Hmmmmm!!!! Wonder Where i Fit On this issue LOL. first off I dont know how you define a professional job? I always thought if you do your job well your a professional no matter what the job is. i deal with the public at work on a limited basis or when i cover other shifts. i work nights at a major towing company we handle the evidence garage for the detroit police dept.i deal with police officers and investigators. any car deemed on hold for any forensic work comes to us from anywhere city wide. i've had nothing but compliments on my beard, mostly questions are asked i.e. how long did it take to grow,how do you keep so soft,or whats the longest it's been.i have been thinking of having it braided with red,white and blue beads in support of a friends son who is in iraq as a marine.i,m also man enough to know that no matter how short or long,kept or unkept, i keep my beard someone will object to it. thats fine because you have the right to your opinion.if you start to invade my space and not consider my right to my choice of bearded or shaven then can get screwed.