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Teaching is One of the Five Most Trusted Professions

Teaching is One of the Five Most Trusted Professions

Danielle Samaniego | DivineCaroline

Willie Nelson may have once pleaded with mothers to raise their children into doctors and lawyers and such, but these days, those professions are fighting to maintain their respectability against an often shaky public perception.

Attorneys, journalists, medical professionals; these are the kinds of professions many have long expected a little more out of, particularly when it comes to trust. Most people working in such positions today understand that level of responsibility and say they work hard to honor it.

But they are not always considered among the most trusted professions, according to a 2009 poll. Who made the cut as the most trustworthy and who’s on the verge of losing our respect?


A 2009 poll conducted by market research institute GfK found that firefighters ranked as the most trusted profession in Europe and the United States with 92 percent of respondents fining them trustworthy. Perhaps it’s all in the job description—being required to step into the face of danger every time you head out for an assignment is not just admirable, it’s downright heroic.


In the same GfK poll that lauded firefighters, teachers ranked second with 83 percent. It’s a good sign considering that the people responsible for crafting the minds of our children are deemed trustworthy.

“I think every teacher recognizes that they are part of a trusted profession—that parents trust them to do the best they can for their child, that their principals trust them to do their best to prepare (students) for the next grade level,” said Samantha Solic, a sixth-grade English teacher from North Carolina. “And I think teachers take that trust pretty seriously … trying to teach the children as if they were their own.”

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