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Lawyers’ high status surprises researcher. Poll rates professions. A new opinion poll conducted by Proffice reveals that 80.4 percent of Norwegians think doctors have the highest status, whilst shop workers are at the bottom.Expensive Arnulf Kolstad, professor of social psychology at the University of Science and Technology (NTNU), believes that doctors come top in the status tables both because of their specialised knowledge that others don’t have, and owing to the fact that they deal with matters of life and death.

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Lawyers’ high status surprises researcher

Published on Tuesday, 8th December, 2009 at 15:40 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Poll rates professions.

Oslo University library, Blindern
Oslo University library, Blindern
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A new opinion poll conducted by Proffice reveals that 80.4 percent of Norwegians think doctors have the highest status, whilst shop workers are at the bottom.

Expensive

Arnulf Kolstad, professor of social psychology at the University of Science and Technology (NTNU), believes that doctors come top in the status tables both because of their specialised knowledge that others don’t have, and owing to the fact that they deal with matters of life and death.

Kolstad goes on to claim that this is also why their union has managed to ensure they are paid well.

Sharks?

Although the professor tells Dagbladet he believes that

“Status is connected to income, power, influence and position, as well as how successful you are in the eyes of others”,

Kolstad admits to being surprised that lawyers come second, seeming not to have very much time for them.

“A considerable part of the legal profession deals with business law. They make a living from finding loopholes in the tax system, so that rich people can avoid paying tax using clever tricks. It surprises me that this gives (them) status.”

Value to society

In third place are engineers. 54.4 percent of those who participated in the poll believe they have an important job.

“Engineers have status by virtue of their knowledge. They build the country and solve practical problems that the rest of us doubt are possible,” Kolstad says.

And here are the results:

PROFESSION

PERCENTAGE SCORE

Doctor

80.4

Lawyer

66

Engineer

54.5

Economist

32.1

Policeman/woman

29.2

Politician

27.5

Writer

24.9

Nurse

21.1

Journalist

19

Musician

18

Craftsman/woman

17.6

Public official

16.3

Teacher

4.1

Hairdresser

2.9

Shop worker

2.6

 1,100 business leaders and 1,300 employees participated in the survey.



Published on Tuesday, 8th December, 2009 at 15:40 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: opinion, poll, survey, questionnaire, professions, status, money, norwegians, business, workers.





  
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