Pretty much everyone knows the feeling of dealing with people who have no idea what your profession is actually all about. Sometimes it even becomes frustrating to explain the nuances of your job over and over again. But if people will pay attention to this post, many won't have to do it ever again.

Recently, Portland-based icon designer Louie Mantia started a very informative Twitter thread, asking people, "What's something that seems obvious within your profession, but the general public seems to misunderstand?" Many people rushed to debunk the myths surrounding their professions, and their responses are both hilarious and eye-opening.

"I was inspired to ask that question because I too have felt like there are misconceptions about what I do," Mantia told Bored Panda. "Earlier that day, I posted about best practices in app icon design, and was met with a lot of pushback. I realized a lot of others probably feel the same way about their own jobs."

"I remember when I visited Buckingham Palace a few years back, there was an insane amount of people," Mantia added. "The police officers had to continually keep their cool while telling different people to stay in a certain area. They couldn’t get mad at them because every time they had to say it was to a different person." He thinks a lot of people can relate to that. "They might have to repeat something to [their] customer, but that customer doesn’t have the knowledge or experience about the other side that often. They need a short explanation."

Mantia thinks there are many reasons why such misunderstandings are common, but pop culture is the big one. "Hospital shows portray hospital jobs inaccurately. Law shows do the same. And any show that has ever shown someone pounding away at a keyboard has contributed to some incorrect views of hacking or programming," he said. "TV and movies can do a lot of damage in this regard. For example, Lee Unkrich at Pixar noted that voices are recorded before the animation. But because of Mrs. Doubtfire’s opening scene with Robin Williams recording a cartoon character’s voice after the animation was finished, a lot of people now believe that’s the way it’s done."

Continue scrolling to read the responses Mantia has received and upvote your faves! (Facebook cover image: Marina Kuperman Villatoro)

More info: louiemantia.com | Twitter

#1 Manager

Manager

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ADHORTATOR 8 months ago

This is so true....

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#2 Nurse

Nurse

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stellermatt 8 months ago

wait, you're NOT all sexy? well sorry, but saving lives and healing the sick is pretty sexy in my book.

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#3 Librarians

Librarians

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Holl Balls 8 months ago

Do people not go to libraries? Our community library plays a big role in the community.

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#4 Programmer

Programmer

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Dysania 8 months ago

Yup, thats what my friend keeps telling me: "We are just much better in using google than anyone else."

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#5 Photographer

Photographer

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Mimis Nachbarin 8 months ago

Sadly enough that does not only count for pictures...

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#6 Environmental Scientist

Environmental Scientist

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N G 8 months ago

Listen to scientists and don't vote for Trump

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#7 Marriage, Family, And Sex Therapist

Marriage, Family, And Sex Therapist

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Lola 8 months ago

I certainly wouldn’t ask you for marriage advice if you were married 5 times though. Just as I wouldn’t go to a dentist who doesn’t have any teeth.

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#8 Assistant

Assistant

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Abbey Impson 8 months ago

HOLY CRAP YES!

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#9 It Consultant

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BlackestDawn 8 months ago

As my families IT-technician (because I do work in IT) I can relate to this so much.

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#10 Editor

Editor

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Mimis Nachbarin 8 months ago

As a writer I got always a similar question: "Is your editor correcting typos and grammar?" Ehm, no, that is the job of the corrector. The editors job is.. see above

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#11 Forester

Forester

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stellermatt 8 months ago

is she the branch manager?

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#12 Dietitian

Dietitian

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Christina Sersif 8 months ago

This 100000x. Yes cut your carbs, get skinny fast, but as soon as you start back eating them...

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#13 Massage Therapist

Massage Therapist

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Cat on a bike 8 months ago

Massagists have unfortunately a bad reputation from all the frauds in this area :(

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#14 Artist

Artist

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Nightsong Ceawlin 8 months ago

"Exposure tomorrow doesn't put food on the table today." I don't remember where I read that, but it's absolutely true.

