Tom Sloan Cartoon: Do You Have Your PhD?

Written by Tom Sloan

Are we overregulated in regards to needing certifications? If so, do you have your PhD? — In the olden days, if you wanted to be a doctor, you said, “I’m a doctor.” There. At that moment you became a doctor. Simple. If you wanted to become a barber, bang, you were a barber. Barbers and doctors were often the same person back then. But more or less, any profession was just whatever you wanted to declare yourself to be.

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Cartoon by: Tom Sloan

But these days, for almost anything you do, you need to have some sort of official degree or certification. Not just doctors, or barbers, but just about any profession. White or blue collar work, it doesn’t matter. Insurance sales, car mechanics, plumbers, electricians, film editors, accountants, the list goes on and on. Everyone has a title or a handful of initials after their name. Shaquille O’Neal, PhD, Larry Feinberg, MBA, Morris Horowitz, Esq. Are we overregulated in this regard? Don’t answer. I don’t know if I am qualified to ask that question.

For, I’m Tom Sloan.

Tom Sloan has drawn cartoons and illustrations for numerous publications — including the original BYTE magazine. Not limited to print, Tom’s cartoons and collages are displayed in museums and galleries throughout the United States. He’s also an accomplished animator. He’s created animations for such as clients Sesame Street, HBO, Nickelodeon, Captain Kangaroo, Romper Room, Burger King and McDonalds.