I think every one is suppose to be an Alim in his own field. When man was created, the first thing Allah gave him was "Knowledge", so he must explore and thats his purpose of life. We are doing that in all professions, whether one is an innovative mason, carpenter, teacher or a scientist. One can say that even the principles of democracy demand that each and everyone of us be an Alim and knowledgeable so that we vote on things that are right for us.
30:22 And of His Signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the diversity of your tongues and colors. Herein, behold, are Signs for those who make best use of what they learn.
30:23 And among His Signs is your sleeping during the night or the day, and your quest of His Bounty. Herein indeed are Signs for people who hear and listen. 35. 27-28, 3.191
But the only one who are not doing that duty are unfortunately, the so called religious imposters like Monks, Mullahs, Fathers, Rabbis and Pundits etc. They live luxuriously in long dresses and manipulate simple people by sermonizing about absurd and superficial issues. They have a worldly, greedy, negative mindset and therefore, cannot be reformed.
9:34 O You who have chosen to be graced with belief! A great many religious leaders, rabbis, priests, monks, mullahs, yogis, and mystics devour the wealth of mankind in falsehood, and sway them from the Path of Allah.