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Jobs & Professions / Trabajos y profesiones

In your day to day life, you will meet with numerous professionals whether out of necessity or by accident: salespeople, mechanics, cashiers, musicians, teachers… of course, there are a great number of professions but it is essential to know the most important and common ones to give you a basis in vocabulary which will be very useful to you. One of the first things that people often ask when you meet and are trying to get to know each other is what you do for a living, and now you will be able to tell them what you do – as well as being able to understand what it is that they do in return. Though you may come across professions which are not on this list, you will soon be able to add to it by talking to people and having them describe what they do to you, especially when you know the names of some other jobs which you can use to understand it all better.

In this section, we will provide you with the names for different professions in Spanish, not by sector but by the situation so that you can see what kind of places or events you might encounter these kinds of people at. In this way, it will be easier for you to find the type of word you need. No need to fear asking a police officer a question in the street or checking something with a pharmacist now! Besides making idle conversation about a person’s job with them, you may also need to ask for a person by their job description when you need to see someone with a set of skills in particular: for example if you have hired a car and it breaks down then you may need to ask for directions to the nearest mechanic, or when you are very impressed with a meal you might ask to give your compliments to the chef. If you find a stray pet you might want to find out how to take it to a vet nearby, or if something has gone wrong with the taps in your student accommodation you might wish to take to someone and ask them to hire a plumber. We have listed feminine forms too where applicable.

In the office
Receptionist
Secretary
Manager
Lawyer
Engineer
Accountant
Psychologist
Architect
Politician
At school
Student
Teacher
Principal
At the restaurant
Waiter / waitress
Cook
Medicine
Doctor
Nurse
Surgeon
Dentist
Veterinarian
Pharmacist
Around town
Police officer
Carpenter
Mechanic
Electrician
Plumber
Truck driver
Fireman
Postman
Taxi driver
Out shopping
Cashier
Salesperson
The arts
Writer
Actor / actress
Artist
Painter
Sculptor
Musician
Singer

En la oficina
Recepcionista
Secretario/a
Director/a
Abogado/a
Ingeniero/a
Contable
Psicólogo/a
Arquitecto/a
Político/a
En la escuela
Estudiante
Profesor/a
Director/a
En el restaurante
Camarero/a
Cocinero/a
La medicina
Médico
Enfermero/a
Cirujano/a
Dentista
Veterinario/a
Farmacéutico/a
En el pueblo
Agente de policía
Carpintero/a
Mecánico/a
Electricista
Fontanero/a
Camionero/a
Bombero/a
Cartero/a
Taxista
De compras
Cajero/a
Dependiente
Los artes
Escritor/a
Actor/actriz
Arista
Pintor/a
Escultor/a
Músico
Cantante