August 1998 Bulletin

Physicians top list of prestigious professions, jobs

Physicians top the list of the 17 most prestigious professions and occupations as perceived by the public, according to the results of a Harris poll. Approximately 61 percent of the public believe the physicians have "very great prestige," up from 52 percent a year ago and 50 percent in 1992. It was the highest score for physicians since the 1977 survey. Humphrey Taylor, chairman of Louis Harris & Associates, said the results "may reflect the public's increasing dislike of managed care and a perception that doctors are often the patients' advocates in disputes about what treatments managed care plans will provide." Following physicians in the list were scientists, teachers, ministers/clergymen and policemen as the most prestigious occupations.

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