The Oxford English Dictionary defines a profession thus:
An occupation in which a professed knowledge of some subject, field or science is applied;
A vocation or career, especially one that involves prolonged training and a formal qualification;
In the last fifteen years, I have had training in teaching, behaviour management, psychology, nursing, medical research, food science and dietetics, special needs education, negotiation and advocacy, to name but a few areas of my professed subject, or field.
There is no formal qualification available to my vocation, my career, and I am not paid.
But make no mistake, I am utterly, absolutely a professional.
And you need me on your team.