For The Most Honest and Ethical Job, the Winner is….

In its Annual Honesty & Ethics of Professions Survey this year, Gallup has placed the winner as, for the seventh straight year,  nursing. In its latest results released Nov 24th,  84% of Americans surveyed gave a high or very high rating for nurses as the most honest and ethical profession.nurse1

This shouldn’t come as a surprise, for all the reasons I mentioned in my earlier posting- “Nursing – the ‘In’ Profession”. Long derided by medical doctors as ‘glorified hand-maidens’ and the subject of countless bawdy humour, the nursing profession has lately regained a lot of prestige and has been hailed as one of the ‘in’ professions, what with the acute shortage worldwide and a more-defined career pathway  which can lead one up to  becoming a hospital CEO even.

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And who are at the bottom of the list? Car salesmen. 55% said they have low or very low ethics. No other profession comes close to this level of disparagement. This is not a new finding; car salesmen have been at the bottom every year they have been included in the list, except for the three occasions when telemarketers were included and essentially tied car salesmen for that unwelcome distinction. How many times have you heard this : “Hey,buddy, you look like a nice guy. I’m here as your partner in making this important decision!”

Here’s the ranking of the other professions:

2006 Honesty and Ethical Ratings Summary

Very high/High

Average

Very low/Low

NET HIGH

%

%

%

Nurses

84

14

2

82

Druggists or pharmacists

73

23

4

69

Veterinarians

71

23

2

69

Medical doctors

69

26

6

63

Dentists

62

34

4

58

Engineers

61

33

3

58

College teachers

58

32

7

51

Clergy

58

29

9

49

Policemen

54

34

11

43

Psychiatrists

38

42

12

26

Bankers

37

52

10

27

Chiropractors

36

48

10

26

Journalists

26

48

25

1

State governors

22

52

26

-4

Business executives

18

53

27

-9

Lawyers

18

42

38

-20

Stockbrokers

17

56

23

-6

Senators

15

49

35

-20

Congressmen

14

45

40

-26

Insurance salesmen

13

51

34

-21

HMO managers

12

45

37

-25

Advertising practitioners

11

49

35

-24

Car salesmen

7

36

55

-48

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