I am looking for a word to describe people such as barber, ironsmith, tailor, carpenter etc. People with miscellaneous specialty who would move to a village to serve others who are normally into agriculture. Any ideas?

  • Depending on the domain, area of business, etc., different terms are employed, including skilled worker, artisan, tradesman, technician, smith, wright, artificer, etc.
    – Kris
    Dec 7 '14 at 5:47
  • If you are writing a story ... Guildsman - the bunching of skilled labour into a collective. Frequently, such collectives are monopolising collectives. Guildsmen provide services no others can provide and none other allowed to provide unless being part of the fascist (Italian for bunching) socialist collective. Dec 7 '14 at 15:45
  • @BlessedGeek Thank you! I am translating a book from my native language into English.
    – mkc
    Dec 7 '14 at 16:38

Tradespeople should suit your need.

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    Also craftsmen (or craftsfolk). Dec 6 '14 at 23:21
  • Yeah, 40 years ago they would have been "tradesmen", but now "tradespeople".
    – Hot Licks
    Dec 7 '14 at 0:49
  • @HotLicks "40 years ago they would have been tradesmen , then tradespeople , now (as always,) tradesmen , which was never incorrect in the first place. :)
    – Kris
    Dec 7 '14 at 5:49
  • What's not right about all the other synonyms?
    – Kris
    Dec 7 '14 at 5:50
  • Is there a rant on the goodol days goinonin here? Dec 8 '14 at 6:16

Artisans might be another possibility.

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