How To Say ‘Job’ In Korean

Last Updated on September 18, 2020 by 90 Day Korean
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Today we’ll learn the different ways for how to say ‘job’ in Korean! Similar to the word ‘work’, and yet not quite the same at all, we’ll show you several examples with audio and sample sentences.

Let’s get this ‘job’ done!

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‘Job’ in Korean

As with many other Korean words, there are multiple ways to say ‘job’ in Korean. The first word for ‘job’ in Korean is 일 (il).

 일 (il)


This word can be used for both to explain the specific job or task that you do or are doing, as well as just your job position in general.

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The second word for ‘job’ in Korean is 일자리 (iljari). This word only means job in the sense of a job position. It is a combination of the words 일 (il) and 자리 (jari), which can mean seat, space, and position. It’s very popular to use when discussing if there are available jobs in the job market, and the like.

The third word for ‘job’ in Korean is 직장 (jikjang). This word typically refers to a ‘job in a company’ or ‘office job’ specifically. Thus, when talking with your Korean acquaintances, you may hear this particular word being used a lot if you ask them what their job is.

Since office work is such a common job in Korea, you’ll hear 직장 (jikjang) used quite frequently in conversation.

The next word for ‘job’ in Korean is 취직 (chwijik). The usage of this one is specifically limited to the moments where you talk about being in the process of finding a job, or having just recently found one.

The word 직업 (jigeop) is another alternative to say ‘job’ in Korean. 

 직업 (jigeop)

job / occupation

You would use this specifically when describing what your job or occupation is. We have a full list of jobs in Korean here

Lastly, you can also use the word 작업 (jageob). However, this typically refers to a specific job being done and is more often used in arts, architecture, and other similar professions, rather than for office jobs.

A word of caution about Romanization

While it is possible for you to study the words in this article simply by reading their romanized versions, it will come in handy for you to be able to read Hangeul if you ever wish to come to Korea. Hangeul is the Korean alphabet, and not difficult to learn. In fact, you can learn it in just 90 minutes.

After you’ve familiarized yourself with Hangeul, life in Korea will suddenly seem so much easier and the country won’t appear so foreign for you. So, if you’re serious about learning Korean, why not learn Hangeul today?

Sample Sentences

Illustration of people in various professions, such as airline pilot, carpenter, businessperson, florist, etc.

Standard Korean Example Sentences

You can use these sentences in just about every situation, they’re considered polite. 

1. 아직 일자리를 찾았어요? → Did you find a job yet?

  (ajik iljarireul chajasseoyo?)

2. 얼마전에 새 직장으로 옮겼어요. → I transferred to a new job some time ago.

   (majeone sae jikjangeuro olgyeosseoyo.)

3. 직업은 뭐예요? → What’s your job?

  (jigeobeun mwoyeyo?)

Informal Korean Example Sentences

This style of speaking is used with friends, family, or others that you're close with.

1. 오늘 하기가 싫어. → I hate working today.

  (oneul ilhagiga sileo.)

2. 요즘 취직준비중이야. → These days I’m preparing to get a job.

  (yojeum chwijikjunbijungiya.)


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