"Life underwriting" and "profession" are compatible terms. As far back as 1914, when the ideas which led to the development of the American College of Life Underwriters were beginning to take form, nearly all leaders in life insurance who were canvassed referred to the "professional aspects" of life underwriting and wanted it to have the status of a profession.
Huebner, Solomon S. PhD, "The Professional Concept in Life Underwriting" (1941). Solomon S. Huebner Documents. 108.