Are You Proud of Your Job?
I read an interesting article in the USA Today recently about the careers people choose and the prestige that goes along with those professions. The article cites a survey conducted by Harris Interactive that compares the number of people assigning "prestige" to a job today versus back in 1977. Here are some of their findings:
- In 1977, 29% of us assigned prestige to the job of teachers. By 2004, it has risen to 48%. (Teaching was one of the few to show an increase)
- The prestige the public assigns to doctors has slipped from 61% to 52%
- Lawyers have slipped from 36% to 17%
- Priests and ministers from 41% to 32%
- Engineers have slipped from 34% to 29%
- And athletes from 26% to 21%
All of this got me thinking. If you visit a classroom, I suppose you would like to be able to talk about your prestigious job. But for most of my generation, I think we try to define ourselves by our lifestyles and not our careers. I can't really think of anybody who chose their career because of the prestige with which it was associated. I certainly believe that more people are motivated by money.
Maybe I'm just biased because of my own profession as well as the part of the country I live in (very materialistic). Nonetheless, I grew up in the Midwest and understand the virtue of values as well as the next guy. I just see their role in the career decision-making process as diminished at best.
Am I off base here? Let me know what you think--