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Professions - Listeners' Emails
We've had lots of emails about the professions we left out of the list: here's a selection. If you would like to point out a glaring omission contact us at today@bbc.co.uk

Where are the engineers? I could only find Mechanical Engineer and Marine Engineer. What about Aeronautical, electrical, software...? In any case, if we are talking professions then there should be a single category "Engineer" to cover all engineering professionals.
Peter Amey

You have included soldiers in the professions list and you have included Army/Navy/Airforce Officers. What about seamen - that is ratings in the Royal Navy and all seamen (whether officers or not) in the Merchant Navy. I don't understand how you could have omitted this group. Also, where are the Offshore workers - roughnecks, oilmen, divers, geologists?
John Prescott

How about pop singers/idols? They would have been top of my least respected list!
Elisabeth Ransom

You have left out the dreaded human resources managers ( I hate that term, what is wrong with calling them personnel managers). Hospital managers (so many created during the Tory years) who delight in inventing things to manage to justify their existence, should also be there as Today refers to NHS every day!! I also think that those designers who "re-package logos" for millions of pounds are an expensive waste of space.
Mike Hooper
Principal Clinical Embryologist
Dept. of Reproductive Medicine
St. Mary's Hospital
Manchester


Why didn't I find Direct Sales agents on the list?
Brian Marshall

Unfortunately Independent Financial Advisors and IT Recruitment Agencies weren't on the least respected list. They both get a lot of money for doing very little.
Christopher Mark
Edinburgh


Right at the bottom of my list would be stock market traders - and others who deal in money for money's sake but who are not in themselves producing anything useful.
Keith Rattenbury

One important profession missed from your list is that of Secretary. I work as a secretary at a university which was highly ranked in the recent annual Financial Times league both for teaching and research. Behind the scenes is a band of well qualified professionals, who on a daily basis undertake duties which carry a high level of responsibility and ensure the smooth running of the institution - in other words the Secretaries.
Linda Whiting
York


What about the youth workers?
Eilidh Scott
Edinburgh


How about all the jobs that exist in the voluntary sector? Fundraiser? Policy/campaigns? Helpline worker? Support or advice worker? These professions aren't listed at all!
Louise Angell

I believe we have a distorted value system.. Those whose only concern is the penny on the bottom line,and who will do anything to get it,are,for reasons which escape me,given ludicrous rewards for effectively ruining many peoples lives.. Whilst those who preserve,protect and enhance life are left struggling for resources and recognition.. We need to rethink priorities. Accountancy used to be a tool of management,now its a God.. No wonder we're failing at almost everything. I know its an old cliché,but true nevertheless..Our leaders know the Price of everything and the Value of nothing.. Tragic..
Adrian Stanley

Where were the real heroes in your respected professions list? - the life-boatmen or air sea rescue operators, or the volunteers who fetch climbers who fall off mountains? In today's world getting paid shouldn't be the only test for being 'professional' - and with individuals such as those my respect for them verges on awe.
Bill Blakemore

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"Where were the real heroes in your respected professions list? - the life-boatmen or air sea rescue operators, or the volunteers who fetch climbers who fall off mountains?"
"Unfortunately Independent Financial Advisors and IT Recruitment Agencies weren't on the least respected list."

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