Yes that's a great definition. There is so much to learn within our industry and on going education is the only way to keep up with new technology.ALL GOOD POINTS.
HOW ABOUT THIS FOR A DEFINITION?
Here is a definition I like: For the difference between a trade and a profession.
A trade is an occupation requiring manual or mechanical skill.
A profession is vocational, a calling requiring specialized knowledge and often long and intensive academic preparation.
I think the bold type distinguishes between the two and is where the difference lies.
Every job whether it is in a trade or in a profession requires academic preparation and skill, the difference is in how much IMO. This is why I refer to some as non-professionals in our business because they have not had the required fundamental knowledge or academic preparation NOR ON-GOING education to even be involved in the business of working on people.
Rhiannon1408 I agree... I've never thought of myself as having a trade... my Husband is a Plasterer and he has a trade.I don't know why but when I think of a trade, to me it means something that involves manual labour. For example a plumber, a bricklayer, a carpenter etc. These are of course skilled jobs.
When I think of a profession, I think of doing something that involves a specialised education, something which you can have a life long career in and progress as the years go on.
So I guess I would say being a nail tech is a profession. Although having said that a plumber has to have a specialised education...
I kind of understand the above but, what about when you get someone like Geeg? A person who keeps learning, keeps taking courses. Does this make her a tradesperson or a professional? Lol... Looking forward to these answers xxIt may be 'Old school' but, to me, I tend to think of professions in terms of doctors, dentists, solicitors, accountants etc. They need degrees plus years and years of intensive study/exams and highly regulated professional qualifications before being let loose on the public.
None of this can be claimed by a nail technician so, to me, it's a trade - and a highly skilled one if it's done properly.