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Ancient Egypt for Kids
Occupations, Jobs


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. Other inherited jobs included doctors, teachers, bakers, fishermen, herders, boatmen, and traders.

But there were a couple of professions that could help you move up the social ladder. One was to become a scribe, the people who wrote things down. The other was to become a craftsman or an artist if you were talented.

Anyone could join the army. Thanks to Egypt's natural barriers, Egypt had little need for a large army. The army protected the delta region and the area to the south. They army also settle local differences.

Farmers in Ancient Egypt

Priests in Ancient Egypt

Soldiers in Ancient Egypt

Scribes in Ancient Egypt

Craftsmen & Artists in Ancient Egypt

Merchants, the Egyptian Marketplace


Grain Banks and other forms of payment


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