For me an IT Professional is a person who is an expert or knowledgeable in either computer software or hardware.
Some people think that if you graduate from an IT related course then you are an IT Professional. For me, It is a wrong perception... This is just the beginning of your journey in IT world.
Currently I am an Instructor of various computer related subjects in a State College since last year. I also do computer repairs and programming.
The question is "Am I an IT Professional?" Maybe not yet because I'm not satisfied of what I've learned and experienced about computer hardware and software, I want to explore more. Maybe 3 to 5 years from now I will consider myself as an IT Professional.