Professional societies are organizations that help professionals keep up to date on the latest developments in their field. Professional societies provide working professionals with opportunities to network, learn, share information, and best practices with others in their field. Professional societies generally do this through conferences, workshops, publications, e-mail list serves, and websites. Many professional societies have an interest in helping to educate the next generation of professionals in their field. They may do this by offering students: reduced membership rates, scholarship opportunities, providing access to mentors in the field, and/or by hosting or sponsoring a variety of activities for students to learn more about the field and meet professionals currently working in that field. Joining a professional society is an excellent idea if you are serious about a particular career, and who knows — you may even meet your future employer!