Massive list of D&D professions for NPCs or random town encounters

u/The_Camwin on Reddit put together an absolutely massive list of professions found in a D&D setting. It’s great for creating NPCs or fleshing out townfolk during an advneture. Check it out below or see the original post on Reddit.

I. AGRICULTURE, ANIMAL HUSBANDRY, & FORESTRY

  1. Animal/Monster Handler – responsible for the safe keeping, dietary care, and exercise of animals or monsters.
  2. Arborist – maintains and cares for trees, often by surgically removing dying limbs.
  3. Baler – bales hay, or in the mills, wool and cotton goods.
  4. Beekeeper – owns and breeds bees, especially for their honey.
  5. Breeder – breeds livestock, animals, or monsters.
  6. Cowherd – supervises grazing cattle.
  7. Dairyboy/Dairymaid – milks cows and makes cheese and butter.
  8. Falconer – keeps, trains, and hunts with falcons, hawks, or other birds of prey.
  9. Farmer – operates a farm or cultivates land.
  10. Fisher – catches fish.
  11. Florist – grows and arranges plants and cut flowers.
  12. Forager – searches for food in the wild.
  13. Forester – supervises the wellbeing of a forest.
  14. Fowler – catches or ensnares birds.
  15. Gamekeeper – breeds and protects game, typically for a large estate.
  16. Groom – cleans and brushes the coats horses, dogs, or other animals.
  17. Herder – supervises a herd of livestock or makes a living from keeping livestock, especially in open country.
  18. Horse Trainer – tends to horses and teaches them different disciplines.
  19. Hunter – hunts game or other wild animals.
  20. Lumberjack – fells trees, cuts them into logs, and transports them to a sawmill.
  21. Master-of-Horses – supervises and commands all horses under a jurisdiction.
  22. Master-of-Hounds – maintains a pack of hounds and their associated staff, equipment, and hunting arrangements.
  23. Miller – owns or works in a grain mill.
  24. Miner – works underground in mines in order to obtain minerals such as coal, diamonds, or gold.
  25. Pathfinder – scouts ahead and discovers a path or way for others.
  26. Plumer – hunts birds for their plumes.
  27. Prospector – searches for mineral deposits, especially by drilling and excavation.
  28. Ranger – wanders or ranges over a particular area or domain.
  29. Renderer – converts waste animal tissue into usable materials.
  30. Shepherd – herds, tends, and guards sheep.
  31. Stablehand – works in a stable.
  32. Thresher – separates grain from the plants by beating.
  33. Trapper – traps wild animals, especially for their fur.
  34. Vintner – engages in winemaking, especially with monitoring and harvesting the grapes.
  35. Zookeeper – maintains and cares for animals or monsters in a zoo.

II. ARCHITECTURE & CONSTRUCTION

  1. Architect – designs buildings or landscapes and in many cases supervises their construction.
  2. Brickmaker – crafts bricks from clay, stone, or other materials.
  3. Brickmason – builds with mineral products such as stones, bricks, cinder blocks, or tiles, usually with the use of mortar as a bonding agent.
  4. Carpenter – makes and repairs wooden objects and structures.
  5. Construction Worker – a laborer in the physical construction of a built environment and its infrastructure.
  6. General Contractor – supervises a construction site, manages its vendors and trades, and communicates information to all involved parties.
  7. Glazier – fits glass into windows and doors.
  8. Plasterer – applies plaster to walls, ceilings, or other surfaces.
  9. Roadlayer/Streetlayer – paves roads or streets.
  10. Roofer/Thatcher – builds and repairs roofs.
  11. Stonemason – cuts and prepares stone for use in construction.

