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    #1

    by trade or by profession

    Hello.

    What is the difference between "by trade" and "by profession"?


    I am a baker by trade.


    I am a chief accountantant.


    Do we use "by trade" when a blue collar worker is implied and do we employ "by profession" when a white collar worker is inferred?


    Thank you.

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    Re: by trade or by profession

    Basically, yes.

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    Re: by trade or by profession

    That brings me to the following conclusion: in the case of poorly skilled or unskilled workers, we say "by trade" whereas in the case of highy skilled workers, we say "by profession".

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    Re: by trade or by profession

    I would say that both terms imply training and skills.

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