Love it or hate it, el trabajo is a fact of life. Here are the basics, but please leave a comment below if your job isn’t listed.

¿Cuál es tu trabajo? ¿A qué te dedicás? = What’s your job?

Soy …  = I’m a … (Note that in English we say I’m a teacher but in Spanish it’s Soy profesor and NOT Soy un profesor)

maestro/a = primary school teacher

profesor/a = secondary school teacher

abogado/a = lawyer

ingeniero/a = engineer

administrador / administradora = administrator

empleado público = civil servant

gerente = manager

diseñador/a = designer

asesor/a = consultant

Note these exceptions, which use the verb estar instead of ser:

Estoy desempleado/a / Estoy sin trabajo = I’m unemployed

Estoy jubilado/a = I’m retired

¿Dónde trabajás? = Where do you work?

Trabajo en … = I work in a…

  • una empresa grande / chica = a big / small company
  • una oficina = an office
  • una fábrica = a factory
  • una tienda = a clothes shop
  • un comercio = a shop
  • un supermercado = a supermarket
  • una escuela = a primary school
  • un liceo = a secondary school / high school
  • una universidad pública / privada = a public / private university
  • un taller = a workshop
  • un estudio = a studio

¿Hace cuánto que trabajás ahí?  = How long have you worked there? (informal vos)

¿Hace cuánto que está jubilado usted? = How long have you been retired? (formal usted)

Hace seis años que trabajo en la embajada alemana. = I’ve worked in the German Embassy for six years.

¿Cómo es tu trabajo? ¿Te gusta tu trabajo? = What’s your job like? Do you like your job?

Es un trabajo interesante / estresante. = It’s an interesting / stressful job.



compañero/a de trabajo = colleague

un/una colega = someone who has the same job title as you. For example, two maths teachers who work at different schools are colegas but not compañeros de trabajo.


Any questions? If you’re not sure about the content of today’s class or have something to add, leave us a comment below and we’ll get back to you. Your questions and comments will help other students too. Our Spanish immersion programs at La Herradura in Uruguay and Spain teach you an international form of Spanish, but the teachers are all native speakers and will offer guidance on local expressions and words.

Coming up next… Class 27: Games | Los juegos


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