Q. Regarding the “learned professional” exemption, is it safe to say that a person with a four-year degree would be considered in that category, but a person with an associate's or two-year degree would not? —Marilyn, Pennsylvania
A. We would not say that everyone who has a four-year degree is a professional. In fact, there are many workers who have four-year degrees that are not considered “professionals.” For example, many paralegals have four-year degrees but they generally don't qualify as exempt.
If you want to draw a line in the sand, as a general rule, learned professionals have knowledge that can't be acquired at the high school level.