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I am looking for a word/expression that refers to the related area of someone's job.

I've thinking in industry, job field or work field but I am not sure which one is more correct or if there is another different word that fits better.

Imagine the following sentence:

They both share the same _____

How would you fill the empty slot?

There are other sentences where industry sounds good to me. For instance:

I don't like that family, they all work on the computer industry.

Cars industry also sounds good, but what about laws industry? That sounds weird.

So, is there a more general word? Can someone tell me a solution for each of these cases?

  • Area of expertise may fits fine in the first example also, but I am still confused with the examples below. What about a nurse and a doctor, they both work on health ____? – Martín De la Fuente Aug 12 '17 at 7:50
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As suggested by @JonLarby, the word industry does work in most situations.

  • They work in the legal industry.
  • They work in the health industry.

Also, the word sector could be used to replace the word industry in situations where it "sounds weird"*. Although the word sector is often associated with economics, it is also commonly used to describe all fields/professions. (See here)

*this could be because the word industry is mostly associated with manufacturing and production, which makes it sound odd when used to describe professions such as law and health, which are based on human services rather than the production of goods.

Sector (def): one of the areas into which the economic activity of a country is divided.

  • They both work in the health sector.
  • They both work in the legal sector.
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I think industry is the word you are looking for in most of your examples. For situations like law, medicine, etc., where the focus is on the individual's skills, rather than the use the skills are being put to, then profession is the word you are looking for.

  • Indeed, industry work on some cases. But profession is a more specific word, that usually mean they have the same job or studied the same. For instance, a nurse and a doctor, they don't have the same job and they didn't study the same. They work on the health industry? Sounds weird again. – Martín De la Fuente Aug 12 '17 at 7:30
  • @MartínDelaFuente I would say doctors and nurses both work in the medical profession, where the focus is on patient care. People who work for companies manufacturing drugs or medical exquipment work in the health industry. To me, profession alludes to the vocational aspect of one's work, where as industry refers to the commercialisation of it. – JonLarby Aug 18 '17 at 8:32

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