Raw Data: Fantasy Occupations

May 27, 2011
Mark
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While working on a software project, I needed a decent list of occupations for non-player characters in a fantasy setting. After searching around, I discovered most of the lists available are relatively sparse. Most are quite focused on playable options rather than common careers. Other lists are condensed with only gross categories.

Finally, I just set about combining a variety of sources. The raw list contains over 200 occupations. The list contains numerous synonyms for the the same job. The list also contains a number of titles and fantasy rpg class names.

Before I consolidate it for my needs, I decided to publish the unedited list to save others the same work. Here’s a sampling of the data. The raw file and table differ slightly.

Raw Fantasy/Medieval Occupations and Titles
Actor
Advocate
Alchemist
Animal Handler
Apothecary
Architect
Archer
Aristocrat
Armorer
Artisan
Artist
Astrologer
Baker
Banker
Barbarian
Barber
Bard
Barkeep
Barmaid
Beekeeper
Beer Seller
Beggar
Blacksmith
Boatman
Boatswain
Bookbinder
Bookseller
Bowman
Bowyer
Brewer
Brothel Keeper
Buckle Maker
Builder
Butcher
Caravan Leader
Carpenter
Cartographer
Chandler
Charioteer
Chatelaine
Chef
Chieftain
Chirurgeon
Clergy
Clerk
Clock Maker
Cloth Worker
Commander
Concubine
Cook
Cooper
Copyist
Counselor
Courtesan
Courtier
Cowherd
Crossbowman
Cutler
Daimyo
Dairymaid
Diplomat
Distiller
Diver
Diviner
Domestic Servant
Emperor/Empress
Eunuch
Explorer
Farmer
Fighter
Fisherman
Fishmonger
Fletcher
Footman
Forester
Freighter
Furrier
Galley Slave
Gambler
Gardener
Geisha
Gladiator
Glove Maker
Groom
Guild Master
Harness Maker
Hat Maker
Hay Merchant
Healer
Hearthwitch
Herald
Herbalist
Herder
Hermit
Highwayman
Hunter
Illuminator
Innkeeper
Interpreter
Inventor
Jailer
Jester
Jeweler
Jongleur
Judge
King
Knight
Laborer
Lady
Lady in Waiting
Leather Worker
Limner
Locksmith
Lord
Maidservant
Majordomo
Man at Arms
Mason
Masseur
Mercer
Merchant
Messenger
Midwife
Miller
Miner
Minstrel
Monk
Mortician
Mourner
Navigator
Necromancer
Noble
Nun
Nurse
Page
Painter
Pariah
Pastry Cook
Peasant
Perfumer
Philosopher
Physician
Pigkeeper
Pilgrim
Plasterer
Potter
Priest/ess
Prince/ss
Professor
Purse Maker
Quartermaster
Queen
Ranger
Ratcatcher
Rigger
Ronin
Roofer
Rope Maker
Royal Adviser
Rug Maker
Ruler
Sailor
Samurai
Scabbard Maker
Scribe
Sculptor
Saddler
Scavenger
Scholar
Scrivener
Servant
Shaman
Shepherd
Ship’s Captain
Ship’s Mate
Shipwright
Shoemaker
Silversmith
Slave
Slaver
Smith
Soldier
Sorcerer/Sorceress
Spice Merchant
Squire
Stable Hand
Storyteller
Steward
Street Kid
Surveyor
Swineherd
Swordsman
Sycophant
Tailor
Tanner
Tavern Keeper
Tax Collector
Teamster
Thatcher
Thief
Tinker
Torturer
Town Crier
Trader
Trapper
Vendor
Vermin Catcher
Village Chief
Vintner
Viking
Warlock
Warrior
Water Carrier
Weaponsmith
Weaver
Wet Nurse
Wine Seller
Witch
Wizard
Woodcarver
Woodcutter
Wood Seller

Feel free to add anything I’ve overlooked.

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