What Constitutes a Profession?
GE6 The Professions and Public Interest in American Life
Midterm paper 1
During normal usage, it seems that the terms “profession” and “occupation” are almost identical and are interchangeable. Generally they both define the work people do for a living. However, after delving into their meanings, one can easily notice that the word profession is a bit more advanced than occupation. In other words, there are peculiar criteria or characteristics that an occupation has to meet in order to qualify as a profession.
In this essay, I will apply three different markers to identify whether an occupation is a profession: 1. A profession needs extensive intellectual training and usually has some type of …show more content…
Now let’s shift to the occupation of photography, which is quite controversial. In my opinion, it is not a profession or can at most be considered a marginal profession because it does not meet the first two requirements I have given.
Firstly, photography should not be deemed as a profession because photographers do not need to go through an extensive intellectual training and