Professions

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Professions allow you to start a new character with more gear than usual, themed around a given profession or personality type. The more or more useful items they give you the more points they will cost, while some professions will hinder your character in some way, giving you points instead.

The default profession is "Survivor", which will give your character the default gear you might be familiar with from previous versions.

List of professions

The skills provided by a profession do stack up with the ones you pick from the skill list at character creation. So, if you pick for example a Fast Food Cook (which gives you cooking level 1) and put one point in Cooking (which brings your cooking up to level 2), you'll end up with a cooking level of 3.


Expand to see the list of professions.

Name Pts Items Skills Addictions Description
Survivor 0 "Some would say that there's nothing particularly notable about you. But you've survived, and that's more than most could say right now."
Tweaker -2 "You're not entirely sure what happened, but everything has gone to shit, and the only thing running through your head is where you're gonna find your next hit."
Failed Cyborg -2 "Your body is a wreck of bionic parts. You have a large capacity for power, but are filled with broken bionics. At least your ethanol power supply still works."
Poor Student -1 "You come from a low-income family, and you got mocked for your old hand-me-down clothes and for getting free school lunches in the cafeteria. Even worse, your ratty old backpack finally fell apart at the worst time. At least no one's mocking you now."
Clown -1 "All you ever wanted was to make people laugh. Dropping out of school and performing at kids' parties was a dream come true until the world ended. There's precious few balloon animals in your future now."
Novice Martial Artist -1 "You were on your way to the dojo for your first lesson when teh world ended. And you really wanted to learn how to swim, too."
Crackhead -1 "Cocaine. It is, indeed, a helluva drug. You blew your money on some dust, and before you knew it you were turning tricks behind the local CVS just to score one more line
Lost Submissive -1 "Early in the rush to safety, you were separated from your master by cruel fate. Now you are on your own with nothing to your name but a suit of really kinky black leather. Unfortunately, there's no safewords in the apocalypse."
Janitor -1 "You earned a living from sweeping up chocolate wrappers and picking chewing gum from under tables. Now the only thing you'll be sweeping are the brains of the dead."
Chain Smoker -1 "Everyone at work knew you as the person who always had a cigarette or two in hand. Now, you're down to a single pack, and you hope you find more soon. You start out with a strong nicotine addiction"
Groom/Bride -1 "The cataclysm struck on the big day and you escaped with nothing but your wedding attire. Cold feet? You'd just like to keep your feet attached"
Shower Victim -1 "You were in the middle of a nice, hot shower when the cataclysm struck! You barely managed to escape with some soap and the most massively useful thing ever... a towel."
Hobo -1 "Society drove you to the fringes and set you wandering, with no home, no family, no friends, until you could only find solace in the bottom of a bottle. But society doesn't mean a thing any more, and for all the crap thrown your way, you're still standing. God damn, you need a drink."
Hitchhiker -1 "Your house has been demolished and your planet destroyed, but at least you still have your towel."
Fast Food Cook 0
  • Cooking (1)
"You used to work at a fancy fast food joint a week ago, but now you show the meaning of "fast" food by running for your life."
Elementary Student 0 "You're just a kid, and now the world has turned into something out of one of your bad dreams. The grown-ups you relied on are all dead--or undead--now. What are you going to do?"
Football Player 0 "You were the star player for the local football team, adored by teammates and fans alike. Now they just adore your brain. You've still got your bulky football gear on."
Imam/Mourchida 0
  • Speaking (2)
  • Bartering (1)
"You spent much of your time prior to the apocalypse at the local mosque, studying the words of the Prophet and the Quran, and guiding your community in prayer. Back then they came from far and wide to listen to you, now they come to eat your brains."
Ballroom Dancer 0
  • Dodge (2)
"You used to be a ballroom dancer before the cataclysm, and now you use your skills to save your life."
