A co-worker of mine has had an awful time dealing with her real estate agent. It’s not my story to tell, so I won’t, but her experience is helping to turn me off from dealing with real estate agents at any point in the future. They’re not all the same; many of my close friends have relatives involved in the industry, so I am not quick to judge. On the other hand, a recent survey by Harris Interactive has identified real estate agents as participants in the least prestigious career.
Some of the careers on this list also happen to be some of the most lucrative. Are the survey respondents just jealous of others’ supposed financial success, or are these careers really for bottom-scrapers?
# Real-estate agent/broker
# Union leader
# Business executive
Perhaps the biggest factor isn’t just the financial impressions of these careers. I say “impressions” because while a few actors, entertainers, and athletes earn millions, and this is often reported in the media, the vast majority of those who pursue careers in arts, entertainment, and sports don’t amass fortunes. But for those who do live a lavish lifestyle, public perception may simply be that they don’t deserve that money. What other reason could these professions be on a list of least prestigious careers?
Only about 500 adults in the United States were surveyed about these professions, and there were only 23 types of careers included for potential rating. Perhaps that’s not enough to get a clear picture of what the country truly perceives about the prestige of various professionals.
Firefighters, Scientists And Teachers Top List As “Most Prestigious Occupations,” According To Latest Harris Poll [Harris Interactive]
The Most (and Least) Prestigious Careers [US News & World Report]
Updated June 23, 2014 and originally published August 14, 2007. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.