Paramedics top list of most respected professions in Canada: Poll


A new poll suggests that Canadians hold emergency responders and healthcare workers in high regard compared to most other professions.

A new poll suggests that Canadians hold emergency responders and healthcare workers in high regard compared to most other professions.

The recent Maru Public Opinion poll finds that – out of 29 occupations measured – Canadians rank paramedics as the most respected job, with firefighters coming in second. Nurses, doctors and pharmacists all rank in the top six, with farmers ranking fourth. (Full list below)

Firefighters ranked as the most respected profession in the 2021 version of the survey. Paramedics were not measured in last year’s survey.

At the other end of the spectrum, owners of social media platforms were ranked as the least respected job for the second year in a row. Car salesman, advertisers, politicians and union leaders round out the bottom five.

The list of 29 professions was presented to the respondents in random order and each was asked to rank them in one of the following four categories:

  • Respect a lot – worth 100 points
  • Respect somewhat – worth 70 points
  • Doesn’t respect much – worth 30 points
  • Does not comply at all – worth 0 points
  • The responses were then averaged to give each profession its “respect score”. The average respect score for the 29 professions measured was 67.9.


    2022 compliance score by profession

  • Paramedics – 92.0
  • Firefighters – 91.4
  • Nurses – 89.6
  • Farmers – 88.7
  • Doctors – 86.5
  • Pharmacists – 85.1
  • Members of the Armed Forces – 84.2
  • Scientists – 82.9
  • Airline pilots – 82.4
  • Grocery store workers – 80.8
  • Transit workers – 80.6
  • Teachers – 80.1
  • Veterinarians – 79.9
  • Engineers – 79.8
  • Police – 70.5
  • Judges – 68.8
  • Private sector long-term care home operators – 62.7
  • Journalists – 58.4
  • Lawyers – 55.8
  • Radio/TV Show Hosts – 54.0
  • Bankers – 53.8
  • Clergy – 52.9
  • Professional athletes – 50.6
  • Business leaders – 48.6
  • Union leaders – 46.7
  • MPs elected – 46.3
  • Advertising professionals – 41.6
  • Car salesmen – 40.3
  • Owners of social media platforms – 33.9

Pollsters randomly selected 1,500 Canadian adults as respondents four times between March 18 and May 3.

“The methodology ensures that disproportionate sample sizes are balanced for the total results,” reads the methodology section of the Maru poll. “The data was weighted by education, age, gender and region, and by language in Quebec, to match the population according to the most recent census data so that the sample is representative of the entire adult population of Canada.

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