The Professionalization of Everyone?

  title={The Professionalization of Everyone?},
  author={Harold L. Wilensky},
  journal={American Journal of Sociology},
  pages={137 - 158}
  • H. Wilensky
  • Published 1 September 1964
  • Sociology
  • American Journal of Sociology
A popular generalization is that occupations are becoming "professionalized". The label is loosely applied to increasing specialization and transferability of skill, the proliferation of objective standards of work, the spread of tenure arrangements, licensing, or certification, and the growth of service occupations. This paper argues that these loose criteria are less essential for understanding professional organization than the traditional model of professionalism which emphasizes autonomous… Expand
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