The Ups and Downs of Respected Careers by Anthony Balderrama, CareerBuilder.com writer
Ultimately we all want to spend our days doing what we're good at. Yet, we still hold certain professions in higher regard than others. Some jobs receive our collective admiration. Maybe it's because we know they're not easy careers to have and we wouldn't be able to wake up one day and decide to do it. Harris Interactive* conducts an annual survey to determine occupations people consider the most prestigious, and its latest results prove that money and fame don't matter much when it comes to prestige. Based on the results, careers where serving other people is the main objective came in far ahead of jobs associated with big paychecks and publicity.
Why it's prestigious: Farmers are an oft-forgotten segment of society, yet we rely on them for food and materials we use. Without farming, we'd be a much different (and far hungrier) society. Why it's not for everyone: The physical labor alone is enough to turn most people off. Plus, they don't have 9-to-5 schedules and their income often depends on the whims of Mother Nature, seeing as bad weather can adversely affect crops. Income: $30,074 (for ranch farmers)
BEEF Daily Quick Fact: On average, every hour, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, around $6 million in U.S. agricultural products--grains, oilseeds, cotton, meats, vegetables, snack foods, etc., will be consigned for shipment for export to foreign markets.