How to Assign Villagers to Jobs in Minecraft

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With the release of Minecraft 1.14 came the update to Villages. In this update was the ability for villagers to have jobs, giving them unique trades and allowing them to level up the player, offering cheaper prices. 

Whilst Village spawns are random as well as the professions given to villagers, you can still have control over them. If you’re creating your own village for the first time, you might want to set up some professions. You can also make a farm, where you can have dozens of villagers as librarians for example, who will sell you enchanted books.

Below, we have a quick guide for assigning professions to villagers in Minecraft. For more guides, make sure to check out our dedicated area here

Assigning Jobs to Villagers in Minecraft

If you have villagers who are unemployed in Minecraft, they will automatically look for available job blocks within 48 block radius. There are a lot of different jobs available, with their availability being determined by a block placed in the village:

  1. Unemployed: Villagers will be unemployed when there is no profession or job block available to them.
  2. Armorer: Blast Furnace
  3. Butcher: Smoker
  4. Catographer: Cartography Table
  5. Cleric: Brewing Stand
  6. Farmer: Composter
  7. Fisherman: Barrell
  8. Fletcher: Fletching Table
  9. Leatherworker: Cauldron
  10. Librarian: Lectern
  11. Stone Mason: Stonecutter
  12. Nitwit: Nitwit’s can’t be assigned to a job or profession.
  13. Shepherd: Loom
  14. Toolsmith: Smithing Table
  15. Weaponsmith: Grind Stone

For example, to have a Farmer in your village, you will need to place down a Composter as well as some crops for the Farmer to harvest. Then you will have access to Farmer specific trades, and the appearance of the villager will change. 

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Alternatively, other jobs can be assigned. The below screenshot shows a Stone Mason. Due to the Villager previously being unemployed, they took the role of Stone Mason as soon as the Stonecutter object was placed down, now giving access to Stone Mason trades.  

Jobs can’t manually be assigned, Villagers will find them automatically. To take up a job, they will need to be unemployed, an adult and not a nitwit. There will also need to be an available bed for them to sleep in.

To change a Villagers profession, destroy the block that they are assigned to. That way, they will become unemployed again and will move to a different job block you have placed down.

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Phillip Anderson
Phillip Anderson
Hey, I'm Phillip Anderson! After studying Video Game Design at University, I began writing articles at PwrDown in my free time. I currently play my games on PC, but also own a PS4 & Nintendo Switch. I'm also a VR enthusiast, owning an Oculus Rift S where you might find me playing Beat Saber or Skyrim VR!