The term professional refers to anyone who earns their living from performing an activity that requires a certain level of education, skill, or training. There is typically a required standard of competency, knowledge, or education that must be demonstrated (often in the form of an exam or credential), as well as adhering to codes of conduct and ethical standards.


Types of Professionals

There are many different types of professionals. Whether they are athletes or business people, there are many categories and groups, which are listed below.

Types of professionals include:


Professional Standards

Professional standards are a set of practices, ethics, and behaviors that members of a particular professional group must adhere to. These sets of standards are frequently agreed to by a governing body that represents the interests of the group.

Examples of professional standards include:

  • Accountability – takes responsibility for their actions
  • Confidentiality – keeps all sensitive information private and away from those who shouldn’t have access to it
  • Fiduciary duty – places the needs of clients before their own
  • Honesty – always being truthful
  • Integrity – having strong moral principles
  • Law-abiding – follows all governing laws in the jurisdictions they perform activities
  • Loyalty – remain committed to their profession
  • Objectivity – not swayed or influenced by biases
  • Transparency – revealing all relevant information and not concealing anything