A knowledge worker is an employee whose primary contribution to the workplace is knowledge of a specific subject. Some examples of knowledge workers include physicians, academics, engineers and architects. Knowledge workers may be said to think for a living, rather than performing manual or interpersonal tasks. While most jobs require some degree of knowledge work, employees designated as knowledge workers are generally differentiated by their ability to solve problems and develop new resources in their specific field of expertise. The number of employees who may be classified as knowledge workers has grown since the term was coined in 1969, notably due to a move towards workplace collaboration that values contributions from all workers.
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