- Jan 14, 2009
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The Military - that's an interesting suggestion. Do you include 'squaddies' or just the senior ranks?An interesting but complex topic to debate! Then add in the reasoning behind perceptions of what is a profession and what is not.
In my eyes Law, Medicine (human and veterinary), Engineering, Science, Art. We could also consider Pilots and the Military. I wonder whether Sports heroes can be classed in the same way, although their chosen sport nurtures their natural ability, they aren't dealing with the complexities of developing a vaccine, for example.
One measure of a profession might be the need for formal qualifications, such as happens in the Law and Medicine, together with a disciplinary body with power to enforce the disciplinary and ethical codes under which practitioners operate.
Acting is often spoken of as a profession but I've never been convinced that it has the necessary base to rank alongside the likes of Medicine and the Law. I would argue the same with Art.
Accountancy is another occupation that might hold up well to the profession argument, as would teaching/lecturing.