Being able to tell which is your own job is necessary, as it is a quite common conversation topic.
Among adult people, it is one of the very first things you learn when you get acquainted with someone.
Let's see a list of the main jobs in Italian.
|l'agente di viaggi||the travel agent|
|il ballerino||the dancer|
|il banchiere||the banker|
|il barbiere||the barber|
|il barista||the barman|
|il bibliotecario||the librarian|
|il cameriere||the waiter|
|il cantante||the singer|
|la casalinga||the housewife|
|il cassiere||the cashier|
|il chirurgo||the surgeon|
|il commesso||the shop assistant|
|il contadino||the farmer|
|il cuoco||the cook|
|il dentista||the dentist|
|il dirigente||the manager|
|il dottore/il medico||the doctor|
|il falegname||the carpenter|
|il fotografo||the photographer|
|il fruttivendolo||the greengrocer|
|il giornalista||the journalist|
|il giudice||the judge|
|la guida turistica||the tourist guide|
|l'impiegato||the employee/ the office worker|
|l'insegnante/il maestro||the teacher|
|il macellaio||the butcher|
|il marinaio||the sailor|
|il meccanico||the mechanic|
|il militare||the soldier|
|il minatore||the miner|
|il modello||the model|
|il muratore||the mason|
|il musicista||the musician|
|l'operaio||the factory worker|
|il panettiere||the baker|
|il parrucchiere||the hairdresser|
|il pescatore||the fisher|
|il pescivendolo||the fishmonger|
|il pilota||the pilot|
|il poeta||the poet|
|il politico||the politician|
|il poliziotto||the policeman|
|il pompiere / il vigile del fuoco||the fireman|
|il postino||the postman|
|lo psichiatra||the psychiatrist|
|lo psicologo||the psychologist|
|il redattore||the editor|
|il regista||the film director|
|il sarto||the tailor|
|lo scienzato||the scientist|
|lo scrittore||the writer|
|lo segretario||the secretary|
|il tassista||the taxi driver|
|il traduttore||the translator|
As their English equivalents, dottore and medico are often used interchangeably. However, students who accomplished their PhD are only called "dottore".
In Italian, both job and work translates as lavoro.
A synonym of lavoro is professione. It is used in official and formal contexts (i.e. documents, contracts, ...).
Let's see some useful vocabs and sentences to talk about your job.
|Che lavoro fai?||What do you do for a living?|
|Quale è la sua professione?||Which is your profession?|
|Ti piace il tuo lavoro?||Do you like your job?|
|Sì, mi piace il mio lavoro||Yes, I like my job|
|No, non mi piace il mio lavoro||No, I don't like my job|
|Sono un operaio||I am a factory worker|
|Lavoro come giornalista||I work as a journalist|
|Lavoro in televisione||I work in television|
|Lavoro con i bambini||I work with kids|
|Lavoro per una casa editrice||I work for a publisher house|
|Ho un lavoro part-time||I have a part-time job|
|Ho un lavoro full-time||I have a full-time job|
|Sono disoccupato||I'm unemployed|
|Sono senza lavoro||I'm out of work|
|Sono in pensione||I'm retired|
|Sono un lavoratore autonomo||I'm self-employed|
|Sono socio di uno studio legale||I'm a partner in a law firm|
|Lavoro in un ufficio||I work in an office|
|Lavoro in una banca||I work in a bank|
|Lavoro in una fabbrica||I work in a factory|
|Sto facendo un tirocinio||I'm doing an intership / I'm training to be...|
|Sono un tirocinante||I'm a trainee|
|il capo||the boss|
|il collega||the colleague|
|la cassa integrazione||the redundancy pay|
|il contratto di lavoro||the employment contract|
|il contratto a tempo indeterminato||the open-ended contract|
|il contratto a tempo determinato||the fixed-term contract|
|il colloquio di lavoro||the job interview|
|essere in malattia||to be off sick|
|fare carriera||to have a successful career|
|fare domanda di lavoro||to apply for a job|
|l'offerta di lavoro||the job offer|
|le qualifiche||the qualifications|
|il salario||the salary|
|scioperare||to go on strike|
|lo sciopero||the strike|
|il sindacato||the trade union|
|lo stipendio||the wage|
|il volontario||the volunteer|
Take a look at the following dialogue about jobs and employment.
|Luisella||Ho visto che quell'azienda sta cercando una segretaria. Ti interessa?||I saw that company is looking for a secretary. Are you interested in?|
|Gessica||Sì, sono disoccupata da tre anni e quel lavoro sarebbe perfetto. Faccio subito domanda.||Yes, I've been unemployed for three years and that job would be perfect. I will immediately apply.|
|Luisella||Anche Luisa ha fatto domanda, ma non l'hanno assunta. In ogni caso, lo stipendio sarebbe stato troppo basso.||Luisa applied for this job too, but she has not been hired. Anyway, the wage would have been too low.|
|Gessica||Ho capito, io ci proverò lo stesso. A me piace lavorare in ufficio e non sarebbe un problema. L'importante è non restare senza lavoro.||I got it, I will try in any case. I like working in an office and it would not be a problem. The important thing is not staying out of work.|
|Luisella||Bene, sono contenta. Spero che riconosceranno le tue qualifiche e il contratto di lavoro sarà buono.||Good, I'm happy. I hope that they will recognize your qualifications and that the employment contract will be good.|
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