III. ARTS, the

  1. Acrobat – performs spectacular gymnastic feats.
  2. Actor – impersonates characters, typically on stage in a theatrical production.
  3. Aerialist/Trapezist – performs acrobatics high above the ground on a tightrope or trapeze.
  4. Arranger – adapts a musical composition for performance.
  5. Athlete – proficient in sports and other forms of physical exercise.
  6. Busker/Street Musician – performs in a public place, often for money.
  7. Celebrity – a famous person.
  8. Chef – a professional cook trained in the culinary arts.
  9. Choirmaster – trains a choir and orchestrates their singing when they perform.
  10. Clown – comic entertainer who wears a traditional costume and exaggerated makeup.
  11. Comedian – entertainer whose act is designed to make an audience laugh.
  12. Conductor – directs the performance of an orchestra.
  13. Contortionist – twists and bends their body into strange and unnatural positions.
  14. Curator – keeper and custodian of a museum or other collections of precious items.
  15. Costumer – makes theatrical costumes.
  16. Dancer – moves their body rhythmically with or without musical accompaniment.
  17. Equilibrist – performs balancing feats.
  18. Fashion Designer – applies design, aesthetics and natural beauty to garments and their accessories.
  19. Gladiator – fights against other people, wild animals, or monsters in an arena.
  20. Glasspainter – produces colorful designs on or in glass.
  21. Jester – professional joker or “fool” at court, typically wearing a cap with bells on it and carrying a mock scepter.
  22. Juggler – keeps several objects in motion in the air at the same time by alternately tossing and catching them.
  23. Illuminator – paints and calligraphs to adorn or enlighten scrolls and manuscripts.
  24. Limner – paints portraits or miniatures.
  25. Makeup Artist – applies cosmetics to models, actors, nobles, etc.
  26. Minstrel – recites lyric or heroic poetry for nobility.
  27. Model – poses as a subject for an artist, fashion designer, or sculptor.
  28. Musician – plays a musical instrument.
  29. Painter – paints pictures.
  30. Playwright – writes plays or musicals.
  31. Poet – writes ballads, epics, sonnets, or other forms of poetry.
  32. Ringmaster/Ringmistress – master of ceremony who introduces the circus acts to the audience.
  33. Ropewalker – walks along a tightrope to entertain others.
  34. Sculptor – crafts art by carving or casting blocks of marble, stones, or other hardened minerals.
  35. Singer/Soprano – sings with or without instrumental accompaniment.
  36. Skald – composes and recites poems honoring heroes and their deeds.
  37. Stage Magician – deceives their audience with seemingly impossible feats while using only natural means.
  38. Stuntman/Stuntwoman – performs dangerous stunts for their audience.
  39. Tattooist – illustrates the skin with indelible patterns, pictures, legends, etc.
  40. Theater Director – supervises and orchestrates the mounting of a theatre production by unifying various endeavors and aspects of production.
  41. Wrestler – performs in matches involving grappling and grappling-type techniques.
  42. Writer – commits his or her thoughts, ideas, etc., into written language.

IV. BUSINESS & TRADE

  1. Accountant – keeps and inspects financial accounts.
  2. Actuary – compiles and analyzes statistics and uses them to calculate risk.
  3. Animal Collector/Monster Collector – collects and deals in rare and exotic animals and monsters.
  4. Business Owner – owns a business entity in an attempt to profit from its successful operations.
  5. Debt Collector – recovers money owed on delinquent accounts.
  6. Draper – an alcohol merchant.
  7. Appraiser – assesses the monetary value of something.
  8. Auctioneer – conducts auctions by accepting bids and declaring goods sold.
  9. Banker – an officer or owner of a bank or group of banks.
  10. Bagniokeeper – owner of a bath house or brothel.
  11. Bookkeeper – keeps records of financial affairs.
  12. Chandler – deals in provisions and supplies.
  13. Collector – collects things of a specified type, professionally or as a hobby.
  14. Entrepreneur – organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on greater than normal financial risks in order to do so.
  15. Grocer – a food merchant.
  16. Guild Master – leads an economically independent producer (a “guild,” an association of craftsmen or merchants that often holds considerable bureaucratic power).
  17. Innkeeper – owns and runs an inn.
  18. Land Surveyor – establishes maps and boundaries for ownership or other purposes required by government or civil law.
  19. Merchant – sells and trades goods.
  20. Moneychanger – exchanges one currency for another.
  21. Moneylender – lends money to others who pay interest.
  22. Peddler – travels from place to place selling assorted items.
  23. Pimp/Madame – controls prostitutes and arranges clients for them, taking part of their earnings in return.
  24. Plantation Owner – an owner of an estate on which crops are cultivated by resident labor, typically slave labor.
  25. Speculator – invests in stocks, property, or other ventures in the hope of making a profit.
  26. Thriftdealer – deals in secondhand items.
  27. Tradesman – deals exclusively in bartering.
  28. Vendor – deals items in the street.

