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Words used to describe workers

acting

adjective

doing the work of the usual person in a particular job while they are not there, or until a new person starts

auxiliary

noun

a worker who helps more senior or permanent workers

auxiliary

adjective

auxiliary workers help more senior or permanent workers

blue-collar

adjective

blue-collar workers do work that involves using physical strength or skill with their hands rather than working in an office

budding

adjective

at the very beginning of a career in writing, acting, politics etc and likely to be successful at it

casual

adjective

working in temporary jobs

chartered

adjective

a chartered professional person has passed examinations in their profession

creative

adjective

used about people who create works of art, especially as their job

deputy

noun

used in job titles

designate

adjective

chosen for a particular job but not yet officially doing that job

emeritus

adjective

used in the title of someone such as a professor, chairman, or president if they no longer do that job

employable

adjective

someone who is employable has the relevant skills, qualifications, experience, or qualities to get a job

ex officio

adjective

an ex officio member of a committee or an organization is a member because the job they have allows them to be involved

full-time

adjective

doing full-time work or study

general

adjective

used, especially in job titles, for saying that someone is responsible for the whole of something

honorary

adjective

used with some job titles to show that the person is not paid for their work

incoming

adjective

recently elected or chosen for a job or position

indentured

adjective

forced by a contract to work for an employer for a fixed period of time

independent

adjective

not employed or controlled by a company

itinerant

adjective

travelling around frequently, especially in order to get work

jobbing

adjective

a jobbing worker does not have a permanent job and does individual pieces of work for money

junior

adjective

a junior person does not have a lot of responsibility or power in their job

live-in

adjective

living in the house where you also work

manual

adjective

a manual worker or labourer is someone whose job involves physical work using their hands

master

adjective

used with the name of a job to show that someone has a lot of experience and skill and can train other people

mobile

adjective

a mobile group of workers can be sent to different places to do their job

non-resident

adjective

not living at the place where you work

outgoing

adjective

soon to leave a position of authority or power

part-time

adjective

doing part-time work or study

pro

adjective

involved in playing a sport or game as a job, rather than for enjoyment

probationary

adjective

relating to someone who has been given a new job and is being tested to see whether they can do the job well

professional

adjective

behaving in a correct way at work and doing your job well

professional

adjective

working in a profession

professional

adjective

playing a sport or doing an activity as a job rather than for enjoyment

professionally

adverb

with the formal qualifications necessary for a particular profession

professionally

adverb

showing the type of behaviour and skills that someone with a professional job is expected to have

qualified

adjective

thoroughly trained for a particular job

resident

adjective

working regularly in a particular place

retired

adjective

no longer working because you have reached the age where you are officially too old to work

roving

adjective

travelling around from place to place, especially as part of your job

seasoned

adjective

experienced in a particular activity or job

self-employed

adjective

working for yourself instead of for an employer and paid directly by the people who you provide a product or service to

temporary

adjective

temporary workers do a job for a limited period of time

tenured

adjective

having a job that you can do permanently, especially with a university or government department

unprofessional

adjective

not behaving according to the standards of work or behaviour of your profession

unskilled

adjective

working at a job that does not need much education, training, or experience

unwaged

adjective

without any pay

voluntary

adjective

a voluntary worker receives no pay. Another word for a person who works for no pay is a volunteer.

white-collar

adjective

white-collar workers work in offices rather than doing physical work. People who do physical work in places such as factories and mines are called blue-collar workers.

worker

noun

used for describing how well, quickly etc someone works

working

adjective

doing a job that involves mostly physical work

casually

adverb

part-time

adverb

semi-professionally

adverb

unprofessionally

adverb

by profession

as your profession or job

in a professional/personal/advisory etc capacity

having a particular job or position when you do something

on loan

if someone is on loan to another organization, they are temporarily working for that organization before returning to their own

worth your salt

respected by other people because you do your job well

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