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Learned professions

Posted by SR on November 22, 2004

In Reply to: Learned professions posted by Ruth Julius on November 22, 2004

: What is the meaning of the phrase "the learned professions"?

29 CFR 541.301 - Learned professions.

Section Number: 541.301
Section Name: Learned professions.

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(a) The ``learned'' professions are described in Sec. 541.3(a) as
those requiring knowledge of an advanced type in a field of science or
learning customarily acquired by a prolonged course of specialized
intellectual instruction and study as distinguished from a general
academic education and from an apprenticeship and from training in the
performance of routine mental, manual, or physical processes.
(b) The first element in the requirement is that the knowledge be of
an advanced type. Thus, generally speaking, it must be knowledge which
cannot be attained at the high school level.
(c) Second, it must be knowledge in a field of science or learning.
This serves to distinguish the professions from the mechanical arts
where in some instances the knowledge is of a fairly advanced type, but
not in a field of science or learning.

There is a more detailed explanation on the US Gov't Labor Department website. SR