V. COMMUNICATIONS

  1. Billboardposter – a person who puts up notices, signs and advertisements.
  2. Courier – transports packages and documents.
  3. Herald: a messenger who carries important news.
  4. Interpreter: interprets language and its meaning, especially within ancient manuscripts.
  5. Linguist: studies the essence of communication, including the units, nature, structure, and modification of language.
  6. Messenger: carries messages between recipients.
  7. Town Crier: makes public announcements in the streets or marketplace.
  8. Translator: translates between languages.

VI. CRAFTSMANSHIP

  1. Accoutrementer/Coinsmith – makes currency for the government.
  2. Armorer – specializes in making and repairing armor.
  3. Blacksmith – forges and repairs things in metal, including weapons, armor, utensils, etc.
  4. Bladesmith – specializes in making and repairing bladed weapons, especially swords and daggers.
  5. Bookbinder – binds books and wraps scrolls.
  6. Bottler – bottles drinks and other liquids.
  7. Bowyer – makes bows and crossbows.
  8. Brewer – brews ale.
  9. Broom Maker – makes brooms and brushes.
  10. Candlemaker – makes candles and wax from honey and tallow.
  11. Cartwright – makes and repairs carts and wagons.
  12. Cobbler – makes and repairs footwear.
  13. Cooper/Hooper – makes and repairs casks and barrels.
  14. Cutler – makes cutlery.
  15. Dyer – dyes cloth and other materials.
  16. Embroiderer – ornaments with needlework.
  17. Engraver – incises a design onto a hard surface by cutting grooves into it.
  18. Farrier – trims and shoes horses’ hooves.
  19. Fletcher – makes and repairs arrows.
  20. Furniture Artisan – makes and repairs furniture.
  21. Furrier – prepares furs for adornment.
  22. Glassworker – blows glass planes and items.
  23. Glovemaker – makes and repairs gloves.
  24. Goldsmith/Silversmith – a smith who specializes in precious metals.
  25. Hatter/Milliner – makes and repairs headwear.
  26. Instrument Maker – makes and repairs musical instruments.
  27. Lapidary – turns stone, minerals, or gemstones into decorative items such as cabochons, engraved gems, and faceted designs.
  28. Leatherworker – makes items from leather such as pouches, scabbards, straps, etc.
  29. Jeweler – designs, makes, and repairs necklaces, bracelets, watches, etc., often containing jewels.
  30. Locksmith – makes and repairs locks.
  31. Luthier – makes and repairs stringed instruments.
  32. Mercer – weaves textile fabrics, especially silks, velvets, and other fine materials.
  33. Optician – makes and repairs eyeglasses.
  34. Potter – makes pots, bowls, plates, etc., out of clay.
  35. Printer – a person who applies pressure to an inked surface resting upon a print medium (such as paper or cloth), thereby transferring the ink to manufacture a text.
  36. Restorer – repairs or renovates a work of art so as to return it to its original condition.
  37. Ropemaker – braids rope.
  38. Rugmaker – makes and repairs rugs by braiding, hooking, weaving, etc.
  39. Saddler – makes and repairs saddlery.
  40. Seamstress/Tailor – makes, alters, repairs, as well as occasionally designing garments.
  41. Soaper – makes soap from accumulated mutton fat, wood ash, and natural soda.
  42. Tanner – treats the skins and hides of animals to produce leather.
  43. Taxidermist – prepares, stuffs, and mounts the skins of animals.
  44. Tinker – travels from place to place mending utensils.
  45. Toymaker – makes and repairs toys.
  46. Watchmaker – makes and repairs watches and clocks.
  47. Weaponsmith – specializes in making and repairing weapons.
  48. Weaver – makes fabric by weaving fiber together.
  49. Wheelwright – makes and repairs wooden wheels.
  50. Whittler/Woodcarver – fashions wood into various shapes.

