While the idea of a guild is often associated with medieval history, guilds continue to exist in various forms throughout the modern world.
Professional organizations, such as the American Chemical Society and the Society of Petroleum Engineers, play a role very similar to that of traditional guild. Members must generally undergo various staged of apprenticeship before being recognized as a professional, and the recognition often carries legal import beyond the scope of the organization itself.
Additionally, business consultants act very much as guild journeymen, travelling from company to company, helping to spread new business practices and approaches between people who may have little direct contact with each other.
Guild also continue to play a large and important role in the entertainment industry. Working in the industry is often reliant upon membership in guilds such as the Screen Actors Guild, The Directors Guild of America, or the Writers Guild of America.