Assignment day is the day when students of Ember randomly receive the jobs they will have, usually for the rest of their life, although it might be changed at Evaluation Day.


During the last day of the last grade of school, children at the City of Ember school will be given an assignment, which is chosen from a patched-up bag. The current mayor holds a bag full of slips of paper, each with a different assignment. One student at a time will stand up and select an assignment. The assignment chosen will be the student's new place of work for three years, although trading assignments with another is possible.

Known Assignments

The assignments given are sorted into three categories designed by the book's characters: the best jobs, decent jobs, and the worst jobs

  • Electrician's Assistant
  • Greenhouse Assistant
  • Storekeeper
  • Mayor
  • Messenger
  • Doctor's Assistant
  • Building Repair Assistant
  • Shopkeeper
  • Guard
  • Supply Depot Clerk
  • Supply Depot Carrier
  • Pipework Laborer
  • Trash Sifter
  • Mold Scraper
  • Timekeeper's Assistant
  • Cart Puller
  • ext.
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