VII. CRIME

  1. Assassin – murders through stealth for reasons pertaining to money, politics, or religion.
  2. Bandit – a robber or outlaw belonging to a gang and typically operating in an isolated or lawless area.
  3. Burglar – illegally enters buildings and steals things.
  4. Charlatan/Conman – tricks people by gaining their trust and persuading them to believe something that is not true in order to benefit from the encounter.
  5. Cockfighter/Gamefighter – engages in arena matches in which animals or monsters are pitted against one another, typically to the death.
  6. Crime Boss – controls and supervises a criminal organization.
  7. Cutpurse – a pickpocket or thief.
  8. Drug Dealer – dealer of illegal substances.
  9. Drug Lord – controls a network of persons involved in the illegal drugs trade and transactions.
  10. Extortioner – extorts money from someone by threatening to expose embarrassing information about them.
  11. Fence – deals in stolen goods.
  12. Forger – produces fraudulent copies or imitations.
  13. Fugitive – a person who has escaped from a place or is in hiding, especially to avoid arrest or persecution.
  14. Highwayman – robs travelers on a road.
  15. Kidnapper – abducts people and holds them captive, typically to obtain a ransom.
  16. Loan Shark – charges extremely high rates of interest for moneylending, typically under illegal conditions.
  17. Pirate – attacks and robs ships at sea.
  18. Poacher – hunts illegal game.
  19. Poisoner – makes poisons to harm or kill.
  20. Raider/Marauder – makes sudden, unprompted attacks against defenseless or near-defenseless settlements.
  21. Smuggler – manages the import or export of goods secretly, in violation of the law, especially without payment of legal duty.
  22. Thief – steals people’s property, especially by stealth and without using force or violence.

VIII. GOVERNMENT & LAW

  1. Affeeror – determines the values of fines and amercements.
  2. Agister – affords pasture to the livestock of others for a price.
  3. Alderman – a civic dignitary in the local council ranked below the mayor.
  4. Alienist – assesses the competence of a defendant in a court of law.
  5. Assay Master – oversees the testing of currency.
  6. Baron/Baroness – a member of the lowest order of the British nobility.
  7. Chancellor – a senior state or legal official.
  8. Chief – leads or rules a people or clan.
  9. Conservationist – advocates for the protection and preservation of the environment and wildlife.
  10. Count/Earl/Countess – a nobleperson ranking above a viscount and below a marquess.
  11. Courtier – attends court as a companion or adviser to the king or queen.
  12. Diplomat – an official representing a country abroad.
  13. Duke/Duchess – rules over a duchy and is of the highest rank below the monarch.
  14. Emperor/Empress – the supreme sovereign ruler of an extensive group of states or countries under a single authority.
  15. Judge – decides cases in a court of law.
  16. King/Queen – the ruler of an independent state and its people.
  17. Knight – serves his or her sovereign after being bestowed a rank of royal honor.
  18. Lady-in-Waiting – attends a queen, princess, or other high-ranking feminine nobleperson.
  19. Lawyer/Advocate – practices or studies law, typically an attorney or a counselor.
  20. Marquess/Marchioness – a nobleperson ranking above a count and below a duke.
  21. Master-of-Coin – supervises the royal treasury, advises the monarch on financial matters, and is responsible for raising money through taxation.
  22. Master-of-the-Revels – responsible for overseeing royal festivities.
  23. Minister – assists with the administration of business.
  24. Noble/Aristocrat – a person belonging to a class with high social or political status.
  25. Notary – performs certain legal formalities, especially to draw up or certify contracts, deeds, and other documents for use in other jurisdictions.
  26. Orator/Spokesman – makes statements on behalf of a group or individual nobleperson.
  27. Page – a young attendant to a person of noble rank.
  28. Prince/Princess – the direct descendant of a monarch.
  29. Senator – partakes in governmental decision-making after being elected.
  30. Sheriff – the chief executive officer in a county, having various administrative and judicial functions.
  31. Spymaster – directs a network of subordinate espionage agents for a state, kingdom, or empire.
  32. Steward – supervises both the estate and household of his lord or lady while they are away.
  33. Squire – acts as an attendant to a knight before attempting to become a knight themselves.
  34. Tax Collector – collects unpaid taxes from people, guilds, or businesses.
  35. Viscount/Viscountess – a nobleperson ranking above a baron and below a count.
  36. Ward – a member of a noble house who has been taken in by another noble family to be raised for a time.

