Jobs in Korean – Complete List of Occupations and Titles

Last Updated on July 30, 2021 by 90 Day Korean
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In this lesson, we’re going to cover the different jobs in Korean. In other words, you will get a list of the various occupation names in Korean.

This can be very useful when you’re learning the Korean language. For example, when you befriend Koreans or fellow students in your Korean language class, you will likely be asked what your job or dream job is. It’s one of the most common questions you’ll hear when talking with Koreans, so you’ll want to be prepared to answer.

Below is a comprehensive list of some of the most common job titles in Korean. Let’s get to work!

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Below is a free PDF guide that you can download and take with you:

Job Titles in Korean

The list below shows how to say common job titles in Korean.

Accountant (hoegyesa)
Actor (baeu)
Advertising specialist(gwanggo jeonmunga)
Animal caretaker (dongmul gwalliin)
Architect (geonchukga)
Assistant (bojo)
Baker (jeppangsa)
Barista (bariseuta)
Bookkeeper (bugigyewon)
Bus driver (beoseu unjeonsa)
Business(wo)man (sireopga)
Butcher (jeongyugeopja)
Carpenter (moksu)
Cashier (chullapgyewon)
Chef (yorisa)
Childcare worker (yugajongsaja)
Cleaner (cheongsobu)
Coach (kochi)
Construction worker (geonseollodongja)
Cosmetologist (miyongsa)
Counselor (sangdamwon)
Customer service representative (gogaeksenteo jigwon)
Dental assistant (chiwisaengsa)
Dentist (chigwa uisa)
Director (gamdok)
Doctor (uisa)
Editor (pyeonjipja)
Electrician (jeongigisa)
Farmer (nongbu)
Financial advisor (geumyung sangdamwon)
Fire fighter (sobanggwan)
Fitness instructor (undong gangsa)
Flight attendant (seungmuwon)
Graphic designer (geuraepik dijaineo)
Hairdresser (miyongsa)
Healthcare worker (uiryogye jongsaja)
Hotel receptionist (hotel jeopsuwon)
Housewife (jubu)
Human resources assistant (insajosu)
IT specialist (IT jeonmunga)
Janitor (gwalliin)
Journalist (gija)
Judge (simpan)
Kindergarten teacher (yuchiwon gyosa)
Laboratory technologist (imsangbyeongnisa)
Lawyer (byeonhosa)
Librarian (saseo)
Lifeguard (inmyeong gujowon)
Mailman (upyeonjipbaewon)
Maintenance worker (gwalli jigwon)
Manager (maenijeo)
Marketing specialist (maketingjeonmunga)
Mechanic (jeongbisa)
Musician (eumakga)
Nurse (ganhosa)
Company worker (hoesawon)
Painter (hwaga)
Personal caretaker (gaeinganhosa)
Personal trainer (gaein teureineo)
Pharmacist (yaksa)
Photographer (sajinjakga)
Pilot (bihaengsa)
Plumber (baegwangong)
Police (gyeongchalgwan)
Post office clerk (ucheguk samuwon)
Professor (gyosu)
Programmer (peurogeuraemeo)
Real estate agent (budongsan junggaein)
School principal (hakgyojang)
Secretary (biseo)
Security guard (gyeongbiwon)
Sales person (panmaewon)
Social worker (sahoebokjisa)
Soldier (gunin)
Stylist (seutailliseuteu)
Taxi driver (taeksi unjeonsa)
Teacher (seonsaeng)
Telemarketer (tellemaketeo)
Tour guide (gwangwang gaideu)
Travel agent (yeohaengsa jigwon)
Truck driver (teureok unjeonsa)
Veterinarian (suuisa)
Waiter (weiteo)
Writer (jakga)

Illustration of people in different lines of work

If you’re working in the medical industry, the section below is for you. You’ll learn the Korean words for a few of the common jobs in the medical field.

Doctor in Korean

Doctor in Korean is 의사 (uisa). A doctor works in the hospital which is 병원 (byeongwon).

Nurse in Korean

Hospitals won’t be complete without nurses. Nurse in Korean is 간호사 (ganhosa).

Dentist in Korean

If you need some dental services you’ll look for a dentist. Dentist in Korean is 치과 의사 (chigwa uisa).

Pharmacist in Korean

The word pharmacist in Korean is 약사 (yaksa). A pharmacist works in a 약국 (yakguk).

University/School Jobs

Below are some of the common job titles for those who work under education. If you’re a student, this is how you can address your teacher.

Teacher in Korean

Teacher in Korean is 선생 (seonsaeng) who teaches students which translates to 학생 (haksaeng). A teacher works in a school which is called 학교 (hakgyo) in Korean.

Professor in Korean

The word professor in Korean is 교수 (gyosu). A professor works in a 대학교 (daehakgyo) which means university.