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#15 Baker

Baker

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Rue Granger 8 months ago

Wow, people are so thoughtless these days 🙄 🤦‍♀️

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#16 Clinical Social Worker

Clinical Social Worker

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Kimberly 8 months ago

Yes yes yes!!! I was going to add this if it wasn't here!! I'm a medical social worker. I work in a hospital and some patients have a terrified look when I say I'm a social worker. I work for a hospital not child protective services. It blows my mind that the general public has no idea how many different kinds of social workers there actually are.

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#17 High School Teacher

High School Teacher

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Mimis Nachbarin 8 months ago

That is true (go, Jay, go!) - but is it eye-opening? I thought that was common knowledge.

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#18 Bartender

Bartender

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Bear Trapp 8 months ago

No, but some people don't like the alcohol they do get to be so diluted.

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#19 Cell Biologist

Cell Biologist

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Fruzsina Sinka 8 months ago

haha, nice. I can't believe, this doubt is a real thing in the US

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#20 Archaeologist

Archaeologist

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stellermatt 8 months ago

well not with that attitude you won't!

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#21 Lawyer

Lawyer

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stellermatt 8 months ago

but you all wear curly wigs right? RIGHT?!

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#22 Interpreter

Interpreter

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Random Panda 8 months ago

One things that annoys me so much is when people translate idioms from one language by just directly translating the words. That's not how it works. You need to find the closest meaning of the idiom itself, not the words it contains.

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#23 Intern

Intern

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Jana Renner 8 months ago

I am tutoring an intern right now and make sure SHE benefits from this work experience. Coworkers who tried to give her their work to do would soon learn that they have to go through me...so this was nipped in the bud.

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#24 Director Of Marketing

Director Of Marketing

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Holl Balls 8 months ago

Most know this by now but wish we didn’t.

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#25 Historian

Historian

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BobbyK 8 months ago

Just ask the Republican Party and Trump.

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#26 Neuroscientist

Neuroscientist

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Holl Balls 8 months ago

Stidies

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#27 Pharmacist

Pharmacist

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Grumble O'Pug 8 months ago

Sorry Debbie, you kind of do. I was in pharma sales and guess what? unless you are not in a drug store or a grocery store, you are mostly paid to double check what under paid pharmacy techs do for you. And guess what? You get paid 6 figures and the Pharmacy Tech gets barely minimum wage. Yet they do the yeoman's work. Sorry. I know I'll get down voted, but you aren't mixing in a compounding pharmacy or working in a hospital, you are a pill counter and a consultant at the checkout window. And telling people on which aisle the cough syrup is at.

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#28 Psychologist

Psychologist

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Mimis Nachbarin 8 months ago

I am sorry, but I love that. Did actually really someone ask you if you can read his mind? That's hilarious.

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#29 Creative

Creative

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Laugh Fan 8 months ago

Working on the client side I found I was frequently presented with ideas I'd seen several times before.

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#30 Veterinary Technician

Veterinary Technician

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Xina Imad 8 months ago

The problem is the health care system for humans and non humans alike in the USA. I have lived in first world and third world countries. And only in the US are the costs the way they are. Countries with both free public (100% free) and non free private care, the latter is still 90% less than if you do have insurance in the US. For pet care, procedures and minimal routine care is not supposed to break the bank. And don't get me started on dental care. All you need to do is talk to others who have lived in countries that actually provide a standard of health care that is decent. Only in "America" there are horror stories of how unaffordable getting sick is.

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#31 Musician

Musician

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Lizard Queen 8 months ago

Howard Goodall wrote the theme songs for Red Dwarf and every Blackadder series.

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#32 Composer

Composer

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Lars Lasersson 8 months ago

Tell me about it... All the majors I know are actually somewhat grumpy or overly serious people, and a lot of the minors around where I live seem quite jolly...

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#33 Animator

Animator

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Kathy Baylis 8 months ago

Neil, are you an expert animator? Obviously not, as Animation is Art, and to do it well takes time. BitCoin is make believe computer money, only supported by popular demand, which will disappear when the "next big thing" comes along. Quit being an ass.