Bionic Monster 0
  • Melee (1)
  • Unarmed Combat (1)
  • Survival (1)
"Completely overtaken by bionic-induced psychosis, you are a deformed posthuman monster who had no place in society. But now, where once you were forced to hide in the shadows, you find in this new desolation a world where even a creature such as yourself might find its niche."
Lumberjack 0 "You're a lumberjack, and you're okay. You felled trees before before the world ended, but suspect the undead aren't nearly as tough."
Cyberjunkie 0
  • Electronics (1)
  • First Aid (1)
  • Mechanics (1)
"Long ago your lifelong infatuation with bionic enhancement lead you into a shady world of back-alley bionic clinics and self-installed secondhand CBMs. The world has moved on but your posthuman hunger still cries out to be fed; where will you get your bionic fix now?"
Mall Security 0 "A mall security guard. You don't have any useful skills, other than some basic training for your job. You do however have your trusty tazer, baton, and pocket knife."
Convict 0
  • Melee (1)
"The cataclysm gave you a chance to escape, but freedom comes with a steep price."
Golfer 0 "A birdie is one under par, but how much is a zombie? Your clubhouse was overrun by the undead, and you fled with your trusty driving wedge."
Hockey Player 0 "You were a minor-league hockey goalie before the rest of your team became zombies. It's just you and your hockey equipment versus the undead, but at least you can cross-check them now."
Backpacker 0 "You've travelled for a living, sightseeing here and there, and living off your parents' trust fund. But now they're gone, and the only thing between you and death is the open road and your backpack."
Baseball Player 0 "You were a batter on a local minor league team before the cataclysm. You escaped with your equipment, but how long can you survive until your innings are up?"
Priest 0
  • Speaking (3)
"When the apocalypse struck, you did everything you could to protect your parish faithful, but it appears that prayers were not enough. Now that they are all dead, you should probably find something more tangible to protect you."
Punk Rock Dude/Girl 0 "The apocalypse has been your psychotic dream come true. Now that the system is dead, it's time to party among the bones of the world!"
Rabbi 0
  • Speaking (2)
  • First Aid (1)
"You were celebrating with your flock in the temple when the cataclysm struck. You sure chould use a messiah right now!"
Used Car Salesman 0
  • Bartering (4)
"You've been accused of being the sort of guy who'd be willing to sell his own mother for a dollar. It always left you insulted - you've been around the block a time or two, and you'd charge way more than a dollar - and get it, too!"
Teacher 0
  • Speaking (3)
"You've been teaching kids for the whole of your life, and they've mostly listened to your teachings. However, the dead won't write out lines for eating you alive."
Senior Citizen 0 "You haven't seen this much blood since the war. The whole world's gone crazy! They ate your grandkids! But dagnabbit, you'll make them all pay for what they've done."
Rude Boy/Girl 0 "Your ska band broke up after the drummer became a zombie, now you're alone in the cataclysm with some cigarettes and your mp3 player."
Kannushi 0
  • Fabrication (1)
  • Tailoring (1)
"You were one of the maintainers of a Shinto shrine, performing rituals and sacred tasks. You preferred it when only the spirits of the dead inhabited your shrine, and not their rotting corpses."
A/V Club Member 1
  • Electronics (1)
  • Computers (1)
"You were a member of the school A/V club. You're sure there's some way you can use your technical skills to help stay alive. You just haven't figured out how to make an awesome death ray yet."
Computer Hacker 1
  • Computers (4)
"Caffeine pills and all-nighters in front of a computer screen have given you skills in an area that seem, on the face of it, distinctly less-than-useful when the world has ended. You suppose you can't really get in trouble for fulfilling your dream of hacking into a military mainframe, now. That's a plus."
Medical Resident 1
  • First aid (3)
"Fresh out of med school, you've got little in the way of practical experience. You just hope it will be enough if the old adage of 'Doctor, heal thyself' ends up being required."
