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General words for workers and types of worker

ancillary

noun

an ancillary worker

apparatchik

noun

someone who works in an organization, especially a political party or large corporation, but is considered to have no views or beliefs of their own

auxiliary

noun

a worker who helps more senior or permanent workers

breadwinner

noun

the person who earns the money to support a family

career woman

noun

a woman who is more interested in her career than in being married and having children. People who use this word often think this is a bad thing.

citizen

noun

relating to a member of the public who contributes to an activity such as journalism or science, especially online

commuter

noun

consisting of commuters, or used by commuters

cowboy

noun

someone in business who provides goods or services that are of very bad quality

designated hitter

noun

someone who does another person’s job temporarily

desk person

noun

a worker at a desk

duty officer

noun

an official who is responsible for dealing with problems or requests during a period of time when other officials are not working

earner

noun

someone who earns money by working

employee

noun

someone who is paid regularly to work for a person or an organization

fill-in

noun

someone who does another person’s work while they are away

floater

noun

someone who does different jobs in a company as needed

freelancer

noun

someone who is not permanently employed by a particular company, but sells their services to more than one company

the front office

noun

the people in a company that deal with members of the public

full-timer

noun

someone who works or studies full-time

guest worker

noun

someone who goes to a foreign country to work for a period of time

hack

noun

a professional person who is only interested in making money

hand

noun

someone who does physical work

holdover

noun

someone who worked for an organization that existed in the past and who now works for the organization that has replaced it

incumbent

noun

someone who has an official position

jack-of-all-trades

noun

someone who can do many types of work

jobholder

noun

someone who has a regular job

jockey

noun

someone whose work involves the use of a particular object or machine

journeyman

noun

a worker who has learned a skill and works for a business that belongs to someone else

journeyman

noun

an experienced worker whose work is good but not excellent

junior

noun

someone whose job is not very important, especially a young person in their first job

knowledge worker

noun

someone who works for an organization who is valuable to it because of the knowledge and ideas that they have

laborer

noun

someone whose job involves hard physical work, for example building work

labor mobility

noun

the ability of workers to move easily from one job to another, in the same place or in another area or country

mate

noun

a junior worker who works with someone who is more experienced

number cruncher

noun

someone whose job involves working with numbers. This word often shows that you think this type of work is boring.

occupant

noun

a person who has a particular job or position

office boy

noun

a young man who works in an office doing jobs that do not need special skill

office girl

noun

a young woman who works in an office doing jobs that do not need special skill

officeholder

noun

someone who has an important official position in an organization or in the government

official

noun

someone with an important position in an organization

outlier

noun

a person who lives a long way from where they work

overmanning

noun

a situation in which there are more workers than are needed to do a job or operate a business.

portfolio worker

noun

someone who has skills and experience in a number of different areas

practitioner

noun

someone who works in a particular profession, especially medicine

private secretary

noun

someone who works as a secretary to an important person in business or government

pro

noun

someone who works in sports, music, or art as a profession, rather than doing it for enjoyment. Pro is a short way of saying professional

probationer

noun

a probationary worker

rainmaker

noun

someone who makes a lot of money for a business

relief

noun

relating to a person or group that temporarily replaces another person or group in their job

roustabout

noun

a man whose job is to do work that needs strength but no special skills or qualifications, especially on an oil rig, on a ship, at a port, or in a circus

salaryman

noun

a man in Japan who works in an office and is paid a salary

self-starter

noun

someone who is intelligent and confident enough to do a job without regular help and advice from other people

semiprofessional

adjective

someone who is paid for playing sports, a musical instrument, etc. but who does not do it as their usual job

staffer

noun

a member of the staff of an organization

subcontractor

noun

someone who has a job doing part of the work that another person or company has agreed to do for someone else

substitute

noun

someone who does someone else’s job temporarily

suit

noun

someone who works in an office and wears a suit, especially a senior manager who you dislike because they think only about the financial aspects of a business

team player

noun

someone who works well with other people as part of a group

telecommuter

noun

someone who works from home on a computer and sends work to their office over telephone lines by modem or fax

temp

noun

a temporary office worker

tradesman

noun

a man who is trained to do a skilled job using his hands

trainee

noun

someone who is being trained for a particular profession or job

volunteer

noun

someone who is not paid for the work that they do

wage-earner

noun

someone who receives money for work that they do

wage slave

noun

someone who depends on the money that they earn in their job in order to pay for the things that they need

wallah

noun

someone who is responsible for a particular activity or who does a particular job

working stiff

noun

an ordinary person who works in order to earn enough money to live, usually at a very boring job

workman

noun

a man who does physical work, especially building or repairing things

fieldworker

noun

outworker

noun

part-timer

noun

teleworker

noun

the man for the job

the right person to do something

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