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#34 Chemist

Chemist

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Grumble O'Pug 8 months ago

Some are discovered and reinvented through stepwise processes in the lab.

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#35 Teacher

Teacher

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Luna Firemoon 8 months ago

My moms a teacher/professor and an adjunct (I think that’s the word) and i can tell it’s really hard

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#36 Arborist

Arborist

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Patricia Ross 8 months ago

Don't you tell me Dave still has that rickety ladder. I've told him 100 times to get rid of that thing.

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#37 Radiographer

Radiographer

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Helle T 8 months ago

And for that same reason: No, I don't need a picture from the opposite side.

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#38 Linguist

Linguist

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Neill Powell 8 months ago

Let's also agree, that by definition, English is the most "tainted" language in the Solar system. It is the most-spoken second-langauge by a huuuuuge margin. Germanic-languages aside, English is poorly understood, both grammatically and particularly, in tone by almost every other language. Slang lives outside the grammar and diction, and cannot be used to compare "right or wrong use" of English. The purpose of grammar, diction, and tone, (in any language) it to make sure the thoughts and feelings expressed in your mind, are verbally communicated as close as possible in your words. Less ambiguity, and a closer understanding of what the mind and heart are attempting to express.

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#39 Graphic Designer

Graphic Designer

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XoKMxO 8 months ago

aaaand its not easy to be creative all day everyday. Also we don't get paid enough :)

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#40 Civil Engineer

Civil Engineer

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N G 8 months ago

Unless you are pointing at a bag of cement

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#41 Math Teacher

Math Teacher

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Mimis Nachbarin 8 months ago

Isn't that the same for all kind of teachers?

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#42 Actor

Actor

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Jose Baeyens 8 months ago

But then again : no tv series are... especially not "reality" shows

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#43 Occupational Therapist

Occupational Therapist

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Holl Balls 8 months ago

Never knew what it was compared to a PT. Cool!

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#44 Pediatrician

Pediatrician

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Mimis Nachbarin 8 months ago

Only idiots could think such nonsense. Everybody who ever had a serious injured or ill kid (or once was one) knows otherwise.

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#45 Local News Reporter

Local News Reporter

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Kathy Baylis 8 months ago

First off, Balls, you don't know for certain that they work for a local paper---they might be local TV newscasters. Second, I didn't see any grammatical felonies in the statement. Quit being a grammar narc.

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#46 Transportation Engineer

Transportation Engineer

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Holl Balls 8 months ago

How so? I want to know!!!

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#47 Barista

Barista

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DE Ray 8 months ago

I want my coffee to be tea. *sigh*

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#48 Novelist

Novelist

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N G 8 months ago

@Katharine - have you read my grocery list

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#49 Speech Pathologist

Speech Pathologist

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Holl Balls 8 months ago

But how :> tell me moar

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#50 Nonprofit Worker

Nonprofit Worker

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Holl Balls 8 months ago

Sister in law worked for a nonprofit making near nothing for the area, while the Vice President pockets massive amounts and CEO lays low and acts like “oh, I only pay myself 40k a year” but we all know that’s not their only means of money (lives in huge house to say the least).

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#51 Urban Planner

Urban Planner

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Ben Smith 8 months ago

Maybe if bike riders would actually pay attention to the rules of the road....

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#52 Copywriter

Copywriter

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Clowton 8 months ago

It does once it's written 🤓

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#53 Ux Designer

Ux Designer

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Emma B 8 months ago

"Making it pretty" ain't gonna matter if it doesn't work

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#54 French-English Translator

French-English Translator

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Holl Balls 8 months ago

It’s a interpreter?

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#55 Model

Model

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Bear Trapp 8 months ago

Everyone is a "model" these days.

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#56 General Practitioner

General Practitioner

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Peta Hurley-Hill 8 months ago

...In America...

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#57 Waitress

Waitress

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Mimis Nachbarin 8 months ago

Tipping is not optional - in the US! In other countries it is. The system is very unfair in the US.

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