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One of the true beauties of Mojang's Minecraft is its limitless demographic, being easily accessible and understandable to all ages. Whether you're a child finding your feet in gaming, or a parent looking to get an understanding of these pesky Endermen, the vibrant palette and easygoing nature of Minecraft is literally for everyone to enjoy.


Many of the younger generations have grasped an unwavering concept of the game, pouring hours in to make some of the most abstract and wonderful designs possible. With a huge range of blocks to use, structures such as Middle Earth and Hogwarts Castle have all been created in Minecraft, showing the extensive range that can be made possible.

Now, a job posting is allowing some players to become a Virtual Landscape Gardener in Minecraft, and it has attracted applicants as young as ten.

Posted to WhatShed, the role will "recruit a collective of virtual landscape gardeners to provide professional advice to players looking to improve their in-game outdoor space."


With such a young audience, comments have poured in wondering about the age limit. Applicants such as Colt Sharp have said "I really hope I can get this job I’m only ten but I’m sure I could help", whilst Marat said, "Hello, can I participate if I do not have a game console and I am 14 years old?"

Minecraft Landscape Application Is Receiving Resumes From 10-Year-Old Kids

The laws surrounding minimum working ages in the UK mean that applicants under the age of 13 (14 in the United States) will, unfortunately, be unsuccessful. The job listing has an age selection box starting at 21, although there is an option for the younger applicants to select "other" and add their age.

WhatShed outlined the steep hourly rate, which has surely attracted many of the older applicants too. Writing on the listing, the company stated: "Successful consultants will get paid upwards of £50 an hour for their services when hired, but will be able to set their own rates and work flexibly."

Getting paid to play Minecraft, sign me up - although you may want to keep this from the kids...


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Minecraft just might be the most popular game in the world right now. On any given day, it can have something in the neighborhood of 55 million active users, and it recently hit the 122-million-copies-sold mark. After Tetris, it’s the best-selling game in history.

The game’s simplistic, boxy graphics belie the infinite complexity it offers players. In the original “Survival Mode,” players are dropped into a procedurally generated sandbox world with no specific goals other than to try and stay alive. There are enemies, but combat is not necessarily the point of the game. In fact, there isn’t really a point, which might be the point. You build the things you need to survive, or if you’re playing in the optional “Creative Mode,” you can simply build anything your heart desires. Minecraft artists have made precise replicas of Westeros, a reproduction of London, and even an epic pirate ship/shark.

Before it became a global phenomenon, Minecraft began as a side project of Swedish developer Markus “Notch” Persson. His alpha version began gaining such popularity that he had to quit his day job to keep up with sales. At that point, he set up a company, Mojang, to further develop the game, taking it on up through beta and eventually releasing a full retail version in late 2011. The game’s popularity continued to skyrocket, attracting the interest of Microsoft, which bought Mojang for $2.5 billion in 2014.

It’s really cool because we have been [here] for only a year and get to own these features.”

With that purchase came the need for a Redmond-based development team. That team has hired over 35 DigiPen graduates for full-time and contract positions since its formation. The DigiPen/Minecraftconnection actually got its start thanks largely to some faculty networking at a Game Developers Conference (GDC) event in San Francisco.

On the plane home from the conference, DigiPen humanities professor Sonia Michaels spotted the badge of a fellow GDC attendee and struck up conversation. She maintained the connection, and almost two years later her new friend found himself working on the Minecraft team and in need of some reliable developers. He reached out to her and, as luck would have it, she knew just who to recommend!

“He hired the first half dozen people I sent him that same week, and it just exploded from there,” Michaels said. “It’s also definitely a huge testament to our students that they were so happy with that initial group that they kept coming back for more.”

Jake Shirley and Craig Steyn were two of the company’s first hires from DigiPen and are now full-time employees on the Minecraft team. After a recent MinecraftCompany Day, we caught up with them to ask what it’s like to work on the world’s second-best-selling game.

Jake Shirley and Craig Steyn posing in front of a river with mountains in the background

“It definitely makes you not want to break something!” says Jake, who graduated from DigiPen’s Bachelor of Science in Computer Science in Real-Time Interactive Simulation program and is a software engineer on the Minecraft team.

As daunting as it is, they both love working on Minecraft, they say, because even on such a massive game, their work matters. A recent reorganization split up the Redmond Minecraft team into small, specialized groups, which Craig described as being similar in size to the student game teams at DigiPen. In those smaller teams, he says, they’ve been able to drill down on specific features or platforms and do important work. Craig has become the resident expert on Minecraft for Apple TV and has done extensive work on Xbox Live as well. Jake works to support the content ecosystem that allows people to share and access worlds, mods, and DLC.

“It’s really cool because we have been [here] for only a year and get to own these features,” Craig says.

