Learned professions

Posted by Henry on November 22, 2004

In Reply to: Learned professions posted by SR 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

These would include, I imagine, medecine, law, architecture and engineering. There must be more, priesthood perhaps?