IX. HOSPITALITY & COMMON LABOR

  1. Acater – provides and prepares foodstuffs or delicacies for events such as festivals.
  2. Tunner – fills casks in a brewery or winery.
  3. Baker – bakes bread and cakes.
  4. Barber – cuts hair and shaves or trims beards.
  5. Barkeep – works and serves drinks in a bar.
  6. Barmaid/Barboy – serves drinks and food in a bar as well as engaging with customers.
  7. Butcher – cuts up and sells meat.
  8. Butler – the chief servant of a household.
  9. Caregiver – looks after a sick, elderly, or disabled person.
  10. Charcoal Maker – manufactures charcoal by carbonizing wood in a kiln.
  11. Chatelaine/Majordomo – a person in charge of a large household.
  12. Chimney Sweeper – a small person, typically a child, who ascends chimneys to clean them.
  13. Clerk – undertakes routine administrative duties in a business or bank.
  14. Cook – prepares food for eating.
  15. Copyist – makes copies of handwritten documents or music.
  16. Croupier – runs a gaming table by gathering in and paying out money or tokens.
  17. Exterminator – exterminates unwanted rodents and insects.
  18. Food & Drink Taster – ingests food that was prepared for someone else to confirm it is safe to eat.
  19. Gardener/Landscaper – tends and cultivates a garden.
  20. Gongfarmer – digs out and removes excrement from privies and cesspits.
  21. Gravedigger – digs graves for the purposes of a funeral ceremony.
  22. Groundskeeper – maintains an athletic field, a park, or the grounds of a graveyard or other institution.
  23. Kitchen Drudge – performs menial work in a kitchen.
  24. Knacker – disposes of dead or unwanted animals.
  25. Lamplighter – lights street or road lights at dusk.
  26. Laundry Worker – a laborer who takes part in the washing, drying, and ironing of clothes and other fabric items.
  27. Lector – reads to others while they work for entertainment.
  28. Longshoreman – loads and unloads ships in a port.
  29. Maid – a domestic servant of a household.
  30. Nanny/Nursemaid – a servant employed to look after a young child or children.
  31. Operator – a laborer who operates equipment, typically in construction.
  32. Pastry Chef – makes desserts, especially cakes and pastries.
  33. Plumber – installs and repairs the fittings of water supply and sanitation.
  34. Porter – carries luggage and other loads.
  35. Prostitute – engages in sexual activity for payment.
  36. Quarryman/Quarrywoman – quarries stone.
  37. Servant – performs duties for others, especially a person employed in a house or as a personal attendant.
  38. Stagehand – moves scenery or props before or during the performance of a theatrical production.
  39. Street Cleaner – cleans streets and alleyways after dark.
  40. Talent Scout – searches for talented individuals who can be employed or promoted.
  41. Trainer – trains someone in a particular skill, usually physical, for money.
  42. Water Bearer – brings water from rivers, wells, and lakes back to their settlement.
  43. Wet Nurse – a woman employed to suckle another woman’s child.

X. MAGICAL ARTS, the

  1. Abjurer – a mage focused in protective spells.
  2. Alchemist – transforms or creates something within nature through (usually) ritualist magic.
  3. Archmage – an extremely powerful mage.
  4. Artificer – unlocks magic in everyday objects as well as being an inventor.
  5. Bard – uses their artistic talents to induce magical effects.
  6. Conjuror – conjures spirits or familiars.
  7. Druid – a mage attuned to the magical forces of nature, able to shapeshift, call on the elements, communicate with flora and fauna, etc.
  8. Elementalist – manipulates nature’s elements to their will.
  9. Enchanter/Enchantress – uses sorcery to put someone or something under a spell.
  10. Evoker – manipulates energy or taps into an unseen source of power in order to produce a desired kinetic end.
  11. Healer – able to cure a disease or injury using magic.
  12. Hearth Witch/Hearth Wizard – incorporates spells and enchantments in cooking.
  13. Illusionist – performs tricks and spells that deceive the senses.
  14. Mage – a magic-user.
  15. Medium – uses extrasensory perception, magic, or divine powers to identify information hidden from the normal senses.
  16. Meteorologist – forecasts and manipulates weather.
  17. Necromancer – communicates with and conjures the spirits of the dead.
  18. Ritualist – practices or advocates the observance of ritual (formula intended to trigger a magical effect on a person or objects).
  19. Runecaster – uses special alphabets to create runes (symbols possessing magical effects capable of being used multiple times).
  20. Sage – a wise and experienced magic-user.
  21. Seer/Oracle – able to see what the future holds through supernatural insight.
  22. Shaman – accesses and influences the world of good and evil spirits.
  23. Shapeshifter – a person with the ability to change their physical form.
  24. Sorcerer/Sorceress – derives their magical abilities innately rather than through study.
  25. Summoner – a mage able to summon forth magical beasts, creatures, and monsters.
  26. Transmuter – alters matter in form, appearance, or nature.
  27. Warlock – a mage who has gained their abilities by forming a pact with an otherworldly being.
  28. Witchdoctor – a tribal mage with powers of healing, divination, and protection against the magic of others.
  29. Witch – a woman who has supernatural powers and practices sorcery, typically in solitude.
  30. Wizard – derives their magical abilities through study.
  31. Wordsmith – draws their power from language and casts by dictation.