“It makes you feel like you’re making a bigger impact, because you’re not just a generic cog in this giant machine,” Jake adds. “You’re actually a giant part of this small group, so you really own the features you’re working on, which is really cool.”

The game also presents a unique challenge, they add, because it actually runs on three different engines: the original Java engine for PC, console engines, and the Bedrock engine, which powers mobile versions, virtual reality, Apple TV, Windows 10, and others. While the Microsoft team works primarily with the Bedrock engine, the developers must do their best to maintain parity with the other engines. That’s not always easy, Jake and Craig say, but it’s a welcome challenge.

“It’s a really cool experiment where you can take this super popular game and say, ‘Well, we need to put it on console.’ How do you do that? How do you play with a controller?” Jake says. “You’ve got to make the game feel the exact same and look the exact same and have the same features.”

Though they both really enjoy working on the game, their respective paths to Minecraft were very distinct.

For Jake, working on Minecraft was a no-brainer — he and his friends played the game extensively in high school.

“It was mostly just survival [mode], but the nice thing about Minecraft is that it’s basically a giant sandbox, so occasionally we’d set up a Hunger Games server or a paintball mod and we’d play paintball,” Jake says. “We could all play whatever kind of game we wanted.”

Working on worlds and DLC for Minecraft makes sense too, as Jake says he was always attracted to the technical, server-management side of the game.

“I love seeing all that cool stuff in-game, but I don’t want to make it,” he says, talking about some of the exceptional things people have created in Minecraft. “But I’ll make the server! It’s kind of a cool ecosystem.”

Those sorts of problems where you’ve got to run 60 frames per second, now 90 frames with VR, where you have those sorts of constrained environments and you have to come up with very elegant solutions — that’s the stuff that I really dig.”

Craig, on the other hand, is a slightly less likely candidate, as he’s not as much of a gaming enthusiast. He plays more Minecraft now that he works there, but he adds that he’s “more of a tech-side dev than a gamer.”

It might seem counterintuitive that he chose DigiPen, especially because he was already studying programming in his home country of South Africa when he decided to make the journey overseas.

“A friend of mine from high school … studied at DigiPen for a year. He came back for his summer break and I met with him. And I was showing him the stuff I was working on, and he showed me the stuff he was working on. And I was like, ‘That’s way more interesting!’” he remembers. “It wasn’t so much the game creation, but it was the tech that he was doing.”

A desert landscape in Minecraft

As Craig points out, the under-the-hood aspects of games are some of the most technically demanding areas of computing.

“Those sorts of problems where you’ve got to run 60 frames per second, now 90 frames with VR, where you have those sorts of constrained environments and you have to come up with very elegant solutions — that’s the stuff that I really dig,” he says.

He got his first chance to work professionally in games during the summer between his junior and senior years, thanks in part to Jake. Jake was doing contracting work for the Minecraft team already, thanks to Sonia Michaels’ recommendation. Though Craig and Jake had not extensively collaborated at DigiPen, Craig had helped out on Jake’s senior game project Chronomancers, and so Jake was happy to recommend him as a contractor.

After graduation, Craig did a brief stint on the Microsoft Office team before realizing he missed the faster pace of working in games. Having previously contracted with the Minecraft team, he got in touch with his former team lead there to see if there were any openings. Because he’d made a good impression during his time as a contractor, he was able to make the transfer, joining Jake as a permanent employee on the Minecraft team.

It’s Microsoft, but it’s also games. And it’s local — it’s right down the street.”

The type of networking that worked in Craig’s favor, they both agree, is super important in their line of work. That’s because developers, Craig says, often have to be extra picky when considering who they want to work with.

“Do I trust this person? Because they can make my life a lot harder,” Craig says. “If they aren’t passionate enough, or if they’re being destructive, it’s a huge problem.”

Thanks to similar in-house connections, as well as the resulting job performance of those hired, the Minecraft team has continued to bring on more and more DigiPen alumni.

“We made a pretty good impression, the first group of us, and then they asked us for some recommendations,” Jake says, adding that the Minecraft team is a natural fit for recent DigiPen graduates. “It’s Microsoft, but it’s also games. And it’s local — it’s right down the street.”

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All Minecraft villager jobs explained

Minecraft's villagers are just like humans. They wake up, get their work done for the day and go back to sleep.

However, some villagers don't have jobs at all and are called "Nitwits" in Minecraft. These villagers usually go to their respective job blocks, do nothing and call it a day.

