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? After this Dica, you will be able to talk about your work!

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

AnalistaThe 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

Exercises with professions in Portuguese

Let us practise together the professions we have just learnt! In this exercise, you will see a description of a job and you will have to guess which job it is. Do you think you can do it? (You will find the answers at the end of this Dica.)

Exercício 1:

“Esta pessoa é responsável por projetar e planejar espaços, tanto interiores quanto exteriores, considerando estética, funcionalidade e segurança. Utiliza software de design para criar representações visuais de suas ideias e trabalha frequentemente com construtores e engenheiros.”

Qual é a profissão?

A) O pintor / A pintora
B) O arquiteto / A arquiteta
C) O engenheiro / A engenheira

Exercício 2:

“Trabalhando em ambientes clínicos ou hospitalares, este profissional cuida dos pacientes, administra medicamentos e auxilia em procedimentos médicos, desempenhando um papel crucial no sistema de saúde.”

Qual é a profissão?

A) O médico / A médica
B) O enfermeiro / A enfermeira
C) O psicólogo / A psicóloga

Exercício 3:

“Este profissional é especializado em causas legais, defendendo ou acusando em casos jurídicos. Estuda e interpreta leis e jurisprudências, podendo também assessorar seus clientes em questões legais.”

Qual é a profissão?

A) O contador / A contadora
B) O juiz / A juíza
C) O advogado / A advogada

Exercício 4:

“Este indivíduo é dedicado ao estudo dos seres vivos, desde sua genética até o comportamento em seus habitats naturais. Frequentemente realiza pesquisas no campo e laboratórios, contribuindo com importantes descobertas para a ciência e a conservação.”

Qual é a profissão?

A) O biólogo / A bióloga
B) O médico / A médica
C) O jardineiro / A jardineira

That’s all for today! We hope you enjoyed today’s Dica. Do you know the word for your profession in Portuguese?

Now you can talk about your job, because you have learnt all kinds of professions in Portuguese!

Kisses from Rio de Janeiro!
See you next time!

    Click on the links below to see more related Dicas
Work in Brazil
Employment Contracts in Brazil
CV in Portuguese

Answers:

Exercício 1: B) O arquiteto / A arquiteta

Exercício 2: B) O enfermeiro / A enfermeira

Exercício 3: C) O advogado / A advogada

Exercício 4: A) O biólogo / A bióloga

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