Let’s talk about people, jobs and professions. These words and phrases will help you when talking about yourself and others, or when you’re planning to apply for a new job abroad.

This lesson is part of the chapter “Learning German“.

People & Professions in German

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human (being) / person
(der) Mensch
(die) Person

people / humans
(die) Menschen
(die) Leute

woman [Sg]
(die) Frau
women [Pl]
(die) Frauen
man [Sg]
(der) Mann
men [Pl]
(die) Männer
child [Sg]
(das) Kind
children [Pl]
(die) Kinder
girl [Sg]
(das) Mädchen
girls [Pl]
(die) Mädchen
boy [Sg]
(der) Junge
boys [Pl]
(die) Jungen


profession [Sg]
(der) Beruf
professions [Pl]
(die) Berufe
employee / worker [Sg]
(der) Angestellter
(der) Arbeiter

employees / workers [Pl]
(die) Arbeiter

clerk / official [Sg]
(der) Beamter
clerks / officials [Pl]
colleague [Sg]
(der) Kollege
colleagues [Pl]
(die) Kollegen
pensioner / retiree [Sg]
(der) Pensionär
(der) Rentner

pensioners / retirees [Pl]
(die) Pensionäre
(die) Rentner

unemployed person / jobseeker [Sg]
(der) Arbeitsloser
unemployed persons / jobseekers [Pl]
doctor [Sg]
(der) Doktor
doctors [Pl]
(die) Doktoren
journalist [Sg]
(der) Journalist
journalists [Pl]
(die) Journalisten
engineer [Sg]
(der) Ingenieur
engineers [Pl]
(die) Ingenieure
boss [Sg]
(der) Chef
bosses [Pl]
(die) Chefs
director [Sg]
(der) Direktor
directors [Pl]
(die) Direktoren
manager [Sg]
(der) Manager
managers [Pl]
(die) Manager
secretary [Sg]
(der) Sekretär (m), (die) Sekretärin (f)
secretaries [Pl]
(die) Sekretäre (m), (die) Sekretärinnen (f)
driver [Sg]
(der) Fahrer (m), (die) Fahrerin (f)
drivers [Pl]
(die) Fahrer (m), (die) Fahrerinnen (f)
farmer [Sg]
(der) Bauer (m), (die) Bäuerin (f)
farmers [Pl]
(die) Bauern (m), (die) Bäuerinnen (f)
baker [Sg]
(der) Bäcker
bakers [Pl]
(die) Bäcker
salesman (m), saleswoman (f) [Sg]
(der) Verkäufer (m), (die) Verkäuferin (f)
salesmen (m), saleswomen (f) [Pl]
(die) Verkäufer (m), (die) Verkäuferinnen (f)
nurse [Sg]
(der) Krankenpfleger (m), (die) Krankenpflegerin (f)
nurses [Pl]
(die) Krankenpfleger (m), (die) Krankenpflegerinnen (f)
policeman (m), policewoman (f) [Sg]
(der) Polizist (m), (die) Polizistin (f)
policemen (m), policewomen (f) [Pl]
(die) Polizisten (m), (die) Polizistinnen (f)
cook / chef [Sg]
(der) Koch
cooks / chefs [Pl]
(die) Köche
teacher (m), female teacher (f) [Sg]
(der) Lehrer (m), (die) Lehrerin (f)
teachers (m), female teachers (f) [Pl]
(die) Lehrer (m), (die) Lehrerinnen (f)
shoemaker [Sg]
(der) Schuhmacher
shoemakers [Pl]
(die) Schuhmacher
watchmaker [Sg]
(der) Uhrmacher
watchmakers [Pl]
(die) Uhrmacher

Work & Application

(to) work
work / job
(die) Arbeit
workplace [Sg]
(der) Arbeitsplatz
workplaces [Pl]
(die) Arbeitsplätze
employment / occupation [Sg]
(der) Beruf
employments / occupations [Pl]
(die) Berufe
office [Sg]
(das) Büro
offices [Pl]
(die) Büros
factory [Sg]
(die) Fabrik
factories [Pl]
(die) Fabriken
construction site [Sg]
(die) Baustelle
construction sites [Pl]
(die) Baustellen
salary [Sg]
(das) Gehalt
salaries [Pl]
(die) Gehälter
(to) earn
(to) look for a job
Arbeit suchen
(to) find a job
Arbeit finden
job interview [Sg]
(das) Bewerbungsgespräch
(das) Vorstellungsgespräch

job interviews [Pl]
(die) Bewerbungsgespräche
(die) Vorstellungsgespräche

CV [Sg]
(der) Lebenslauf
CVs [Pl]
(die) Lebensläufe
(die) Bildung
(die) Ausbildung

experience [Sg]
(die) Erfahrung
experiences [Pl]
(die) Erfahrungen

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