The Secretary of State's rules on this subject are not a model of clarity. According to the Secretary of State:
Occupation is the nature of an individual’s primary job or business, whether paid or unpaid. Occupational information is not required for an individual that is not employed (e.g. student, retired, volunteer, and homemaker).
If the individual is not employed (including retired, student, etc.) indicate “not employed.”
Some examples of acceptable occupational descriptions include:
CEO (Chief Executive Officer)
CFO (Chief Financial Officer)
Vice President of Marketing
Unacceptable Occupational Descriptions
Titles, industry names or other generic descriptors that do not convey the nature of the work performed are not sufficient. Some examples of unacceptable occupational descriptions include:
Small Business Owner
Acceptable Employer Information
Employer’s name and address is the company’s legal name and the physical location address by city and state.