English Vocabulary Exercises for A2 – Jobs

1. Read the definitions and complete the puzzle.


This person:

1 helps people to look after their teeth.

2 writes computer software.

3 flies an aeroplanes.

4 often looks after cows and other animals.

5 cuts people’s hair.

6 helps people who are injured or ill in an emergency.

7 trains a person or team to make them better at a sport.

8 deals with people who arrive at a hotel, an office, etc.

9 designs and builds road, bridges, machines, etc.

10  helps people when they buy a house or have a legal problem.

11  designs buildings.

12  helps people to choose a holiday.

13  cleans people’s offices, houses, etc.

14  brings food and drink to tables in a restaurant or café.

What is the secret job? ______________

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1 dentist   2 programmer   3 pilot   4 farmer

5 hairdresser   6 paramedic   7 sports coach

8 receptionist   9 engineer   10 solicitor   11 architect

12 travel agent   13 cleaner   14 waiter

Secret word : sales assistant

2. Complete the work activities with the words below. Use each word or phrase only once.

alone      children      a computer      customers      your feet

five      hours      indoors      a lot      a lot of money      outdoors

the phone      phone calls      the public      a team      a uniform

1 travel              ______________

2 be on              ______________

3 serve               ______________

4 work ______________



wear               ______________

deal with        ______________

be part of      ______________

work nine-to-______________

work long      ______________

10 make ______________

11 answer         ______________

12 work with    ______________

13 earn              ______________

14 use                ______________

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1 travel a lot   2 be on your feet   3 serve customers

4 work alone / indoors / outdoors   5 wear a uniform

6 deal with the public   7 be part of a team

8 work nine-to-five   9 work long hours

10 make phone calls   11 answer the phone

12 work with children   13 earn a lot   14 use a computer

3. Complete the adjectives for describing jobs with a, e, i, o, u and y. Then use them to complete the table.

1 ch a ll e ng i ng

2 b__dl__p__d

3 cr__t__v__

4 r__p__t__t__v__

5 r__w__rd__ng

6 str__ssf__l

7 t__r__ng

8 v__r__d

9 w__ ll p__d




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2 badly paid   3 creative   4 repetitive   5 rewarding

6 stressful   7 tiring   8 varied   9 well paid

Positive : creative, rewarding, well-paid, varied

Negative : badly-paid, repetitive, stressful, tiring

4. Listen to three people talking about their jobs. What are the jobs? Choose two adjectives from exercise 3 which you think best describe each job.


Adjective 1

Adjective 2




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1 receptionist; varied, tiring

2 architect; creative, well-paid

3 cleaner; repetitive, badly-paid

4 programmer; challenging, rewarding



I work as a receptionist in a hotel. The job is OK. There are lots of different things I have to do, like deal with the public, check guests in and out, answer the phone, use a computer, and so on. So every day is different. The problem is, I have to work long hours, sometimes at night, so I’m absolutely exhausted when I go home.


I’m an architect. I finished college last year and this is first job. I love designing houses, creating something beautiful for people. I love working in a team and the other people in the office are great. But we all work very long hours. Luckily, I get quite a lot of money so it’s worth it!


I’m from Senegal and I work as a cleaner. I’m on feet all day, but I don’t mind because I’m fit and strong and the work isn’t too hard. But I have to clean the same offices every day, six days a week. The same offices! That’s very boring. And I only get about £7 an hour, which isn’t much at all. Britain is expensive and it’s difficult to live on so little money.


I’m a programmer. I work for a software company in London. I love job. I often have to solve quite difficult problems, which is difficult, and takes a lot of time, but I really enjoy it. I love the feeling at the end of the day when I have solved a really difficult problem.

Extra exercises

1. Match the jobs with the statements.

architect      cleaner      dentist      paramedic      pilot

receptionist      sales assistant      sports coach      travel agent

1 ‘I design beautiful houses and large buildings.’ ________

2 ‘I greet people when they first come into our offices.’ ________

3 ‘I wash and vacuum floors, take out the rubbish and keep things tidy.’ ________

4 ‘I can help you find the right clothes to suit you.’ ________

5 ‘I think that being in charge of an aeroplane full of people can be stressful, but I love job.’ __ _____

6 ‘I do everything I can to help the players on football team succeed.’ ________

7 ‘I need to stay calm in emergencies and do everything I can to help people who are hurt.’ __ _____

8 ‘Strong teeth are important to your health – and job is to look after them.’ ________

9 ‘I help people to find just the right holiday for them.’ ________

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1 architect   2 receptionist   3 cleaner   4 sales assistant

5 pilot   6 sports coach   7 paramedic   8 dentist

9 travel agent

2. Complete the sentences with the words below.

badly-paid      creative      repetitive      rewarding

stressful      tiring      well-paid

1 job as a solicitor is so ________. that I can’t always relax after work.

2 I am so ________. that I don’t have enough money to go out with friends.

3 As a hairdresser, I’m on feet all day. It’s really ________.!

4 I work on the same machine in a factory every day, and it becomes very ________.

5 It’s very ________. to be a teacher and see students improve every day.

6 You might think a musician’s work is always ________, but there is a lot of repetition too.

7 Bankers are usually very ________, and some people think they earn too much money.

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1 stressful   2 badly-paid   3 tiring   4 repetitive

5 rewarding   6 creative   7 well-paid

3. Complete the sentences with the words below.

answer      deal      earn (x2)      on feet      travel      wear      work

1 I am an international businesswoman. I’m almost never at home because I ________. a lot. I don’t mind, though, because I ________. a lot of money.

As a receptionist, I ________. the phones and ________. with the public.

I’m a doorman in a hotel, so I have to ________. a uniform, and I ________. long hours.

I am a cook in a fast-food restaurant, so I’m ________. all day. I don’t ________. a lot, but I enjoy the job.

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1 travel, earn   2 answer, deal   3 wear, work

4 on feet, earn

4. Match the jobs below with definitions 1-9.

builder      estate agent      groundskeeper      journalist

photographer      pizza delivery man      police officer

stunt performer      video game developer

This person:

1 helps people buy and sell houses. ________.

2 constructs houses and other buildings. ________.

3 writes about current events for the media. ________.

4 takes care of a big outdoor area such as a football pitch. ________.

5 performs difficult physical tricks for films and TV. ________.

6 takes pictures with a camera. ________.

7 makes sure people follow the law. ________.

8 design fun digital entertainment. ________.

9 takes a type of fast food to people’s houses. ________.

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1 estate agent   2 builder   3 journalist

4 groundskeeper   5 stunt performer   6 photographer

7 police officer   8 video game developer

9 pizza delivery man / woman

5. Complete the text with the words below.

have       join      looking for      offer      noticed      sent in      take

No one likes 1 _____. a job, but when you’re unemployed, that’s all you can do. This is second experience of unemployment in ten years. A lot of things were different the first time. Then, when I 2 _____. an interesting advertisement in the paper or online, I completed and 3 _____. an application. Then I waited. Nowadays, I ‘network’. I use social media to tell people in good companies what I can do. They don’t usually 4 _____. me a job, but they often know about available jobs. I always explain that I want to 5 _____. a team and that I rarely 6 _____. a day off sick. I mention the fact that I 7 _____. a degree in English. I usually say that I’m flexible and a team player, and this seems to help a lot.

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1 looking for   2 noticed   3 sent in   4 offer   5 join

6 take   7 have