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Character Helps for Writing

Fantasy/Medieval Character Jobs or Occupations

Most people think of themselves in terms of their jobs. "I'm a veterinarian." "I'm a writer." Your characters probably do too. This is the list of medieval/fantasy jobs. You might want to try the future/science fiction and contemporary job lists as well. If you want to add to this list, please do! E-mail me at julia.west.nospam@sff.net (remove the obvious to use this E-mail address).

Actor
Advocate (lawyer)
Alchemist
Animal handler
Apothecary
Architect
Archer
Aristocrat
Armorer
Artisan
Artist
Astrologer
Baker
Banker
Barbarian
Barber
Bard
Barkeep
Barmaid
Beekeeper
Beer seller
Beggar
Blacksmith
Boatman
Bookbinder
Bookseller
Brewer
Brothel keeper
Buckle maker
Builder
Butcher
Caravan Leader
Carpenter
Cartographer
Chandler
Charioteer
Chatelaine
Chef
Chieftain
Chirurgeon
Clergy
Clerk
Clock maker
Clothworker
Commander
Concubine
Cook
Cooper
Copyist
Counselor
Courtesan
Courtier
Cowherd
Crossbowman
Cutler
Daimyo
Dairymaid
Diplomat
Distiller
Diver
Diviner
Domestic servant
Emperor/Empress
Eunuch
Explorer
Farmer
Fighter
Fisherman
Fishmonger
Footman
Furrier
Galley slave
Gardener
Geisha
Gladiator
Glovemaker
Groom
Guildmaster
Harness maker
Hatmaker
Hay merchant
Healer
Hearthwitch
Herald
Herbalist
Herder
Hermit
Highwayman
Hunter
Illuminator
Innkeeper
Interpreter
Inventor
Jailer
Jester
Jeweler
Jongleur
Judge
King
Knight
Laborer
Lady
Lady in Waiting
Leatherworker
Locksmith
Longbowman
Lord
Maidservant
Majordomo
Man at Arms
Mason
Masseur
Mercer
Merchant
Messenger
Midwife
Miller
Miner
Minstrel
Monk
Mortician
Mourner
Necromancer
Noble
Nun
Nurse
Old-clothes seller
Page
Painter
Pariah
Pastry cook
Peasant
Perfumer
Philosopher
Physician
Pigkeeper
Pilgrim
Plasterer
Potter
Priest/ess
Prince/ss
Professor
Pursemaker
Queen
Ranger
Ratcatcher
Ronin
Roofer
Ropemaker
Royal Adviser
Rugmaker
Ruler
Sailor
Samurai
Scabbard maker
Sculptor
Saddler
Scavenger
Scholar
Scrivener
Servant
Shaman
Shepherd
Ship's captain
Shoemaker
Silversmith
Slave
Slaver
Smith
Soldier
Sorcerer/Sorceress
Spice Merchant
Squire
Stablehand
Storyteller
Steward
Street kid
Surveyor
Swordsman
Sycophant
Tailor
Tanner
Tavernkeeper
Tax collector
Teamster
Thatcher
Thief
Tinker
Torturer
Town Crier
Trapper
Vendor
Vermin catcher
Village chief
Vintner
Viking
Warlock
Warrior
Water carrier
Weaver
Wetnurse
Wine seller
Witch
Wizard
Woodcarver
Woodcutter
Wood seller

Thanks to Brian Smithson and GURPS Historical Folk for adding to this list!

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Last update 18 February 2002