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America's most and least trusted professions

  • America's most and least trusted professions
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    America's most and least trusted professions

    Does the person makes the job or does the job make the person? Is the work you do the person you are or are those identities separate? Is there a difference between a vocation and a career and is one more honorable than the other?

    While those existential questions may have no right answer, public opinion around the integrity of different jobs is certainly worth understanding. The expert pollsters at Gallup sought out to gauge what people think of the character of individuals based on their chosen field. Gallup interviewed 1,049— adults, ages 18+, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia to find out which professions were the most and least trusted by asking them to rate the various fields on honesty and ethical standards. We've included the full list of professions included in the Gallup data which reflects a range of categorizations, including broader professions like journalists in addition to more granular occupations like TV Reporters and Newspaper Reporters.

    Read on to see the results and maybe even find out the general consensus on the trustworthiness your own career.

  • #43. Lobbyists
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    #43. Lobbyists

    % of U.S. adults saying profession has very high/high honesty and ethical standards: 8%

  • #42. Telemarketers
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    #42. Telemarketers

    % of U.S. adults saying profession has very high/high honesty and ethical standards: 8%

  • #41. Car salespeople
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    #41. Car salespeople

    % of U.S. adults saying profession has very high/high honesty and ethical standards: 10%

  • #40. Insurance salespeople
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    #40. Insurance salespeople

    % of U.S. adults saying profession has very high/high honesty and ethical standards: 11%

  • #39. Members of Congress
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    #39. Members of Congress

    % of U.S. adults saying profession has very high/high honesty and ethical standards: 11%

  • #38. Stockbrokers
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    #38. Stockbrokers

    % of U.S. adults saying profession has very high/high honesty and ethical standards: 12%

  • #37. HMO managers
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    #37. HMO managers

    % of U.S. adults saying profession has very high/high honesty and ethical standards: 12%

  • #36. Senators
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    #36. Senators

    % of U.S. adults saying profession has very high/high honesty and ethical standards: 12%

  • #35. Advertising practitioners
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    #35. Advertising practitioners

    % of U.S. adults saying profession has very high/high honesty and ethical standards: 12%

  • #34. Business executives
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    #34. Business executives

    % of U.S. adults saying profession has very high/high honesty and ethical standards: 16%

  • #33. Lawyers
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    #33. Lawyers

    % of U.S. adults saying profession has very high/high honesty and ethical standards: 18%

  • #32. State governors
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    #32. State governors

    % of U.S. adults saying profession has very high/high honesty and ethical standards: 18%

  • #31. Labor Union Leaders
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    #31. Labor Union Leaders

    % of U.S. adults saying profession has very high/high honesty and ethical standards: 18%

  • #30. State Officeholders
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    #30. State Officeholders

    % of U.S. adults saying profession has very high/high honesty and ethical standards: 19%

  • #29. Real Estate Agents
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    #29. Real Estate Agents

    % of U.S. adults saying profession has very high/high honesty and ethical standards: 20%

  • #28. Journalists
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    #28. Journalists

    % of U.S. adults saying profession has very high/high honesty and ethical standards: 23%

  • #27. TV Reporters
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    #27. TV Reporters

    % of U.S. adults saying profession has very high/high honesty and ethical standards: 23%

  • #26. Local Officeholders
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    #26. Local Officeholders

    % of U.S. adults saying profession has very high/high honesty and ethical standards: 24%

  • #25. Building Contractors
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    #25. Building Contractors

    % of U.S. adults saying profession has very high/high honesty and ethical standards: 25%

  • #24. Bankers
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    #24. Bankers

    % of U.S. adults saying profession has very high/high honesty and ethical standards: 25%

  • #23. Newspaper Reporters
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    #23. Newspaper Reporters

    % of U.S. adults saying profession has very high/high honesty and ethical standards: 25%

  • #22. Nursing Home Operators
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    #22. Nursing Home Operators

    % of U.S. adults saying profession has very high/high honesty and ethical standards: 26%

  • #21. Auto Mechanics
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    #21. Auto Mechanics

    % of U.S. adults saying profession has very high/high honesty and ethical standards: 32%

  • #20. Psychiatrists
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    #20. Psychiatrists

    % of U.S. adults saying profession has very high/high honesty and ethical standards: 38%

  • #19. Chiropractors
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    #19. Chiropractors

    % of U.S. adults saying profession has very high/high honesty and ethical standards: 38%

  • #18. Accountants
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    #18. Accountants

    % of U.S. adults saying profession has very high/high honesty and ethical standards: 39%

  • #17. Clergy
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    #17. Clergy

    % of U.S. adults saying profession has very high/high honesty and ethical standards: 42%

  • #16. Judges
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    #16. Judges

    % of U.S. adults saying profession has very high/high honesty and ethical standards: 43%

  • #15. Funeral Directors
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    #15. Funeral Directors

    % of U.S. adults saying profession has very high/high honesty and ethical standards: 44%

  • #14. Day Care Providers
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    #14. Day Care Providers

    % of U.S. adults saying profession has very high/high honesty and ethical standards: 46%

  • #13. College teachers
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    #13. College teachers

    % of U.S. adults saying profession has very high/high honesty and ethical standards: 47%

  • #12. Police officers
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    #12. Police officers

    % of U.S. adults saying profession has very high/high honesty and ethical standards: 56%

  • #11. Dentists
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    #11. Dentists

    % of U.S. adults saying profession has very high/high honesty and ethical standards: 59%

  • #10. High School Teachers
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    #10. High School Teachers

    % of U.S. adults saying profession has very high/high honesty and ethical standards: 60%

  • #9. Pharmacists
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    #9. Pharmacists

    % of U.S. adults saying profession has very high/high honesty and ethical standards: 62%

  • #8. Medical doctors
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    #8. Medical doctors

    % of U.S. adults saying profession has very high/high honesty and ethical standards: 65%

  • #7. Grade School Teachers
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    #7. Grade School Teachers

    % of U.S. adults saying profession has very high/high honesty and ethical standards: 66%

  • #6. Engineers
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    #6. Engineers

    % of U.S. adults saying profession has very high/high honesty and ethical standards: 68%

  • #5. Veterinarians
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    #5. Veterinarians

    % of U.S. adults saying profession has very high/high honesty and ethical standards: 71%

  • #4. Military Officers
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    #4. Military Officers

    % of U.S. adults saying profession has very high/high honesty and ethical standards: 71%

  • #3. Members of the U.S. Military
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    #3. Members of the U.S. Military

    % of U.S. adults saying profession has very high/high honesty and ethical standards: 81%

  • #2. Nurses
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    #2. Nurses

    % of U.S. adults saying profession has very high/high honesty and ethical standards: 82%

  • #1. Firefighters
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    #1. Firefighters

    % of U.S. adults saying profession has very high/high honesty and ethical standards: 90%

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