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workers Today Professions Vote
Compiled in May 2002 from listeners' submissions
The results of the Today Professions Vote 2002 are now in.

6,722 people selected their 3 most respected and 3 least respected professions and the results were calculated following a points system. You can see a full explanation of how the results were calculated at the foot of the page.

This cannot of course be a representative sample and these figures do not necessarily represent public opinion.

1 Doctor    8,477
2 Nurse    8,455
3 Teacher    5,786
4 Fireman    5,219
5 Paramedic    3,991
6 Army/Navy/RAF Officer    2,445
7 Scientist    1,960
8 Ambulance Driver    1,775
9 Police Officer    1,617
10 Care Assistant    1,416
11 University Lecturer/Professor    1,393
12 Churchman (inc.Rabbi/Vicar/Mullah)    1,199
13 Veterinary Surgeon    1,022
14 Librarian    801
15 Pilot    725
16 Mechanical Engineer    631
17 Soldier    618
18 Musician    613
19 Author    592
20 Postman    547
21 Civil Engineer    519
22 Fisherman    413
23 Miner    375
24 Farmer    300
25 Road Sweeper    286
26 Chemist    268
27 Cleaner    245
28 Architect    221
29 Dentist    215
30 Milkman    202
31 Computer Programmer    196
32 Farm worker    160
33 Childminder    135
34 Telecommunications Engineer    117
35 Baker    94
36 Social Worker    89
37 Marine Engineer    69
38 Carpenter    62
39 Chef    62
40 Optician    57
41 Bus Driver    55
42 Waitress    47
43. Photographer    34
44 Train Driver    29
45 Steelworker    26
46 Film Cameraman    22
47 Graphic Designer    17
48 Landscape Designer    16
49 Factory worker    9
50 Plasterer    7
51 Electrician    7
52 IT Technician    7
53 Publican    3
54 Restaurant Manager    -4
55 Shopkeeper    -7
56 Bank Cashier    -15
57 Surveyor    -21
58 Construction Worker    -22
59 Cabin Crew    -31
60 Retail Shop Manager    -32
61 Checkout Operator    -34
62 Barman    -40
63 Web Designer    -64
64 Shop Assistant    -73
65 Company Manager    -84
66 Butcher    -87
67 Civil Servant    -97
68 Hairdresser    -124
69 Security Guard    -156
70 Customer Service    -158
71 Plumber    -226
72 Interior Designer    -247
73 Radio Presenter    -270
74 Actor    -286
75 Taxi Driver    -348
76 Call Centre Worker    -603
77 Local Government Officer    -616
78 Builder    -622
79 Traffic Warden    -769
80 Bank Manager    -781
81 TV Presenter    -896
82 Insurance broker    -1,032
83 Accountant    -1,055
84 Company Director    -1,103
85 Car Dealer    -2,631
86 Advertising Executive    -2,728
87 Footballer    -3,052
88 Journalist    -3,959
89 Lawyer    -4,310
90 Government Minister    -5,877
91 Estate Agent    -5,884
92 Member of Parliament    -6,256

How the vote worked

People voted for their 3 most and 3 least respected professions.

The most respected was assigned 5 points, the second most respected 3 points and the third most respected 1 point.

At the other end of the scale, the least respected received -5 points, the second most respected -3 points and the third least respected -1. These points were then added together and the above table compiled.

LINKS

The BBC's
Work and Careers website


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Listen - Boris Johnson MP on the least respected professions (29/05/2002)
Listen - Dominic Arkwright offers some suggestions for the most respected professions (21/05/2002)
Listen - Do we admire anyone less than politicians and journalists? (22/05/2002)
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Listeners' Emails
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?
Bill Blakemore.

Unfortunately Independent Financial Advisors and IT Recruitment Agencies weren't on the least respected list
Christopher Mark

Read more emails here
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