SOC 326 8-1-08 Professions Summarized-Occupations are more or less professional based upon certain criteria.-Systematic body of theory/knowledge.-The sanction of a professional community via education, training, licensing, and certification.-Code of ethics defining appropriate/inappropriate behavior for those in the profession.-Professional culture (language, symbols, norms).-Lifetime commitment to the profession.-Semi professions-Refers to an occupational group that has achieved some of the characteristics of a profession, or possesses the hallmarks of a profession to an attenuated degree.-Many people accord workers in these occupations professional status, yet they are not ”true” professionals.-Ex. Elementary and secondary schoolteachers, librarians, social workers, registered nurses, pharmacists. [email protected]--The semi professionals have a body of knowledge, but they usually do not monopolize it, nor do they erect effective barriers to entry.-The semi professions enjoy only partial autonomy because most of their members work in bureaucratic settings.
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