Social & Education Policy

"Professions" in the Encyclopedia of Social Theory

Leicht, K.T.


Professions are occupations that claim control over specific tasks through the mastery of abstract knowledge. Most theoretical development in the professions has focused on defining professional work, explaining the rise and dominance of professional groups, developing models of professional organization, and discussing systems of professions and knowledge claims.


Leicht KT. "Professions" in the Encyclopedia of Social Theory. In: Vol 1. Encyclopedia of Social Theory. Sage Publications, Inc.; 2005:603-606. Available at: