Just like in the real world, villager jobs in Minecraft are an essential part of the game’s economy. While villagers are working, you can trade with them to get specific items based on their profession. However, not all villagers in Minecraft are created equal and different professions will trade different items.
There are several types of Minecraft villagers jobs you will need to know and master. Each villager has a different profession and will trade different items with you. Trading with them can be a great way to farm different materials, but you’re limited to how many trades you can make in a day.
Chances are you won’t find a village with all villager jobs, and there might only be a few inhabitants. So you can use job blocks to change professions. It’s an easy way to be able to trade in the items you want without having to do too much work. Below, we’ll explain this process in detail as well as everything you need to know about Minecraft villager jobs and professions.
All Minecraft Villager Jobs
There are a total of 13 Minecraft villager jobs that you can find when visiting a village. Each villager will trade different items based on their specific job title.
Here are all the Minecraft Villager jobs and their professions:
- Gunsmith: Exchange chains, armor and iron
- Butcher: Exchange Meat, Stew, Sweet Berries, and Kelp Blocks
- Cartographer: Exchange of maps, banner templates, papers and compasses
- Cleric: Exchange magic items like ender pearls, potion ingredients, and red stone
- Farmer: Swap Cultures, Advanced Foods, and Brewing Ingredients
- Sinner: Exchange fish, campfires and enchanted fishing rods
- Arrow: Trade in flint, bows, crossbows and arrows
- Leather worker: Trade Leather Items, Hides, and Scales
- Librarian: Exchange enchanted books, glass, paper, ink, compasses, badges, feathers and lanterns
- Mason/Stone Mason (Java/Bedrock): Crafts of terracotta, polished stones, quartz and clay
- Shepherd: Trade in dyes, wool, shears, beds and paints
- Toolmaker : Trade bells, harvesting tools, minerals, and ax enchantments
- Weaponsmith: Exchange weapons, bells and enchanted minerals
Besides the villager jobs listed above, there are technically two other “job titles” you might see in a village: Unemployed and Nitwits.
Unemployed villagers don’t have a job, but they can create one by claiming an unclaimed building block. The Nitwits, on the other hand, have no jobs and will never be able to get one.
Minecraft villager working blocks
In Minecraft, Job Blocks are used to assign jobs to villagers. You can assign a job to any unemployed villager by placing the corresponding block shown below. If the villager already has a job, simply break their existing block and replace it with the job block you want them to have.
However, if a villager has already made a profession, you cannot change profession. So, be sure to take a look at all villager jobs before doing your first trade in a new village.
Here are the Minecraft job blocks (and what job they will work with):
- Gunsmith: Blast furnace
- Butcher: Smoker
- Cartographer: Cartography table
- Cleric: Brew Kiosk
- Farmer: Composter
- Sinner: Barrel
- Arrow: tail table
- Leather worker: Cauldron
- Librarian: Lectern
- Masons: Stonecutter
- Shepherd: Loom
- Toolmaker : Forge table
- Weaponsmith: grinding wheel
How to Create Minecraft Villager Working Blocks
Minecraft working blocks can be crafted like any other item. Simply find the recipe for the corresponding block and dump the ingredients into a crafting table to craft it. It’s actually quite simple, and nothing else needs to be done for the element.
How to assign a job to a villager in Minecraft
To assign a job to a villager in Minecraft, simply place the corresponding job block in front of them. If they are unemployed and have not yet traded, the new job will be accepted. The villager will briefly have a green aura floating around their head when a job has been accepted.
In Java, villagers can only accept work during the day. However, in Bedrock, villagers can accept a job while sleeping. In both versions, for the job to be accepted, the block must be laid flat on the ground so that the villager can access it. Blocks placed on top of items will not be accepted.
How to Unlock a Minecraft Villager Trade
You can only trade with villagers in Minecraft about ten times, although this varies depending on their job and whether you’re playing Java or Bedrock. Once the limit is reached, you will not be able to continue trading and will have to wait for the villager to unlock trading again.
Luckily, all they have to do is go back to their yard block for a bit to restock their items. Villagers can restock their items twice a day, so if you want to trade more than that, you’ll have to wait for a new in-game day.
Be careful with this though, because just like in real life, if an item is in high demand, the price will go up. So, be smart about your trades and your resources. Otherwise, you will pay more for your items!
Now that you have a good idea of all the Minecraft villager jobs, why not put together some Minecraft house ideas and make your Minecraft survival server feel like home!