Education Report Roundup

Half of U.S. Adults Believe Teaching Is a Prestigious Occupation

By Jessica L. Tonn — July 28, 2006 1 min read

Results of the Harris Interactive poll are available from Harris Interactive.

A little more than half of adults in the United States view teaching as a very prestigious occupation, concludes a survey by Harris Interactive.

In the annual telephone poll on public perceptions of various professions—conducted earlier this month—52 percent of the more than 1,000 adults surveyed said that teaching is an occupation of “very great prestige,” and 22 percent said it is an occupation of “considerable prestige.”

Since the Rochester, N.Y.-based polling company began tracking public opinion about 11 occupations in 1977—including medicine, law, and the clergy—teaching is the only profession to have increased in “very great prestige,” from 29 to 52 percent.