Trapper 1
  • Trapping (4)
"You spent most of your life trapping with your father. Both of you made a decent living off of your catches, and trapping tutorials. Hopefully, your skills will come in useful against less conventional game."
Student 1 "You were a high school student, but the tests you'll face now will have much higher stakes. There might even be something useful in one of these books you've been lugging around all year."
Skater Boy/Girl 1
  • Dodging (1)
"You love to skate! At least now the grown-ups aren't telling you where you can't roll."
Juvenile Delinquent 1
  • Marksmanship (1)
  • Dodging (1)
  • Melee (1)
"You never cared for grown-ups telling you what to do, and that's how you ended up spending most of you days in the principal's office. Now, not needing grown-ups to tell you what to do is the only reason you're alive. Man, you really should've played hooky today."
Lawyer 1
  • Bartering (1)
  • Speaking (2)
"Now instead of complaining about your fees, your clients try to eat your brain. You can't tell which one is worse though."
Security Guard 1 "A low paid security guard, things have suddenly gotten a lot more dangerous than patrolling the grounds warding off potential thieves. You don't have any particularly useful skills, but you do have some useful equipment since you were on the job when things started going south."
Science Club Member 1
  • Cooking (1)
  • Mechanics (1)
"You were a member of the school science club, and right now you're as upset as you've ever been that the school wouldn't let you play with the really fun chemicals that make things go boom. At least now no one's around to tell you that you can't"
Butler/Maid 1
  • Cooking (1)
  • Driving (1)
  • Tailor (2)
"You worked in a wealthy household, but after the cataclysm they took a family vacation to an unknown place, leaving you to fend for yourself."
Preppy Student 1
  • Speaking (1)
"Your parents were busy, important people, who wanted you to have every advantage and pushed you to be "successful," whatever that meant. If only they'd ever let you experience childhood, or ever shown you their love. You're certainly not getting either one now."
Mail Carrier 1
  • Driving (1)
  • Dodge (1)
"Your skill at avoiding dogs and discarded children's toys while delivering the mail gives you an edge in your new role as a survivor."
Home Mechanic 1
  • Mechanics (3)
"Although you never got your driver's license, you've always loved cars. At least now you'll never be wanting for materials."
Pizza Delivery Boy/Girl 1
  • Driving (4)
  • Bartering (1)
  • Speaking (1)
"You were delivering the last pizza of the night to the local cryogenics lab with the cataclysm hit. Fleeing to the nearest shelter, you find yourself with only your wits and some leftover pizza. And they didn't even leave a tip!
Basketball Player 1
  • Dodging (2)
  • Throwing (3)
"It was going to be your first major game, but then the cataclysm struck. Creatures unlike anything you've seen before, began attacking the attending crowd and only a handful of people managed to escape the carnage. Thanks to your quick feet, you were among the lucky few to survive and escape from the creatures."
Chef 1
  • Cooking (4)
"Bork bork! Years in the kitchen have left you carrying a prodigious bulk, but you managed to escape the carnage with a butchers knife and only a small collection of stains on your uniform."
Handy Man 1
  • Construction (4)
"You used to work at a local hardware store, and you did a lot of home renovations yourself. Now you look out at the horizon of a ruined world, and wonder - are your meager skills, and the few supplies you grabbed on the way out, sufficient to help it rebuild?"
Otaku 1 "Late nights with friends watching anime and eating snacks has prepared you for the premier anime convention in the Northeast. It just had to be the day of the apocalypse. At least you were ready in case your costume tore."
Blacksmith 1
  • Fabrication (4)
"You were going through your community college's metalsmithing program when the world ended. You ran into trouble coming out of class - but managed to keep ahold of the equipment you were carrying at the time."
Dodgeball Player 1
  • Dodging (1)
  • Throwing (1)
"You liked to play dodgeball, where failing to dodge the ball meant you were out. Now failing to dodge threatens your life. Don't slip up.
