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The Best Career Competition Shows Ever Made  

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List Rules The competitive jobs search television series where the contestants work to win.

It’s almost impossible to turn on a television these days and not find a reality television program of some sort. One of the many popular genres in the ever-expanding field of competitive reality television is the job search competition show. These are programs made to challenge people against one another to earn a position of some sort.

This could be as the head chef of a five-star restaurant on a show like Hell’s Kitchen or it could be to take an executive position in a growing company like on The Apprentice. Whatever the show’s ultimate goal, the main focus centers around beating the other competitors to finally win and get a job or a contract.

There truly are tons of examples of this genre, but not all job search competition shows are necessarily good. There’s so much to choose from, but there are a few series that are considerably better than others thanks to the intense competitive spirit found in each episode. This list highlights the very best reality TV shows in the job search competition genre so don't forget to vote up your favorite! Also, it’s possible your favorites are missing, so make sure you add them as well!

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MasterChef is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Career Competition Shows Ever Made
Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot, Joe Bastianich
MasterChef (Fox, 2010) is an American competitive cooking reality show based on the original British series. A nationwide search for the best home cooks in America where one of 50 hopefuls will ...more
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Project Runway is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Career Competition Shows Ever Made
Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia
Project Runway is an American reality television series on Lifetime, previously on the Bravo Network, created by Eli Holzman which focuses on fashion design and is hosted by model Heidi Klum. ...more
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America's Next Top Model is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Career Competition Shows Ever Made
Adrianne Curry, Yoanna House, Tyra Banks
America's Next Top Model is an American reality television series and interactive competition that premiered on May 20, 2003. It originally aired on UPN, whose merger with The WB created The CW ...more
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RuPaul's Drag Race is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Career Competition Shows Ever Made
RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Santino Rice
RuPaul's Drag Race is an American reality competition television series produced by World of Wonder for Logo. RuPaul plays the roles of host, mentor, and source of inspiration for this series, ...more
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Hell's Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Career Competition Shows Ever Made
Gordon Ramsay, Jean Philippe Susilovic, Scott Leibfried
Hell's Kitchen (Fox, 2005) is an American reality competition television series based on the British series. World renowned chef Gordon Ramsay puts aspiring young chefs through rigorous cooking ...more
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The Apprentice is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Career Competition Shows Ever Made
Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, George Ross
All-Star Celebrity Apprentice is a 2008 TV Program created by Mark Burnett.
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The Shot is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Career Competition Shows Ever Made
The Shot
The Shot was a reality television show created by Nigel Barker and produced by VH1 in 2007. The Shot included 10 aspiring fashion photographers working through a series of games in order to win ...more
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So You Think You Can Dance is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Career Competition Shows Ever Made
Mark Thompson, Nigel Lythgoe, Cat Deeley
So You Think You Can Dance is an American televised dance competition show that airs on Fox in the United States and is the flagship series of the international So You Think You Can Dance ...more
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Food Network Star is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Career Competition Shows Ever Made
Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis
Food Network Star (Food Network, 2005) is a reality television series. A contest to find a well rounded great chef with a unique point of view and hosting type of personality to host their own
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Platinum Hit is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Career Competition Shows Ever Made
Platinum Hit
Platinum Hit is a 2011 reality competition series on Bravo, in which 12 singer-songwriters compete through innovative songwriting challenges that tested their creativity, patience and drive. The ...more
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The Glee Project is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Career Competition Shows Ever Made
Nikki Anders, Ryan Murphy, Robert J. Ulrich
The Glee Project is an American reality television series from Oxygen. It served as an audition for the FOX musical comedy series Glee, and the prize for the winner was a minimum seven-episode ...more
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Face Off is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Career Competition Shows Ever Made
Face Off is an American reality television game show on the Syfy cable network in which a group of prosthetic makeup artists compete against each other to create prostheses such as those found ...more
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Top Chef is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Career Competition Shows Ever Made
Emeril Lagasse, Gail Simmons, Padma Lakshmi
Top Chef is an American reality competition show on the cable television network Bravo, that first aired in 2006, in which chefs compete against each other in culinary challenges. They are ...more
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Work of Art: The Next Great Ar... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Career Competition Shows Ever Made
China Chow, Simon de Pury, Jerry Saltz
Work of Art: The Next Great Artist is an American reality competition show that airs on the cable television network Bravo, in which up-and-coming artists compete for a solo exhibition at the ...more
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Ink Master is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Career Competition Shows Ever Made
Ink Master is an American reality competition on Spike in which tattoo artists compete in challenges assessing their tattoo and related artistic skills. They are judged by noted tattoo artists ...more
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The Great Interior Design Chal... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Career Competition Shows Ever Made
Tom Dyckhoff, Daniel Hopwood, Sophie Robinson
The Great Interior Design Challenge (BBC Two, 2014) is a British television annual interior design competition show. Each episode introduces a new location with distinctive architecture and ...more
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Dream Job is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Career Competition Shows Ever Made
Dream Job Tony Kornheiser, Stuart Scott, Woody Paige
Dream Job was an American reality television show from ESPN, which began on February 22, 2004. It was the network's second reality show, with two editions of Beg, Borrow & Deal having ...more
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The Tester is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Career Competition Shows Ever Made
The Tester
The Tester is a serialized reality program created by Sony Computer Entertainment and produced by 51 Minds. Notable as the first original live-action series distributed on a video game console, ...more
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Much Music VJ Search: The Seri... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Career Competition Shows Ever Made
Much Music VJ Search: The Series Sean Gehon
Much Music VJ Search: The Series is an 11 week reality series chronicling the race for one of television's most coveted jobs. Ten VJ hopefuls from across the country, will live together, compete ...more
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I Know My Kid's a Star is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Career Competition Shows Ever Made
Danny Bonaduce
I Know My Kid's a Star is an American competitive reality television TV show starring Danny Bonaduce of the 1970s TV show The Partridge Family as host and primary judge. Casting agent Marki ...more
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American Candidate is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Career Competition Shows Ever Made
American Candidate is a political reality television show. The program aired for one season on Showtime in 2004, and was hosted by Montel Williams. It was created by documentary filmmaker R. J. ...more
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Rock Star is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Career Competition Shows Ever Made
Ryan Star, Dilana, Storm Large
Rock Star is a television series produced by Mark Burnett, David Goffin, and Lisa Hennessy in which aspiring singers from all around the world competed to become the lead singer of a featured ...more
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Top Design is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Career Competition Shows Ever Made
Top Design is an American reality television series. Interior designers compete to win cash and receive a spot in New York's Designer showcases. The first season premiered on January 31, 2007, ...more
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Shear Genius is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Career Competition Shows Ever Made
Jaclyn Smith, Camila Alves, Sally Hershberger
Shear Genius is an American reality television series on the Bravo network that focuses on hair styling. The show first premiered on April 11, 2007. Contestants compete with each other to create ...more
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On the Lot is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Career Competition Shows Ever Made
Carrie Fisher, Brett Ratner, Garry Marshall
On the Lot is a single season reality show competition for filmmaking, produced by Steven Spielberg, Mark Burnett and David Goffin. The show, which aired on Fox, featured filmmakers competing in ...more