Most prestigious US occupations: firefighters, doctors, nurses, scientists

63% of respondents to a Harris Interactive poll said they feel firefighters have “very great” prestige, while 58% said doctors do. Other professions that were seen as having very great prestige included: nurses (55%), scientists (54%), teachers (52%) and military officers (51%). The occupations seen by the fewest people as having very great prestige were: real-estate brokers (6%), stockbrokers (11%), business executives (11%), actors (12%), union leaders (12%) and journalists (12%). Actors were seen by the largest percentage of people (37%) as having “hardly any prestige at all,” followed by real-estate brokers at 32%.