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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:

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?

EnglishGerman
der Polizistpoliceman
der Kellnerwaiter
der Lehrerteacher
der Bäckerbaker
der Arzt, die Ärztindoctor, physician
der Kochchef
der Journalistjournalist
der Zahnarztdentist

Example Sentence


Ich arbeite gerade nebenbei als waiterKellner. Später möchte ich aber gerne dentistZahnarzt werden.


Blue Collar Jobs

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

Example Sentence


Mein Opa war painterMaler, mein Vater ist aber carpenterTischler geworden - und ich auch!

Office Jobs

EnglishGerman
der Softwareentwicklersoftware developer
der Steuerberateraccountant
der Bänkerbanker
der Architektarchitect

Creative & Artistic Jobs

EnglishGerman
der Musikermusician
der Schauspieleractor
der Künstlerartist
der Schriftstellerauthor
der Fotografphotographer

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 vocabulary to help you with jobs applications. This way, you will know your way around CV's, applications & interviews.

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