Common Jobs and Professions - English Vocabulary

Here is a list of 36 common Jobs and Professions in English, as well as an explanation of what a person in each profession does.


Accountant(s)

A person who looks after the finances in an organisation.

Baker(s)

A person who bakes bread and cakes. They usually work in a bakery.

Barber(s)

A person who shaves men’s beards and cuts men’s hair.

Bartender(s)

A person who tends a bar or a pub and serves drinks. Also known as Barman or Barmaid.

Builder(s)

A person who constructs something by putting parts or material together - Also known as construction workers.

Butcher(s)

A person whose trade is cutting up and selling meat in a shop.

Carpenter(s)

A person who makes and repairs wooden objects and structures.

Cashier(s)

A person that handles payments and receipts in a shop, bank, or business.

Chef(s)

A person who cooks and prepares food. Typically the chief cook in a restaurant or hotel.

Cleaner(s)

A person employed to clean the interior of a building.

Dentist(s)

A person who is qualified to treat diseases and other conditions that affect the teeth and gums. 

Doctor(s)

A person who is qualified to treat people who are ill. They usually work in hospitals.

Electrician(s)

A person who installs and maintains electrical equipment.

Engineer(s)

A person who designs, builds or maintains engines, machines, or structures.

Fireman (Firemen)

 A person employed to extinguish or prevent fires. Also known as Firefighter(s).

Flight Attendant(s)

An airline employee who serves meals, attends to passengers' comfort, etc, during a flight.

Hairdresser(s)

A person who cuts and styles hair as an occupation.

Journalist(s)

A person who writes for newspapers, magazines or news websites, or prepares news to be broadcast.

Judge(s)

A public officer appointed to decide cases in a law court.

Lawyer(s)

A person whose profession is to provide people with legal advice and services.

Musician(s)

A person who makes music a profession, especially as a performer of music.

Nurse(s)

A person trained to care for the sick or infirm, especially in a hospital.

Painter(s)

A person whose job is painting buildings.

Photographer(s)

A person who takes photographs as an occupation.

Pilot(s)

A person who operates the flying controls of an aircraft.

Plumber(s)

A person who fits and repairs the pipes, fittings, and other apparatus of water supply, sanitation, or heating systems.

Policeman (Policemen)

A person who is a member of the police force. (Policewoman) is used for females.

Postman (Postmen)

A person who is employed to deliver or collect letters and parcels. (Mailman) is used in American English.

Receptionist(s)

A person who greets and deals with clients and visitors to a surgery, office, etc.

Scientist(s)

A person who is studying or has expert knowledge of one or more of the natural or physical sciences.

Secretary (Secretaries)

A person employed by an individual or in an office to assist with correspondence and carry out administrative tasks.

Tailor(s)

A person whose occupation is making fitted clothes such as suits, trousers, and jackets to fit individual customers.

Technician(s)

A person employed to look after technical equipment or do practical work in a laboratory.

Waiter(s)

A person whose job is to serve customers at their tables in a restaurant. (Waitress) is used for females

Welder(s)

A person whose job is to weld materials together.

Vet(s)

A person with a medical degree trained to take care of the health of animals. They usually work in a veterinary surgery or vets.


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