Also read: How to repopulate a village in Minecraft

All villager jobs in Minecraft


Shown: Just a farmer peacefully tending to his desert farm (Image via Minecraft)

Listed below are all of the possible professions that a villager can have (excluding the Nitwits):

  • Armorer
  • Butcher
  • Cartographer
  • Cleric
  • Farmer
  • Fisherman
  • Fletcher
  • Leatherworker
  • Librarian
  • Mason/Stone Mason (JE/BE)
  • Shepherd
  • Toolsmith
  • Weaponsmith

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Professions Explained

Since there are a lot of villager professions, the items they trade are given below in a list format:

  • Armorer: Sells iron, chains, and armor
  • Butcher: Trades meat, berries, stew, and kelp blocks
  • Cartographer: Trades maps, compasses, banners + patterns
  • Cleric: Trades ender pearls, redstone, enchanting/potion ingredients
  • Farmer: Trades food and crops
  • Fisherman: Trades fish items and campfires
  • Fletcher: Trades crossbows, bows, and arrows
  • Leatherworker: Trades hide, scutes, leather items
  • Librarian: Trades compasses, enchanted books, clocks, name tags, lanterns
  • Masons: Trades terracotta, polished stones, quartz
  • Shepherd: Trades shears, wool, paintings, dyes, beds
  • Toolsmith: Trades bells, harvesting tools, minerals,
  • Weaponsmith: Trades bells, enchanted weapons, minerals

Job Blocks

If players want to get villagers with a specific profession, they will need the corresponding job block. The blocks are listed below:

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  • Armorer: Blast Furnace
  • Butcher: Smoker
  • Cartographer: Cartography Table
  • Cleric: Brewing Stand
  • Farmer: Composter
  • Fisherman: Barrel
  • Fletcher: Fletching Table
  • Leatherworker: Cauldron
  • Librarian: Lectern
  • Masons: Stonecutter
  • Shepherd: Loom
  • Toolsmith: Smithing Table
  • Weaponsmith: Grindstone

Villagers that are unemployed (excluding Nitwits) can search for the nearest job block and and claim it to become employed.

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All the Minecraft villager jobs explained: Your guide to villagers

If you have been wandering the virtual world of Minecraft, you will have certainly come across some of the Minecraft villagers that are about in abundance by now. You will have noticed that they have jobs, too.

Knowing who is who and who does what will really help you out as you play. These villagers are there to be traded with and some will be ones that you will definitely want to pay a visit to, to see what sweet stock they have at their disposal.

But who is the best villager to go and see, and who is not really worth your time? Let’s do a Minecraft villager deep-dive to find out!

How many villager jobs are there in Minecraft?

There are currently 15 villager jobs in Minecraft – well, sort of. There are many villagers there with jobs, but one of the jobs listed is ‘Unemployed’ and the other is ‘Nitwit’. Unemployed means they can be hired for a job, whereas Nitwit’s can’t do anything and are essentially pointless, bless ’em.

As for the other 13, they are Armorer, Butcher, Cartographer, Cleric, Farmer, Fisherman, Fletcher, Leatherworker, Librarian, Mason, Shepherd, Toolsmith and Weaponsmith.

Minecraft villager jobs

Now, let’s take a closer look at all those jobs and what they can help you out with. For the job blocks, they have their own section a little further down the page.

Minecraft villager professions

Visit an Armourer if you want to buy chainmail or, perhaps unsurprisingly, armour. The clue is in the name with a lot of these.

Would you be surprised to learn you can buy meat? Well, you can but that’s not all as the Butcher will also be able to trade emeralds with you – a fancy butcher then!

Want to get your hand on a map or two? Head on down to the Cartographer who will sort you out. You can also get banner patterns here.

Pay a visit to the Cleric if you want to pick up magical items that include a Bottle o’ Enchanting!

Brewing ingredients and advanced food will be available from the Farmer – so head to one if they are things you want to get your hands on.

Visit the Fisherman and you will be able to buy, well, fish. But that’s not all! You can also get an enchanted fishing rod which is exactly the type of rod we would want!

All your bow and arrow needs can be met with the Fletcher as you can get bow’s, arrow’s (including tipped ones) along with some flint too.

Take a trip to the Leatherworker for all things leather. So that’s Armor, Horse Armor and saddles – make your Minecraft horse the best it can be!

Enchanted books and names tags can be purchased from the librarian and, as far as we know, there are no late fees.

Want cut versions of blocks and bricks? The Mason is waiting to trade you just those very things.

Coloured woods and paintings are what the Shepherd has so if you need those, you now know where to go!

Yep, this is who you will want to check in with if you need to get your hands on some tools – and there may be some enchanted ones in the inventory too.

Last but certainly not least is the Weasponsmith. You can buy swords and axes here made from Diamond or Iron and, again, there could be an enchanted one waiting for you too!

Job Blocks

Want a villager to have a certain type of profession? Well, you will need to hunt down the right job block. Happily, we have listed each job block below alongside which job they will work with.

