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German Vocabulary

German jobs vocabulary isn't difficult to learn - many jobs in German actually sound a lot like their English counterpart. Here you'll find the most important German occupations, but also related vocab all around jobs & the working world.

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14.09.2022

German jobs vocabulary isn't difficult to learn - many jobs in German actually sound a lot like their English counterpart. Here you'll find the most important German occupations, but also related vocab all around jobs & the working world.

German Jobs Vocabulary

We've divided the different jobs into general categories. Here is the table of contents:

If there is some vocabulary related to jobs & occupations that we've missed, don't hesitate to send us a quick mail. 😊

Common Jobs

Let's have a look at some very common jobs first. How would you ask to speak for the waiter? What if you need to find a doctor?

GermanEnglish
der Polizistpoliceman
der Kellnerwaiter
der Lehrerteacher
der BĂ€ckerbaker
der Arzt, die Ärztindoctor, physician
der Kochchef
der Journalistjournalist
der Zahnarztdentist

Example Sentence

Ich arbeite gerade nebenbei als Kellner. SpÀter möchte ich aber gerne Zahnarzt werden.

Blue Collar Jobs

Now let's have a look at some of the most common blue collar jobs and the German vocabulary for these professions:

GermanEnglish
der Handwerkercraftsman
der Klempnerplumber
der Malerpainter
der Tischlercarpenter
der Bauerfarmer
der Mechanikermechanic
der Maurermason, bricklayer
der Elektrikerelectrician

German vocabulary for blue collar jobs also involves a variety of adjectives and verbs. Common adjectives used to describe blue collar jobs include hart (hard), anstrengend (exhausting), schmutzig (dirty) and mĂŒhsam (laborious).

Common German verbs to describe blue collar work are arbeiten (to work), reparieren (to repair), aufrÀumen (to clean up), and montieren (to assemble).

These words can be used to describe blue collar jobs in order to convey the hard work, effort, and dedication required for these occupations.

Example Sentence


Mein Opa war Maler, mein Vater ist aber Tischler geworden - und ich auch!

Office Jobs

Now let's have a look at German vocabulary for office jobs (including white collar jobs). People like software developers, bankers & architects:

GermanEnglish
der Softwareentwicklersoftware developer
der Steuerberateraccountant
der BĂ€nkerbanker
der Architektarchitect

Useful German verbs associated with white colloar professions are kommunizieren (communicate), delegieren (delegate), and koordinieren (coordinate).

Adjectives that might be associated with these professions are effizient (efficient), analytisch (analytical), and kreativ (creative).

Creative & Artistic Jobs

Creative and artistic jobs in Germany often involve the use of unique and specific vocabulary. But first, let's see the actual German names for creative professions first:

GermanEnglish
der Musikermusician
der Schauspieleractor
der KĂŒnstlerartist
der Schriftstellerauthor
der Fotografphotographer

For those working in the creative field such as artists, actors or writers, the following words may be especially useful.

Adjectives such as kreativ, bildlich, and fantasievoll are often used to describe artistic works or performances.

Verbs such as schreiben, malen, and spielen are also common, and refer to key actions often associated with these jobs.

Furthermore, words such as Kunstwerk and TheaterstĂŒck can be used to describe specific works and pieces.

Vocabulary for Job Applications

While it's useful to know job descriptions in German, you might be looking to apply for a job in Germany. It helps to know some key vocabulary to help you with jobs applications. This way, you will know your way around CV's, applications & interviews.

GermanEnglish
das Unternehmencompany
der Mitarbeiterco-worker
der LebenslaufCV, resume
die Bewerbungjob application
das VorstellungsgesprÀch(job) interview

Knowing additional key words such as “Bewerbungsunterlagen” (application documents), “Stellenbeschreibung” (job description) and “Gehaltsvorstellungen” (salary expectations) can be especially useful in the job application process.

Additionally, adjectives or verbs that might make sense to learn here could be “verantwortungsvoll” (responsible), “motiviert” (motivated), “flexibel” (flexible) and “zuverlĂ€ssig” (reliable).

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