Drone Operator 1
  • Computers (2)
"You had a job programming machines like automatic street cleaners, newsbots, and pizza delivery drones. Now all the drones carry guns instead of pizza."
Electrician 1
  • Electronics (3)
"You used to work for some small-time business owners doing minor electrical work, and you just so happened to be working on one of these jokes of an evac shelter when the cataclysm struck. Unfortunately, you didn't finish wiring anything up except the computer - fat lot of good it's doing you now."
Farmer 1 "You were making a living by raising crops, when the cataclysm struck. Now, with your trusty hoe and some seeds it's time to rebuild the Earth, on plant at a time.
Biker 2
  • Driving (4)
  • Mechanics (1)
"You spent most of your life on a Harley, and it's only natural you spend the rest of it riding one."
Scoundrel 2
  • Melee (2)
  • Piercing (2)
  • Unarmed (2)
  • Dodge (2)
  • Barter (2)
"Your flexible outlook on the law, the scuffles you've been in (and avoided) at the bar, and your impressive ability to weasel your way out of the consequences of your actions - all these skills have helped ensure your survival. But how much longer will they hold out?"
Roller Derby Player 2
  • Melee (1)
  • Unarmed Combat (1)
  • Dodging (1)
"You were hell on wheels prior to the apocalypse. Now the rest of your team is dead, and you probably wouldn't have lived this long if not for your penchant for high-speed violence. Things are looking grim; how long can you race laps around the undead before you get blocked for good?"
Preacher 2
  • Speaking (2)
  • Driving (1)
  • Computers (1)
"You devoted your life to spreading the good word, always on the road, traveling from town to town. Now, everything has gone to hell, you can't host your daily podcast, and the undead listening to your sermons don't seem particularly moved."
Tailor 1
  • Tailoring (4)
"Tailoring may not seem like the most useful skill when the world has ended. Most people wouldn't expect a simple tailor to live long. This is your opportunity to prove them wrong."
Bow Hunter 2
  • Archery (2)
"Ever since you were a child you loved hunting, and you soon took a liking to the challenge of hunting with a bow. Why, if the world ended there's nothing you'd want at your side more than your trusty bow. So when it did, you made made sure to bring it along."
Beekeeper 2
  • Survival (2)
  • Construction (1)
"You used to be a professional beekeeper. You had to abandon your precious bees when the cataclysm struck, but at least you managed to grab some utensils and honey."
Guru 2
  • Speaking (2)
  • Survival (1)
"You spent many years traveling through the world, becoming wise and learned. Normally, you can answer any question, but even you are not quite sure what to do about the ravenous undead."
Cop 2
  • Marksmanship (3)
  • Pistol (3)
"Just a small-town deputy when you got the call, you were still ready to come to the rescue. Except that soon it was you who needed rescuing - you were lucky to escape with your life. Who's going to respect your authority when the government this badge represents might not even exist anymore?"
Fisher 2
  • Swimming (2)
  • Survival (2)
"You spent most of your days just fishing in the swamps getting by quietly on what you caught. You found the buzzing of insects enjoyable, but they got bigger and more mean. Now their horrible noises have you spooked- you just hope the fish aren't as nasty."
Firefighter 2
  • Melee (2)
  • First Aid (1)
  • Swimming (1)
"As a first responder you were direct witness to the gutwrenching horrors of the apocalypse. Separated from most of your equipment and your unit while on call, you were forced to fight your way to safety with little more than your trusty iron and bunker gear to protect you."
Lab Technician 2
  • Computers (2)
  • Cooking (2)
  • Electronics (2)
  • Mechanics (2)
"Thanks to your time in the lab, you're familiar with the basics of conducting science. You escaped along with the lucky civilians, but at least you kept your lab gear."
Bionic Patient 3 "When the diagnosis came back positive you signed up for a series of experimental bionic surgeries that saved your life. Now you're healthier than you ever were before, thanks to a suite of bionic systems powered by standard batteries. Make the most of your second chance at life."
