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Put your Spanish to work by learning the Spanish names for various crafts and trades.

Most of these nouns have a masculine form and a feminine form – the latter generally ends in -a. When only one form is listed, the noun is always that gender, no matter what the gender of the person it is referring to.

un actor
una actriz
artist un artista una artista
baker un panadero una panadera
butcher un carnicero una carnicera
carpenter un carpintero una carpintera
cashier un cajero una cajera
civil servant un funcionario una funcionaria
cook un cocinero una cocinera
doctor un médico una médica
electrician un electricista una electrista
employee un empleado una empleada
engineer un ingeniero una ingeniera
flight attendant un auxiliar de vuelo una auxiliar de vuelo
lawyer (barrister) un abogado una abogada
manager un director una directora
mechanic un mecánico una mecánica
nurse un enfermero una enfermera
pilot un piloto  
plumber un plomero  
police officer un policía  
receptionist   una recepcionista
secretary un secretario una secretaria
student un estudiante una estudiante
teacher un profesor una profesora
un camarero
una camarera
writer un escritor una escritora

  Unlike English, Spanish does not use an indefinite article in the following construction:

Noun / Name / Subject pronoun + ser + profession

Por ejemplo…

Mi hermano es ingeniero.   My brother is an engineer.
Francisca va a ser dentista.   Francisca is going to be a dentist.
Soy escritor.   I’m a writer.

But you do need an article in other constructions:

Busco a un carpintero.   I’m looking for a carpenter.
¿Conoces a un buen mecánico?   Do you know a good mechanic?

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