Six Characteristics of a Profession (Wickenden)
Renders a specialized service based upon advanced specialized knowledge and skill, and dealing with its problems primarily on an intellectual plane rather then on a physical or a manual labor plane.
Involves a confidential relationship between a practitioner and a client or a employer.
Is charged with a substantial degree of public obligation by virtue of its profession of specialized knowledge.
Enjoys a common heritage of knowledge, skill, and status to the cumulative store of which professional men are bound to contribute through their individual and collective efforts.
Performs its services to a substantial degree in the general public interest , receiving its compensation through limited fees rather than through direct profit from the improvement in goods, services, or knowledge, which it accomplishes.
Is bound by a distinctive ethical code in its relationships with clients, colleagues, and the public.