One of the things I like best about D&D Next is backgrounds. I especially like the ones that are "jobs". I took a look at all NWPs and skills and made a list of all that sounded like "jobs". There were many, many overlaps so I removed duplicates. There were a lot of other ones that were rewordings of the same thing (such as boat pilot, sailor and seaman) so I made them into whatever wording I felt sounded best. I also changed some of them to sound better, such as changing history to historian and groomer to barber. From 5th ed, I only added in the artisan and commoner jobs, the other backgrounds and skills were not looked at.
To explain a few of the more odd ones, I changed fungus identification into mycologist, aka "study of mushrooms". I actually know a mycologist, so it's a legit job! (I call him the shroom doctor) I haven't changed any of the lore or knowledge skills into jobs yet, other than architect. It was too cool to pass up. I am sure I will add more lore and knowledge skills as jobs later. Weather sense I changed into meteorologist.
What do you guys think about this list? Are there things you would add, remove or combine? One in particular I was wondering about was blacksmith, armorsmith and weaponsmith. Couldn't one do all three, or perhaps could there be a blacksmith skill with a specialty you could choose, armorsmith or weaponsmith, and only in the one area you are specialized in can you make masterwork or above? Should we keep the three separate? How would you run blacksmith/weaponsmith/armorsmith?
Some of these jobs would fit perfectly into commoner and artisan from D&D Next. Others could be individual backgrounds in their own right. Even others could potentially be created into categories in DDN (categories such as commoner and artisan). Some of these could really add depth to other backgrounds, such as one with the Noble background also being able to choose a "hobby" such as poet.
I am keeping this list here and updated for several reasons. One reason is so that my players and I can get ideas for PC and NPC jobs and backgrounds. The original list I have compiled contains 80 jobs below. I will add any that come from skills and NWPs to this list. Any you guys come up with that aren't directly from skills or NWPs I will put in a separate list below the first.
Edit: Here is another 24 I got from the list HocusSmokus linked to. Surprsingly, most of those listed were duplicates or just NWPs that I can't turn into a job. But, I was able to get quite a few more. There are even more than this, but a lot of them are even further stretches than a few far stretches I've done.