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When the dictionary definitions and the philosophical desciptions of the term "profession" are combined, what are the criteria for an occupaton to be described as a profession?
One that exhibits a body of theory and specialized knowledge, is service-oriented, and has a distinct subculture.
What is wrong with the postion that any given broadly defined occupation is either a profession or it is not?
That approach leads to such conclusions as only doctors and not nurses are members of the medical profession and only officers and not enlisted are professionals in the POA. The vast majority of occupations and professions are distributed all along the middle between two extremes. The characteristics which determine an occupation's place on the Professions Continuum is not prestige or salary, but rather the three criteria. A century or rtwo ago only a few recognized professions existed(physician, professor, clergy, etc.) and now there's no need for the vacuum tube changer in todays computer systems (an important job only half a generation ago.)