Around 5,46 million people are employed in the liberal professions - and the trend is rising. The 1,4 million freelancers are the second largest corporate sector in terms of the number of self-employed. Every third self-employed person is a freelancer, and the number is rising. The figures from the Federal Association for Liberal Professions e. V. (liberal professions in numbers, www.frei-berufe.de ) are impressive proof of the importance of the liberal professions. But which professions count as liberal professions?