even senior directors. Virtually all corporate managers, including middle managers like marketing managers and directors, hold white collar jobs.


All medical doctors, from paediatricians to orthopaedic doctors and surgeons, hold white collar jobs. Doctors who specialise in a specific part of the body or diseases like ear doctors or allergists spend additional time studying their speciality after medical school.


The position of attorney is also a white collar job. Most attorneys specialise in either corporate, criminal, divorce or tort law, which entails compensating consumers from product-related injuries or accidents. An attorney usually attends law school for three years after college, then take the bar exam before being are licensed to practice law in his state.


Clergymen or clergy women are considered white collar workers. Clergymen give sermons in churches, visit the sick and dying and hold services for the deceased. Clergymen go by titles such as minister, priest, rabbi or bishop, depending on their denomination or creed.


Another type of white collar job is a pharmacist.

Pharmacists fill prescriptions for patients that are given to them by doctors. Pharmacists also advise customers on different medications and manage the dispensation of drugs that are distributed at their pharmacy.

Other White Collar Jobs

Other white collar jobs include accountants, financial managers and analysts, controllers, clerical workers, information managers, engineers, chemists, marine biologists and architects. Interestingly, policemen and police women are considered blue collar jobs while Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) jobs are white collar positions.