01/09/16 The Difference between ‘Job’ & ‘Work’

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Usually, job means:

  • The work that a person does regularly in order to earn money.
  • A duty, task, or function that someone or something has.
Examples:
He’s got a new job.
It is your job to do that, not mine.

And work means:

  • A job or activity that you do regularly especially in order to earn money.
  • The place where you do your job.
  • The things that you do especially as part of your job.

“Job” and “work” are two terms that have similar meanings but are not synonyms. Although they are sometimes used interchangeably, their meanings may differ according to how they are used.

“Job” is a noun that is used to refer to work that an individual does for a living.

“Job” is defined as “an activity that an individual performs in exchange for a specific fee or payment.” It is also referred to as an occupation, profession, career, or trade. It is a responsibility of an individual towards his employer that he must perform well because he is paid for it. A job is a formal kind of work. When one is hired for a job, he has to get into a contract with his employer, and he has to abide by the regulations of the company. In a job, the goals and targets are more specific and well laid out for the employees to follow and achieve.

It refers to a specific type of employment wherein the individual’s role or position is clearly defined. It involves working on a specific task with the expectation of being compensated for the job done. The term “job” is also used in lieu of the word “work,” but work has separate connotations.

The word “work” is used as a noun as well as a verb. It means “something done, action, or business.” “Work” is defined as “a physical or mental activity that is performed in order to accomplish or produce something.” It is something that an individual does in the performance of his job or of his responsibilities towards his employers or other people.

It has a broader meaning and can refer to all kinds of activities that an individual does. It can be something that one does in the performance of his responsibilities to his family such as cooking their food and cleaning the house. It can also be something that one does because he loves doing it like gardening or helping out in church. An individual does not always have to be paid for his work unlike a job in which he is paid for accomplishing.