Jobs and Occupations in English

Jobs and occupations are positions where someone get paid. An occupation is a person’s job or profession. Everybody works for a living but this working position is called differently according to the place, status and the activities you do. When you need to talk about the way you earn money you need to learn the names of the jobs and occupations in English.

Pictures and pronunciations

This is a list of jobs and occupations with images. Just click on an image so that you can listen to the pronunciation.

Word list

  • job
  • occupation
  • accountant
  • actor
  • actress
  • athlete
  • author
  • baker
  • barber
  • beautician
  • broker
  • builder
  • burglar
  • butcher
  • carpenter
  • cashier
  • chambermaid
  • chauffeur
  • chef
  • clerk
  • coach
  • cook
  • craftsman
  • criminal
  • dentist
  • director
  • doctor
  • editor
  • electrician
  • engineer
  • farmer
  • fire fighter
  • fisherman
  • footballer
  • hairdresser
  • imam
  • judge
  • lawyer
  • magician
  • mechanic
  • model
  • musician
  • nurse
  • optician
  • painter
  • pharmacist
  • photographer
  • pilot
  • plumber
  • poet
  • policeman
  • policewoman
  • politician
  • porter
  • postman
  • president
  • priest
  • prime minister
  • professor
  • rabbi
  • real estate agent
  • receptionist
  • sailor
  • sales representative
  • salesman
  • scientist
  • secretary
  • shoemaker
  • shop assistant
  • soldier
  • surgeon
  • tailor
  • taxi driver
  • teacher
  • technician
  • translator
  • travel agent
  • veterinarian (vet)
  • waiter
  • waitress
  • welder

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Flashcards exercise about jobs and occupations

The flashcards below have pictures of jobs and occupations. Firstly, try to guess the names of the professions then open the cards.


Flip the card game

Click on the cards below and say the name of the professions in your own language.

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Example sentences

  1. I am a policeman.
  2. He is a fireman.
  3. I am a doctor. I can examine patients.
  4. He is a waiter. He can take orders and serve.
  5. She is a hairdresser. He can cut and design hair.
  6. He is a driver. He can drive cars and lorries.
  7. I am a cook. I can cook delicious meals.
  8. Oliver is a dentist. He likes his job.
  9. I worked as a chef in a famous restaurant.
  10. He worked as a freelancer.
  11. My father is retired now.

Asking questions about jobs and occupations

  1. Are you a tailor? – Yes, I am a tailor.
  2. What can an English teacher do? – An English teacher can teach English.
  3. What can a farmer do? – He can grow fruits and vegetables.
  4. Can a judge repair cars? – No, he can’t.
  5. What does Misaki do? – He is an architect.
  6. Can a mechanic cut hair? – No, he can’t. He can repair cars.
  7. Where do you work? – I work in an international company.
  8. Is it an indoor or outdoor job? – It is an indoor job.
  9. Do you have a job? – Yes, I have a job.
  10. What is your dream job? Why? – My dream job is to be a professional footballer, because I love playing football.
  11. What does your father do? – He is a pharmacist.

Reading passage

I am Thomas. I am a student. My father is a soldier and he works in the army. That is why it is a heavy duty. My mother is a housewife. She was an optician, but she is unemployed now. She can cook delicious meals. My elder brother is a university student and he wants to be an engineer, because he likes science. In fact, he wanted to be a scientist in his childhood. My sister is 14. She wants to be a painter or a poet, because she likes art and literature.

Flashcards of jobs and occupations vocabulary to download and share

Picture quiz about jobs and occupations vocabulary

Select the relevant name of the job from the list. Your correct answers will add 10 points to your score.


Listening test

Listen to the pronunciation of the occupation. Then select it from the list of pictures.


Writing test

Write the name of the job into the box.



Spelling test

First start the test and listen to the name of the job. After that type what you hear into the text box below.


PDF and image worksheets about jobs and occupations to download and share

These are the worksheets for free to download and share.

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External resource links:
There are some external links that may help you. You can click jobs and occupations in English to watch a video. You can also play vocabulary games here or play another game here. You may also read articles about jobs and occupations. For example, you can read information about jobs and occupations on WikiPedia here.

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