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profession

noun
     
Related topics: Occupations
pro‧fes‧sion S3 W3
1BO [countable] a job that needs a high level of education and training
the legal/medical/teaching etc profession
members of the teaching profession
enter/go into/join a profession
Some students enter other professions such as arts administration.
people who work in the professions (=doctors, lawyers etc)
by profession
Johnson was a barrister by profession.
nurses, social workers, and other people in the caring professions (=ones that involve looking after people)
see usage note job
2BO [singular, also + plural verb British English] all the people who work in a particular profession
3 [countable] formal a statement of your belief, opinion, or feeling
profession of
a profession of faith
4

the oldest profession

BO the job of being a prostitute - used humorously
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job, work, post, position, occupation, profession, career
Your job is the work that you do regularly in order to earn money, especially when you work for a company or public organization My last job was with a computer firm. He finally got a job in a supermarket.Work is used in a more general way to talk about activities that you do to earn money, either working for a company or for yourself Will you go back to work when you've had the baby? I started work when I was 18.!! Do not say 'what is your job?' or 'what is your work?'. Say what do you do? or what do you do for a living?Post and position are more formal words for a job in a company or organization. They are used especially in job advertisements and when you are talking about someone moving to a different job This post would suit a recent graduate. He left last summer for a teaching position in Singapore.Use occupation to talk about the kind of work that someone usually does, for example if they are a teacher, lawyer, driving instructor etc. Occupation is used mainly on official forms State your name, age, and occupation in the box below.!! Do not use occupation to talk about your own job I am an accountant. (NOT My occupation is an accountant).A profession is a kind of work for which you need special training and a good education, for example teaching, law, or medicine the legal professionYour career is the type of work that you do or hope to do for most of your life I'm interested in a career in television. His career is more important to him than his family.See also job

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