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

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Manager

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2 years ago

This is so true....

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Mimis Nachbarin
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2 years ago

I like "We are not ALL sexy" LOL

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Librarians

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2 years ago

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For now.

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Programmer

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Dysania
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2 years ago

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

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Photographer

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Mimis Nachbarin
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2 years ago

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

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Environmental Scientist

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MJ
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2 years ago

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So explain why there is now alot more ice on both the north and southpole, than in the '80s?!? If we believed the scientists there'd be no ice left by now...

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Charlie
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2 years ago

This is good to know. I bet tons of people dont know what you do.

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N G
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2 years ago

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Ok, ok, ok... but please get me another beer from the fridge. lol

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2 years ago

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

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Mimis Nachbarin
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2 years 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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Forester

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Hazel Waring
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2 years ago

Who the Heck thinks trees live forever? Wtf ppl?!

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Dietitian

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Carol Emory
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2 years ago

I'm glad at least one dietitian understands that. I've gotten up and walked out on several dietitians and doctors that start their eating restrictions with "Stay away from white foods" because it tells me they haven't cracked open a nutrition book in ages. Cauliflower, egg whites, tofu, turnips, onions, mushrooms, barley and a whole variety of non-dairy unsweetened milks are white.

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Mimis Nachbarin
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2 years ago

LOL!

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Neill Powell
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2 years ago

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But, if your art "doth not sell", then its the same a farmer growing smaller, tasteless carrots, and getting pissed at other people who selling tastier, bigger carrots. "Artist" is a very, very vague form of recognised profession. Only One Painting Sold During His Lifetime, Van Gogh was never famous as a painter during his lifetime and constantly struggled with poverty. Remember that. Aspiring artists get nothing until they become popular. Perhaps not even in their lifetime. A Computer technician doesn't need to be popular his entire lifetime and still enjoys a decent life. Makes you think.

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Rue Granger
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2 years ago

Wow, people are so thoughtless these days 🙄 🤦‍♀️

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Kimberly
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2 years 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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2 years ago

From a family of teachers and this makes teaching sound horrible. Most teachers love their jobs and find ways to be engaging... otherwise they become bitter or quit.

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Bear Trapp
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2 years ago

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

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Fruzsina Sinka
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2 years ago

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

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2 years ago

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Agreed, I'm not one, but there can't possibly be that many bones out there....

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2 years ago

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That's a pretty comprehensive list of can'ts - makes me wonder what field she actually does specialize in.

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Mimis Nachbarin
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2 years ago

So true!

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JillVille
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2 years ago

And sadly this is exactly what happens. My children were doing co-op education at a retail store. They were given all the tasks the employees were supposed to do. The employees stood around and gabbed while the kids did the work. It wasn't right at all.

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2 years ago

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

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2 years ago

Hmm, I think that facts don't change, but the way we look at them....

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2 years ago

Stidies

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So what wonderful sciencey tasks do pharmacists (or trained monkeys) do besides putting the pills in the bottles (oh that's right, pills come in punch packs now, there is no need for pill counters any more).

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Psychologist

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Xandra
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2 years ago

..and I can't "fix" what's wrong with you or your kid in one sitting

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Creative

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Rachelle
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2 years ago

Oh, dear god, I couldn't agree more!

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2 years ago

I'm a non-practicing vet, even though I would earn a lot of money, I just don have the heart to...

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Neill Powell
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2 years ago

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But are always, always, always more expensive and more of a pain-in-the-ass, often, if not always, not worth it.

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Fruzsina Sinka
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2 years ago

This is why we call it art :)

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Animator

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Neill Powell
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2 years ago

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If Bitcoin Miners can "crowd-crunch", then so can you. Argument is invalid.

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2 years ago

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

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2 years ago

my wife is a teacher and I totally agree

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2 years ago

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Tree-ent-on-steroids?

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Radiographer

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Helle T
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2 years ago

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

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Neill Powell
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2 years 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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Rachelle
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2 years ago

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Apparently grammar is one of those weaknesses.

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Civil Engineer

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Beate Glenne
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2 years ago

Those are two different substances. *facepalm*

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Math Teacher

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Mimis Nachbarin
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2 years ago

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

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Actor

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Neither is your acting.

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2 years ago

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

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Pediatrician

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Mimis Nachbarin
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2 years 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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Holl Balls
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2 years ago

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How do you write for a paper with such grammar?

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Transportation Engineer

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Holl Balls
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2 years ago

How so? I want to know!!!

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Barista

Barista

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Holl Balls
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2 years ago

When I get coffee and ask for it strong, I mean the most caffeine. I’ve had a novice barista try to tell me the dark roast = most caff. No it isn’t! Fast extraction/less burn time= most caff.

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Novelist

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N G
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2 years ago

@Katharine - have you read my grocery list

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Speech Pathologist

Speech Pathologist

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Beate Glenne
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2 years ago

So can a kindergarten teacher. (At least in Norway.) (Not trying to take anything away from your occupation.)

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Nonprofit Worker

Nonprofit Worker

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Holl Balls
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2 years 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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2 years ago

Why do they hate it?

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Copywriter

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2 years ago

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It does when one is working as a copywriter for radio, television, or film.

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Emma B
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2 years ago

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

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French-English Translator

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Holl Balls
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2 years ago

It’s a interpreter?

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Model

Model

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2 years ago

Everyone is a "model" these days.

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2 years ago

...In America...

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Waitress

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Holl Balls
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2 years ago

$2 is waitress pay in many US states, tips aren’t optional.

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