Occupations of the Elizabethan Era By Susan Frame Occupations: Occupations during the Elizabethan Era varied from selling goods at the marketplace to entertaining the queen. Work could be found almost anywhere because there was so much to get done. With advancement in knowledge and technology, work over the years has sophisticated. Work: Making and selling goods (clothing, weapons, food, etc.) Working at the: house, castle, and marketplace Entertainment (street performers, jester) Teaching Healing others (doctors) Candle makers: Also known as chandlers Make and sell candles Since there was no electricity, candle makers were important for providing a source of light. Clothing/Cloth Occupations Mercer- sells cloths and silks Tailor- makes and repairs clothing Spinster- spins yarn Weaver- Weaves cloth Weaponry Fletcher- makes arrows Bowyer- makes bows used in archery Bladesmith- sword and knife maker Blacksmith- make and repair weapons and armor Shoe Making Shoe makers during the Elizabethan Era were known as cordwainers or cobblers. Shoes were generally made of leather, wood, or other plant materials. Occupations/Food Baker- makes and sells cakes and breads Flesher- Butcher Monger- Usually a dealer of food (vegetables, fruits, meat, eggs, and fish) - cheese monger - haymonger - costermonger - iron monger - garlekmonger The help It was ordinary to find many servants in wealthy families during the Elizabethan period. The common name for a household servant was a domestic. A household might also have a cook and a foot man (servant who runs errands). Tutors were also brought in to educate their children. Health The doctors that a patient might have in the Elizabethan era depended on their class and how much money they had. Elizabethan physician Elizabethan surgeons Barbers Apothocary Summary The Elizabethan era provided a variety of occupations for daily needs and wants. Most of them are very similar to our everyday jobs. And because of new inventions and discoveries we have become more skilled and productive in our lives with what we have learned.