Glossary Term: Helping Professions


A helping profession is any profession that nurtures the growth of a person. This can include medicine, nursing, counseling, social work, education and coaching. They aid in physical, psychological, intellectual, emotional and spiritual well-being.

Why is the helping profession important?

Helping professions that allow people to help one another are a crucial part of a functioning society. The people who work these jobs help others get health care, access to social services, education and other resources that help make their lives easier and more fulfilling.

What is the definition of job burnout?

Job burnout refers to the physical and emotional exhaustion individuals experience as part of their work. This can involve a feeling of emptiness or depletion and a sense of being trapped. Job burnout among helping professionals is amongst the highest of any professional career.

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