Professions in Portuguese

professions in portuguese: they are teachers at rio & learn

Hi, friends of A Dica do Dia! Professions in Portuguese will be the theme of our studies today. We will take a closer look at the most common professions in Brazil. Curious to see if your profession is on the list?

To begin, we will take a look at the professions for which the word changes depending on the gender of the person. This list will show you the masculine and feminine names for each profession:


Professions with Gender in Portuguese

O açougueiro / A açougueira The butcher
O agricultor / A agricultora The farmer
O advogado / A advogada The lawyer
O arquiteto / A arquiteta The architect
O arqueólogo / A arqueóloga The archaeologist
O ator / A atriz  The actor / actress
O bancário / A bancária The banker
O biólogo / A bióloga The biologist
O caçador / A caçadora The hunter / huntress
O cantor / A cantora The singer
O caminhoneiro / A caminhoneira The truck driver
O consultor / A consultora The consultant
O contador / A contadora The accountant
O cozinheiro / A cozinheira The cook
O deputado / A deputada The congressman / congresswoman
O enfermeiro / A enfermeira The nurse
O engenheiro / A engenheira The engineer
O encanador / A encanadora The plumber
O escritor / A escritora The writer
O executivo / A executiva The executive
O faxineiro / A faxineira The house cleaner
O ferreiro / A ferreira The blacksmith
O filósofo / A filósofa The philosopher
O fotógrafo / A fotógrafa The photographer
O garçom / A garçonete The waiter / waitress
O guia turístico / A guia turística The tour guide
O historiador / A historiadora The historian
O jardineiro / A jardineira The gardener
O juiz / A juíza The judge
O mecânico / A mecânica The mechanic
O médico / A médica The doctor
O operário / A operária The factory worker
O padeiro / A padeira The baker
O pintor / A pintora The painter
O poeta / A poetisa The poet
O porteiro / A porteira   The doorkeeper
 O professor / A professora The teacher 
O programador / A programadora The programmer
O psicólogo / A psicóloga The psychologist
O sacerdote / A sacerdotisa The priest / priestess
O secretário / A secretária The secretary
O técnico / A técnica The technician
O tradutor / A tradutora The translator
O vendedor / A vendedora The sales person
O vereador / A vereadora The alderman / alderwoman
O veterinário / A veterinária The vet


There are also professions in Portuguese that don’t change their form, regardless of the gender of the person. Take a look at some of them:

Genderless Professions in Portuguese

Analista The analyst
Artista The artist
Astronauta The astronaut
Atendente The clerk
Atleta The athlete
Babá The babysitter
Cientista The scientist
Dentista The dentist
Desenhista The cartoonist
Detetive The detective
Eletricista The electrician
Estudante The student
Gari The street-sweeper
Gerente The manager
Guarda-floresta The forest ranger
Jornalista The journalist
Massagista The masseur
Modelo The model
Motorista The driver
Policial The police officer
Psiquiatra The psychiatrist
Repórter The reporter
Taxista The cab driver
Telefonista The operator


Finally, let us take a look at some examples which use some of the professions that we’ve just learned:

Examples Using the Professions in Portuguese

Eles são os arquitetos responsáveis pela construção do edifício.
They are the architects responsible for the construction of the building.

Wagner Moura é um grande ator brasileiro.
Wagner Moura is a great Brazilian actor.

Naquele hospital há muitas enfermeiras.
In that hospital there are lots of nurses.

João visita o médico toda semana por causa do seu acidente.
João visits the doctor every week because of his accident.

Tem muitos guias turísticos no Rio de Janeiro.
There are many tourist guides in Rio de Janeiro.

Os jornalistas estão escrevendo matérias muito interessantes sobre a cidade.
The journalists are writing very interesting articles about the city.

Meu cachorro está doente. Preciso levá-lo ao veterinário.
My dog is sick. I need to take him to the vet.

O mecânico perto da minha casa conserta carros muito bem.
The mechanic near my house fixes cars very well.

Maria falou com a nutricionista antes de começar sua dieta.
Maria spoke with the nutritionist before starting her diet.

Eles são professores da Rio & Learn.
They are teachers at Rio & Learn.

Marcos está muito deprimido. Deveria procurar um psicólogo.
Marcos is very depressed. He should see a psychologist


Exercise about Professions

Now let’s practice with a quiz! Take a look at the image and mark the correct answer! Good luck!

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That’s all for today! Do you know the word for your profession in Portuguese? If you don’t, ask us on our Twitter.

See you next time!


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