Professions in SpanishProfesiones

What’s your job? Learn to talk about what you do with this list of some common professions in Spanish.

Most of these nouns have a masculine form and a feminine form – the latter generally ends in -a. Un/a indicates that the noun is spelled the same for both men and women. 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/a 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 functionaria
cook   un cocinero
una cocinera
doctor   un médico
una médica
electrician   un/a electricista
employee   un empleado
une empleada
engineer   un ingeniero
una ingeniera
flight attendant   un(a) auxiliar de vuelo
lawyer (barrister)   un abogado
una abogada
maid   una criada
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/a estudiante
teacher   un profesor
una profesora
waiter/waitress   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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