KekelWhat's the difference in those two words??In US, traditionally, but not so much any more, "occupation" was a "job for which one is paid", while "profession" is reserved more for teachers, doctors, lawyers, scientists, anything white-collar. Quite an elitist differentiation, but like I say, it isn't quite that way any more.
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The Collins dictionary:
profession n an occupation requiring in the liberal arts or sciences, especially one of the three learned professons, law, theology, or medicine.
Occupation is part of the definition orf profession.
The words are now virtually interchangeable.
profession n an occupation requiring in the liberal arts or sciences
maybe "requiring a degree"?
KhoffHi, Stannum -- was something left out here?Bugger! I missed it. Sorry about that.
profession n an occupation requiring special training in the liberal arts or sciences, especially one of the three learned professons, law, theology, or medicine.
I'll try to pay a little more attention to detail.
Anonymous:A profession is highly specialized in terms of the knowledge they possess.
An occcupation is more general in its description as compared to profession is more specific.
As far as the end user is concerned, you might be able to distinguish the two as follows;
A non profession would have a customer as their end user.
A profession would have a client as their end user.
So, what is the difference between the two? ie customer or client?
A customer have the benefit of choosing a particular product or services, unlike a client is subject to a profession's terms and condition.
Say, if i am selling consumable item like household detergents. My end user will be defined as a customer. And why? because, the product that i am offering is easily compared and competed with other brands and my customer has the option to pick and choose from the shelves or other sources.
Now, if i am a chemist offering a solution to remove a particular substance in an oil rig operation for Shell. My end user will be defined as a client. And why? because, the service that i am offering is more specialized in terms of its application and handling and my client does not have the privilege to pick and choose from the shelves as these type of services is not available in the market.
this is how i would try to illustrate the difference between a profession and occupation.
Anonymous:i think occupation is "what occupys your time" and profession what you are trained to do. e.g. a DOCTOR by profession working as an ACTOR, the former would be his profession and the later his occupation.
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