Medical professionals, especially nurses, are perceived as vastly more ethical than other professions, a Gallup poll found.
Among 22 professions tracked in this year's poll, medical professions were six of the top ten ranked professions rated on the qualities of honesty and ethics. Nurses were the #1 profession, scoring high or very high among 85% of respondents, followed by pharmacists (75%) and physicians (70%).
Rounding out the top 10 were then engineers, dentists, police officers, college teachers, clergy, psychiatrists and chiropractors.
It seems natural that professions dedicated to healing, helping and counseling would be seen as more honest and ethical. The bottom half of the list is dominated entirely by professions where ethics are more complex, those involved in either civics/government (journalists, lawyers and politicians) or in capitalism (business executives including HMO managers, stockbrokers, and salespeople, with car salespeople ranking last).