You can give Villagers a number of jobs in Minecraft, but these are the best Villager jobs in Minecraft for earning Emeralds. Some will see you trading for Emeralds; others will look slightly different. All of them will profit you from their efforts, though.
Here we're going to go through the top 10 best Villager jobs in the game. We'll go from best to worst, starting with the most lucrative jobs for Villagers in Minecraft.
Top 10 Best Villager Jobs in Minecraft
- Job Site Block: Composter
Anyone you ask about the best Villager jobs in Minecraft will tell you that Farmer is the best job of them all. It's the best job to get easy Emeralds, which is why so many players assign Villagers this job.
You can grow loads of different crops, including Wheat, Carrots, Pumpkins, Potatoes, Melons, and Beetroots. Even with the simplest farms, you can quickly harvest loads of any of these.
The key to farming is to have a simple set-up and multiple farmers. We'd recommend at least five, but you could assign more if you've got a bigger farm.
Farmers will give you loads of Emeralds, so many that you won't even think about how many you need to pay to other Villagers out there. However, it's wise to spread out your Emerald income with some other Villager jobs.
- Job Site Block: Lectern
Librarians are perfect for generating equipment that you need for when you head out into the world. You can get yourself some really powerful Enchanted Books, which will help you in tricky situations, but there are also loads of Emeralds to be earned from these Villagers.
The best way to earn Emeralds from Librarians is to sell them Paper and Ink Sacs. These are pretty easy to come by, as long as you're heading out into the world on a regular basis.
The Librarian is also a key way to pick up the Mending Enchantment. You can lock a Villager in a small room with a Lecturn, and then check their inventory. Most of the time the first book they have will be the Mending Enchantment. You can always repeat the process a few times if it isn't though.
- Job Site Block: Brewing Stand
Clerics are a fantastic resource for the rarest items in Minecraft. You can purchase Redstone Dust or Lapis Lazuli in the early levels. Once your Cleric has been levelled up a few times though, you can buy items like Ender Pearls, Glowstone, and a Bottle o' Enchanting.
If you have an excess of Nether Wart, you can sell it to Clerics for Emeralds. This makes them quite useful for earning Emeralds as well as spending them.
- Job Site Block: Barrel
There's no denying that fishing in Minecraft is a boring job. But you can also earn a lot of marvellous items from it. There are Enchanted Fishing Rods to disenchant, books to collect, and weapons to uncover.
Of course, you're also going to be hooking a lot of fish. It's sort of in the name. That's where the Fisherman comes into play. They pay big money (Emeralds) for your fish. Don't be afraid to waste an hour or so fishing if you have a Fisherman, because you'll still earn a lot from it.
- Job Site Block: Fletching Table
A Fletcher is basically an Emerald farm. Yes, you can purchase bows and arrows from them, but these are items you'll probably be crafting and discovering on your own when out on adventures.
The key to using Fletchers is to sell them Feathers and String. They'll pay you a lot of Emeralds for these items, which is great since they're pretty common in chests. If you're someone who likes to explore a lot, make sure you have a Fletcher you can sell to when necessary.
- Job Site Block: Smithing Table
Your Toolsmith will be one of the most important and useful Villagers you come across, or employ. These guys will offer you all the tools you could ever need, and you will need them.
You might think that it's easy enough to craft all the tools you need for your building and exploring, but they all eventually break. When they do, your Toolsmith can sell you new ones. They might only have basic or Enchanted tools to begin with, but after a few levels you can pick up a Diamond Pickaxe, and much more.
As for earning Emeralds, these Villagers are awful. You'll spend more Emeralds than you'll ever earn from them by selling. Just stick to buying the tools you need and you'll be fine.
- Job Site Block: Blast Furnace
Up until the point when you get the Mending Enchantment, the Armorer is very useful indeed. You'll want to be earning Emeralds in the meantime, but if you're lucky you can buy a full set of Diamond Armor from one of these guys in the early game.
The only way that Armorers are useful for earning Emeralds is by selling them Iron Ingots, Coal, Diamonds, or Lava Buckets. So unless you're doing some extremely industrious work, I wouldn't bother.
