An open declaration of an opinion or belief is a profession. If you announce that you believe the earth is flat, your profession of this opinion might cause some giggling among your well-educated friends.

Careers that require specialized training or advanced degrees are considered professions. Your parents may want you to go into a profession like the practice of law, but you dream of being a rodeo clown. The collective group of people practicing a profession is also called profession. The medical profession doesn't know what to make of that thing growing out of your foot. You are a medical mystery!

Definitions of profession
  1. noun
    an occupation requiring special education (especially in the liberal arts or sciences)
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    learned profession
    one of the three professions traditionally believed to require advanced learning and high principles
    the profession or art of a writer
    the profession of designing buildings and environments with consideration for their esthetic effect
    the profession of teaching (especially at a school or college or university)
    the profession of reporting or photographing or editing news stories for one of the media
    the profession devoted to governing and to political affairs
    engineering, technology
    the practical application of science to commerce or industry
    law, practice of law
    the learned profession that is mastered by graduate study in a law school and that is responsible for the judicial system
    journalism practiced for the newspapers
    medicine, practice of medicine
    the learned profession that is mastered by graduate training in a medical school and that is devoted to preventing or alleviating or curing diseases and injuries
    the learned profession acquired by specialized courses in religion (usually taught at a college or seminary)
    instruction, pedagogy, teaching
    the profession of a teacher
    aeronautical engineering
    the activity of designing and constructing aircraft
    automotive engineering, automotive technology
    the activity of designing and constructing automobiles
    chemical engineering
    the activity of applying chemistry to the solution of practical problems
    communications technology
    the activity of designing and constructing and maintaining communication systems
    computer technology
    the activity of designing and constructing and programming computers
    high tech, high technology
    highly advanced technological development (especially in electronics)
    rail technology, railroading
    the activity of designing and constructing and operating railroads
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    business, job, line, line of work, occupation
    the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money
  2. noun
    the body of people in a learned occupation
    “the news spread rapidly through the medical profession
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    bar, legal community, legal profession
    the body of individuals qualified to practice law in a particular jurisdiction
    health profession
    the body of individuals whose work helps to maintain the health of their clients
    business community, businessmen
    the body of individuals who manage businesses
    community of scholars
    the body of individuals holding advanced academic degrees
    economics profession
    the body of professional economists
    the body of ordained religious practitioners
    medical community, medical profession
    the body of individuals who are qualified to practice medicine
    the profession of a nurse
    religious ministers collectively (especially Presbyterian)
    rabbis collectively
    in Christianity, clergymen collectively (as distinguished from the laity)
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    occupational group, vocation
    a body of people doing the same kind of work
  3. noun
    an open avowal (true or false) of some belief or opinion
    “a profession of disagreement”
    synonyms: professing
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    affirmation, avouchment, avowal
    a statement asserting the existence or the truth of something
  4. noun
    affirmation of acceptance of some religion or faith
    “a profession of Christianity”
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    (religion) a solemn declaration that serves the same purpose as an oath (if an oath is objectionable to the person on religious or ethical grounds)
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