Professions – a paid occupation, especially one that involves prolonged training and a formal qualification.

Names of Professions and Jobs

Below we have a list of different occupations in English and an explanation of what each person does in that profession. For words to describe people go here.

Accountant – a person that works with the money and accounts of a company.

Actor /Actress – a person that acts in a play or a movie

Architect – a person that designs building and houses.

Astronomer – a person who studies the stars and the universe

Artist – a person who produces paintings, sculptors or drawings as a profession or hobby.

Astronaut – a person who is trained to travel in a spacecraft.

Author – They write books or novels.

Baker – They make bread and cakes and normally work in a bakery.

Ballerina – a female ballet dancer.

Bartender – a person who mixes and serves drinks at a bar.

Biologist – an expert in or student of the branch of science concerning living organisms.

Boxer – a person who takes part in boxing, especially as a sport.

Bricklayer – a person that helps to build houses using bricks.

Bus driver – a person that drives buses.


Butcher – a person that works with meat. They cut the meat and sell it in their shop.

Carpenter – a person that makes things from wood including houses and furniture.

Caretaker – a person employed to look after people, buildings or animals.

Cashier – a person handling payments and receipts in a store, bank, or other business.

Chef/Cook – a person that prepared food for others, often in a restaurant or café.

Cleaner – a person that cleans/tidies an area or place (such as in an office)

Content Creator – a person who creates entertaining or educational material to be expressed through any medium or channel. 

Computer ProgrammerComputer programmers write, modify, and test code and scripts that allow computer software and applications to function properly.

Customs Officer – a person who works for the official organization responsible for collecting taxes on goods coming into a country

Dentist – a person that can fix problems you have with your teeth.

Designer – a person who has the job of designing things.

Delivery Man – a person who delivers wholesale or retail goods to customers usually over a regular local route.

Diver – a person who dives as a sport.

Doctor – a person you go to see when you are ill or have some type of health problem.

Dustman/Refuse collector – a person that collects trash/rubbish from bins in the street.

Editor – a person who is in charge of and determines the final content of a text, particularly a newspaper or magazine.

Entrepreneur – a person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on greater than normal financial risks in order to do so.

Electrician – a person that works with electric circuits.

Engineer – a person who develops solutions to technical problems. They sometimes design, build, or maintain engines, machines, structures or public works.

Factory worker – a person that works in a factory.

Farmer – a person that works on a farm, usually with animals.

Fireman/Fire fighter – a person that puts out fires.

Fisherman – a person that catches fish

Flight Attendant – a steward or stewardess on an aircraft.

Florist – a person that works with flowers.

Gardener – a person that keeps gardens clean and tidy. They take care of the plants in the garden.

Gas Station Attendant – A filling station attendant or gas station attendant is a worker at a full-service filling station who performs services other than accepting payment.

Guitarist – a person who plays the guitar.

Hairdresser – they cut your hair or give it a new style.

Journalist – a person that makes new reports in writing or through television.

Judge – a qualified person that decides cases in a law court.

Lawyer – a person that defends people in court and gives legal advice.

Lecturer – a person that gives lectures, usually in a university.

Librarian – a person that works in a library.

Lifeguard – a person that saves lives where people swim (at a beach or swimming pool).

Marketer – a person or company that advertises or promotes something.

Mechanic – a person that repairs machines, especially car motors.

Miner – a person who works in a mine.

Musician – a person who plays a musical instrument, especially as a profession, or is musically talented.

Model – a (usually attractive) person that works in fashion, modeling clothes and accessories.

Newsreader – a person that reads the news, normally on television.

Nurse – a person trained to help a doctor look after the sick or injured.

Office Worker – an employee who works in an office, for example carrying out clerical or administrative work for an organization.

Optician – a person that checks your eyes and try and correct any problems with your sight.

Painter – a person that paints pictures or the interior and exterior of buildings.

Pharmacist – a qualified person that works with and dispenses medicine.

Photographer – a person that takes photos.

Pilot – a person who flies a plane.

Plumber – a person that repairs your water systems or pipes.

Politician – a person who works in politics.

Police Officer– a member of the police force. They (try and) prevent crime.

Postman – a person that delivers mail to your house.

Paramedic – a person trained to give emergency medical care to people who are injured or ill, typically in a setting outside of a hospital.

Priest/Pastor – a person who performs religious ceremonies and duties in a Christian religion.

Rabbi – a Jewish scholar or teacher, especially one who studies or teaches Jewish law.

Real estate agent – a person that makes money from selling land for development.

Receptionist – a person that is at the reception (entrance) of a company.

Repairman – a person who repairs vehicles, machinery, or appliances.

Scientist – a person that works in the science industry. They do many experiments.

Secretary – a person employed in an office who types letters, keeps records etc.

Shop assistant – a person that works in a shop or store selling products.

Singer – a person who sings, especially professionally.

Speaker – a person who delivers a speech or lecture, or a representative of company or institution.

Soldier – a person who works for the army.

Student – a person who is studying at a school or college.

Surgeon – a medical practitioner qualified to practice surgery.

Tailor – a person that makes clothes for others, many times producing exclusive items of clothing.

Taxi driver – a person who drives a taxi.

Teacher – a person that passes knowledge to students, usually at school.

Translator – a person that translates from one language to another.

Traffic warden – a person that patrols areas to check that people do not park in the wrong place.

Travel agent – a person that organizes and sells holidays and flights for others.

Veterinary doctor (Vet) – a qualified person that looks after sick animals.

Violinist – a person who plays the violin.

Waiter/Waitress – a person that works in a food outlet, looking after customers and serving food.

Window cleaner – a person that cleans windows, normally the windows of big buildings.

Writer – a person who writes books, stories, or articles as a job or regular occupation.

YouTuber – a person who uploads, produces, or appears in videos on the video-sharing website YouTube.

Professions in English