Jobs Vocabulary – Different Types of Work

Clip-art of the word JOB.

Well-known jobs and professions

ODD JOBS (pronounced ‘ʤɒbz) Idiom

Casual or isolated pieces of work, especially of routine domestic or manual nature. For example: “He takes odd jobs, but nothing that would lead to a career”

WORK (pronounced ‘wə:rk) Noun

  1. Activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a purpose or result. For example: He was tired after a day’s work in the fields. Synonyms: labour, toil, slog, exertion, effort, industry, service.
  2. A place or premises for industrial activity, typically manufacturing. For example: There are jobs at the iron-works.
  3. Mental or physical activity as a means of earning income; employment. For example: People need work. Synonyms: employment, jobs, positions, situations, posts.
  4. A task or tasks to be undertaken; something a person or thing has to do. For example: They made sure the work was progressing smoothly.
  5. Something done or made. For example: A work of fiction. Synonyms: handiwork, doing, act, deed.

TO WORK – Verb

  1. Be engaged in physical or mental activity in order to achieve a purpose or result, especially in one’s job. For example: An engineer who was working on a new design. Synonyms: toil, labor, exert oneself.
  2. Be employed, typically in a specified occupation or field. For example: She has worked in education for many years. Synonyms: Be employed, have a job, do jobs, do business, earn one’s living.
  3. Operate or function, (of a machine or system). For example: His cell phone doesn’t work unless he goes to high ground. Synonyms: function, go, run, operate.
accountant actor agriculturalist
air stewardess architect athlete
author banker bartender
barrister beautician biologist
bookeeper builder bus-driver
butcher caretaker carpenter
cashier chef chemist
childcarer civil engineer civil servant
cleaner clerk coach driver
computer programmer construction worker consultant
cook court reporter customs officer
dancer decorator dentist
designer director doctor
economist editor electrician
estate agent farmer fireman
fitness instructor historian lawyer
lecturer librarian lorry driver
manager mathematician mechanic
microbiologist miner model
nanny newsreader nurse
optician photographer physician
policeman psychiatrist psychologist
receptionist reporter researcher
retailer roofer sailor
salesperson scientist secretary
shepherd shop assistant singer
social worker soldier solicitor
surgeon surveyor tailor
taxi driver teacher telephonist
train driver travel agent TV presenter

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