Profession Skill

Profession (Wis)
Trained Only
You are trained in a livelihood or a professional role, such as bartender, cook, moisture farmer, herbalist, spacehand, trader, doctor, slicer, engineer, mechanic, lawyer, law officer, computer programmer, droid programmer, military officer, gambler, or entertainer.

Like Craft and Knowledge, Profession is actually a number of separate skills. You could have several Profession skills, each with its own ranks, each purchased as a separate skill. For instance, you could have the skill Profession (Cook). Your ranks in that skill don’t affect any checks you happen to make for Profession (Gambler) or Profession (Moisture Farmer), for example.

While a Craft skill represents skill in creating an item, a Profession skill represents the ability to deal with the business aspects of a chosen vocation. If your job produces a tangible product or fits into the manufacturing sector, then it’s represented by a Craft skill. If your job provides a service, it’s represented by a Profession skill.

Check: You can practice your profession and make a decent living, earning your check result times 100 credits for one week of dedicated work (this is under normal conditions and in a location where the work is needed). So, a check result of 22 would earn you 2,200 credits during the upcoming week.

You know how to use the tools of your trade, how to perform the profession’s daily tasks, how to supervise untrained helpers, and how to handle common problems. For example, a spacehand knows how to perform basic starship maintenance and the basic tasks of spacefaring. The GM sets DCs for specialized tasks.

Retry: An attempt to use a Profession skill to earn an income can’t be retried. You’re stuck with whatever wage for the coming week your check result brought you. (Another check may be made after a week to determine a new income for the next period of time.)

Special: You can take 10 when making a Profession check, but you can’t take 20.

The GM may decide that having 5 or more ranks in a specific Profession skill provides you with a +2 synergy bonus when making a related skill check. For example, a character with 5 or more ranks in Profession (Computer Programmer) could get a +2 synergy bonus when making a Computer Use check in certain situations.

Time: When you’re using Profession to make a living, the check requires a week of dedicated work. A check to accomplish a specific task is usually a full-round action.

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