Gym Teacher 3
  • Dodging (2)
  • Speaking (2)
"After a career of teaching kids the art of sports they mostly hate, the zombies around you refuse to do laps, even at the blow of your whistle."
Gangster 3
  • Melee (2)
  • Unarmed (2)
  • Piercing Weapons (2)
  • Marksmanship (2)
  • Pistol (2)
  • Driving (2)
"The boss always said he could rely on you to pull through on the tough jobs. A shame he didn't manage it, himself. No stranger to a spot of violence, you almost feel at home in this new world already."
Survivalist 3
  • Survival (4)
  • Traps (2)
  • Fabrication (2)
  • Cooking (2)
  • First Aid (2)
  • Swimming (2)
"Skilled at surviving off the land far from civilization, your skills are quite likely to come in useful considering civilization is now full of monsters that want you dead. Your equipment is basic, but versatile - and with your skills, more than you need... except your canteen's run out!"
Survivalist Jr 3
  • Survival (1)
  • Fabrication (1)
  • First Aid (1)
"Your parents were crazy preppers who thought some "cataclysm" was coming, and insisted on preparing you for it. Turns out they were right. You didn't get a chance to thank them. The only thing you can do for them now is what they always hoped you would do in the dark days ahead: survive."
Military Recruit 3
  • Marksmanship (2)
  • Rifle (2)
  • Pistol (2)
"You were a high school drop-out with one goal in mind: to join the military. You finally got in, just in time for your training to get interrupted by a national emergency. As far as you can tell, military command abandoned you in this hellhole when you missed the emergency evac."
Bionic Agent 3 "Your body has several bionics worth millions of dollars, paid for by public taxes. The government has turned you into an infiltration and recon specialist: you have night vision, an alarm and a hacking module. And it all runs off piles and piles of everyday household batteries."
Ahistorical Reenactor 3
  • Survival (2)
  • Tailoring (2)
  • Marksmanship (1)
  • Cooking (1)
"You were on your way to the Annual All New England Revolutionary War Living History exhibition when the end of the world made traditional gender roles obsolete."
Bionic Student 3 "Your parents were so obsessed with making sure you aced every test that they had you outfitted with bionics to make you smarter and never forget anything. And now, you are facing the most dire test yet, and once again you had better succeed, or else."
Paperboy/girl 3
  • Driving (3)
  • Throwing (3)
  • Speaking (1)
"You were delivering the morning paper along your usual route when the Cataclysm struck. The undead hordes don't seem to value the latest news, but at least your trusty bicycle is still in working order."
Bionic Thief 3 "You have done many high profile heists, but your gains mean nothing in this world. All you have left are the tools of your trade and your impeccable style."
Professional Cyclist 3
  • Driving (3)
  • Dodging (2)
"You were a promising young cyclist with a bright career in front of you before this all happened. Perhaps you'll never get to participate in the grand tours now, but as the saying goes: Life is like riding a bicycle, you got to keep moving."
Martial Artist 3
  • Melee (2)
  • Unarmed (2)
  • Dodging (2)
"'Drop the martial arts!', they said. 'Learn a skill for the REAL world!', they said. Well, you're about to show them! SHOW THEM ALL!"
Historical Reenactor 3
  • Survival (2)
  • Tailoring (2)
  • Markmanship (1)
  • Cooking (1)
"You were on your way to the Annual All New England Revolutionary War Living History exhibition when the end of the world permanently derailed your plans."
National Guard 4
  • Marksmanship (1)
  • First Aid (1)
"Your National Guard unit was activated when the epidemic struck. Despite your best efforts you did not manage to meet up with them before all communications ceased and you found yourself alone amongst the dead."
Bionic Boffin 4
  • Bartering (2)
  • Speaking (2)
"Prior to the apocalypse you were employed by a major international corporation as a representative and technical advisor, utilizing the incredible power of your cybernetically augmented mind."
