How to describe your job in Chinese

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Ever wondered how to talk about your job in a simple way without having to Google Translate every phrase before saying it? Look no further!

Sometimes people may ask, “你的工作是什么?”(Nǐ de gōngzuò shì shénme ne), which translates to “What do you do for a living?”

The easiest way to respond to that would be to say, “我是一个…” (Wǒ shì yīgè), which means “I am a …” in English. The blank after the first four characters is a filler for your occupation.

For example, if you were a salesperson, you would say “我是一个售货员” (Wǒ shì yīgè shòuhuòyuán).

It’s easy to fill in the blanks once you know the structure for describing your occupation. To expand on occupations a little further, below is a list of occupations that you should know how to say in Chinese.

 

Sector

Word & Meaning in English

Chinese

Information Technology

信息技术 (Xìnxī jìshù)

Developers 开发人员 (kāifā rényuán)
Database administrators 数据管理员 (Shùjù guǎnlǐ yuán)
Network administrators 网络管理员 (Wǎngluò guǎnlǐ yuán)
Artificial Intelligence 人工智能 (Réngōng zhìnéng)

 

Engineering

工程 (Gōngchéng)

Aerospace Engineer 航空工程师 (Hángkōng gōngchéngshī)
Biomedical Engineer 生物医学工程师 (Shēngwù yīxué gōngchéngshī)
Chemical Engineer 化学工程师 (Huàxué gōngchéngshī)
Civil Engineer 土木工程师 (Tǔmù gōngchéngshī)
Electrical Engineer 电气工程师 (Diànqì gōngchéngshī)

Healthcare

卫生保健 (Wèishēng bǎojiàn)

Doctor 医生 (Yīshēng)
Nurse 护士 (Hùshì)
Dentist 牙医 (Yáyī)
Physiotherapist 物理治疗师 (Wùlǐ zhìliáo shī)

 

Construction

建设 (Jiànshè)

Carpenter 木匠 (Mùjiàng)
Electrician 电工 (Diàngōng)

 

Restaurant and Retail

餐厅和零售 (Cāntīng hé língshòu)

Chef 厨师 (Chúshī)
Manager 经理 (Jīnglǐ)
Retail 零售 (Língshòu)
Salesperson 售货员 (Shòuhuòyuán)
Buyer 买方 (Mǎifāng)
Inventory 库存 (Kùcún)
Sales Representative 销售代表 (Xiāoshòu dàibiǎo)

 

Marketing

营销 (Yíngxiāo)

Product manager 产品经理 (Chǎnpǐn jīnglǐ)
Strategist 战略家 (Zhànlüè jiā)
Brand Assistant 品牌助理 (Pǐnpái zhùlǐ)

 

Law

法律 (Fǎlǜ)

Clerk 书记 (Shūjì)
Paralegal 律师助理 (Lǜshī zhùlǐ)
Judge 法官 (Fǎguān)
Solicitor 律师 (Lǜshī)
Barrister 大律师 (Dà lǜshī)
Mediator 调解员 (Tiáojiě yuán)

 

Banking/Finance

银行/金融业 (Yínháng/jīnróng yè)

Accountant 会计 (kuài jì)
Analyst 分析人士 (Fēnxī rénshì)
Bank Teller 银行柜员 (Yínháng guìyuán)
Auditor 审计 (Shěnjì)
Treasurer 出纳员 (Chūnà yuán)

 

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