Here is the list:

  • Armourer: Blast Furnace
  • Butcher: Smoker
  • Cartographer: Cartography Table
  • Cleric: Brewing Stand
  • Farmer: Composter
  • Fisherman: Barrel
  • Fletcher: Fletching Table
  • Leatherworker: Cauldron
  • Librarian: Lectern
  • Masons: Stonecutter
  • Shepherd: Loom
  • Toolsmith: Smithing Table
  • Weaponsmith: Grindstone

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Minecraft Villager Appearance

Whichever Biome you are in will determine what appearance a villager has but they all appear as something, at least slightly, related to their profession, so you can tell pretty quickly what each one does before you even interact with them.

Trading Stock

To make sure that you are not trading too much, there is a cap placed on the stock that will change the value. You can do up to four trades each day and then the stock will run out, but trade an item regularly and you will see the price increase – a typical supply and demand type of situation.

Equally, items that don’t get traded that much will see a price decrease!

How to unlock a trade

There are five trade levels that you can work through and the higher you go, the better items you will see available.

  • Novice
  • Apprentice
  • Journeyman
  • Expert
  • Master

You will be able to tell the level of the villager you want to trade with by the colour of the badge that they wear with honour. Novices wear a stone-coloured, one, Apprentices sport an iron-coloured badge, then it’s gold for Journeyman, emerald for Expert and Diamond for Master.

Wandering Trader

The Wandering Trader is a bit of an anomaly in the game as they work completely differently from all the others.

When the trader does appear, he only sticks around for about an hour before disappearing again, so you will want to be quick to see what special items they have available for trading. These items are not worth more as a rule, but they are rare which means they are absolutely worth getting hold of.

The problem with this trader is that working out where they will appear is a bit of a nonstarter. It appears at random with no indication of where or when it will show up, but you will know when you have found the right trader as there will be leashed trading llamas walking alongside it.

How to increase your popularity in Minecraft

The more popular you are, the better deals you get with trades so it pays to be nice. Or you could do horrible things and lose points and thus increase trade costs – the choice there is yours.

The point system words on a -30 to 30 scale and the aim of the game is to be as far from  -30 as possible. To do that, you will want to do the following things:

  • Fending off a raid from pillagers will give you a massive point boost of10.
  • You can get between two and four points for helping a villager level up through trading.
  • And when you trade with a villager you also nab yourself one point.

So make sure you focus on these things when you play to stay beloved by all. Alternatively, here is what you can do to decrease popularity.

  • Kill a villager which will lose you two points – casual assault loses one.
  • Attacking a villager child (?!) will lose you between three-five points and deservedly so!
  • You will have five points deducted if you kill a village’s Iron Golem – so avoid that if you need some popularity!

But that should be all you need to know to make the most out of the villagers and the items that can be traded from them. Now we’re off to play the game ourselves to do just that!

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Mojang Studios

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Hello, we’re Mojang Studios! We’re best known as the creators of Minecraft, but we’re also on a mission – to build a better world through the power of play.

Why play? Well, play is at the heart of everything we do. It’s the blocky backbone of our games, the core of our development philosophy, and even the origin of our name. From the relentless experimentation of our endlessly inspiring community to the classrooms where Minecraft has become an essential teaching tool, play is the bedrock of our existence.  
With this sense of play as our internal compass, we create games, products, and services that inspire creativity and promote inclusion. We create for everyone, and we put our community first in everything we do. 

Mojang Studios got started as a tiny indie developer, and part of our culture still reflects that heritage. But we’re also proud to belong to Xbox Game Studios, which creates unique opportunities for growth and development. 

To help us achieve amazing things, we have built an equally amazing studio space. Situated right on the water by Söder Mälarstrand, it’s filled to the brim with all the tools, toys, and caffeine required to create world-class entertainment. 

But in the end, it’s the people of Mojang Studios that make this place truly special. When you join, you’ll find yourself in the company of incredibly bright, warm, and creative individuals – all united and working toward a single goal. Come help us reach it! 

Below you find the list of all openings at our Stockholm location. See anything that looks interesting? We’d love to hear from you! Here’s how to Mojangify your career in three easy steps:  

  1. Take the plunge! To apply for an opening with us, just fill out the application by attaching your resume or LinkedIn profile. 

  2. Get acquainted. No need for a fancy cover letter, but if you have an experience or skill that we should know about – like running a successful Minecraft server or placing third in the karaoke world championships – then do let us know in your application. 

  3. Wait patiently. Or pace impatiently! Our hiring teams read all incoming applications and aim to get back to you within two weeks, although occasionally it can take a bit longer. 

To learn more about Mojang Studios, including our work to transform education and support communities in need, visit,, and 

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