Dictionary Definition

paraprofessional n : a trained worker who is not a member of a profession but who assists a professional

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. A person who is trained to assist a professional.


  1. Of or relating to this assistance.

Extensive Definition

Paraprofessional is a job title given to people in various occupational fields, such as education, healthcare, engineering and law, that have obtained a certificate by passing an exam, enabling them to perform a task requiring significant knowledge, but without having the occupational license to perform at the professional level in the field. This concept of a paraprofession only exists in the US; it is not commonly found in the sociology of professions in the UK or Europe, for example.
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