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Ancient Egypt for Kids
Professions, 
Occupations, Jobs
 

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There were many professions in ancient Egypt, most of which were inherited jobs.  For the most part, whatever job your father had, you had. If he was a farmer, when you grew up, you would become a farmer. If he was a soldier, most probably that was your future as well. Other inherited jobs included doctors, teachers, bakers, fishermen, herders, boatmen, and traders.   

Scribes: One way to move away from the job you inherited was to become a scribe. Scribes, in ancient Egypt, were trained in scribe school. Scribes were the people who wrote things down. Most people who went to scribe school did not pass. But those who did pass were in high demand. In ancient Egypt, everything was written down. From the writings we have found, we have learned a great deal about these ancient people, including their love of written lists!   

Artists:  If your parent was an artist, it was assumed you would be too. But some children did not inherit their parent's ability.  There was no shame in that. But, it left an opening, a job that could be earned, as opposed to inherited. If you had talent, you could be a craftsman or an artist. Someone would be glad to take you into their shop. Artists in ancient Egypt did not sign their work. So no one supposedly knew who created a work of art. However, everyone knew what shop it came from. So shops were always on the lookout for talented craftsmen and artists. It was simply good business. 


Trades

A Day in the Life of a Nobleman, A Farmer, A Priest, A Soldier, A Woman in Ancient Egypt

How could you become a scribe?

Egyptian Art

Doctors and Medicine in Ancient Egypt

 

 

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