An associate is used by some retail stores to refer to a worker. Career would distinguish a worker who intends to work in that business for a long time from one who is only a seasonal or otherwise temporary worker.This is an example of doublespeak: a career associate scanning professional is used to refered to a grocery checkout clerk. But I don't really understand the meaning of "career associate" in that phrase. What do the 2 words "career associate" mean? Thanks.