Table 7-8
Prestige of various occupations: 1997–2002
(Percent)
 
Occupation 1997 1998 2000 2001 2002
Scientist 51 55 56 53 51
Doctor 52 61 61 61 50
Military officer 29 34 42 40 47
Teacher 49 53 53 54 47
Police officer 36 41 38 37 40
Priest/minister/clergyman 45 46 45 43 36
Engineer 32 34 32 36 34
Architect NA 26 26 28 27
Member of Congress 23 25 33 24 27
Athlete 21 20 21 22 21
Entertainer 18 19 21 20 19
Journalist 15 15 16 18 19
Business executive 16 18 15 12 18
Lawyer 19 23 21 18 15
Banker 15 18 15 16 15
Union leader 14 16 16 17 14
Accountant 18 17 14 15 13
 
NA not available

NOTE: Percents are based on "very great prestige" responses to the following question: "I am going to read off a number of different occupations. For each, would you tell me if you feel it is an occupation of very great prestige, considerable prestige, some prestige, or hardly any prestige at all?"

SOURCE: The Harris Poll, survey conducted by Harris Interactive, August 15—19, 2002.
 
Science & Engineering Indicators — 2004
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