profession [English]

InterPARES Definition

n. ~ A field of work that requires advanced education and training, adherence to a code of ethics, and the ability to apply specialized knowledge and judgement in a variety of situations.

General Notes

Some professions require certification by a board or a government issued license.

Other Definitions

  • Black's 9th 2009 (†382 s.v. "profession"): 1. A vocation requiring advanced education and training; esp., one of the three traditional learned professions - law, medicine, and the ministry. ¶ "Learned professions are characterized by the need of unusual learning, the existence of confidential relations, the adherence to a standard of ethics higher than that of the market place." [Commonwealth v. Brown, 20 NE 2d 478, 481 (Mass. 1939)]
  • OED Concise 10th (†440 ): A paid occupation, especially one involving training and a formal qualification
  • Wikipedia (†387 s.v. "profession"): A vocation founded upon specialized educational training, the purpose of which is to supply disinterested objective counsel and service to others, for a direct and definite compensation, wholly apart from expectation of other business gain.