Does a profession or career equal good pay?
Addiction counseling is considered a profession that is highly regulated in Wisconsin, but the pay is awful. How can we consider this a profession when the professionals can barely afford to take care of themselves financially?
In my mind, a profession is basically the same a career. It is a position where what you do makes a change (for good) of some kind. For example: being the best french fryer at McDonald's is a job not a profession. No one grows up wanting to be the world's best french fryer. However, counselling people with addictions can and does change lives. It also requires interaction with the patient and the use of knowledge and skills most people don't have. Unfortunately, not all professions are paid equally or fairly. It's unfortunate that society pays so little for jobs like Addictions Counsellor; but, I feel it tends to reflect how society as a whole views the addict -- not very highly.
It really depends on a couple of things. First what is good pay? Second where do you go with your profession for example I was an archaeologist for about 10 years but never got into what one could likely consider great pay, though I made more than my parents ever did in their lifetimes during that ten years.
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