Jobs in Barbados
During a trip to Barbados, you will
meet lots of locals hard at work at their jobs in Barbados.
You will almost
certainly come across airport workers
such as check-in staff and security guards, hotel receptionists and
housekeeping staff, waitress and bar tenders as well as shopkeepers,
taxi drivers and tour guides.
However there are a number of Barbados jobs
that are unique to this island that you will see locals taking
part in. To learn more about one of these jobs in Barbados choose it from the list below:
This Barbados job is the one that most visitors love..The Coconut Man!
trees grow all over
this island and coconuts are harvested for their water, jelly
and meat inside. The Bajan coconut man
climbs these trees to pick coconuts and then sells them.
This job in Barbados has some risks as climbing
the trees can be somewhat dangerous. Coconut trees can
be extremely tall
and it is easy to fall or slip unless you know what you are
rough bark of the tree can also cause injury.
I therefore do not recommend you try
coconut tree on the island, as this could bring an abrupt end to your
vacation! : ).
Once picked, the Barbados coconut man
will then load the coconuts onto his cart or into the back of his van
ready to sell. He uses a machete and a special technique to
the coconuts so that the delicious coconut water can be drunk.
then open the coconut up some more so you can eat the jelly
and meat inside.
You will find the coconut man on
street corners or on the
beaches where he will sell you a delicious, healthy coconut for
around $2 BBD ($1 USD / £0.66 GBP).
Of the many jobs in Barbados this is another very unique one which you will definitely see during your stay.
vendors in Barbados can be male or female. They sell all sorts
of things including
souvenirs and Bajan food specialities such as
fishcakes, rotis, macaroni pie and grilled fish. This is a
great way to
try out local Bajan specialities without
breaking the bank.
You can find many of these street
vendors in St Lawrence Gap and in the capital city of Bridgetown.
If you are visiting
Bridgetown you should definitely walk along Swan Street, where you
will find Barbados street vendors in wooden shops and
stalls selling jewellery, clothes and footwear.
fruits are also grown and sold on the island of Barbados
mangoes and coconuts. This delicious fresh produce can be found for
sale at roadside carts and beachside stalls by fruit street vendors.
is a vibrant and varied community of artists and craftspeople on the
island. You will find potters, painters, sculptors and fashion
designers amongst others. Buying locally crafted products is a great
way to take
home a lasting memento of the lifestyle, culture and heritage of this
island and a great end to your Barbados vacation.
You can buy a variety of locally made items including
handmade wooden carvings, woven baskets, clothes,
shoes and bags from these crafts
Bajan local artists use many different mediums to create their
work including clay, wood, leather, glass, cloth and shells. Arts street vendors in Barbados
sell these local art creations including conch shells, local paintings
and handmade jewellery.
have been a source of income for the people
of Barbados for many years with
the fishing industry providing jobs in Barbados for thousands of people on
Most fishermen are
self-employed. Some of them
use small motorised vessels called Day-Boats for short
fishing trips. However, there are a few larger fishing trawlers or
Ice-Boats which are capable of staying at sea for several
After the fishermen have come back to
shore with their catch for the day, the fish is sold to fish vendors
and consumers at the various fish markets throughout the island.
One of the busiest fish markets in Barbados is located in the
Oistins where you can watch the high speed
fish filleters! The fish usually goes on sale during the late
or early evening after the fishermen return.
Apart from Oistins,
the main fishing villages are Skeete's Bay, Consett Bay, Payne's Bay,
Speightstown, Six Men's, Weston and Tent Bay.
The most common fish in
these waters that the Bajan Fishermen catch is the Flying Fish and are
fished between the months of December and
June. The best place to enjoy their catch during your trip to the
island is at the Oistins Fish Fry on a Friday night.
Of all the jobs in Barbados this is one most of us would love to have!
shop is a small bar built of wood that are are often attached to house
of the owner. There are about 1500 on the island and there is at least
each village. It is said that there are as many rumshops on
the island as churches!
Although a number of rum shops are
operated by women, Barbados rum shops are fairly male-dominated with
most local women spending their social time at
church or with family.
Rum shops exist as a place for
socialising, loud discussion, debate over cricket and politics, as
well as for playing dominoes and eating.
This is one of the most unique jobs in Barbados. The Bajan
snow cone man will sell his refreshing wares from his cart
to be found
on street corners, at festivals, at the horse racing track or
at the beach.
You will know when the snow cone man
is coming since you
will hear his tooting horn or the ringing bell of his cart.
For those of you who don't know, a
is what you would call a "slush puppy" in the UK, a cup of ice
flavoured with a brightly coloured syrup. It is also very common to add
condensed milk for that extra bit of sweet! A snow cone will
usually cost you around $2 BBD ($1 USD / £0.66 GBP).
On a hot day, of which there
are many in Barbados, there can be nothing more refreshing than a snow
cone. So keep your eyes open for the snow cone man!
come to Barbados to enjoy watersports such as snorkelling, scuba
diving, water skiing, surfing, wind surfing, kite surfing, parasailing,
jetskiing, and kayaking.
There are numerous companies and
individuals found at the hotels or on the beaches who will hire
snorkelling and the like.
Some of these guys will teach you
will take you out on organised boat trips.