What is different between these words?

All of these words mean job in English but when to use them?

  • métier
  • job
  • profession

2 Answers 2


Even if they might all be translated to job in English, they don't mean the same thing in French.

  • job is used as emploi or travail. If you are unemployed and looking for a job, you can say je cherche un emploi or je cherche un job or je cherche du travail.

  • métier is most of time what you learn. If you learned engineering in a school, you can say j'ai appris le métier d'ingénieur

  • profession is the title or a group of métier. If you are a nurse, you can say je travaille dans une profession médicale. profession is closer (synonym) to métier.

  • Je serais curieux de connaître le genre de job tel que conféré par nos cousins d'outre-Atlantique. Pour avoir lu /entendu en plusieurs occasions ma / la job, je m'interroge.
    – MC68020
    Commented Nov 20, 2018 at 16:26
  • Il semblerait que ce soit effectivement une job au Québec: dufrancaisaufrancais.com/un-melange-de-genres
    – Laurent G.
    Commented Nov 20, 2018 at 19:55

Job is the vulgar way to say travail. It's used most of the time for little job like summer work.
Profession is your job title (boulanger, policier, journaliste, ...). If profession is used for an individual, not for a work core capacity like métier


  • I disagree with the first sentence. job is not a way to say métier.
    – Laurent G.
    Commented Nov 19, 2018 at 20:15
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    Laurent G yep, it's more "travail, sorry", I'll update Commented Nov 19, 2018 at 21:06
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    Job is not vulgar, it is colloquial.
    – jlliagre
    Commented Nov 19, 2018 at 21:49
  • @jlliagre The word vulgar here is meant, I presume, in its sense of "ordinary", as in, for example, Vulgar Latin; a usage nowadays, admittedly, quoted by dictionaries as dated. Commented Nov 20, 2018 at 0:58
  • @CarlMasens Yes, certainly what was meant although "dated" is an understatement.
    – jlliagre
    Commented Nov 20, 2018 at 8:52

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