People And Professions In Serbian: Unlock 100+ Words

April 15, 2021

Let’s talk about people and professions in Serbian. These words and phrases will help you when talking about yourself and others, or when you’re planning to apply for a new job abroad.

 

Words About People In General

Serbian Cyrillic / Latin  Pronunciation English Translation
људскo бићe / ljudsko biće [Sg] lyoo-the-skoh bee-tseh human (being)
људска бића / ljudska bića [Pl] lyoo-the-skah bee-tsah human (beings)
особа / osoba [Sg] oh-sob-ah person
особe / osobe [Pl] oh-sob-eh persons
људи / ljudi ly-oo-dee people / humans
жена / žena [Sg] zheh-nah woman
женe / žene [Pl] zheh-neh women
мушкарац / muškarac [Sg] moosh-kahr-ahc man
мушкарци / muškarci [Pl] moosh-kahr-cy men
дете / dete [Sg] deh-teh child
деца / deca [Pl] deh-tcah children
девојчица / devojčica [Sg] deh-wohj-chee-tcah girl
девоjчице / devojčice [Pl] deh-wohj-chee-tceh girls
дечак / dečak [Sg] deh-chahc boy
дечаци / dečaci [Pl] deh-cha-cy boys

 

 

Most Common Professions In Serbia

Professions In Serbian: Health Workers

People who work as health workers in Serbian are very respectful among people. The situation was just like that before this pandemic. 

Serbian Cyrillic / Latin  Pronunciation English Translation
доктор / doktor [M]докторка [F]
лекар / lekar [M]лекарка / [F]
doc-tohrleh-car
doc-tohr-khleh-car-kah
doctor
лекар специјалиста / lekar specijalista leh-car seh-cee-ahlee-stah specialist doctor
хирург / hirurg  hee-roorg surgeon
медицинска сестра / medicinska sestra med-ee-ceen-skah seh-strah nurse
педијатријск сестра /pedijatrisjka sestra peh-dee-yatree-yskah seh-strah pediatric nurse
геријатријска сестра /gerijatrijska sestra geh-ree-yah-tree-yskah seh-strah geriatric nurse
negovatelj negovateljica  neh-goh-vah-telyneh-goh-vah-tely-tsah caregiver
лаборант / laborant lab-or-ah-nt lab technician
зубар / zubarзубарка [F] zoo-barzoo-bar-kah dentist
апотекар [M]апотекарка [F] apho-teh-carahpo-teh-car-kah pharmacist
ветеринар / veterinar vet-ehree-nahr veterinarian

Professions In Serbian: Emergency Services And Army

Serbian Cyrillic / Latin  Pronunciation English Translation
полицајац / policajac [M]полицајка / policajka [F] poh-lee-tca-yatc-po-lee-tcah-jkah policeman policewoman
ватрогасац / vatrogasac  vah-troh-gah-sahtc firefighter
војник / vojnik voh-yneec soldier
пилот / pilot pee-lot pilot
астронаут / astronaut astro-nah-uth astronaut

Professions In Serbian: Education And Family

Unlike health workers, employees in education are not particularly valued members of society in Serbia. This is a very strange trend in the past few years which cannot be explained in a simple way. I will not bother you with that...I just wanted to point out that jobs in education in Serbia are underpaid and unpopular. I hope that this situation will change in near future. 

Serbian Cyrillic / Latin  Pronunciation English Translation
васпитач / vaspitač vah-spee-tach educator or teacher in kindergarten and pree-school
учитељ / učitelj [M]учитељица / učiteljica [F] oo-chee-telyoo-chee-tely-cah teacher (first 4 grades)
наставник / nastavnik  [M] наставница / nastavnica [F] nah-sath-vneeknah-sath-vnee-tcah teacher (5th - 8th grade)
професор / profesor [M] професорица / profesorica[F]   proh-fehs-ohrproh-fehs-ohr-eetcah professor (high school and university)
педагог / pedagog peh-dah-gohg pedagogue / counselor
психолог / psiholog psee-hoh-log psychologist
социјални радник /socijalni radnik  soh-cee-ah-lnee rah-dneec social worker
хранитељ / hranitelj hrah-nee-tely foster parent

