Discover 61 Jobs and Occupations in Chinese (PLUS FREE Quiz)
When first meeting someone in China it’d be handy to know how to say your occupation in Chinese.
Think about it, you meet someone new, how does the conversation go?
“Hi, nice to meet you, I’m Max. What’s your name?”
“Hi, I’m Campbell. Nice to meet you Max, where are you from?”
“Australia. What’s your job…”BAM, there it is…
There’s no avoiding those questions that inevitably come up whenever you meet someone new.
Before teaching you all those useful occupations in Chinese let’s set the scene as we started to above and teach you some other useful sentences you can use:
- What is your job?
- nǐ zuò shén me gōng zuò?
- Do you enjoy your job?
- Nǐ xǐhuān nǐ de gōngzuò ma
- What is your dream job?
- Nǐ lǐxiǎng de gōngzuò shì shénme?
- How long have you been (an engineer) for?
- Nín dāng （gōngchéngshī） duōjiǔle?
Stating what job you do is easy. You can simply use Wǒ dāng 我当.
A common one in China for foreigners is I’M AN ENGLISH TEACHER
我当英语老师 – Wǒ dāng yīngyǔ lǎoshī
Alright then, now we have some of the basics nailed, let’s reveal some occupations in Chinese.
Oh, before we do… when jobs are talked of in China, money will inevitably pop up too (it’s quite common you are asked what you salary is, rather odd when coming from the west).
On that note we should take a minute to learn these
Jobs in Chinese – In the Office
Jobs in Chinese – Personal Care & Health
Jobs in Chinese – Education & Culture
Jobs in Chinese – Services
Jobs in Chinese – Hospitality & Tourism
Jobs in Chinese – Sports & Entertainment
Jobs in Chinese – Other
BONUS FREEBIE – Quiz
Occupations in Chinese – Office
We start off with a more common category. With so many working behind a computer these days there are many of us who have the 9-5 office life.
Here are some of those occupations in Chinese:
- accountant – 会计 kuài jì
- designer – 设计师 shè jì shī
- lawyer – 律师 lǜ shī
- receptionist – 招待员 zhāo dài yuán
- secretary – 秘书 mì shū
My younger sister is an accountant
wǒ mèimei shì kuàijìshī
My best friend wants to date our secretary
wǒ zuì hǎo de péngyǒu xiǎng hé wǒmen de mìshū yuēhuì
On the subject of dating… my best friend better be careful on when asking the secretary out. Let’s hope he doesn’t make the same mistake Ben did
Occupations in Chinese – Personal Care & Health
Always taking care of us, where would we all be without…
- beautician – 美容师 měi róng shī
- doctor – 医生 yī shēng
- hairdresser – 理发师 lǐ fà shī
- nurse – 护士 hù shì
- pharmacist – 药剂师 yàojì shī
I have been going to the same hairdresser for ten years
Wǒ qù tóng yīgè lǐfǎ diàn yǐ yǒu shí niánle
You have a fever? I will go and see the pharmacist
Nǐ fāshāole ma wǒ qù kàn yàojì shī
Occupations in Chinese – Education & Culture
Teaching us everything we know and making things look beautifully pretty. Let’s delve into Educational and Cultural jobs in Chinese…
- artist – 艺术家 yì shù jiā
- farmer – 农民 nóngmín
- gardener – 花匠 huā jiàng
- poet – 诗人 shī rén
- scientist – 科学家 kē xué jiā
- teacher – 老师 lǎo shī
- writer – 作家 zuò jiā
When I grow up I want to be an artist
Wǒ zhǎng dà hòu xiǎng chéngwéi yī míng yìshùjiā.
My elder brother works as an English teacher in Shenzhen
Wǒ gēgē zài shēnzhèn dāng yīngyǔ lǎoshī
Occupations in Chinese – Services
The people we could not do without. Here some some important services in Chinese.
- architect – 建筑师 jiànzhú shī
- carpenter – 木匠 mù jiàng
- engineer – 工程师 gōng chéng shī
- fireman – 消防队员 xiāofáng duìyuán
- freelancer – 自由职业 zì yóu zhí yè
- plumber – 水管工人 shuǐguǎn gōngrén
- police officer – 警察 jǐng chá
- sales person – 售货员 shòu huò yuán
Firemen and Policeman are courageous
Xiāofáng duìyuán hé jǐngchá dōu hěn yǒnggǎn
I want to be an architect because they are well paid
Wǒ xiǎng chéngwéi yī míng jiànzhú shī, yīnwèi tāmen de xīnshuǐ hěn gāo
Occupations in Chinese – Hospitality & Tourism
Always under pressure to perform no matter when and where, here are some popular jobs in the hospitality and tourism industry.
- chef – 厨师 chú shī
- tour guide – 导游 dǎoyóu
- travel agent – 旅行社 lǚxíng shè
- waiter/waitress – 服务员 fú wù yuán
Our waiter was so polite
Wǒmen de fúwùyuán tài kèqìle
The travel agent was too expensive, so we planned our own holiday
Lǚxíngshè tài guìle, suǒyǐ wǒmen jìhuàle zìjǐ de jiàqī
Occupations in Chinese – Sports & Entertainment
Now for some of those dream jobs many of us aspire towards when we are younger.
- actor/actress – 演员 yǎn yuán
- director – 导演 dǎoyǎn
- footballer – 足球运动员 zúqiú yùndòngyuán
- photographer – 摄影师 shè yǐng shī
- singer – 歌手 gēshǒu
- musician – 音乐家 yīn yuè jiā
I want to be an (actor / footballer) when I grow up
Wǒ zhǎng dà hòu xiǎng dāng (yǎnyuán/zúqiú yùndòngyuán)
Incidentally a good word for these sorts of jobs is celebrity which in Chinese is:
Occupations in Chinese – Other
To finish off some other useful terms when it comes to discussing occupations in Chinese.
For example you could be a Policeman, but what if you are the boss of your department?
- assistant – 助理 zhù lǐ
- boss – 老板 lǎo bǎn
- business person – 商人 shāng rén
- department – 部 bù
- Marketing Department – 市场部 shìchǎng bù
- HR Department – 人事部 rénshì bù
- magician – 魔术师 mó shù shī
- manager – 经理 jīng lǐ
Can you tell us what your dream job is in Chinese? How about your current job?
Did we miss your job out? Tell us and we’ll add it!
Drop us a comment below.
Occupations in Chinese – Quiz
Occupations in Chinese – FAQ’s
How do you say Job in Chinese?
How do you say Actor/Actress in Chinese?
演员 yǎn yuán
How do you say Accountant in Chinese?
会计 kuài jì
How do you say Doctor in Chinese?
医生 yī shēng
How do you say Policeman in Chinese?
警察 jǐng chá
How do you say Fireman in Chinese?
消防队员 xiāofáng duìyuán
How do you say Boss in Chinese?
老板 lǎo bǎn
How do you say Psychologist in Chinese?
Psychologist in Chinese is 心理学家 (xīnlǐ xué jiā)
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