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    job, occupation, career and profession?

    What's the difference among job, occupation, career and profession?
    I'm so confused because I've got so many explanations so far...


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    Re: job, occupation, career and profession?

    A friend might ask, "What's your job, what do you do for a living?"

    job, a regular activity performed in exchange for payment, especially as one's trade, occupation, or profession.

    A government form may have a line that says, "Occupation (What is your job?)"

    occupation, a person's usual or principal work or business, esp. as a means of earning a living

    A profession is an occupation, such as law, medicine, or engineering, that requires considerable training and specialized study.

    A career is the general course or progression of one's working life or one's professional achievements: an officer with a distinguished career; a teacher in the midst of a long career.

    Occupation is the general word. Profession implies an occupation requiring special knowledge and training in some field of science or learning: the profession of teaching. Trade suggests an occupation involving manual training and skill: one of the building trades.

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