Fortune teller


Fortune tellers claim to foretell future events about a person’s life and provide clients with their interpretation. They often use various techniques such as card reading, palm reading or tea-leaves reading.

Other titles

The following job titles also refer to fortune teller:

palm reader
crystal gazer
tea leaf reader
tarot card reader
mind reader

Minimum qualifications

No formal educational credential is generally required to work as a fortune teller.

ISCO skill level

ISCO skill level is defined as a function of the complexity and range of tasks and duties to be performed in an occupation. It is measured on a scale from 1 to 4, with 1 the lowest level and 4 the highest, by considering:

  • the nature of the work performed in an occupation in relation to the characteristic tasks and duties
  • the level of formal education required for competent performance of the tasks and duties involved and
  • the amount of informal on-the-job training and/or previous experience in a related occupation required for competent performance of these tasks and duties.

Fortune teller is a Skill level 2 occupation.

Fortune teller career path

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These occupations require some skills and knowledge of fortune teller. They also require other skills and knowledge, but at a higher ISCO skill level, meaning these occupations are accessible from a position of fortune teller with a significant experience and/or extensive training.

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Essential knowledge and skills

Essential knowledge

This knowledge should be acquired through learning to fulfill the role of fortune teller.

  • Fortune-telling techniques: The methods or objects that are used by fortune tellers to interpret and predict the future, such as card reading, palm reading or tea-leaves reading.
  • Rhetoric: The art of discourse that aims at improving the ability of writers and speakers to inform, persuade or motivate their audience.
  • Occultism: The study of occult arts or practices, the belief in supernatural powers. These practices include alchemy, spiritualism, religion, magic and divination.

Essential skills and competences

These skills are necessary for the role of fortune teller.

  • Give advice on personal matters: Advise people on love and marriage issues, business and job opportunities, health or other personal aspects.
  • Use consulting techniques: Advise clients in different personal or professional matters.
  • Prospect new customers: Initiate activities in order to attract new and interesting customers. Ask for recommendations and references, find places where potential customers can be located.
  • Maintain privacy of service users: Respect and maintain the dignity and privacy of the client, protecting his or her confidential information and clearly explaining policies about confidentiality to the client and other parties involved.
  • Maintain customer service: Keep the highest possible customer service and make sure that the customer service is at all times performed in a professional way. Help customers or participants feel at ease and support special requirements.
  • Assess character: Assess how a certain person will react, verbally or physically, in a specific situation or to a specific happening.
  • Promote yourself: Market one’s own strengths in terms of skills and knowledge.
  • Develop professional network: Reach out to and meet up with people in a professional context. Find common ground and use your contacts for mutual benefit. Keep track of the people in your personal professional network and stay up to date on their activities.

Optional knowledge and skills

Optional knowledge

This knowledge is sometimes, but not always, required for the role of fortune teller. However, mastering this knowledge allows you to have more opportunities for career development.

  • Astrology: The study of the movements and positions of celestial bodies and interpretation of these to predict natural earthly occurrences and the lives and behaviour of people.
  • Digital marketing techniques: The marketing techniques used on the web to reach and engage with stakeholders, customers and clients.
  • Numerology: The study of numbers and their occult significance and supposed influence on human life.

Optional skills and competences

These skills and competences are sometimes, but not always, required for the role of fortune teller. However, mastering these skills and competences allows you to have more opportunities for career development.

  • Perform live: Perform in front of live audiences.
  • Entertain people: Provide people with amusement by doing or offering a performance, like a show, a play or an artistic performance.
  • Manage a small-to-medium business: Manage the organisational, financial and day-to-day operation of a small-to-medium enterprise.
  • Interpret tarot cards: Give advice to a person or make future forecasts about their personal or professional life, based on the tarot cards that were picked.
  • Use different communication channels: Make use of various types of communication channels such as verbal, handwritten, digital and telephonic communication with the purpose of constructing and sharing ideas or information.
  • Perform improvisation: Perform dialogues or actions spontaneously or without preparation.
  • Promote human rights: Promote and respect human rights and diversity in light of the physical, psychological, spiritual and social needs of autonomous individuals, taking into account their opinions, beliefs and values, and the international and national codes of ethics, as well as the ethical implications of healthcare provision, ensuring their right to privacy and honouring for the confidentiality of healthcare information.
  • Interview people: Interview people in a range of different circumstances.
  • Read palms: Interpret the lines on the client’s hands, as well the shape of various features. According to a traditional or personal system, interpret these features, and possibly others such as texture and flexibility of the palm. Make statements on the person’s personality, motivations, or events in their lives.
  • Administer appointments: Accept, schedule and cancel appointments.
  • Keep personal administration: File and organise personal administration documents comprehensively.
  • Communicate by telephone: Liaise via telephone by making and answering calls in a timely, professional and polite manner.
  • Use internet chat: Chat online using dedicated chat websites, messenger applications or social media websites.

ISCO group and title

5161 – Astrologers, fortune-tellers and related workers

  1. Fortune teller – ESCO
Last updated on November 10, 2022

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