As verbs the difference between professionalize and specialize
is that professionalize
is to make something professional while specialize
is to mention specially; to particularize.
To make something professional
* specialise (non-Oxford British spelling)
To mention specially; to particularize.
To apply to some specialty or limited object; to assign to a specific use; as, specialized knowledge.
(biology) To supply with an organ or organs having a special function or functions.
* specialty, speciality
* subspecialty, subspeciality
* specialisation, specialization