XI. MILITARY & SECURITY

  1. Admiral – commands a fleet or naval squadron.
  2. Bailiff – looks after prisoners.
  3. Bodyguard – escorts and protects another person, especially a dignitary.
  4. Bouncer – prevents troublemakers from entering or to eject them from the premises of an establishment.
  5. Captain – an army officer of high rank in charge of commanding squadrons of soldiers.
  6. Castellan – the governor of a castle.
  7. Cavalryman/Cavalier – a skilled horseback rider.
  8. City Watch – an officer of law enforcement who resides in larger towns or cities.
  9. Commissar – teaches principles and policies to military units.
  10. Constable – an officer with limited policing authority, typically in a small town.
  11. Detective/Investigator – investigates and solves crimes.
  12. Drummer/Fifer – a non-combatant foot soldier who sounds signals for changes in formation in combat.
  13. Duelist – skilled in one-on-one combat.
  14. Executioner – carries out a sentence of death on a legally condemned person.
  15. Firefighter – extinguishes fires.
  16. Guard/Sentinel – a person who keeps watch, especially a soldier or other person formally assigned to protect a person or to control access to a place.
  17. General – the chief commander of an army.
  18. Inspection Officer – responsible for the inspection of military units to ensure they meet appropriate standards of training and efficiency.
  19. Intelligence Officer – collects, compiles and organizes information about the enemy.
  20. Jailer – supervises a jail and the prisoners in it.
  21. Lieutenant – an officer of middle rank in the armed forces.
  22. Marksman/Archer – in long-range weapons, such as the bow, crossbow, sling, etc. to inflict damage from afar.
  23. Marshall – has the charge of the cavalry in the household of a monarch.
  24. Medic – a medical practitioner equipped for the battlefield.
  25. Mercenary – a soldier without allegiance who works for money, typically a member of a company or guild.
  26. Privateer – engages in maritime warfare under a commission of war.
  27. Quartermaster – responsible for providing quarters, rations, clothing, and other supplies.
  28. Royal Guard – responsible for the protection of a royal person.
  29. Runner – carries information between lines in wartime.
  30. Sapper – a soldier responsible for tasks such as building and repairing roads and bridges, laying and clearing mines, etc.
  31. Sergeant – an officer instructed with a protective duty, typically worth “half a knight” in regard.
  32. Sergeant-at-Arms – charged with keeping order during meetings and, if necessary, participates in battle.
  33. Scout – sent ahead of a main force so as to gather information about the enemy’s position, strength, or movements.
  34. Siege Artillerist – works the artillery machines of an army.
  35. Slave Driver – oversees and urges on slaves at work.
  36. Soldier/Man-at-Arms – serves in an army.
  37. Special Force Soldier – carries out special operations.
  38. Spy – secretly collects and reports information on the activities, movements, and plans of an enemy or competitor.
  39. Tactician – uses a carefully planned military strategy to achieve a specific end.
  40. Tollkeeper – collects tolls at a bridge, road etc. where a charge is made.
  41. Torturer – inflicts severe pain on someone as a punishment or in order to force them to do or say something.
  42. Warden – responsible for the supervision of a particular place or thing or for ensuring that regulations associated with it are obeyed.
  43. Warmage – a soldier skilled in destructive battle magic.

