Accounting is prestigious

A recent Harris Poll has concluded that 47% of Americans see accounting as having “considerable to great” prestige, and another 40% of the population attributing “some prestige” to the profession. Although it isn’t clear whether you have to have a professional designation to be considered prestigious.

Firefighters, doctors and nurses are in the lead with a lot more respondents (63, 58, and 55% respectively) giving those jobs great prestige ratings. I guess that doesn’t really surprise me.

Dan at Tick Marks alerted me to the survey, and he’s got a good point: “The medium-low prestige rating may reduce the number of teenagers considering accounting as a career choice.” Friggin’ teenagers.