What is the difference between profession and occupation?

@alienstar (5124)
India
February 17, 2007 12:49pm CST
Profession and Occupation- We often hear these words every now and then isn't it? now, what is the main differences between these two here....Acording to me, profession is advanced study you do and occupation is what you do for your living..isn't it? is there anything else to add here..give me your views here
2 responses
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
20 Feb 07
Profession is what you have degree with. Occupation is what you do. I have doctorate degree in medical field and this is my profession. I am not occupied with my profession, because I am doing photography now.
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@alienstar (5124)
• India
20 Feb 07
Yes, profession if regarding our studies and occupation is what we do for our living and you are a doctor then...good.But, why are you not practicing your medicine field now? whatever your photography is your occupation now if that is what you do for your living isn't it? Anyway's, thanks for responding
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
20 Feb 07
:)...yes, I gave up practicing...long story...I just woke up one day and change my mind...to do something I love..and I never had been happier..less stress..less money..more fun..:)....I can always go back to my profession, but I am not sure if I want.
• United States
17 Feb 07
Occupation is principal activity to earn a living. Profession is an occupation that requires extensive training and the study and mastery of specialized knowledge, and usually has a professional association, ethical code and process of certification or licensing. Examples are: librarianship, accounting, law, teaching, architecture, medicine, finance, the military, the clergy, nursing, those who work or perform research in the various sciences, or engineering.
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@alienstar (5124)
• India
18 Feb 07
Definitely you are right as there are many people who get confused by profession and occupation isn't it? peopel who are doing higher studies like engeneering or medicine will be their profession and one who is doing some job work for living is an occupation isn't it? Anyway's, thanks for responding