Gut Rumbles

April 07, 2006

a little respect

Here's an interesting poll naming the 10 Most Respected Jobs in this country. Unsurprisingly, lawyers and politicians didn't make the list.

Doctors rank #1. No surprise there. But putting "soldiers" in the #2 spot marks a real sea change in public attitude about the military since the 1960s. Our troops have gone from being called "baby-killers" to being regarded as respected individuals since the Vietnam War. Wow. We don't "loathe" the military anymore? I'll bet you that THAT fact chaps a lot of leftist asses.

The choice that DOES surprise me is "accountants" ranked at #10. Bejus! I thought that most people don't have a clue about what accountants do, let alone respect the job. Besides, accountants aren't known for saving lives, fighting wars or being real movers and shakers. When I think of an accountant, I picture some guy hunched over a desk with a pencil in his hand, a visor on his forehead and a pile of paperwork in front of him. He wears thick glasses on his eyes and black garters on his shirt sleeves. He resembles a cross between Barney Fife and a monk.

Obviously, other people have a different opinion of accountants than I do, probably because they once found themselves in trouble with the IRS and a good accountant kept them out of jail. As an English Major (I don't do math), I've always regarded accounting as a job much like having a heavy gauge drill bit screwed directly into the brain via the eyeball every day. I wouldn't WANT to do it, even if I could.

In MY humble opinion, we ought to delete "teacher" (Just look at the condition of public schools today) and "scientist" (Just look at the number of attention-hungry, lying assholes who trumpet "WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE!" from global warming or second-hand smoke.) from the list and replace them with "astronaut" and "writer," but that's just me. We don't send many people into space anymore and some writers work for the New York Times, so maybe those are poor choices for respected occupations.

I wonder why didn't "bloggers" make the list?


yeah, that's a hokey list though. teachers #3?? who did they poll, i wonder? i'd put the ups delivery guy before any teacher, but then again, there's that uniform thing. i'm biased.

Posted by: shoe on April 7, 2006 02:39 PM

I am surprised that "police officer" made the list. I guess my idea of the small town cowboy radar trap running commando wanna-be isn't universal...

Posted by: mostly cajun on April 7, 2006 02:40 PM

Huh! Usually nurses make the list - maybe they weren't an option on the poll.

Hey Rob, how DID the nurses treat you in the hospital? Good, bad? I'm always up for stories about nurses - we get a lot of nurses from the South working at facilities out here as travelers and they usually know their stuff!

Posted by: A Different Kim on April 7, 2006 03:39 PM

Accountants? You have to view them as trustworthy, at mininum. They keep you out of trouble with the IRS. :)

Or they're supposed to, anyway, Arthur Anderson notwithstanding.

Posted by: Rick C on April 7, 2006 03:43 PM

Rob, for once I can say I wholeheartedly disagree with you. Teachers are NOT the problem with our public school system, and you ought to know better.

Take a little time to survey the mandated curriculums and standardized testing that teachers are required to obey.

Here's a start:

We can all most certainly thank the government for this idiocy, as I am sure you are well aware.

Posted by: Surfie on April 7, 2006 04:10 PM

Chuck "Iceman" Liddell is the light heavyweight champion of the UFC. He can hold his own with any grappler they can come up with, but he prefers to punch his opponents in the head; he's one of the most feared strikers in the world of mixed martial arts. There are credible rumors that he has knocked people unconscious by accident, in training; he didn't want to talk about it. He looks like a fuckin' psychopath with a mohawk and sick tattoos.

He has a degree in accounting.

Posted by: dipnut on April 7, 2006 04:13 PM

Wow...I can't even understand why some of those professions are respected. But, teachers most certainly deserve to be on the respected list. In fact, in reality teachers get very little respect from the students.

Personally, as a future educator, I feel like a lot of the parents are at fault. The problems in the school system fall on a lot of the parents. Locally, some of our problems are from our school board. Of course, I'm not saying that SOME problems in the school system are not due to the teachers, but that is a very minimal number.

Posted by: Beth on April 7, 2006 04:45 PM

I guess I'll jump on the 'support the teachers' bandwagon. Yes, there are a lot of truly rotten, liberal, feel-good 'teachers'...but most aren't. (Yes, I'm a teacher, and NO, I WON'T join their union.) We just finished the standardized testing in our area this week, and now we teachers are saying, "Whew, now we can TEACH the rest of the year." It's the damn politicians who are trying to 'improve' education at the cost of the very people who can make it great. The state test is what is running education these days. In what other profession is your pay and future job based on the performance of OTHERS (students) on tests created for and implemented by someone not in the system (politicians)?

And damn, I guess I'll need to move...I've been teaching for 10 years and my salary barely scrapes the bottom 25th percentile!!!!

Posted by: DixieDarlin' on April 7, 2006 06:49 PM

The ole acid brush painted to wide a swath this time. Opnions are like assholes though everyone has one and they all stink....

Posted by: jamesoldguy on April 7, 2006 06:57 PM

Writers? Hah!, don't make me laugh. Most

of those assholes are queer.

Male teachers suck. They are dumbbells.

Scientists? A+, Bitch! Not every asshole

can graduate from college in science.

But any fag can graduate in English.

Posted by: TomCat on April 7, 2006 07:01 PM

my bean counter was a vital part of my business and well woth the cost. But by nature bean counters are conservative. Very seldom will you see one as part of the manahement line--always in the staff position because they seldom want to take a chance and business is just a big gamble

Posted by: GUYK on April 7, 2006 07:41 PM

Your vision of an accountant is so wrong. I'm an accountant and I'm pretty damn hot (or at least I was before kids)! Though the math is important, it's not the meat of our work. That's for bookkeepers. I know several other accountants who were originally English majors in college.

Posted by: MJH on April 7, 2006 08:35 PM

I admire people that can come up with technological innovations. This is a link to a typical example..

Posted by: JimBob on April 8, 2006 05:15 AM

Yes to writters, including bloggers. If Hemmingway or Mark Twain were alive today they would be blogging.

Posted by: Ivan Ivanovich on April 8, 2006 09:31 AM

I would like to see a list of the least. respected professions.
I bet "Journalist" tops that list.

Posted by: Veeshir on April 9, 2006 12:56 PM
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