IT Professional, May/June 2009, pp. 54–56

Waitress as the example of professionalism

Professional Essence

by Robert Fabian

The November/December 2008 issue of IT Professional focused on "IT as a Profession," with the guest editors' introduction considering several of its potentially distinguishing characteristics. In particular, the guest editors pointed to James Steib's comment that "professionalism is competent creation." They viewed this as not broad enough to cover the work done in such professional activities as acquiring and operating computing services and went on to consider the role of a body of knowledge. The editors recognized this as important, but "a true professional must always consider the public good."

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This month's theme: PROFESSIONAL ETHICS

Computing professionals deal with ethical challenges daily, and their responses to these challenges have ramifications that go beyond personal responsibility. Read more

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