There are several reasons for participating in professional organizations related to your (aspired) career choice. In some professions, memberships to professional organizations are required in order to obtain licensing and/or advancement. Perhaps, the most common reason to join professional organizations is obtaining instant association with the individuals who are most serious in the industry. Furthermore, your membership adds to your credibility as a professional.
Membership benefits often include:
- Scholarships or Grants
- Conferences and Conventions
- Online Access to Forums
- Magazines or Newsletters