Why should professions be treated differently than occupations?
There is an important distinction between highly complex, technical professions and the trade and vocational occupations that lawmakers commonly cite to defend weakening licensing requirements. Professions such as engineers, surveyors, architects, landscape architects, and CPAs are granted a high level of public trust and directly impact public safety. These professions are vested with the responsibility to certify the quality and integrity of their work, and this “seal of approval” is a social contract with the public. Because of this, they must meet rigorous educational requirements, undergo intensive examination, and participate in trainings on complicated codes and laws in order to perform their duties with integrity, quality, and reliability.