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    Cool Firefighters, Doctors and Nurses Top List as "Most Prestigious Occupations"

    Firefighters, Doctors and Nurses Top List as "Most Prestigious Occupations," According to Latest Harris Poll
    Business executives, stockbrokers and real estate agents are at the bottom of the list


    Firefighters, doctors, and nurses are seen as prestigious occupations by U.S. adults, while business executives, stockbrokers and real estate agents are seen at the opposite end of the spectrum when it comes to having prestigious occupations.

    These are some of the results of the annual Harris Poll measuring public perceptions of 23 professions and occupations, conducted by telephone between July 5 and 11, 2006, by Harris Interactive® among a nationwide sample of 1,020 U.S. adults.

    Six occupations are perceived to have "very great" prestige by at least half of all adults - firefighters (63%), doctors (58%), nurses (55%), scientists (54%), teachers (52%) and military officers (51%). They are followed by police officers (43%) and priests/ministers/clergymen (40%).

    By way of contrast, the list includes nine occupations which are perceived by less than 20 percent of adults to have "very great" prestige, with one of these under 10 percent. The lowest ratings for "very great prestige" go to real estate brokers (6%), stockbrokers (11%), business executives (11%), actors (12%), union leaders (12%), journalists (16%) bankers (17%), accountants (17%), and entertainers (18%).

    This year, farmers were included on the list of occupations for the first time. Just over one-third of adults (36%) say that farming is an occupation of very great prestige, while 15 percent say it has hardly any prestige at all.

    There are three occupations that are perceived by one-quarter or more of adults to have "hardly any prestige at all." These include union leaders (25%), real estate brokers (32%) and actors (37%).

    More at http://www.harrisinteractive.com/har...ex.asp?PID=685
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    If we keep doing so well in these polls, how come we have such a hard time getting a decent raise when contract negotiation time comes around...
    Because its KUUL to be in one of those occupations, which is why everyone wants to be one, but no one else wants to pay for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MalahatTwo7 View Post
    Because its KUUL to be in one of those occupations, which is why everyone wants to be one, but no one else wants to pay for it.
    That and doing the job is it's own reward or something like that. Plus, "Why would anyone pay these guys so much money to just sit around the station and wait for something to happen???"

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    the poll does not surprise me but, yeah,you need to get better salaries,because the job you do is hard.i know it is more than a job,being firefighter,more "a way of live" for many guys and gals.

    in France we had the same poll,some weeks ago.and the replies were the same:firefighters and then doctors and nurses.
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    I'm a nurse and a firefighter, I'm extra special!!!!!

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    Does this mean us volunteers can get a pay rise. Wahooo
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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyingKiwi View Post
    Does this mean us volunteers can get a pay rise. Wahooo
    I just asked the chief he said he would double my salary!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeputyMarshal View Post
    If we keep doing so well in these polls, how come we have such a hard time getting a decent raise when contract negotiation time comes around...
    The lowest ratings for "very great prestige" go to real estate brokers (6%), stockbrokers (11%), business executives (11%), actors (12%), union leaders (12%), journalists (16%) bankers (17%), accountants (17%), and entertainers (18%).

    Where do politicians fall???

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