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Semi-profession is an occupation the members of which are overwhelmingly employed by bureaucracy, although increasing numbers of professionals are employed in such organizations as well. A semi-profession is not often a terminal profession, and semi-professionals lack specialized knowledge such as is needed to practice law or medicine. Semi-professionals lack the power, latitude on the job, and prestige of full professionals, and they also lack the compensation. Examples include teachers, social workers, nurses, and other occupations dominated by females—and many would say it is this latter characteristic that determines their status as semi-professions.

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