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":
... 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 ...
... musician) – musician Kazuo Takahashi – mixed martial artist Shigeki Maruyama – professional golfer Oginishiki Yasutoshi – sumo wrestler Tomo Sakurai – Voice actress Tōki Susumu – sumo wrestler Ryoji ... Sato – professional baseball player Moe Oshikiri – fashion model Yuki Abe – professional soccer player Atsuko Maeda – AKB48 singer Norimitsu ...
... Jerry Azumah (1999), former professional football player, Chicago Bears, 1998 Walter Payton Award winner David Ball (2007), former professional Canadian football player ... Corey Graham (2007), professional football player, Chicago Bears Chip Kelly (1990), head football coach for the University of Oregon Dan Kreider, (1999), professional football player ...
... UB offers professional degree programs leading to a Doctorate in Communications Design or Public Administration ...
... Josh Keaton, actor and singer, The Spectacular Spider-Man Kevin Song, professional poker player Marie Luv, pornographic actress Marc Yu, child musician Michael Smith ...
Famous quotes containing the word professional:
“If Id written all the truth I knew for the past ten years, about 600 peopleincluding mewould be rotting in prison cells from Rio to Seattle today. Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism.”
—Hunter S. Thompson (b. 1939)
“... all professional ideologies are high-minded. Hunters, for instance, would not dream of calling themselves the butchers of the woods.”
—Robert Musil (18801942)
“As a scientist Im afraid Im a professional skeptic who doubts everything, even the certainties.”
—Karl Brown (18971990)