Jobs and roles

Most job titles are not gender-specific. For example, architect, barista, doctor, electrician, engineer, lecturer, plumber or teacher can be used to refer to anybody. Replace those terms that do specify gender with a gender-neutral term.

Gender-specific term
Gender-neutral term
barman, barmaid
bartender
businessman, businesswoman
business executive
cameraman
camera operator
chairman, chairwoman
chair
congressman
congressional representative
delivery man
courier, messenger
draftsman
drafter
fireman
firefighter
foreman
supervisor
freshman
fresher, first-year student
ombudsman
ombuds officer
policeman, policewoman
police officer
salesman, saleswoman
sales representative
sportsman, sportswoman
athlete
steward, stewardess
flight attendant
weatherman
weather forecaster
workman
worker


When referring to a particular person, then, try to avoid binary options if there is no need to be gender-specific. Therefore, not

Exemple inadequatChairwoman Vázquez apologized for her absence.


but

Exemple adequatChair Vázquez apologized for her absence.


When referring to the position rather than the person occupying it, always use the gender-neutral version(s).

Exemple adequatA new chair must be elected before the Senate’s inaugural session.

Universitat de Barcelona. Serveis Lingüístics
Darrera actualització: 22-12-2023
Recommended citation:
«Jobs and roles» [en línia]. A: Llibre d’estil de la Universitat de Barcelona. Barcelona: Universitat de Barcelona. Serveis Lingüístics. <https://www.ub.edu/llibre-estil/criteri.php?id=2404> [consulta: 21 febrer 2024].