German Work Vocabulary

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German Work Vocabulary

  masculine feminine
actor   Schauspieler   Schauspielerin 
architect  Architekt (en)  Architektin 
artist   Künstler   Künstlerin 
author   Schriftsteller   Schriftstellerin 
bank clerk   Bankangestellter   Bankangestellte 
businessman/woman Geschäftsmann   Geschäftsfrau 
cashier  Kassierer  Kassiererin
chancellor Kanzler Kanzlerin
civil servant   Beamter   Beamtin 
conductor  Dirigent  Dirigentin
cook  Koch (ö, e)  Köchin 
custodian  Hausmeister  Hausmeisterin
dentist  Zahnarzt (ä, e)  Zahnärztin
doctor  Arzt (e)  Ärztin
engineer  Ingenieur  Ingenieurin 
farmer   Landwirt   Landwirtin 
flight attendant  Flugbegleiter  Flugbegleiterin
hairdresser  Friseur  Friseurin
journalist   Journalist   Journalistin 
judge  Richter  Richterin
lawyer  Anwalt (ä, e)  Anwältin
lecturer   Dozent   Dozentin 
librarian  Bibliothekar  Bibliothekarin 
mechanic  Automechaniker  Automechanikerin 
nurse  Krankenpfleger  Krankenpflegerin
pensioner  (retired) Rentner   Rentnerin 
pharmacist Drogist Drogistin
photographer   Fotograf   Fotografin 
pilot  Pilot (en)  Pilotin 
police officer  Polizist (en)  Polizistin 
politician   Politiker   Politikerin 
postal worker  Postangestellter Postangestellte
president  Präsident (en)  Präsidentin 
priest  Priester  Priesterin 
professor   Professor   Professorin 
salesperson  Verkäufer  Verkäuferin
secretary  Sekretär  Sekretärin 
student   Student   Studentin 
taxi driver  Taxifahrer  Taxifahrerin 
teacher   Lehrer   Lehrerin 
TV reporter  Fernsehreporter  Fernsehreporterin 
waiter  Kellner  Kellnerin
worker  Arbeiter  Arbeiterin 
writer  Schriftsteller  Schriftstellerin

Besides the plural forms shown above, the rest of the male professions are the same (they do not add anything) in the plural, while all the feminine add -nen in the plural.  Also, German does not use articles before professions.  You would only say Ich bin Kellner if you mean I am a waiter.

Was sind Sie von Beruf? What do you do for a living?
Ich bin Arzt. I'm a doctor (male).



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