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1. Definition

A profession today is understood as a skilled permanent occupation defined, in the context of the diversification into specialties of the political economy, by a reasonably well-defined range of tasks, and – as such – based on specialist training (Professional training; Professionalization). It is distinct from many other activities that generate income and provide a living, such as day labor or cottage industry. 

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Sokoll, Thomas, “Profession”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 25 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_017501>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107

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