Occupations

Your occupation can hardly be considered a permanent characteristic; however, it immediately identifies you to others. For example, if you want to say that you are a doctor, you should use the verb ser (to be). By the same token, if you want to say that you are a student, you should also use ser, even if your status as a student is not a permanent condition!

TRACK 30

Listen to Track 30 to hear a few examples.

Qual é sua profissão?

(What is your profession?)

O que você faz?

(What do you do?)

Eu sou médica.

(I'm a doctor.)

Eu sou engenheiro.

(I'm an engineer.)

Notice that in Portuguese there is no need to add the indefinite article “a” or “an” before the profession, as we do in English. So you are saying, literally, “I am doctor.” And, if you say Eu sou um médico (I am a doctor), you are actually saying that you are “one doctor,” as opposed to two! The only time when you might have to say um or uma before a profession or a noun, is when you give a description afterwards. In other words, you should say Eu sou um estudante inteligente (I am an intelligent student).

Here is a list of some well-known professions in Portuguese:

TRACK 31

Profissões e Ocupações (Professions and Occupations)

Portuguese

English

advogado, advogada

lawyer

ator, atriz

actor, actress

analista

psychotherapist

analista de sistemas

systems analyst

arquiteto, arquiteta

architect

bancário, bancária

bank teller

cantor, cantora

singer

consultor, consultora

consultant

contador, contadora

accountant

costureiro, costureira

clothes designer, dressmaker

diretor, diretora

director

empregado, empregada

employee, maid

engenheiro, engenheira

engineer

estudante

student

farmacêutico, farmacêutica

pharmacist

fotógrafo, fotógrafa

photographer

garçom, garçonete

waiter, waitress

gerente

manager

jornalista

reporter, journalist

juiz, juíza

judge

operário, operária

factory worker

músico, música

musician

pianista

pianist

professor, professora

teacher, professor

vendedor, vendedora

salesperson

vendedor ambulante, vendedora ambulante

street vendor

Unless it is not specifically listed, the feminine form is the same as the masculine form, such as in gerente (manager) and pianista (pianist).

Exercise: Name That Profession!

Now give an exercise a try. Fill in the blanks with a word that describes the person's profession or occupation. Check your answers in Appendix C.

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