What is Profession

A profession basically is an occupation, which necessitates widespread training along with the study and mastery of specific information, and generally has a professional association, ethical code and the procedure of certification or licensing. In simple words, profession is defined as an Occupation, especially one which requires an advanced education. Profession means specialization in particular field or an occupation. Being specialized in something on a commercial basis. For e.g… Doctor, Engineer, Lawyer, Mechanic, Chef, Pilot, Teacher etc.

According to history originally there were only three professions, which are ministry, medicine and law. Whether the profession is it, we are in it or those who are in it have to meet and maintain their common standards. Each and every individual from these professions also offers and requires wide spread preparation in the denotation, value, and significance of its particular oath in the practice of that profession.

It was proved in Australian Council of Professions, “a disciplined group of individuals who adhere to high ethical standards and uphold themselves to, and are accepted by, the public as possessing special knowledge and skills.

People have different levels and different degree of responsibility while performing profession. A professional person is very much different from layman person who is performing the same task because of his hobby or interest. Experience, skills, pay differs a lot between them. Due to these skills he is allowed to perform the task. For example, only a professional physician with qualified credentials is permitted to treat patients as a medical doctor.

Professions enjoy a high social status, regard and esteem conferred upon them by society. This high esteem arises primarily from the higher social function of their work, which is regarded as vital to society as a whole and thus of having a special and valuable nature.

All professions have power. This power is used to control its own members, and also its area of expertise and interests. A profession tends to dominate police and protect its area of expertise and the conduct of its members, and exercises a dominating influence over its entire field which means that professions can act monopolist, rebuffing competition from ancillary trades and occupations, as well as subordinating and controlling lesser but related trades.A profession is characterized by the power and high prestige it has in society as a whole. It is the power, prestige and value that society confers upon a profession that more clearly defines it.

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