Polls and surveys seem to be such a big part of the online career community. On occasion I'll reference one on the blog, but for the most part, I tend to steer clear. The main reason being that I don't think most of them are worth squat.
For instance, a recent Harris Poll named the Most and Least Prestigious Occupations. Without boring you with too many numbers and facts, here's a snapshot of the findings.
Real Estate Brokers
The word PRESTIGIOUS is defined as having a high reputation; honored. While I'm not surprised seeing firefighters and doctors on the list, I am a bit surprised that teachers and nurses make the cut. Don't get me wrong, those occupations are under appreciated and essential, but I don't see how anyone can view them as "esteemed."
The same way I don't buy that people don't hold actors, bankers and accountants in high regard.
I'm not sure what bothers me so much about this poll. Maybe it's as simple as the word "prestigious" being the wrong word to use. Looks like "noble" would have been a better choice.
Looking at the chart below it looks like farmers are on their way to getting the respect they deserve. Now that's prestigious!
What do you think? Are polls like this utter BS or do they give us a better view of what society is thinking? Also, what jobs do YOU think are "prestigious"?