Professions in Spanish: The Complete Guide

Professions in Spanish

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“What do you do?”

Ah, the standard opening question in most western countries. But, as predictable as it is – it’s equally useful to know.

In this guide, we’ll walk you through the vocabulary for many common professions, as well as the main ones you’ll encounter in day to day life that seem boring (e.g. waiter).

Professions in Spanish List

Here are the most common professions.

With Normal a/o Gender Rules

Most professions follow the standard a/o ending based on which gender the person we’re talking about is. Females end in -a, men in -o.

English Spanish
Waiter – waitress Mesero – mesera
Doctor Doctor – doctora
Lawyer Abogado – abogada
Driver Conductor – conductora
Secretary Secretario – secretaria
Butcher Carnicero – carnicera
Teacher Profesor – Profesora
Accountant Contador – contadora
Bartender Cantinero – cantinera
Architect Arquitecto – arquitecta
Nurse Enfermero – enfermera
Psychologist Psicólogo – psicóloga
Baker Panadero – panadera


Some professions use the same word for both men and women.

English Spanish
Taxi driver Taxista
Singer Cantante
Pilot Piloto
Police officer Oficial de policía
Chef Chef
Fire fighter Bombero
Dentist Dentista
Soldier Soldado
Politician Político

Small Exception: Actor

Actor is one exception to this rule, and the only one you’re likely to run into usually.

English Spanish
Actor Actor
Actress Actríz

Common Jobs in Spanish

Here are some more common jobs, if you don’t fall into the ones above:

English Spanish
Designer Diseñador – diseñadora
Stylist Estilista
Carpenter Carpintero – Carpintera
Electrician Electricista
Florist Florista
Photographer Fotógrafo – fotógrafa
Gardener Jardinero – jardinera
TV host Presentador – presentadora
Model Modelo
Journalist Periodista
Plumber Plomero – plomera
Sales person Vendedor – vendedora

OK, let’s practice.

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Professions in Spanish Exercises

Let’s do some practice.

Exercise 1: Multiple choice

Select the correct profession for each picture

1. 2.
profesiones1 profesiones2
a. Abogado
b. Actriz
c. Arquitecto
a. Dentista
b. Taxista
c. Modelo
3. 4.
profesiones3 profesiones4
a. Plomero
b. Electricista
c. Contador
a. Bombero
b. Policía
c. Fotógrafo
5. 6.
profesiones5 profesiones6
a. Fotógrafo
b. Cantante
c. Fotógrafa
a. Contador
b. Abogada
c. Arquitecta
7. 8.
profesiones7 profesiones8
a. Chef
b. Modelo
c. Profesora
a. Doctora
b. Psicóloga
c. Dentista


  1.  Arquitecto.
  2. Dentista.
  3. Plomero.
  4. Policía.
  5. Fotógrafa.
  6. Contador.
  7. Profesora
  8. Psicóloga.


Exercise 2: Complete the sentence with the profession you find fitting


  1. Mi _________________________ de español es muy buena.
  2. El _________________________ que diseñó mi casa vive muy cerca.
  3. Tenemos una _________________________ para cuidar a mi abuelo.
  4. El _________________________ de su ex-esposa le quitó todo.
  5. El _________________________ de la familia se encarga de las finanzas.
  6. María quiere ser una _________________________ famosa.
  7. Los _________________________ conducen como locos.
  8. Un _________________________ profesional tomó las fotos de nuestra boda.
  9. Le pagamos a un _________________________ para que se encargue del jardín demi mamá.
  10. Ricardo trabaja como _________________________ en un restaurante importante.


  1. profesora
  2. arquitecto
  3. doctora
  4. abogado
  5. contador
  6. cantante
  7. taxistas
  8. fotógrafo
  9. jardinero
  10. chef


Exercise 3: Match the profession to the definition


a) Profesora 1.Se encarga del Congreso.
b) Carpintero 2.Trabaja en el restaurante.
c) Mesero 3.Se encarga de la apariencia (look) de otras personas.
d) Doctor 4.Trabaja haciendo películas.
e) Bombero 5.Trabaja con madera. (wood)
f) Actriz 6.Enseña a otras personas en la escuela o universidad.
g) Estilista 7.Trabaja en el hospital.
h) Político 8.Apaga incendios. (put out fires)

That’s all! This should cover you for most situation.

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