Is everyone here a professional now

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gloaming
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Re: It's not about being a professional...
In reply to brianj, 10 months ago

A recognized definition of the term 'professional' requires that its constituents be members a group of practitioners of a craft, science, or service, who have access to an exclusive knowledge base, who police each other, who agree to a code of conduct and ethics, and who receive community sanction for their expertise.  In exchange, society calls them a profession and lets them regulate themselves and find better ways to do what they do.

I would not think amany working in the field of photography could be called professionals under those terms.  They don't subscribe to a mutually agreed code of ethics except what is imposed on them by law, for example.  Some may be more skilled, some may have unusual talent, some may be highly popular, and may be highly paid.  if that is so, anyone making a reasonable living can arbitrarily be labelled a professional.

Like anything else, the meaning slips/morphs over time.  Plumbers are professionals because they work in that field.  Taxi drivers could be called professional drivers, but truckers might disagree.  None of them subscribe to a code that isn't imposed by law, and very few, if any, seek to improve their trade substantively using a rigorous methodology.

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