Professions

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.
  • Businessman
  • 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