“What do you do?” in Portuguese

Aprende a preguntar en qué trabajas en portugués. El profesor da clases.

Learn how to ask “what do you do?” in Portuguese?

What’s up, guys? Ready to learn Portuguese online?
We already know about professions in Portuguese, but do you know how to ask for someone’s profession?

One of the most common ways to ask for someone’s profession is o que você faz meaning literally “what do you do?”.


Nevertheless, these three expressions are also good options:

And what about the answer? Here are two things to keep in mind when saying what you do in Portuguese:

  1. We use the verb Ser (not estar) to say what our profession is.
  2. We do not use an article in front of the profession like we do in English when we say what we do.


O que ele faz?
What does he do?

Ele é professor na Rio&Learn. Ele dá aulas privadas de português.
He is a teacher at Rio&Learn. He gives private Portuguese classes.


O que ela faz?
What does she do?

Ela é jornalista na Globo.
She’s a journalist at Globo.


Em que você trabalha?
What do you do?

Sou mecânico, conserto carros.
I am a mechanic, I fix cars.


Qual é o seu trabalho?
What do you do?

Sou sapateiro,  conserto sapatos.
I am a shoemaker, I fix shoes.


Qual é o trabalho da sua mãe?
What does your mother do?

Minha mãe é cabeleireira. Ela corta cabelos.
My mother is a hairdresser. She cuts hair.


Qual é o trabalho delas?
What do they do?

Elas são cozinheiras baianas e cozinham muito bem.
They are cooks from Bahia and they cook very well.


Em que área você trabalha?
What do you do?

Sou bombeiro, apago o incêndio.
I’m a fireman , I put out the fire.


Qual é o trabalho dele?
What does he do?

Ele é pedreiro, constrói casas muito bonitas.
He’s a bricklayer, he builds very beautiful houses.


Em que área ele trabalha?
What does he do?

Ele é carpinteiro, faz ótimas cadeiras de madeira.
He’s a carpenter, he makes great wood chairs.


And you? What do you do in your country? And what do you do in Brazil?

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