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Vocation vs. Profession

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Main Difference

The main difference between Vocation and Profession is that the Vocation is a occupation to which a person is specially drawn or for which he or she is suited, trained, or qualified and Profession is a vocation founded upon specialized educational training.

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  • Vocation (noun)

    An inclination to undertake a certain kind of work, especially a religious career; often in response to a perceived summons; a calling.

  • Vocation (noun)

    An occupation for which a person is suited, trained or qualified.

  • Profession (noun)

    A promise or vow made on entering a religious order.

    "She died only a few years after her profession."

  • Profession (noun)

    A declaration of belief, faith or of one's opinion.

    "Despite his continued professions of innocence, the court eventually sentenced him to five years."

  • Profession (noun)

    An occupation, trade, craft, or activity in which one has a professed expertise in a particular area; a job, especially one requiring a high level of skill or training.

    "My father was a barrister by profession."

  • Profession (noun)

    The practitioners of such an occupation collectively.

    "His conduct is against the established practices of the legal profession."

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Oxford Dictionary
  • Vocation (noun)

    A call; a summons; a citation; especially, a designation or appointment to a particular state, business, or profession.

  • Vocation (noun)

    Destined or appropriate employment; calling; occupation; trade; business; profession.

  • Vocation (noun)

    A calling by the will of God.

  • Vocation (noun)

    The bestowment of God's distinguishing grace upon a person or nation, by which that person or nation is put in the way of salvation; as, the vocation of the Jews under the old dispensation, and of the Gentiles under the gospel.

  • Vocation (noun)

    A call to special religious work, as to the ministry.

  • Profession (noun)

    The act of professing or claiming; open declaration; public avowal or acknowledgment; as, professions of friendship; a profession of faith.

  • Profession (noun)

    That which one professed; a declaration; an avowal; a claim; as, his professions are insincere.

  • Profession (noun)

    That of which one professed knowledge; the occupation, if not mechanical, agricultural, or the like, to which one devotes one's self; the business which one professes to understand, and to follow for subsistence; calling; vocation; employment; as, the profession of arms; the profession of a clergyman, lawyer, or physician; the profession of lecturer on chemistry.

  • Profession (noun)

    The collective body of persons engaged in a calling; as, the profession distrust him.

  • Profession (noun)

    The act of entering, or becoming a member of, a religious order.

Webster Dictionary
  • Vocation (noun)

    the particular occupation for which you are trained

  • Vocation (noun)

    a body of people doing the same kind of work

  • Profession (noun)

    the body of people in a learned occupation;

    "the news spread rapidly through the medical community"

  • Profession (noun)

    an occupation requiring special education (especially in the liberal arts or sciences)

  • Profession (noun)

    an open avowal (true or false) of some belief or opinion;

    "a profession of disagreement"

  • Profession (noun)

    affirmation of acceptance of some religion or faith;

    "a profession of Christianity"

Princeton's WordNet

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