Police Detective 4
  • Marksmanship (3)
  • Pistol (3)
"You were on the brink of a major breakthrough in your last homicide case when the Cataclysm struck. Now that suspect is dead. Everyone's dead. You need a smoke"
Industrial Cyborg 5
  • Fabrication (1)
  • Construction (1)
  • Mechanics (1)
"For better or for worse, bionic augmentation has turned you into a walking power tool. Upgraded with a standard industrial-grade manual labor surgery and training package, you are augmented with bionic muscles and an integrated toolset, both powered by standard batteries."
Archaeologist 5
  • Melee (2)
  • Marksmanship (2)
"While on your way to a long-lost temple following a clue from your dead grandfather's journal, the ground started to shake uncontrollably. Getting a bad feeling about the situation, you head to the nearest shelter."
SWAT Officer 5
  • Marksmanship (3)
  • Pistols (3)
  • Submachine Guns (3)
"As a member of the police force's most elite division, you are more than adequately trained and equipped to survive the brutal onslaught of the apocalypse. Unfortunately, the breakdown of society has brought you to your current state of affairs; you now fight to simply stay alive."
Bionic Soldier 5
  • Marksmanship (1)
  • Rifle (1)
  • Pistol (1)
  • Dodging (1)
"You are the result of one of the military's latest and final research programs, a prototype cyborg soldier. You're still alive thanks to your augmentations, even after all your comrades fell to the undead."
Bionic Athlete 5 "It's a shame the apocalypse happened; you'll never get a shot at the Cyberolympics. Now the only thing between you and death by zombie is your freakish cyborg strength."
Special Operator 5
  • Marksmanship (3)
  • Submachine Gun (3)
  • Pistol (2)
  • Dodging (1)
  • First Aid (1)
  • Swimming (1)
  • Survival (1)
"You were the best of the best, the military's finest. That's why you're still alive, even after all your comrades fell to the undead. As far as you can tell, military command abandoned you in this hellhole when you missed the emergency evac."
Bionic Police Officer 5
  • Marksmanship (1)
  • Pistol (1)
"Mortally injured in the line of duty, you were resurrected by the surgeons from the department's revolutionary Cybercop program. Now, in these lawless times, you are truly the future of law enforcement."
Commercial Cyborg 5 "You always had to have the latest and best gadgets and gizmos, so is it any wonder that you upgraded your flesh along with your smart phone? Only time will tell if your status as a marvel of bionic technology will be enough to ensure your survival after the apocalypse."
Bionic Firefighter 5
  • Melee (2)
  • First Aid (1)
  • Swimming (1)
"As a second-generation augmented firefighter, you have been cybernetically enhanced to operate in the most dire of emergency situations. The end of the world definitely counts as a dire situation."
Bionic Assassin 5
  • Melee (1)
  • Unarmed (1)
  • Speaking (2)
"The product of millions of dollars of clandestine research, you are a bionic sleeper agent capable of silently eliminating your target while maintaining an innocuous appearance."
Razor Boy/Girl 5
  • Melee (2)
  • Unarmed (2)
  • Dodging (2)
"Through a series of painful and expensive surgeries you became a walking bionic weapon, your services as a mercenary available to the highest bidder. Now that the world has ended, those bionic enhancements may spell the difference between life and death."
Bionic Sniper 6
  • Marksmanship (3)
  • Survival (4)
  • Rifles (1)
"Your bionics, equipment, and extensive field training enable you to drop enemies at implausible distances, even after weeks in enemy territory."
Bionic Prepper 6
  • Survival (1)
  • Fabrication (1)
  • Cooking (1)
  • First Aid (1)
"You knew the end was coming. You augmented yourself with some basic bionics and got additional survival training. Now the end has come, and it is time to see if your efforts have paid off."
Blackbelt 8
  • Melee (8)
  • Unarmed (8)
  • Dodging (8)
"As the world ends, you alone stand against the coming darkness with your fists of steel."