User profiles combine access to notification lists, console operations, custom console layouts, and specific tools. It is a functional grouping of users and their requirements.
You can create a profile for each category of user that you support. Groups of users with similar needs can then be assigned the same user profile.
If needed, you can further customize a generic user profile by copying it and then modifying it for more specific needs. For example, an administration user profile could be customized for less experienced administrators by restricting access to some administrative console operations and tools. Other possible user profiles could include regional or customer-specific consoles.