New survey reveals the jobs people have least knowledge of

Getting a blank look when answering the question "so, what do you do then?" at a party should not come as a surprise to the surveyors among us - according to a poll, that is.

The profession came out of the poll as the most baffling profession to Britons, with insurance underwriters and social media strategists also making the top three.

Carried out by foreign currency trading site the research looked at which jobs were the most confusing for people to understand.

The 1,673 adults taking part were given a list of professions and asked to specify which ones, if any, they could not define.

After surveyors, insurance underwriters and social media strategists, the jobs of cartographers, anthropologists, foreign currency traders and civil engineers were found to have the least information known about them.

Recruitment workers or employment agency staff would have no problem coming up with a definition for them but the list of the top 10 most baffling British career choices was completed by the jobs of oncologists, public relations consultants and data analysts.

The survey also asked people if they ever met with confusion when trying to explain their own profession.

More than half of them (54%) said they did, with two-thirds of them (66%) owning up to having let someone believe they did something completely different just to avoid having to explain their job in detail.

The website's David Errington said: "We've all been at those dinner parties where someone's profession draws an uncomfortable look of confusion on the faces of other guests and, from our results, it seems that the majority of us have been in that situation with our own jobs too."

Mr Errington said he empathised with those who admitted letting people think they did a different job to avoid having to give long-winded explanations.

And he called on people to get to grips with the nation's job specifications to make life easier for those in Britain's most baffling professions.

"We should collectively clue up on their job specs to give the poor chaps a break," he said.