State Professionals Pages
Professionals Definition and History
A professional is a person who is engaged or qualified in a profession, that is, a paid occupation that usually involves specialized training and a
formal qualification. Important features of typical professions include formal training schools at the university level as well as professional
associations, codes of professional ethics, and, in some cases, licensing requirements. As society and technology evolve over the course of time,
new professions sometimes emerge while others decline. The National Institute for Cybersecurity Education has produced a fascinating white paper
Historical Review of How Occupations Become Professions
. In ancient Greece and Rome, accountants, architects, lawyers, and physicians were
important professions; today, notable professions include accountants, architects, attorneys, dentists, engineers, physicians, and surveyors, while other
occupations such as nursing, optometry, social work, and veterinary medicine are developing professions.
References to Professionals are found in the Old Testament and the New Testament of the Christian Bible. For example, we read in
1 Chronicles chapter 27, verse 31
, "All these were comptrollers
the substance which was king David's", in 1 Corinthians chapter 3, verse 10
"as a wise architect
, I have laid the foundation", and in Titus chapter 3, verse 13
, "Zenas the lawyer
and Apollos set forward diligently on their way, that nothing may be lacking to them".
|Agricultural Scientists - http://agricultural-consultants.regionaldirectory.us/agricultural-scientists.htm |
Introduction to the agricultural science profession and a link to the USDA's Living Careers web page.
|Architects - http://architects.regionaldirectory.us/about.htm |
Learn about the licensed architect profession and find information about architecture careers.
|Chemical Engineers - http://chemical-engineers.regionaldirectory.us/about.htm |
Overview of the chemical engineering profession, with links to licensing exam and professional society pages.
|Civil Engineers - http://civil-engineers.regionaldirectory.us/about.htm |
Introduction to the civil engineering profession, with licensing exam and professional society links.
|Credit Analysts - http://credit-analysts.regionaldirectory.us/about.htm |
Learn about the work, educational requirements, and professional organization of credit analysts.
|Dentists - http://dental-clinics.regionaldirectory.us/dentists.htm |
Information about the responsibilities and educational requirements of dentists and other dental professionals.
|Electrical Engineers - http://electrical-engineers.regionaldirectory.us/about.htm |
Learn about the electrical engineering profession. A link to the IEEE website is included on the page.
|Environmental Engineers - http://environmental-engineers.regionaldirectory.us/about.htm |
Introduction to the environmental engineering profession, with a link to the AAEE website.
|Landscape Architects - http://landscape-architects.regionaldirectory.us/about.htm |
Overview of the landscape architect profession, including a discussion of typical projects.
|Librarians - http://libraries.regionaldirectory.us/librarians.htm |
Introduction to the responsibilities and educational requirements of librarians and their staffs.
|Mechanical Engineers - http://mechanical-engineers.regionaldirectory.us/about.htm |
Learn about the mechanical engineering profession. A link to the ASME website is included on the pages.
|Nutritionists - http://nutritionists.regionaldirectory.us/about.htm |
Overview of the nutritionist and dietitian professions, with a discussion of educational requirements.
|Opticians - http://opticians.regionaldirectory.us/about.htm |
Introduction to the dispensing optician profession, including educational requirements and job characteristics.
|Social Workers - http://social-workers.regionaldirectory.us/about.htm |
Learn about the various social work professions. Links to social worker association websites are included.
|Weddle's Association Directory - http://www.weddles.com/associations/ |
Online guide to more than 3,000 professional societies and trade associations organized by career field, industry, and other factors.