Minecraft: All Villager Jobs Explained and Detailed

A villager can have one of many different professions in Minecraft. Here's what you need to know.

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Whether it’s Java, Bedrock, or another version of the game, Minecraft has many mechanics to take part in. But one of the most interesting has to do with NPCs and their various roles. In this guide, I’ll go over every villager job in Minecraft.

All Minecraft Villager Jobs Explained and Detailed

There are technically 15 different jobs/professions that a villager can have in Minecraft, with two of them being more unique states. Each has a distinct visual, and most have a specific job site block. I’ll list all of them below, along with their standout characteristics. Use the links to jump to specific villager jobs to learn more.


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A Nitwit is a specific type of villager who’s unable to acquire a proper profession. In the Java Edition, they always remain in this role and need to have been born this way or have been spawned. If one becomes a zombie villager in the Bedrock Edition, they can be cured and turned into an Unemployed villager. I’ve tried to replicate this in Java, but the result is simply a cured Nitwit. They’re distinguished from others by wearing green robes, no matter the biome.


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An Unemployed villager is one that doesn’t have a job currently. Unlike Nitwits, they’re still capable of changing into a different profession and will actively look for a job site block. They wear plainer clothing in comparison to what those with proper professions have.


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The Armorer trades and sells armor-based items, with their job site block being the Blast Furnace. They wear a welding mask on their heads and also have what looks like a pair of iron shoulder pauldrons.


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The Butcher is all about selling food and uses a Smoker as their job site block. I’ve found them to be a great option whenever I want quick access to different meats or sweet berries. They stand out by wearing a red headband along with a white apron.


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A Cartographer is all about map-related items and can be found near a Cartography Table. Visit one to trade for banners, compasses, and explorer maps among other things. Their trademark visual is a golden monocle.


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Clerics sell magic items and use a Brewing Stand. They’ll trade you enchanting ingredients, as well as items such as ender pearls or glowstone dust. You can tell them apart from other villagers thanks to their purple and yellow-lined cloaks.


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A Farmer will trade you food items related to natural ingredients and will be found near a Composter. Their inventory can include apples, bread, and cookies. Their distinct visual is a straw hat.


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The Fisherman trades in various fish and uses a Barrel. You can sell boats and raw fish to them while buying some cooked fish and an enchanted fishing rod. Among all the villager jobs, I’ve had the most trouble telling these and Farmers apart from a distance. It’s thankfully a lot more obvious upon closer inspection, as these wear a brimmed hat that’s shorter and darker than a Farmer’s, along with a brown apron that seems to have a fish hanging from it.


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Next is a Fletcher, which trades in Bow-related items and uses a Fletcher’s Table. They’ll purchase sticks and feathers from you while offering arrows, bows, and crossbows. They wear a brown hat with a white feather sticking out of it.


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True to the name, the Leatherworker primarily deals with leather-based items using their cauldron. If you don’t want to be bothered to craft them yourself, they’re a great resource for leather armor. Most players will prefer other armor types since this is the weakest, but I enjoy buying them from these villagers to more quickly get to dyeing armor. Leatherworkers are distinguishable for having a brown apron and gloves, made from the same material they trade and work with.


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A Librarian is all about books and uses a Lectern as their job site block. Aside from buying the basic related materials such as paper from you, they’ll also offer bookshelves and even enchanted books in their inventory. You’ll know if you found one if they have eyeglasses and a red book as a hat.

Mason/Stone Mason

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A Mason (or Stone Mason in Bedrock Edition) provides various blocks for purchases and uses a Stonecutter. If you’re in quick need of some Quartz or different Terracotta building blocks and don’t want to make them yourself, you’ll want to become acquainted with one of these villagers. They all have black gloves and a black apron with a hammer in the front.


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The Shepherd villager’s job revolves around wool products and uses a Loom. Visit one to trade for different collared wool blocks, carpets, and beds. They wear a small brown hat with a short brim and a white apron.


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A Toolsmith trades in harvesting tools and uses a Smithing Table. They offer stone, enchanted iron, and enchanted diamond versions of the axe and shover for example. Each one wears a dark brown apron.


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Finally, we have the Weaponsmith, which trades for a few damage-dealing items and uses a Grindstone. Enchanted swords and axes will be the standout things to buy from them. Their brown aprons are similar to a Toolsmith’s although they further stand out with black gloves and an eyepatch.

That covers all of the villager jobs in Minecraft. Whether you need a refresher on how to make a bucket or are curious about how to use trial keys, all the tips and tricks you need are available with our Minecraft guides.

About the author

Samuel Moreno

Samuel is a freelance writer who has had work published with Hard Drive, GameSkinny, Otaquest, and PhenixxGaming. He's a big fan of the Metal Gear Solid and Resident Evil series, but truth be told he'd sell his soul simply for a new Ape Escape game.