Vocabulary related to jobs in French

Everyone takes up a job to earn for themselves. In this lesson, you will learn about various jobs and what they are called in French.

1. Médecin 

Meaning: a person with a medical degree whose job is to treat people who are ill or hurt

English: doctor

Example: Elle ne va jamais chez le médecin même si elle est malade. (She never goes to the doctor even if she is ill.)

2. Ingénieur 

Meaning: a person whose job is to design or build machines, engines, or electrical equipment, or things such as roads, railways, or bridges, using scientific principles

English: engineer

Example: Mon frère est un ingénieur solaire. (My brother is a solar engineer.)

3. Fonctionnaire 

Meaning: a person who works for local, state, or esp. the federal government

English: civil servant 

Example: Mon père a été fonctionnaire pendant de nombreuses années. (My father was a civil servant for many years.)

4. Boulanger

Meaning: a person whose job is to make bread and cakes for sale, or to sell bread and cakes

English: baker 

Example: Prenons les pâtisseries de mon ami qui est boulanger. (Let’s get pastries from my friend who is a baker.)

5. Plombier

Meaning: a person whose job is to supply and connect or repair water pipes, baths, toilets, etc.

English: plumber 

Example: Le plombier a réparé le robinet en un rien de temps. (The plumber fixed the tap in no time.)

6. Pompier 

Meaning: a man whose job is to stop unwanted fires from burning

English: fireman 

Example: Le pompier a sauvé la vie de nombreuses personnes ce jour-là. (The fireman saved the lives of many people that day.)

7. Professeur 

Meaning: to prepare land and grow crops on it, or to grow a particular crop

English: teacher 

Example: Mon professeur de mathématiques nous a très bien expliqué les sommes.(My Maths teacher explained the sums to us very nicely.)

8. Avocat 

Meaning: someone whose job is to give advice to people about the law and speak for them in court

English: Lawyer 

Example: Elle voulait être avocate lorsqu’elle grandit. (She wanted to be a lawyer when she grew up.)

9. Infirmier 

Meaning : (the title given to) a person whose job is to care for people who are ill or injured, especially in a hospital

English: nurse

Example: Il a pu récupérer si vite grâce à l’infirmière qui s’est occupée de lui. (He was able to recover so fast thanks to the nurse who looked after him.)

10. Charpentier

Meaning: a person whose job is making and repairing wooden objects and structures

English: carpenter

Example: Veuillez demander au charpentier de réparer ma chaise. (Please ask the carpenter to repair my chair. )

11. Gerant 

Meaning : the person who is responsible for managing an organization

English: manager 

Example: Elle est devenue la directrice de la banque très jeune. (She became the bank manager at quite a young age.)

12. Ecrivain 

Meaning: a person who writes books or articles to be published

English: writer

Example: Je lui ai offert un livre écrit par son écrivain préféré. (I gifted her a book written by her favourite writer.) 

13. Peintre 

Meaning: someone who paints pictures

English: painter

Example: Elle veut devenir un peintre renommé. (She wants to become a renowned painter.) 

14. Serveur

Meaning: a man whose job is to bring the food to customers at their tables in a restaurant

English: waiter

Example: Il a donné au serveur un bon pourboire pour ses services. (He gave the waiter a good tip for his services.)

15. Coiffeur

Meaning: a person who cuts people’s hair and puts it into a style, usually working in a special shop, called a hairdresser’s

English: hairdresser 

Example: Elle se fait coiffer uniquement par son coiffeur préféré. (She gets her hair done only by her favourite hairdresser.) 

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