Because trading is not considered a 'profession'. Here is the definition of a profession: (I got this from my insurance training book) 1. Body of technical subject matter. The subject matter must be complicated so the average layperson cannot understand it. But people believe traders possess no knowledge of the stock market or the economy and gamble on luck. 2. Academic study There is no 'formal' academic study necessary to become a trader. A HS dropout can become a successful trader. But people fail to understand that significant time and energy must be focused on trading psychology, and developing a trading strategy and employing risk management. These things can be just as rigorous and intensive as formal training. And learning how to trade can be much more expensive than getting a formal education! 3. Entrance barriers Anyone with capital can enter into the capital markets. A poor person can sweat away at McDonalds to amass trading capital. Whereas in sports you have to pass training camp and get signed, in law you have to pass the bar, in medicine you have to finish residency. Open access to all is one of the great things about trading. In some professions, notably singing and acting, many talented people are unable to get a contract or a tryout because they don't have the connections or the looks. But open access also makes trading more competitive. In the NBA, you are only competing against the people who are talented and were given the opportunity to play. In trading, you are competing against all the skilled traders. 4. Independence Professionals are supposed to gather facts and make independent, objective, and calculated judgments. The lawyer must analyze the case and choose the most suitable defense. The doctor must consider all the facts when deciding whether to perform an operation. The trader is made out to be someone who just invests on a whim. Or a person who just takes huge risk and hopes to win. But haphazardly taking on risk obviously does not ensure profitability. Insurance companies take on risk and are respected because they have a winning strategy: the law of large numbers. Traders who take on risk and have a profitable strategy should be given that same level of respect. 5. Professional titles or designations While there are CFPs, and CFAs, there is no such thing for traders. Well, the closest is CTA. Important question: do girls look down on traders even if they are profitable? after all, don't girls want status? I just graduated from college so I don't really know any girls in their mid or late 20s.