July 8, 2020

Korean Vocabulary Occupations and Professions

Today we are going to focus on learning some useful vocabulary for describing occupations and professions.

Quick Background

If you read our article on time and date you might remember how it was mentioned that 일 (eel) should only be used as a counter for days as it has a different meaning when used by itself.

In today's lesson we would see 일 (eel) again as it means “work”.

일 (eel) = work of any kind

직업 (ji-geob) = jobEnter your text here...

If you want to ask what someone does for a living it would be:

무슨 일을 하세요? (mo-seun eel-eul ha-seo-yo) = What do you do?

While if you want to ask what someone’s job is, it would be:

직업이 뭐예요? (ji-geo-bi mwo-ye-yo) = What is your job?

Now let’s check a list of professions and occupations you can add to your Korean vocabulary!

Korean Jobs Vocabulary

HangulRomanizationEnglish
회계사hoe-kye-saAccountant
배우bae-uActor/Actress
건축가geon-chuk-gaArchitect
예술가ye-sul-gaArtist
운동선수un-dong-seon-suAthlete
저자jeo-jaAuthor
은행원eun-haeng-wonBank clerk
사업가sa-eob-gaBusiness person/Entrepreneur
정비사jeong-bi-saCar mechanic
출납원chul-na-bwonCashier
사장sa-jangCEO/President
요리사yo-ri-saChef/Cook
작곡가jak-gok-gaComposer
치과의사chi-gwa-ui-saDentist
조사자jo-sa-jaDetective/Investigator
영양학자yeong-yang-hak-jaDietitian/Nutricionist
부장bu-jangDivision head/Director
의사ui-saDoctor
교육자gyo-yuk-jaEducator
회사원hoe-sa-wonEmployee/Office worker
기술자gi-sul-jaEngineer/Technician
연예인yeon-ye-inEntertainer/Celebrity
기업가gi-eob-gaEntrepreneur
농부nong-buFarmer
소방관so-bang-gwanFirefighter
승무원seung-mu-wonFlight attendant
정부 공무원jeong-bu gong-mu-wonGovernment official
미용사mi-yong-saHairdresser
주부ju-buHousewife
통역사tong-yeok-saInterpreter/Translator
발명가bal-myeong-gaInventor
변호사byeon-ho-saLawyer
구조원gu-jo-wonLifeguard
마술사ma-sul-saMagician
우체부u-che-buMail carrier/Postman
매니저mae-ni-jeoManager
군인gun-inMilitary personnel/Soldier
영화 감독yeong-hwa gam-dokMovie director/Filmmaker
음악가eum-ak-gaMusician
모델mo-delModel
보모bo-moNanny
간호사gan-ho-saNurse
목사mok-saPastor
약사yak-saPharmacist
사진사sa-jin-saPhotographer
조종사jo-jong-saPilot
경찰관gyeong-chal-gwanPolice officer
정치가jeong-chi-gaPolitician
교사gyo-saProfessor/Teacher
프로그래머peu-ro-geu-rae-meoProgrammer
신부shin-buPriest
교장선생님gyo-jang-seon-saeng-nimPrincipal
부동산업자bu-dong-san-eob-jaReal estate agent
접수원jeob-su-wonReceptionist
심판shim-panReferee
기자gi-jaReporter
판매원pan-mae-wonSalesman
영업 사원yeong-eob sa-wonSalesperson
과학자gwa-hak-jaScientist
안전요원an-jeon-yo-wonSecurity guard
비서bi-seoSecretary
가수ga-suSinger
사회복지사sa-hoe-bok-ji-saSocial worker
학생hak-saengStudent
택시기사taek-si-gi-saTaxi driver
선생님seon-saeng-nimTeacher
번역가beon-yeok-gaTranslator
여행사yeo-haeng-saTravel agent
백수baek-suUnemployed
대리 운전사dae-ri-un-jeon-saValet driver
교감선생님gyo-gam-seon-saeng-nimVice-principal
지원자ji-won-jaVolunteer
작가jak-gaWriter/Author

Useful Korean Phrases and Sentence Structures

Let’s check some useful phrases using the vocabulary you just learned!

If someone asks you:

무슨 일을 하세요? (mo-seun eel-eul ha-seo-yo) = What do you do?

The sentence structure to answer that is:

저는 + occupation + 입니다. (jeo-neun + occupation + im-ni-da) = I am a/an “occupation”.

So if you want to say that you are a student it would be like this:

저는 학생입니다. (jeo-neun hak-saeng im-ni-da) = I am a student.

Some other useful sentence structures are:

당신은 + occupation + 입니다. (dang-shin-eun + occupation + im-ni-da) = You are a/an “occupation”.

그녀는 + occupation + 입니다. (geu-nyeo-neun + occupation + im-ni-da) = She is a/an “occupation”.

그는 + occupation + 입니다. (geu-neun + occupation + im-ni-da) = He is a/an “occupation”.

Conclusion

That’s all for today's lesson! We went through a list of common professions and occupations that should prove themselves useful on your journey of learning Korean.

Make sure to include as many of them as possible in your daily life to help with memorization. With the use of the sentence structures you learned it should come naturally after a few tries.

REVIEW AND REPEAT DAILY, AND YOU WILL SEE PROGRESS!
화이팅!!

About the author 

Dee Fialho

Dee Fialho is a Software Engineer and language enthusiast. When not coding or studying a new language, she enjoys brewing some delicious coffee.

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