Korean: Introduction to Occupational Titles


Occupation is a kind of **noun** that we often talk about in our daily conversation. It is also recommended to learn Korean nouns because unlike verbs, which have tense, passive, etc., they can be used once you know them well. Therefore, here are a few common occupations.

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Occupation is a kind of noun that we often talk about in our daily conversation.
It is also recommended to learn Korean nouns because unlike verbs, which have tense, passive, etc., they can be used once you know them well.
Therefore, here are a few common occupations.

The following rules are used to organize common occupations by , , , , .

Occupation:사

Here is a list of 사.

KoreanEnglish

의사

Doctor

간호사

Nurse

회계사

Accountant

운전사

Driver

변호사

Lawyer

요리사

Chef

교사

Teacher

Occupation:인

Here is a list of 인.

KoreanEnglish

군인

Solider

연예인

Celebrity

Occupation:원

Here is a list of 원.

KoreanEnglish

회사원

employee

공무원

Civil servants

점원

Clerk

Occupation:수

Here is a list of 수.

KoreanEnglish

운동선수

Athlete

가수

Singer

교수 also has 수, and it means "professor".

Occupation:가

Here is a list of 가.

KoreanEnglish

화가

Painter

소설가

Novelist

음악가

Musicians

정치가

Politicians

Other common occupations

KoreanEnglish

기자

Reporter

가정주부

Housewives

선생님

Teacher

비서

Secretary

배우

Actors

경찰

Police

소방관

Firefighter

학생

Student

모델

Model

How to use it in a conversation

How do I say "I am OO" or "I am not OO" in a conversation?
Just follow the noun with "이다" or "아니다".
"이다" means positive and is qeuivalent to "I am".
Then "아니다" means negative and is equivalent to "I am not".

EX:

나는 학생이다.

I am a student.

나는 교사 아니다.

I am not a teacher.

The verbs "이다" and "아니다" are used here as prototypical verbs. It will be converted to "예/이에요, 아니에요" or "입니다" in the dialogues.


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