The prestige of the following four professions - doctor, teacher, IT engineer and serviceman – has considerably risen over the recent six years. The one who loses most is lawyer.MOSCOW, October 24, 2018. Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM) presents the data of a study describing the professions Russians view as the most prestigious and high-paying.
Doctor is the most prestigious profession today (26%); the share of those who think so is rising year-by-year (12% in 2012 and 2009; 11% in 2006). The second place is held by teacher (16%), followed by lawyer (14%). The top five most prestigious professions involves IT workers (12%) and blue-collar jobs (11%). Every tenth respondent (10%) mentions military officers; a further 9%, economists; 8% opt for engineers.
In terms of earning capacity, lawyers are still at the top of the rating (15%). Thirteen percent point to political area. Doctors and oil workers are also in the top of the highest-paying job (12% each). They are followed by entrepreneurs (11%), bank employees (10%), civil servants (9%), directors and IT engineers (8%, each), military servicemen (7%), economists, blue-collar jobs and managers (6%, each).
Over one-quarter of Russians (28%) recognize that their choice of profession was influenced by their interests and hobbies. Twenty-three percent of respondents point to circumstances. A further 16% were guided by profession’s prestige and career development opportunities. Twelve percent of Russians paid attention to remuneration in the professional area. Every tenth (10%) followed the family tradition. The same number of respondents investigated if their future profession would be in demand before choosing it.
The VCIOM-Sputnik survey was conducted on October 22, 2018. The survey involved 1,600 Russians aged 18 and over. The survey was telephone-based and was carried out using stratified dual-frame random sample based on a complete list of landline and mobile phone numbers operating in Russia. The data were weighted according to selection probability and social and demographic characteristics. The margin of error at a 95% confidence level does not exceed 2.5%. In addition to sampling error, minor changes in question wording and different circumstances arising during the fieldwork can introduce bias into the survey.
|In your opinion, which professions are the most prestigious? (closed-ended question, not more than three answers; answers by at least 1% of respondents; % of total respondents)|
|Lawyer, legal representative, prosecutor||14||23||20||28|
|Blue collar jobs||11||4||6||2|
|Military servicemen (including militia, emergency committee officers, etc.)||10||4||3||3|
|Economist, financial economist||9||15||12||20|
|Engineer (various fields)||8||4||3||2|
|Service worker (cook, hairdresser, commerce, etc.)||4||2||4||4|
|Creative jobs (artist, designer, artist, etc.)||2||3||4||5|
|Engine driver, mechanic||1||1||0||0|
|Any profession is good||0||1||0||0|
|In your opinion, which professions are the highest-paying today? (closed-ended question, not more than three answers; answers by at least 1% of respondents; % of total respondents)|
|Lawyer, legal representatives, prosecutor||15||17||14||23|
|Military serviceman (including militia, emergency committee officers, etc.)||7||5||4||3|
|Economist, financial economist||6||10||8||12|
|Blue-collar jobs (locksmith, lathe operator, etc.)||6||2||4||1|
|Creative jobs (artist, designer, artist, etc.)||3||2||3||3|
|Engine driver, mechanic||3||1||0||0|
|Service worker (cook, hairdresser, commerce, etc.)||2||4||5||5|
|Engineer (various fields)||2||1||1||-|
|Real estate agent||1||0||1||1|
|Tax office employee||0||0||1||1|
|What influenced most on your carrier choice? (closed-ended question, not more than two answers; % of total respondents)|
|Personal interests, hobby||28|
|Profession prestige, career development||16|
|Remuneration in this job||12|
|This profession is in high demand in the labor market||10|
|I followed our family tradition||10|
|There was no choice||9|
|Opinion of relatives, friends||9|
|This profession was chosen by many in my inner circle||5|
|I was attracted by high level of training at the university I chose to get this profession||3|
|I did not want to go to the army||0|