XII. RELIGION

  1. Abbot/Abbess – the head of an abbey of monks.
  2. Acolyte – assists the celebrant in a religious service or procession.
  3. Almoner – distributes money and food to poor people.
  4. Archbishop – responsible for an archdiocese, their surrounding district.
  5. Bishop – a senior member of the clergy, usually in charge of a diocese and empowered to confer holy orders.
  6. Cantor – sings liturgical music and leads prayer in a synagogue.
  7. Cardinal – a leading dignitary of a church, nominated by the highest official.
  8. Chaplain – a member of the clergy attached to a private chapel, institution, ship, branch of the armed forces, etc.
  9. Cleric – has devoted their entire being to the will of their god, thus gaining magical powers.
  10. Confessor – hears confessions and gives absolution and spiritual counsel.
  11. Cultist – a member of a cult who generally lives outside of conventional society and worships an unorthodox patron.
  12. Cult Leader – the organizational leader of a cult who is occasionally also the founder.
  13. Deacon – an ordained minister of an order ranking below that of priest.
  14. Diviner – seeks ultimate divination in order to further understand or meet godly substance.
  15. Exorcist – expels or attempts to expel evil spirits from a person or place.
  16. High Priest/Pope – the chief priest of a religion.
  17. Inquisitor – seeks to eliminate heresy and other things contrary to the doctrine or teachings of their faith.
  18. Missionary – goes on a religious mission to promote their faith in a foreign place.
  19. Monk – able to manifest their spirituality through a calm, centered being and thus gain abilities which function similarly to magic.
  20. Nun – a member of a religious community of women, especially a cloistered one, living under vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience.
  21. Paladin – a holy knight and divine spellcaster crusading in the name of good and order.
  22. Pardoner – raises money for religious works by soliciting offerings and granting indulgences.
  23. Priest – has the authority to perform certain rites and administer certain sacraments.
  24. Prophet – regarded as an inspired teacher or proclaimer of the will of God.
  25. Sexton – looks after a church and churchyard, sometimes acting as bell-ringer and formerly as a gravedigger.
  26. Templar – fights in a religious military order.

XIII. SCIENCE, MATH, & EDUCATION

  1. Abecedarian – teaches the illiterate.
  2. Accoucheur/Obstetrician/Midwife – assists in childbirth and the care of women giving birth.
  3. Anthropologist – studies the customs, beliefs, and relationships of humanoids and intellectually and culturally advanced creatures.
  4. Apothecary – prepares and sells medicines, drugs, and potions.
  5. Apprentice – studies a trade under a skilled employer.
  6. Archaeologist – studies humanoid history and prehistory through the excavation of sites and the analysis of artifacts and other physical remains.
  7. Archivist – maintains and is in charge of archives.
  8. Assayer – determiner of the proportions of metal in ore and the amount of copper, silver, gold, or platinum in coins.
  9. Astrologer – uses astrology to tell others about their character or to predict their future.
  10. Astronomer – makes observations of celestial and scientific phenomena within the material plane.
  11. Bloodletter – surgically removes some of a patient’s blood for therapeutic purposes.
  12. Botanist – an expert in or student of the scientific study of plants.
  13. Cartographer – a scholar and illustrator of maps.
  14. Chemist – engaged in chemical research or experiments.
  15. Dean – the head of a college or university.
  16. Doctor/Physician – a qualified practitioner of medicine.
  17. Drakologist – studies or is an expert in the branch of zoology concerned with dragons.
  18. Engineer – designer of a machine or structure.
  19. Entomologist – studies or is an expert in the branch of zoology concerned with insects.
  20. Herbalist – practices healing by the use of herbs.
  21. Historian – an expert in or student of history, especially that of a particular period, geographical region, or social phenomenon.
  22. Horologist – a scholar of time and entropy.
  23. Librarian – administers or assists in a library.
  24. Mathematician – a scholar of the abstract science of number, quantity, and space.
  25. Mortician – prepares dead bodies for burial or cremation and makes arrangements for funerals.
  26. Nurse – cares for the sick or infirm, especially in a hospital.
  27. Optometrist – examines the eyes for visual defects and prescribes eyeglasses.
  28. Philosopher – a scholar of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence.
  29. Professor – a teacher of the highest rank in a college or university.
  30. Scholar/Researcher – a specialist in a particular branch of study who pursues the acquisition of knowledge.
  31. Scribe – copies out manuscripts.
  32. Student – attends school or learns under other to enter and pursue a particular subject.
  33. Surgeon/Chirurgeon – practices surgery.
  34. Taxonomist – groups organisms into categories.
  35. Teacher – instructs on a particular skill or subject.
  36. Theologian – engages in the study of the nature of God and religious belief.
  37. Tutor – charged with the instruction and guidance of another.
  38. Veterinarian – treats diseased or injured animals.
  39. Zoologist – an expert in or a student of the behavior, physiology, classification, and distribution of animals.

