Using ser (not estar) to say what you do for a living

When we want to say what we do for a living we use the verb ser followed by a profession. For example:

Yo soy camarero.
I am a waiter.

Yo soy camarera.
I am a waitress.

Mis hermanos son ingenieros.
My brothers are engineers.

Mis hermanas son doctoras.
My sisters are doctors.

Notice that the adjective that describes the profession needs to agree in gender and number with the subject.

Also notice that in Spanish we do not add the indefinite article un/una [a] before the profession. Have a look:

¿Tú eres una azafata? -Sí, soy una azafata.
Are you a stewardess?-Yes, I am a stewardess.

To see how verb estar can sometimes be used to talk about jobs that we don't consider as defining us, or as our profession, see Using estar (not ser) + de for a temporary job.

See also Conjugate ser in El Presente (present tense).

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Examples and resources

Yo soy camarero.
I am a waiter.


¿Tú eres una azafata?
Are you a stewardess?


Mis hermanas son doctoras.
My sisters are doctors.


Mis hermanos son ingenieros.
My brothers are engineers.


Yo soy camarera.
I am a waitress.


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