Blog: Your Opinion in Action: America’s Most Respected Occupations

November 16, 2021 | Browse more articles -->

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We wanted to know which occupations the American public respect the most and the least, so we asked you!

The data found that Americans rank Firefighters as their most respected profession, followed by Nurses, Farmers, Members of the Armed Forces, and Medical Doctors, while Owners of Social Media Platforms rank dead last, behind Elected Members of Congress/Senate, and Car Salespeople.

Here’s a closer look at the occupations ranked with their respect scores:

Occupation Respect Score (out of 100)
Firefighters 93.4
Nurses 92.2
Farmers 89.3
Members of the Armed Forces 89.2
Medical Doctors 88.7
Pharmacists 85.4
Scientists 85.2
Teachers 84.3
Grocery Store Owners/Clerks 84.0
Engineers 83.9
Airline Pilots 83.4
Veterinarians 83.3
Transit Workers 80.7
Private Sector LTC Home Operators 75.6
Police Officers 74.6
Judges 69.5
Clergy 68.0
Bankers 63.4
Lawyers 58.2
Union Leaders 56.5
Journalists 56.4
Radio/TV Talk Show Hosts 56.3
Business Executives 55.4
Professional Sports Players 53.7
Advertising Practitioners 50.7
Car Salespeople 46.2
Elected Members of Congress/Senate 45.4
Owners of Social Media Platforms 44.7


For detailed results and information on methodology, please see here.


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