- Job Site Block: Smoker
The Butcher is what you'd call a grind. You need to sell them a lot of raw meat in order to get them to level up to their highest point. Once you've done that though, they're extremely useful.
At the highest level, a Butcher will pay you an Emerald for 10 Sweet Berries, which are incredibly easy to find. You can also stock up on loads of cooked meat from them if you want to have some for when you're running back to your base on an empty stomach. There's nothing worse than dying of hunger just as you make it to safety.
- Job Site Block: Grindstone
Using a Weaponsmith to maintain your weapons is the best way to keep that Diamond Sword in perfect condition. At least until you get the Mending Enchantment. Once you've levelled a Weaponsmith up, you can also buy these endgame weapons directly from them, saving you time in collecting the required resources.
The only issue with Weaponsmiths is levelling them up. You either need to spend a lot of Emeralds, or sell a lot of Iron Ingots. It can be hard work, but it'll be worth it when you've got everything you need to take down even an Ender Dragon in the early game.
- Job Site Block: Cartography Table
The Cartographer has one key use, making Emeralds. You can earn Emeralds from them by selling Paper, which is easily made from Sugar Cane. If you set up a Sugar Cane farm in the early game, and assign a group of Farmers to it, you could end up making more Emeralds than you know what to do with by selling them to the Cartographer.
These guys are also a good source for the Woodland Explorer Map. Be warned though, these maps have no minimum distance. You could end up running around for days, never getting closer to your target.
We understand that you might still have some questions about the best Villager jobs in Minecraft. Hopefully the following Q and A helps you.
What are the Best Villager Jobs for Emeralds in Minecraft?
The very best jobs for Villagers for Emeralds in Minecraft have to be as a Farmer, Cartographer, or Butcher.
Farmers absolutely love to farm, and that will always earn you Emeralds. They're happy to buy your produce, but they're also happy to tend to it for you. It's a win-win situation that seems oddly one-sided, but the Villagers aren't complaining.
Selling Paper to a Cartographer is a great way to make Emeralds without ever leaving home. You can simply set your Villagers to start a Sugar Cane farm, reap the rewards, make that Paper, and then roll around in all your hard-earned Emeralds.
Finally we have the Butcher. This Villager takes a long time to level up and be useful. Once they are though, all you need to do is head out as you normally would, collect berries along the way, and reap the profits when you get back.
All of these jobs are perfect for players who want to have an easy way to earn Emeralds without it distracting from anything else they might be doing.
How do you Give Villagers Jobs?
In order to assign a Villager a job, you need to drop a Job Site Block for them. Most Villagers will be Unemployed when you meet them, and they'll search for a Job Site Block within a 48 block radius. There are different Job Site Blocks for different jobs. They are as follows.
- Armorer – Blast Furnace
- Butcher – Smoker
- Cartographer – Cartography Table
- Cleric – Brewing Stand
- Farmer – Composter
- Fisherman – Barrel
- Fletcher – Fletching Table
- Leatherworker – Cauldron
- Librarian – Lectern
- Stone Mason/ Mason – Stonecutter
- Shepherd – Loom
- Toolsmith – Smithing Table
- Weaponsmith – Grindstone
The best way to assign a Villager a job is to build them a small prison. This might sound cruel, and it sort of is, but it's also the best way to ensure that the Villager picks the job you want them to have. Make sure that both the Job Site Block and their beds are in this prison, as well as anything else they'll need, such as access to your farm.
What are Automated Villager Jobs?
Automated Villager jobs are jobs that require no input from you. For example, a Farmer will do their job regardless of whether you're around to sell to them or not. They'll tend to the crops, and you can harvest the rewards.
The Butcher however, requires you to sell to them, and provide meat. This is a great example of a job that isn't automated. If you're needed to make a Villager do their job and earn Emeralds, then it's not as efficient as an automated job.
We hope that this guide has helped you understand what Villager jobs are, and which ones are the best. If there's anything that you think we missed, please just let us know in the comments.