Know How to Say Your Occupation in Greek

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While meeting people, it is only natural that you’ll want to spend some time asking questions and getting to know them. Conversations usually cover a few standard topics, such as asking where someone is from or how they are doing. Another common question is to ask what someone does for a living.

To do that, you will first need to know how to ask what they do for a living. In Greek, you do this by asking:

  • Τι δουλειά κάνεις; Ti thoulya kanees; What do you do for a living?

To respond, you would say the following phrase and then fill it in with the Greek word that corresponds with your occupation.

  • είμαι … eemai …  I am

For example, if you are a doctor, you would say: είμαι γιατρός. Eemai yatros. I am a doctor. Here are some vocabulary words for common professions. If you want to say that you’re a dentist you say: είμαι οδοντίατρος. Eemai othondyatros.

Greek Vocabulary Words for Occupations

  • Doctor – ο γιατρός – o yatros
  • Dentist – ο οδοντίατρος – o othondyatros
  • Electrician – οηλεκτρολόγος – o oilektrologos
  • Engineer – ο μηχανικός – o mihanikos
  • Farmer – ο αγρότης – o agrotis
  • Hairdresser – ο κομμωτής – o kommitis
  • Lawyer – ο δικηγόρος – o thikigoros
  • Pharmacist – η φαρμακοποιός – o farmakopyos
  • Plumber – ο υδραυλικός – o uthraulikos
  • Salesperson – ηΠωλητής – I politis
  • Teacher – οδάσκαλος – o thaskalos

Although this isn’t a complete list, these are some of the most common profession. If your occupation isn’t listed here, you might want to look it up in a Greek dictionary before you start speaking the language so that you can answer someone when they as what you do.


The Learn Greek section on GreekBoston.com was written by Greeks to help people understand the conversational basics of the Greek language. This article is not a substitute for a professional Greek learning program, but a helpful resource for people wanting to learn simple communication in Greek.

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