Far out Friday: Australia's most (and least) trusted professions

by AB21 Jun 2013

Drumroll please, ladies and gentlemen, as we announce Australia’s most trusted professions (according to a Readers Digest poll): The top two - fire-fighters and paramedics - tied (no real surprises there), but the fact that people generally trust taxi drivers more than they trust journalists comes with a bit of a sting.

Mortgage brokers failed to make the list, but fellow financial services professionals, including financial planners and insurance salespeople, came out less trustworthy than hairdressers, farmers and flight attendants – though, thankfully, more so than politicians.

Professions Australians trust

1. Fire-fighters

1. Paramedics

3. Rescue volunteers

4. Nurses

5. Pilots

6. Doctors

7. Pharmacists

8. Veterinarians

9. Air traffic controllers

10. Farmers

11. Scientists

12. Armed Forces personnel

13. Police

14. Dentists

15. Teachers

16. Childcare workers

17. Flight attendants

18. Bus/Train/Tram drivers

19. Locksmiths

20. Hairdressers

21. Postal workers

22. Waiters

23. Computer technicians

24. Security guards

25. Cleaners

26. Builders

27. Alternative health practitioners

28. Plumbers

29. Mechanics

30. Accountants

31. Shop assistants

32. Truck drivers

33. Charity collectors

34. Professional sportspeople

35. Bankers

36. Financial planners

37. Airport baggage handlers

38. Clergy (all religions)

39. Lawyers

40. Tow-truck drivers

41. CEOs

42. Taxi drivers

43. Journalists

44. Talkback radio hosts

45. Real estate agents

46. Sex workers

47. Call centre staff

48. Insurance salespeople

49. Politicians

50. Door-to-door salespeople

 

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