PROFESSIONALS' IDENTITIES FROM A PSYCHOLOGICAL AND SOCIOLOGICAL VIEWPOINT: DISCUSSING DATA FOR THE EXAMPLE OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROFESSIONALS
Mieg, H., ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Are professional identities vanishing because of fast changes in the labor market? To answer this question, I will present data from a study on professional identities of Swiss environmental professionals (N=406). I will discuss two approaches: a psychological one, comparing professionals with different grades of expertise; and a sociological one, comparing occupational groups of different grades of professionalization. In the study presented, professional identities were assessed by a questionnaire using psychological items (self concept; self esteem; self efficacy). The study shows a dependence of professional identities on the grades of professionalization. However, the psychological concept of identity seems valid also in the context of the "system of professions" (Abbott, 1988).