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    U.S. adults, according to a recent survey by Harris Interactive, see firefighters, scientists and teachers as the most prestigious occupations while bankers, actors and real estate agents are the least prestigious occupations. The 2007 “Most Prestigious Occupations” poll measured the public perceptions of 23 professions.


    Participants were asked to rank these professions as having “very great prestige,” “considerable prestige,” “some prestige,” or “hardly any prestige at all.” They could also opt not to rank them or say they weren’t sure.


    Sixty-one percent of adults consider firefighters to have “very great prestige,” making this occupation the most prestigious on the list. Five other occupations were ranked as having “very great prestige” by over 50 percent of the adults surveyed: Scientists and teachers are considered very prestigious by 54 percent of adults, followed by doctors and military officers, who earn the prestige of 52 percent of Americans, and nurses, whom half of all adults consider very prestigious.

    What do you think?

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    Being a firefighter or a teacher is more prestigious than being a doctor? wow, thats just retarded.
    I procrastinate....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Powel6016 View Post
    Being a firefighter or a teacher is more prestigious than being a doctor? wow, thats just retarded.
    I know, maybe is because 9/11

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    Think it might have to do with the culture and people's perception of doctors as well. The atmosphere is very litiginous, like people file medical malpractice suits whenever there's a possibility of errors. It's not the same where I'm from...or at least, not yet. People tend to trust that their doctors will at least try to do what's best. When things don't go as planned, they leave it to their faith to get them through.

    That's just my perception though. Comments welcome!

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