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Minecraft: How to Change Villager Jobs & Professions

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Minecraft: How to Change Villager Jobs & Professions

The world of Minecraft is the one that keeps on giving, with plenty of things for players to uncover, interact with, and make their own fun out of. Villagers are one of the inhabitants that you can find in your Minecraft world, and the various jobs they have can be particularly helpful for trading. Here’s how to change villager jobs in Minecraft.

Checking What Job a Villager Has

First things first, you’ll want to check exactly what job a villager has. It’s worth noting that not all villagers will have a profession, as some can just be Unemployed or a Nitwit.

If they’re neither of these, then you’ll be able to tell what job a villager has by their clothing, as well as the job block they’re interacting with or stood by. For example, Farmer Villagers wear straw hats.

We’ve broken all of the villager jobs down below, with the job site block they’ll use so you can figure them out nice and quickly. It’s also worth noting that the profession of a villager will appear as a title at the top of the trading interface when you speak with them.

  • Armorer – Blast Furnace
  • Butcher – Smoker
  • Cartographer – Cartography Table
  • Cleric – Brewing Stand
  • Farmer – Composter
  • Fisherman – Barrel
  • Fletcher – Fletching Table
  • Leatherworker – Cauldron
  • Librarian – Lectern
  • Stone Mason (Bedrock Edition only) / Mason (Java Edition Only) – Stonecutter
  • Nitwit – N/A
  • Shepherd – Loom
  • Toolsmith – Smithing Table
  • Unemployed – N/A
  • Weaponsmith – Grindstone

How to Change Villager Jobs in Minecraft

To change a villager’s job, all you need to do is destroy the job site block that they’re currently using as their profession. For example, if you want to change a Farmer villager’s job, you’d destroy the Composter block that they’re using.

Nitwits cannot have their professions changed in Minecraft, so if you come across these, save yourself some time and move on.

Keep in mind that by breaking the job block a villager is using, they’re going to get pretty angry with you.

However, if you ensure that another job block is vacant and placed within a roughly 48-block vicinity of the villager, they’ll eventually go searching for a new job, come across the block, and automatically change villager jobs in Minecraft.

As such, if you want to change your former farmer into an Armorer, you’d place down a Blast Furnace right next to them and give them a bit of time, they should eventually turn into an Armorer without any of input required from yourself.

Professions & Trading with Villagers

Players can trade with villagers, ranking up that villager in the process. Ranking up a villager by trading with them will unlock more of their items you can trade for. Emeralds will always be part of the trading process. For example, if a Villager offers different items, you’ll need to have Emeralds to trade with them. If they have Emeralds, they’ll trade them for whatever items are listed within the ‘trade’ option for that particular villager.

Whether a villager trades emeralds for items or trades items for emeralds is random and varies.

Each Minecraft villager profession will offer different items to trade. Unemployed and Nitwit villagers do not have anything to trade. Unemployed villagers can be traded with by placing one of the above job blocks in their vicinity. You can check out the complete list of items available when trading with Minecraft villagers below.

minecraft villager trading

That’s everything you need to know about how to change villager jobs in Minecraft. For more tips, tricks, and information on the game, be sure to search Twinfinite, or check out more of our guides below.

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