Is journalism a ‘prestigious’ occupation? Americans are divided on that, says a new poll


Millennials think more of journalists than Boomers and Matures

A recently conducted Harris Poll finds that the top ten occupations seen as prestigious are doctors (88% giving it that classification); military officers (78%); firefighters (76%); scientists (76%); nurses (70%); engineers (69%); police officers (66%); priests/ministers/clergy (62%); architects (62%); and athletes (60%).

Journalists are 18 on the list, just above accountant and – ouch! – below members of Congress. (Real estate agents are dead last.)

* The most prestigious occupations, according to a Harris Poll (