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

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Minecraft’s villagers are friendly creatures you can meet, and most of them hold stable jobs you can use to your advantage. Here’s every Minecraft villager job, and how best to utilize them in your world.

More often than not, you will encounter characters such as villagers in your Minecraft journey. There are now over 15 jobs that villagers take on within each world, and how they function has been entirely revamped.

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.

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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!

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Villagers are now more important than ever


Minecraft villagers: Job types

When you encounter a village within Minecraft, there are going to be various villagers roaming the settlement. Now, they can hold one of 13 professions within the game, and each one of them serves a different purpose compared to others.

Below are all 13 Minecraft villager jobs, along with the item block that the job is associated with:

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  • Armorer – Blast Furnace
  • Butcher – Smoker
  • Cartographer – Cartography Table
  • Cleric – Brewing Stand
  • Farmer – Composter
  • Fisherman – Barrel
  • Fletcher – Fletching Table
  • Leatherworker – Cauldron
  • Librarian – Lectern
  • Shepherd – Loom
  • Stone Mason –  Stonecutter
  • Toolsmith – Smithing Table
  • Weaponsmith – Grindstone

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

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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.

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Nitwits are designated by the green robes 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.

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

  • Build or get the job block that corresponds to the job you want the villager to hold.
  • Destroy the job site block that the villager is currently using.
  • Place the block within proximity of the Villager.
  • Wait for the Villager to interact with the new job site block.
  • 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.

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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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