Minecraft villagers jobs explained: Types, job site blocks, how to change

Nick Farrell
Minecraft Villager

Within the expansive world of Minecraft, villagers assume diverse jobs, each with its own distinct advantages and functions. Here’s an overview of all the jobs villagers can undertake in the game, including their functions, and methods to transition between roles.

As you traverse the vast world of Minecraft, encounters with villagers are inevitable. With their revamped operations, villagers now represent more than 15 distinct jobs, each contributing uniquely to the game.

There are now more ways to interact with villagers than ever, and you will not only go to traders, as certain villagers are going to have specific resources you may need.

Below is a full guide into the new ways villagers work within Minecraft, along with some frequently asked questions regarding their jobs and if you are able to change them!

Minecraft Villager Jobs explained
Villagers are now more important than ever


How many job types are there in Minecraft?

There are a total of 15 different job types in Minecraft.

Whenever you encounter a village within the game, there are going to be various villagers roaming the settlement, and they can hold a profession with each one of them serving a unique purpose.

All Minecraft villager jobs

You can find a full rundown of all the different villager jobs in Minecraft, what they entail, and the item block that the job is associated with in the table below:

Villager JobDescriptionItem Block
ArmorerPlayers can purchase armor and chainmail from Armorers in villages.Blast Furnance
ButcherYou can buy meat and trade Emeralds with Butchers in Minecraft.Smoker
CatographerMaps and patterns can be purchased from Cartographers. Cartography Table
ClericClerics sell magical items including potions and Bottle ‘o Enchanting. BrewingStand
FarmerFarmers stock advanced food and brewing ingrediants for players to buy.Composter
FishermanFisherman can sell you an enchanted Fishing Rod, as well as all kinds of fish in Minecraft.Barrel
FletcherVisiting a Fletcher is ideal for anyone who prefers to use a bow and arrow in the game. You can get plenty of bows, arrows, and flint from these workers. Fletching Table
LeatherworkerSupply armor, horse armor, and saddles in Minecraft. Cauldron
LibrarianStock all kinds of enchanted books and name tags.Lectern
ShephardShepards can sell you paintings, carpets, and plenty of wool.Loom
MasonSells a variety of building blocks, some of which can be quite rare materials. Stonecutter
ToolsmithStocks a variety of tools including axes, shovels, pickaxes, bells, and emeralds. Smithing Table
WeaponsmithSells enchanted and unenchanted weapons, as well as emeralds. Grindstone
UnemployedThese villagers cannot be hired for jobs.N/A
Nitwits.These villagers cannot be hired for jobs.N/A

Each villager will have a ‘job site block’, which signifies the role they have within the village. Their clothing is another sign that players can use to see which profession they are currently occupying.

clothing of villagers
Minecraft worker clothes from left to right: Armorer, Butcher, Cartographer, Cleric, Farmer, Fisherman, Fletcher, Leatherworker, Librarian, Shepard, Stone Mason, Tool Smith, Weaponsmith, & Nitwit.

In addition to the 13 professions, some villagers can be unemployed, meaning they have no job site block, or they can be Nitwits, meaning that they both do not currently have a job site block and cannot claim a job.

The green robes designate nitwits they will be wearing when you see them and are the only classification of villagers that players will not be able to trade with. While unemployed villagers also cannot make trades, once they have been given a job site block, players will be able to trade with them as normal.

Nitwits dawn green robes

Minecraft villagers: How to change villager jobs

You may find a village that does not contain the type of villager you wish to trade with, but there is a process that can change villagers’ jobs.

If you need to change the job of one of the Villagers follow the steps we have outlined below:

  1. Build or get the job block that corresponds to the job you want the villager to hold.
  2. Destroy the job site block that the villager is currently using.
  3. Place the block within proximity of the Villager.
  4. Wait for the Villager to interact with the new job site block.
  5. Once they do so, they should change into their new jobs clothing, indicating the job change.

This is a pretty universal method, and can work with all Villagers except Nitwits, as they cannot hold any jobs within Minecraft!

Can you change Wandering Traders profession?

Wandering Traders are villagers that will roam around the Minecraft world and may appear within your home every now and then. They have some decent trades more often than not, but they function completely separate from the villagers within a village.

So no, there is no current way to change Wandering Traders job within Minecraft, as they are technically a part of the village, and their job is not one of the 13 designated by a job site block.

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