Here are some Italian phrases for talking about jobs, which will allow you to discuss the type of job you do and where you work.

cosa fai nella vita?what do you do? (familiar)
di cosa si occupawhat do you do? (polite)
che lavoro fai?what do you do? (literally: what job do you have?) (familiar)
che lavoro fa?what do you do? (literally: what job do you have?) (polite)
io sono ...I'm ...
un insegnantea teacher (for a man)
un'insegnantea teacher (for a woman)
un uomo d'affaria businessman
una donna d'affaria businesswoman
uno studentea (university or secondary school) student (for a man)
uno studentessaa (university or secondary school) student (for a woman)
un avvocatoa lawyer
un dottorea doctor (for a man)
una dottoressaa doctor (for a woman)
un veterinarioa vet (for a man)
una veterinariaa vet (for a woman)
un architettoan architect
un infermierea nurse (for a man)
un'infermieraa nurse (for a woman)
un dentistaa dentist
una dentistaa dentist (for a woman)
un ingegnerean engineer
un contabilean accountant (for a man)
una contabilean accountant (for a woman)
un soldatoa soldier
un poliziottoa policeman
una poliziottaa policewoman
un ballerinoa dancer (for a man)
una ballerinaa dancer (for a woman)
un uomo politicoa politician (for a man)
un politicoa politician (for a woman)
un poetaa poet (for a man)
una poetessaa poet (for a woman)
un cuocoa cook (for a man)
una cuocaa cook (for a woman)
un attorean actor
un'attricean actress
uno scrittorea writer (for a man)
una scrittricea writer (for a woman)
un giornalistaa journalist (for a man)
una giornalistaa journalist (for a woman)
un musicistaa musician (for a man)
una musicistaa musician (for a woman)
un mecanicoa mechanic
uno scienziatoa scientist (for a man)
una scienziataa scientist (for a woman)
un giardinierea gardener
un farmacistaa pharmacist (for a man)
una farmacistaa pharmacist (for a woman)
un tassistaa taxi driver (for a man)
una tassistaa taxi driver (for a woman)
un impiegatoan office worker (for a man)
un'impiegataan office worker (for a woman)
un commessoa shop assistant (for a man)
una commessaa shop assistant (for a woman)
un parrucchierea hairdresser (for a man)
una parrucchieraa hairdresser (for a woman)
un camerierea waiter (for a man)
una camerieraa waitress (for a woman)
un uomo delle puliziea cleaner (for a man)
una donna delle puliziea cleaner (for a woman)
un programmatorea programmer
un operaioa worker (eg in a factory or big industry)
un muratorea builder
io lavoro come giornalistaI work as a journalist
io faccio il giornalistaI work as a journalist (a bit less formal)
io lavoro in televisioneI work in television
io lavoro nel campo dell'informaticaI work in I.T.
io lavoro nel campo dell'editoriaI work in publishing

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