Knowledge Worker Law and Legal Definition

A knowledge worker is a person who works for a living by developing or using knowledge. They are valued for their ability to interpret information within a specific subject area. They have the overall understanding of that subject through focused analysis, design and/or development. They use research skills to define problems and to identify alternatives.

The term was first used by Peter Drucker in his 1959 book, Landmarks of Tomorrow. Knowledge worker includes those in the information technology fields, such as programmers, systems analysts, technical writers, academic professionals, researchers, and so forth. The term is also frequently used to include people outside of information technology, such as lawyers, teachers, scientists of all kinds, and also students of all kinds.