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    Ran across this on MSN this morning - thought it was interesting.


    America's Most Prestigious Jobs
    By Richard Castellini, CareerBuilder.com Job Expert

    When your alumni magazine comes in the mail, what’s the first thing you read? Most people flip immediately to the alumni update section to see what their classmates are up to. Are you impressed when you read about their latest accomplishments and career strides? Would you tout your professional status to your fellow alums?

    Certainly some job titles carry more cachet than others. But what makes a job prestigious? Is it fame? A six-figure salary? Power?

    Firefighters, doctors and nurses should have no problem telling people what they do for a living. At least half of U.S. adults surveyed recently by the Harris Poll say these jobs carry "very great" prestige. Military officers, teachers and police officers are also well-regarded.

    Some jobs, however, aren’t as revered. The lowest-rated occupations in the survey were stockbrokers, real estate brokers, accountants and journalists. Union leaders, bankers, business executives, actors and lawyers didn’t fare much better.

    This is a signal that Americans don’t necessarily equate high incomes with success. In terms of perceived prestige, important but lower-paying jobs like teachers ($43,000 median salary per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics) and police officers ($45,000) solidly trumped business executives ($140,000), lawyers ($95,000) and stockbrokers ($69,000) -- jobs typically associated with wealth.

    The most prestigious jobs won’t usually get you rich, and they’re also unlikely to get you famous. While actors, entertainers and musicians may bask in the spotlight, fewer adults consider their jobs as prestigious as, say, a nurse. Instead, the most esteemed jobs involve helping others.

    Americans’ high regard for these jobs starts early. When the Gallup Youth Survey asked teenagers about their dream jobs earlier this year, teacher, doctor, military officer and nurse all earned a spot on the teens’ top 10 list.

    Fortunately for job seekers, the occupations considered most prestigious are also enjoying strong growth. Nurses are particularly in demand – the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects that more new jobs will be created for RNs than other occupation, thanks to an aging population that will require more healthcare.

    But today’s prestigious jobs might not be as popular in the future. In the 28 years that the Harris Poll has conducted their survey, teachers have gained popularity while most other occupations have lost status.


    Teachers’ prestige has risen 18 points from 29 to 47 percent.
    Lawyers’ prestige has fallen 18 points, from 36 to 18 percent.
    Scientists’ prestige has fallen 10 points from 66 to 56 percent.
    Doctors’ prestige has fallen five points from 41 to 36 percent.
    Priests, ministers and clergymen’s prestige has fallen five points from 41 to 36 percent.
    Business executives’ prestige has fallen three points from 18 to 15 percent.
    Athletes’ prestige has also fallen three points from 26 to 23 percent.


    Richard Castellini is Vice President for Consumer Marketing for CareerBuilder.com.



    I managed to find the entire Harris Poll Results here:
    http://www.harrisinteractive.com/har...ex.asp?PID=406

    but I couldn't find the Gallup Poll results.
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    I was just about to post the same thing...
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    Maybe the more pretegious the job the more they should get paid

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    Quote Originally Posted by Golzy12
    Maybe the more pretegious the job the more they should get paid
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    The funny thing is, I always thought "firemen" were people who shovel coal and other combustables into a steam engine, whereas "firefighters" were the folks who try to put out that same fire........

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    Quote Originally Posted by MalahatTwo7
    The funny thing is, I always thought "firemen" were people who shovel coal and other combustables into a steam engine, whereas "firefighters" were the folks who try to put out that same fire........

    Why would any firefighter want to stop a steam locomotive? Big Trains, Big Red Trucks, same part of the brain that enjoys both of those things drove me to be a firefighter.
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    I like trains too. The older the better, although I know for a fact I am not quite the Buff you are Dennis
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    Quote Originally Posted by MalahatTwo7
    I like trains too. The older the better, although I know for a fact I am not quite the Buff you are Dennis
    But you play on the "train" everyday on the way to work don't you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DennisTheMenace
    But you play on the "train" everyday on the way to work don't you?
    no.. I try to keep my hands to myself. Wouldnt want to offend the Natives LOL But yes, I do ride the Metro during the work week. Even though it is not a train as I see trains.
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