Paraprofessional

Paraprofessional is a title given to individuals in various occupational fields, such as education, healthcare, engineering, and law. Historically, paraprofessionals assisted the master professional of their field. In more recent times, paraprofessionals have become a professional in their own right, providing services which meet the needs of a particular recipient or community.

DefinitionEdit

The Greek prefix "para-" indicates beside or side by side (as in "parallel"); hence, a paraprofessional is one who works alongside a professional, while being a professional themselves. [1]

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Paraprofessional practiceEdit

The paraprofessional is able to perform tasks requiring significant knowledge in the field, and may even function independently of direct professional supervision. It is generally understood that paraprofessionals are the next most qualified professional after the master professional in their field. For example, physicians are more qualified than physician assistants also known as paraphysicians, however physician assistants are more qualified than nurses, paramedics or other health professionals. Lawyers are more qualified than paralegals, however paralegals are more qualified than law clerks or other legal professionals.

Paraprofessional educationEdit

Some paraprofessional occupations require extensive education, testing and certification, especially in the areas of law and health. Others paraprofessionals require only a certain level of education. In some occupations, such as that of a paraeducator, requirements for education and certification differ geographically.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Definition of para | Dictionary.com". www.dictionary.com.
  2. ^ "Definition of paraprofessional | Dictionary.com". www.dictionary.com.