What Jobs Begin with the Letter “J”?

There are many common jobs that start with “j,” like “janitor,” “jailer,” “jeweller,” “jockey,” “judge,” “justice of the peace,” and “journalist.” Also, jobs like judge advocate and judge advocate general, which are less common, start with the letter “j.”

Aside from the obvious jobs that start with the letter “j,” there are also a number of slang words that describe jobs that start with the letter. A serious jazz musician is called a jazzer, jazzbo, or jazzman in slang. A hunter is called a jager, and a sailor is called a jacktar.

For a more general word, “jack-of-all-trades” refers to a handyman or a person with multiple skills who can do many things well. There are also three “j” words that are used to describe temporary or situational jobs, like “juror,” “jailhouse lawyer,” and “joiner,” a person who builds woodwork like doors, moulding, or stairs.

There are also many jobs that start with “j” that come from another time or place. In Britain, a person who buys and sells stock exchange securities is called a “jobber.” In France and England during the Middle Ages, jongleurs were wandering minstrels who sang and recited lyrical poetry to entertain people.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.


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