The jobs on this list of the top ten most respected careers stretch across all fields, but they share one thing in common: They all have an important, vital impact on the day-to-day lives of citizens. These jobs command respect for the time and dedication they require and the effects they have on society.
The opinion of doctors has certainly improved since the days where bleeding a patient and using leeches were considered safe and effective treatments. Today, doctors command respect from all corners of the globe and all income levels. Doctors have a direct impact on our lives, advise us on our health, save our lives with surgeries and treatments. In recent years, the number of newly trained doctors has declined. With the baby boomer generation set to retire, there has never been a greater need for more doctors. The high level of education required to be a good doctor, coupled with higher salaries, sets doctors at number one on the list.
Education is at the forefront of any developed nation, and teachers and educators lead the way. The number of teachers for higher level science and maths is dwindling. Local government budgets can afford less, and other lucrative positions lure away qualified educators. While salaries for teachers remain low, teachers' effect on society and the future economic growth of a nation make teaching one of the most respected positions to hold.
Soldiers are called upon to defend a nation and sacrifice their bodies and even their lives. The need for quality soldiers is at a high, and the populace recognises the devotion and patriotism of soldiers and highly respects the position.
Firefighters are expected to be in excellent shape, go into burning buildings and risk their lives every day they're on the job. According to Careercast.com, firefighter ranks as the number one most demanding position. Firefighters act as both prevention and rescue units, and the stresses are both mental and physical.
Scientists are at the forefront of medical and technological progress. The speed at which technology is increasing and changing the human experience is unparalleled. Scientists are paving the way for the future and are high on the list of respected careers.
Police officers have one of the most dangerous jobs and one of the most respected. Day in and day out, they are expected to engage dangerous criminals, chase down speeding vehicles and sacrifice themselves in order to stop a crime. Police officers are counted on to respond to crimes, and people expect them to be there to protect them.
Engineers are responsible for technological and city advancements. Engineers are important for finding better and cheaper alternative energy, for planning cities so that they are more efficient and cost effective, and for designing new buildings that will incorporate the latest technology. Engineering of all types is one of the fundamentals of economic growth, and engineers are respected for the service they provide and the futures they ensure.
Chief executive officer, or CEO, is one of the most coveted positions to hold in business and, thus, commands respect. Shareholders count on CEOs of publicly traded companies to make vital business decisions that will protect and increase their wealth. With an unprecedented amount of control and perks, CEOs oversee many aspects of business. The CEO position is also physically and mentally taxing, requiring 80 hours or more of work a week; weekend work is not uncommon. The large salaries are balanced out by the stressful, never ending responsibilities.
Farmers are one of the bedrocks of the economy. They work long hours under difficult and laborious conditions to provide food to their community and the country. The contribution of agriculture to the British economy increased by £8.6 billion between 2008 and 2012 compared to the four years previous. Farming is a 24/7 commitment and, although difficult, continues to be a highly regarded and respected job.
The role of moral authority has always been important in human societies. Religious leaders command respect because they are held up as pinnacles of human behaviour and morals. The public looks to these figures for spiritual guidance, turning to religious figures during times of great distress. The trust placed in religious figures is unparalleled, and they remain a standard for respect and admiration in their communities.