2 Reasons Why Villager Is Not Changing Profession In Minecraft

Villager Not Changing Profession
Villager Not Changing Profession

Minecraft continues to amaze us with its sheer staying power as one of the most popular games in the world.

Since first coming out a full decade ago, it has continued to attract new players, as well as retaining quite a few of the original gamers.

However, it seems that no matter how long you’ve been playing, there’s always some new thing to learn in Minecraft.

As I’m sure most of you know by now, Minecraft is chock full of mobs. Some of these will seek to kill you on sight, and others are neutral and overwhelmingly passive in their dealings with you.

Of this latter category, none are anywhere near as important as the villagers.

Villagers are essential to running a farm and come in a pretty wide variety of forms. There’s the wandering traders, the NPCs, and even the occasional zombie.

Based on what type they fall under, your interactions with them will vary accordingly. So, that leaves us with quite a few different interaction types that can crop up.

Of these, changing the profession of a villager is one that causes a lot of confusion.

So, seeing as there is a lack of solid information out there on this topic, we decided to put together this little guide to show you how it’s done.

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The first thing that you should take note of is that each villager in Minecraft will have their own default profession.

Among these jobs, you will end up with a pretty diverse workforce. There will be clerics, fishermen, butchers, etc.

Generally, when a new one shows up, you can tell exactly what their professions are by simply looking at their clothing.

But, the good news is that it is possible to change the professions of your villagers if you are lacking in some resources or another.

Unfortunately, though, the process for doing this isn’t as straightforward or as logical as one would expect – especially considering that this is Minecraft!

Below, we are going to go through the two factors that could be holding you back.

By the end of this article, the process of changing a villager’s profession should make a lot more sense to you. With that, it’s time to get stuck into it!

have you already traded with the villager

1. Have you already Traded with the Villager?

The most common reason that your villager can’t change their profession is that you have traded with them already.

For some odd reason, trading with a villager will permanently lock in their profession. So, if you have already done this, we’re afraid that it is a lost cause.

Instead, you will need to find a villager that you have never traded with before. Once you find one, you can then switch over their profession in the normal way without any hassle at all.

However, if you still can’t change the profession of a villager that you have never traded with, the next section will explain why this is.

have you destroyed the villager's workstation

2. Have you Destroyed the Villager’s Workstation?

For a villager to begin working in their profession, you will first need them to claim a job site block.

After that, there is nothing to stop the villager from getting to work.

However, it can happen from time to time that the player will accidentally destroy the workstation that they are meant to be working from.

If this is the case, the results might not exactly be what you had expected.

Instead of being freed up, this villager will end up still tied to the now invisible workstation. 

The major knock-on effect of this is that you will now be unable to change the profession of this villager – that is, unless you know the trick to get around it.

So, if that has happened to you, this is what you need to do:

  • You will need to walk your villager to the exact location of their now invisible workstation.
  • When you do this, your villager will come to the realization that their workstation no longer exists.
  • After they realize this, you will then be able to switch the villager’s profession to something else.

The Last Word: Villager Not Changing Profession

So, as you can see, changing a villager’s profession in Minecraft isn’t as easy and as logical a process as you may have expected.

There are certain conditions that need to be met, and even with that, there’s a trick to it. Regardless, we hope it all makes a bit more sense to you now.

Before we wrap up, if there are any more villager issues that you would like us to explain, leave a note in the comments section below, and we’ll get on it. Thanks for reading!

12 thoughts on “2 Reasons Why Villager Is Not Changing Profession In Minecraft”

  1. In minecraft you use to be able to break a villager’s workstation when you already traded with him and still get new trades. Why can’t we still do that.
    Also let’s say I want to change a level 4 librarian into another job, when I break the workstation he’s still the goddamn LIBRARIAN!

    • Ok first of all, don’t swear. Second of all, if you have traded with a villager he is now permanently locked on whatever job he has, so you cannot change his job.

  2. So i just healed 5 villagers on minecraft bedrock edition, 3 of them don’t have a job and don’t want to get one. And 2 of them have a job that i can’t change.
    I have no workstations near those villagers except for a lectern that nobody uses as a job. So i don’t understand whats the problem!

    • If you are trying to make librarians, this *might* be your problem: You said you have two villagers with professions you cannot change. If either of them are librarians, and they are close enough to the lectern, they likely claimed the lectern before one of the jobless villagers could claim it. You need to have individual job stations for each villager, or remove the villagers with jobs from the area. You will still need a workstation for each villager if you want them to refresh their trades though. So long as they aren’t a nitwit they should accept a job if ample workstations are provided 🙂

    • If the Villagers have a green looking coat on or look different, they may be dimwits and that means they just dont work at all so you may have just gotten unlucky.

  3. Why can’t I make me villagers change profesion’s they haven’t they haven’t been leveled up or anything I destroyed their workplaces but they won’t change role

  4. Hello, I have 5 villagers, and after a day of minecraft, they take the job of other villagers. I’m really confused. Please help me. Thank you.

  5. A villager that had no job in his village is now in my “villager hole” and he doesn’t wanna get a profession just stay as normal jobless villager

    • Same for me. I have 5 jobless villagers, 1 nitwit. I know the others aren’t nitwits. They have 3 stations to choose from. The stations keep getting claimed/unclaimed. Out in the open, no patching issues preventing them from being reached. They just won’t take the job.


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