A professional is a person who is paid to undertake a specialized set of tasks and to complete them for a fee. The traditional professions were doctors, engineers, lawyers, architects and commissioned military officers. Today, the term is applied to nurses, accountants, educators, scientists, technology experts, social workers, artists, librarians (information professionals) and many more.
The term is also used in sports to differentiate amateur players from those who are paid—hence "professional footballer" and "professional golfer". Many companies include the word professional in their store name to imply the quality of their workmanship or service.
In some cultures, the term is used as shorthand to describe a particular social stratum of well-educated, salaried workers who enjoy considerable work autonomy and are commonly engaged in creative and intellectually challenging work.
Due to the personal and confidential nature of many professional services, and thus the necessity to place a great deal of trust in them, most professionals are subject to strict codes of conduct enshrining rigorous ethical and moral obligations.
Other articles related to "professional":
... freestyle swimmer Josh Keaton, actor and singer, The Spectacular Spider-Man Kevin Song, professional poker player Marie Luv, pornographic actress Marc Yu, child musician Michael Smith, former All-America ...
... Jerry Azumah (1999), former professional football player, Chicago Bears, 1998 Walter Payton Award winner David Ball (2007), former professional Canadian football player for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Winnipeg Blue ... Corey Graham (2007), professional football player, Chicago Bears Chip Kelly (1990), head football coach for the University of Oregon Dan Kreider, (1999 ...
... In 1993, the Portland Pride of the Continental Indoor Soccer League drafted Allnutt, but he lost the entire year after having surgery in June for torn groin ligaments ... In 1994, he joined the Los Angeles Salsa of the American Professional Soccer League ...
... Kazuo Takahashi – mixed martial artist Shigeki Maruyama – professional golfer Oginishiki Yasutoshi – sumo wrestler Tomo Sakurai – Voice actress Tōki Susumu – sumo wrestler Ryoji Aikawa – professional ... Sato – professional baseball player Moe Oshikiri – fashion model Yuki Abe – professional soccer player Atsuko Maeda – AKB48 singer Norimitsu Onishi – Journalist ...
... UB offers professional degree programs leading to a Doctorate in Communications Design or Public Administration ...
Famous quotes containing the word professional:
“Never be intimidated when you deal with men. Curse, dont cry.”
—Anonymous, U.S. professional woman. As quoted in Aspirations and Mentoring in an Academic Environment, ch. 4, by Mary Niles Maack and Joanne Passet (1994)
“The belief that there are final and immutable answers, and that the professional expert has them, is one that mothers and professionals tend to reinforce in each other. They both have a need to believe it. They both seem to agree, too, that if the professionals prescription doesnt work it is probably because of the mothers inadequacy.”
—Elaine Heffner (20th century)
“Smoking ... is downright dangerous. Most people who smoke will eventually contract a fatal disease and die. But they dont brag about it, do they? Most people who ski, play professional football or drive race cars, will not dieat least not in the actand yet they are the ones with the glamorous images, the expensive equipment and the mythic proportions. Why this should be I cannot say, unless it is simply that the average American does not know a daredevil when he sees one.”
—Fran Lebowitz (b. 1950)