XIV. TRANSPORTATION

  1. Boatman – mans a small seacraft.
  2. Bosun – in charge of organizing the equipment and crew of a ship.
  3. Cabbie/Wagoner – drives a horse-drawn wagon.
  4. Cabin Boy/Cabin Girl – waits on the orders of a ship’s officers and passengers.
  5. Caravaneer – travels or lives in a caravan.
  6. Charioteer – drives a chariot.
  7. Carter – transports goods by cart.
  8. Ferryman – operates a ferry.
  9. First Mate – the deck officer second in command to the master of a ship.
  10. Helmsman – steers a ship or boat.
  11. Navigator – directs the route or course of a ship or other form of transportation, especially by using instruments and maps.
  12. Purser – keeps the accounts of a ship, especially as the head steward on a passenger vessel.
  13. Sailor – works as a member of the crew of a commercial or naval ship or boat.
  14. Sea Captain – commands a ship.
  15. Shipwright – a carpenter skilled in ship construction and repair.

XV. UNEMPLOYED, SELF-EMPLOYED, & OUTCAST

  1. Adventurer – wanders the world in search of knowledge, treasure, fame, glory or a multitude of additional wants and desires.
  2. Beggar/Pauper – lives by asking for money or food.
  3. Blood Hunter/Monster Hunter – takes on jobs to hunt down and kill or capture dangerous creatures.
  4. Bounty Hunter – pursues a criminal or fugitive for whom a reward is offered.
  5. Crossing Sweeper – sweeps a path ahead of people crossing dirty urban streets in exchange for a gratuity.
  6. Deserter – a member of the armed forces who has deserted.
  7. Disgraced Noble – a person of high birth who has since loss their respect, honor, or esteem in some or all noble circles.
  8. Drunkard – a person who is habitually drunk and considers themselves a professional in the task.
  9. Dungeon Delver – navigates underground labyrinths in search of any treasure they may find.
  10. Elder – a person of a greater age, especially one with a respected position in society.
  11. Exile – lives away from their native country, either from choice or compulsion.
  12. Explorer – explores unfamiliar areas in search of geographical or scientific information.
  13. Ex-Criminal – a person who has been convicted of a crime and has since served their sentence, or who has preemptively given up their life of crime.
  14. Folk Hero – a celebrity who is greatly admired by many people of a particular kind or in a particular place.
  15. Gambler – bets money on sports, card games, or games of chance in the hope of a profit.
  16. Grave Robber/Tomb Raider – steals valuables from graves and tombs.
  17. Heretic – differs in opinion from established religious dogma.
  18. Hermit – lives in solitude, typically as a religious or spiritual discipline.
  19. Housewife/Househusband – cares for his or her family by managing household affairs and completing housework.
  20. Pilgrim – journeys to some sacred place as an act of religious devotion, occasionally to settle there.
  21. Prisoner – held in confinement as a punishment for crimes they have been convicted of.
  22. Rag-and-Bone Man – collects unwanted household items and sells them to merchants.
  23. Rebel/Political Dissident – rises in opposition or armed resistance against an established government or ruler.
  24. Refugee – leaves their home in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster.
  25. Runaway Slave – a slave who has left their master and traveled without authorization.
  26. Scavenger/Mudlark/Tosher – searches for and collects discarded items.
  27. Slave – a person who is the legal property of another and forced to obey them.
  28. Squatter – unlawfully occupies an uninhabited building or unused land.
  29. Traveler/Wanderer/Vagabond – wanders from place to place without a permanent home or job.
  30. Urchin – a child who lives or spends most of their time in the streets, occasionally working as a thief or pickpocket.
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