Definition of profession noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//prəˈfeʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈfeʃn//
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  1. 1  [countable] a type of job that needs special training or skill, especially one that needs a high level of education the medical/legal/teaching, etc. profession to enter/go into/join a profession (British English) the caring professions (= that involve looking after people) He was an electrician by profession. She was at the very top of her profession. Synonymsworkemployment career profession occupation tradeThese are all words for the work that somebody does in return for payment, especially over a long period of time. work the job that somebody does, especially in order to earn money:It’s very difficult to find work at the moment.employment (rather formal) work, especially when it is done to earn money; the state of being employed or the situation in which people have work:Only half the people here are in paid employment.career the job or series of jobs that somebody has in a particular area of work, usually involving more responsibility as time passes:He had a very distinguished career in the Foreign Office.profession a type of job that needs special training or skill, especially one that needs a high level of education:He hopes to enter the medical profession. The profession is all the people who work in a particular profession:the legal profession. The professions are the traditional jobs that need a high level of education and training, such as being a doctor or lawyer.occupation (rather formal) a job or profession:Please state your name, age, and occupation.trade a job, especially one that involves working with your hands and requires special training and skills:Carpentry is a highly skilled trade.Patterns in/​out of work/​employment (a) full-time/​part-time work/​employment/​career/​occupation permanent/​temporary work/​employment (a) well-paid work/​employment/​profession/​occupation (a) low-paid work/​employment/​occupation to look for/​seek/​find work/​employment/​a career/​an occupation to get/​obtain/​give somebody/​offer somebody/​create/​generate/​provide work/​employment CollocationsJobsGetting a job look for work look for/​apply for/​go for a job get/​pick up/​complete/​fill out/ (British English) fill in an application (form) send/​email your (British English) CV/(North American English) résumé/application/​application form/​covering letter be called for/​have/​attend an interview offer somebody a job/​work/​employment/​promotion find/​get/​land a job employ/ (especially North American English) hire/​recruit/ (especially British English) take on staff/​workers/​trainees recruit/​appoint a managerDoing a job arrive at/​get to/​leave work/​the office/​the factory start/​finish work/​your shift do/​put in/​work overtime have/​gain/​get/​lack/​need experience/​qualifications do/​get/​have/​receive training learn/​pick up/​improve/​develop (your) skills cope with/​manage/​share/​spread the workload improve your/​achieve a better work-life balance have (no) job satisfaction/​job securityBuilding a career have a job/​work/​a career/​a vocation find/​follow/​pursue/ (especially North American English) live (out) your vocation enter/​go into/​join a profession choose/​embark on/​start/​begin/​pursue a career change jobs/​profession/​career be/ (both especially British English) work/​go freelance do/​take on temp work/​freelance work do/​be engaged in/​be involved in voluntary workLeaving your job leave/ (especially North American English) quit/​resign from your job give up work/​your job/​your career hand in your notice/​resignation plan to/​be due to retire in June/​next year, etc. take early retirement
  2. 2  the profession [singular + singular or plural verb] all the people who work in a particular type of profession The legal profession has/have always resisted change.
  3. 3the professions [plural] the traditional jobs that need a high level of education and training, such as being a doctor or a lawyer employment in industry and the professions
  4. 4[countable] profession of something a statement about what you believe, feel or think about something, that is sometimes made publicly synonym declaration a profession of faith His professions of love did not seem sincere.
  5. Word OriginMiddle English (denoting the vow made on entering a religious order): via Old French from Latin professio(n-), from profiteri ‘declare publicly’, from pro- ‘before’ + fateri ‘confess’. Senses (1) and (2) derive from the notion of an occupation that one “professes” to be skilled in.Extra examples He reached the top of his profession in very little time. He was a consultant physician by profession. In the 1930s he was forbidden to practise his profession. It’s time to change your profession for something more exciting. Nurses advance the profession through active involvement in their professional organizations. Prostitution is often described as the oldest profession in the world. She always wanted to work in the caring professions. She entered the legal profession after college. She was shocked at her daughter’s choice of profession. She’s making an impact in her chosen profession. We are members of an old and noble profession. a job where people can learn the profession the licensing laws that regulate the profession the primary reason why nurses leave the profession training programs for the helping professions Alan’s a teacher by profession. He hopes to enter the medical profession. I joined the profession when I was in my early twenties. People in the caring professions tend not to get paid much. What made you choose this profession?
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