Professions In Serbian: Home Building And Decoration 

Serbian Cyrillic / Latin  Pronunciation English Translation
инжињер / inžiner [M]инжињерка / inžinerка [F] een-zhee-nyeereen-zhee-nyeer-kah engineer
архитекта / arhitekta ahr-hee-tehk-tah architect
дизајнер ентеријера /dizajner enterijera dee-zah-yner ehn-teh-ree-yeh-rah interior designer
дизајнер екстеријера / dizajner eksterijera dee-zah-yner eh-ksteh-ree-yeh-rah exterior designer
кућепазитељ / kućepazitelj koo-tse-pah-zee-tely caretaker
чистачица / čistačica chee-stah-chee-tcah cleaning lady
молер /moler    painter
електричар / električar eleh-tree-chahr electrician
водоинсталатер /vodoinstalater voh-doh-instah-lahter plumber
столар-тесар / stolar-tesar stoh-larhr teh-sahr carpenter
бравар / bravar brah-vahr locksmith
заваривач / zavarivač zah-vah-ree-vahch welder
зидар / zidar zee-dahr mason
армирач / armirač ahr-mee-rah-ch reinforcer

Professions In Serbian: Information Technology

This is an extremely popular industry in Serbia. There are many specific jobs within this big market but I tried to make a shortlist of the most popular professions. 

Serbian Cyrillic / Latin  Pronunciation English Translation
програмер / programer proh-grah-mehr software developer
графички дизајнер / grafički dizajner  grah-fee-ch-cee dee-zah-jnehe graphic designer
inženjer elektrotehnike i računarstva een-gener eh-lektro-teh-nee-keh ee rachun-nar-stvah electrical and computer engineer
мултимедијални техничар / multimedijalni tehničar muh-lee-med-ee-ahl-nee teh-nee-char multimedia technician

Professions In Serbian: Economy And Law Practice

Serbian Cyrillic / Latin  Pronunciation English Translation
економиста / ekonomista eco-noh-mee-stah economist
књиговођа / knjigovođа kny-goh-vodj-ah accountant
адвокат / advokat ah-dvoh-caht lawyer
јавни тужилац / javni tužilac jah-vnee too-zylahc public attorney
судија / sudija soo-dee-yah judge

Professions In Serbian: Commercial, Logistic, And Restaurant 

People from those professions are always wanted on the labor market.

Serbian Cyrillic / Latin  Pronunciation English Translation
продавац / prodavac [M]продавачица / prodavačica [F]  proh-dah-vatcproh-dah-vach-ee-tcah salesman saleswoman 
пекар / pekar peh-kahr baker
месар / mesar meh-sahr butcher
кувар / kuvar [M]куварица / kuvarica [F] coo-vahrcoo-vahr-ree-tcah cook
шеф кухиње / šef kuhinje shehf koo-hee-nyeh chef
возач / vozač voh-zatc driver
возач камиона / vozač kamiona voh-zach kah-mee-oh-nah truck driver
возач аутобуса /vozač autobusa voh-zach ah-oo-toh-buh-sah bus driver
аутомеханичар /automehaničar ah-oo-toh-meh-ah-nee-chahr car mechanic
магационер / magacioner mah-gah-tcee-oh-nehr storekeeper
конобар / konobar [M]конобарица / konobarica [F] koh-noh-barkoh-noh-bar-ee-tsa waiter

Professions In Serbian: Art And Culture

The film and music industry in Serbia is pretty powerful and important. It employs a large number of people.

