Although professions as such no longer exert their former hold, there is still great ambition for workers in many occupations to be accepted as professional: the museum world is no different from many others in this. However, the issue is complex. One matter that causes problems is the status of employed professionals: where is their “professional autonomy” whithin a management hierarchy? Another problem for museum workers is the number of different occupations within museums: are they all part of one profession? The article examines these concerns, and places them within the realities of contemporary museum work.