School Principal in Korean

Schools will be chaotic without a school principal. They hold high responsibilities in making sure everything is working well inside the school. School principal in Korean is 학교장 (hakgyojang).

What we see on TV has a huge production team behind it. Some of the jobs included in this team them are listed below.

Actor in Korean

For many K-Drama and K-movie fans, you’d want to know the Korean word for actor and words related to it.

Actor in Korean is 배우 (baeu) while an actress in Korean is 여배우 (yeobaeu). An actor and an actress can be seen working in movies, dramas, or plays which are called as 영화 (yeonghwa), 드라마 (deurama), and 연극 (yeongeuk) in Korean.

Director in Korean

The word director in Korean who directs Korean movies and dramas is 감독 (gamdok).

Writer in Korean

The Korean word for a writer is 작가 (jakga). This is also the Korean word used for author. The word 각본가 (gakbonga) is the Korean for a scriptwriter.

Sample sentence:

제 직업은 작가예요. (je jigeobeun jakgayeyo.)

My job is as a writer.

Photographer in Korean

사진 (sajin) is the Korean for photos or pictures. The person who takes photos or pictures is a photographer. The job of a photographer in Korean is called 사진작가 (sajinjakga).

Law Enforcement Jobs

Peace and security in a city are essential and achievable with the help of our law enforcers. Know their Korean terms below.

Police in Korean

The words 경찰 (gyeongchal) and 경찰관 (gyeongchalgwan) are used to call the job of a police officer. They report to their work in a police station which is 경찰서 in Korean.

Judge in Korean

The word judge in Korean is 심판 (simpan). We usually see them work in a courthouse or courtroom which are 법정 (beopjeong) and 법원 (beopwon) in Korean respecitively.

Office Jobs

The majority of the people work in an office setup. Take a look at the list below if you also see your job in Korean.

Office Worker in Korean

An office is generally called 사무실 (samusil) but it can also be called 근무처 (geunmucheo). A person who works in an office or an office worker is 사무원 (samuwon) in Korean.

Company Worker in Korean

The word company is called 회사 (hoesa) in Korean. A person working in a company or a company worker is 회사원 (hoesawon) Korean.

Accountant in Korean

There are 2 words you can use for an accountant in Korean. They are is 회계원 (hoegyewon) or 회계사 (hoegyesa).

Sample Sentence:

저는 회계사예요. (jeoneun hoegyesayeyo.)

I am an accountant.

Manager in Korean

The word manager in Korean is commonly called as 매니저 (maenijeo). But a manager can also be 관리자 (gwanlija).

Secretary in Korean

The word secretary in Korean is 비서 (biseo).

How to Say Job in Korean

As with many other Korean words, there are multiple ways to say “job” in Korean.

1. 일 (il).

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

2. 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.

Sample Sentence:

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

(ajik iljarireul chajasseoyo?)

3. 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.

Sample Sentence:

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

(majeone sae jikjangeuro olgyeosseoyo.)

4.  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.

Sample Sentence:

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

(yojeum chwijikjunbijungiya.)

5. 직업 (jigeop)

This is another alternative to say “job” in Korean. You would use this specifically when describing what your job or occupation is.

Sample Sentence:

직업은 뭐예요? → What’s your job?

(jigeobeun mwoyeyo?)

6. 작업 (jageob)

This Korean word 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.

How to Say Office in Korean

You can 직장 (jikjang) for “office” or “workplace” in Korean.

Korean Jobs

Here is some information about work in Korea.

How to Find a Job in Korea

If you want to get a Korean job, these may be useful places to help start your search:

Korean Work Culture

If you enter a company in Korea, you may notice it is different than in your home country. There is a special language that company employees use to address each other. Here are some resources about that language and Korean work life:

For more information on how to introduce yourself and things about you in Korean, please refer to our article How to introduce yourself in Korean.

We hope you enjoyed this lesson. For a complete guide on how to learn Korean, check out our resource here:

    7 replies to "Jobs in Korean – Complete List of Occupations and Titles"

    • Avatar for Zuri Zuri

      Hello! What’s the difference between 심판 and 판사 ? Are there more ways to call ‘judge’?

      • Avatar for 90 Day Korean 90 Day Korean

        Hi, Zuri! ‘심판’ usually means ‘an umpire’ and ‘판사’ means ‘a judge’ as in legal sense. ^^

    • Avatar for Cheryl Cheryl

      I am a Support Worker. Is there a translation for that in Korean?

    • Avatar for Llubia Llubia

      I think in Korea people use 사업가 to Business(wo)man.

      • Avatar for 90 Day Korean 90 Day Korean

        That’s true, Llubia! You can use both 실업가 and 사업가 for businessperson! ^^

      • Avatar for ㅇ

        yes i’m korean and i think 사업가 is more appropriate

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