Serbian Cyrillic / Latin  Pronunciation English Translation
диригент / dirigent dee-ree-gehnt conductor
фотограф / fotograf foto-graph photographer
сликар / slikar slee-car painter
писац / pisac pee-sahtc writer
новинар / novinar [M]новинарка / novinarka [F] noh-wee-nahrnoh-wee-nahr-kah journalist
глумац / glumacглумица / glumica gloo-mahcgloo-mee-tcah actor actress
режисер / režiser reh-zy-sehr director
сценариста / scenarista sceh-nahr-ee-stah screenwriter
певач / pevačпевачица / pevačica peh-vachpeh-vach-ee-tca singer
музичар / muzičarмузичарка / muzičarka moo-zee-chahrmoo-zee-chahr-kah musician
фризер / frizer фризерка / frizerka free-zehrfree-zehr-kah hairstylist

Experts In Different Field Of Science

Serbian Cyrillic / Latin  Pronunciation English Translation
хемичар / hemičar heh-mee-chahr chemist
физичар / fizičar fee-zee-chahr physicist
математичар / matematičar mah-teh-math-ee-chahr математичар
биолог / biolog bee-oh-log biologist
историчар / istoričar ee-sto-ree-chahr historian
географ / geograf geh-ohg-raph geographer
геолог / geolog geh-oh-log geologist
археолог / arheolog ah-rheh-oh-log archaeologist

 

Other Professions

Serbian Cyrillic / Latin  Pronunciation English Translation
цвећар / цвећарцвећарка / cveh-cahr-kah florist
обућар / obućar oh-boo-tsahr shoemaker
часовничар / časovničar сајџија / sajdžija ch-ah-soh-vnee-ch-ahrsah-yh-jee-jah watchmaker
kurira - dostavljača doh-sah-vlya-ch delivery man

 

Profession Related Words

Serbian Cyrillic / Latin  Pronunciation English Translation
занимањe / zanimanje [Sg]професија / profesija [Sg] zah-nee-mah-nyehpro-feh-see-yah profession
занимањa / zanimanja [Pl]професијe / profesije [Pl] zah-nee-mah-nyahpro-feh-see-yeh professions
запосленик / zaposlenikрадник / radnik zah-pohs-leh-neecrah-dneec employeeworker
секретар / sekretarзаступник / zastupnik sek-reh-tahrzah-stoo-pneec clerk official
колега / kolega [M]колегиница / koleginica [F] coh-leh-gahcoh-leh-gee-nee-tca colleague
незапослена особа /nezaposlena osoba neh-zah-posleh-nah ohso-bah unemployed person / jobseeker
пензионер / penzioner pehn-zee-ohn-ehr pensioner / retiree
шеф / šef sh-ehf boss
директор / direktor dee-rect-ohr director
менаџер / menadžer meh-nah-ger manager
секретар / sekretar seh-creh-tahr secretary

 

Work And Application

Serbian Cyrillic / Latin  Pronunciation English Translation
радити / raditi rah-dee-tee (to) work
рад / radпосао / posao rahdpoh-sah-oh work / job
радно место / radno mesto rah-dnoh meh-stoh workplace
запослење / zaposlenjeзанимање / zanimanje zah-poh-sleh-nyehzah-nee-many-eh employment / occupation
канцеларија / kancelarija kah-nceh-lah-ree-yah office
фабрика / fabrika fah-bree-cah factory
градилиште / gradilišteбауштела / bauštela grah-dee-lee-shtehbah-uh-shteh-lah construction site
плата / plata plah-tah salary
зарадити / zaraditi zah-rah-dee-tee (to) earn
тражити посао / tražiti posao trah-zy-tee poh-sah-oh (to) look for a job
пронаћи посао /pronaći posao proh-nah-tsy poh-sah-oh (to) find a job
интервју за посао / intervju za posao een-tehr-wyou zah poh-sah-oh job interview
CV биографија / biografija see-weebioh-grah-fee-jah CV
образовање / obrazovanje obrah-zoh-vah-nyeh education
искуство / iskustvo ees-coo-stvoh experience

 

Final Thoughts

People And Professions In Serbian

The labor market in Serbia is interesting and unpredictable. That's why we have new professions every few years and sometimes can be hard to keep track of. I hope that this article has words related to different professions that will be useful for you. 

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