Sex workers more trusted than insurance industry

Sex workers more trusted than insurance industry

Sex workers more trusted than insurance industry

Insurance salespeople are among the least trusted professions, only surpassed by politicians and door-to-door salespeople – even sex workers are deemed to have more integrity.

Of 50 professions ranked in order of most trusted by Australia’s Reader’s Digest’s ‘Most Trusted Professions 2013’ poll, insurance came in at 48.

Strangely enough, sex workers are considered more reliable, dependable and honest than insurance, taking 46th place.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, firefighters and paramedics took joint first place, rescue volunteers were third, nurses fourth, pilots fifth and doctors sixth.

“Anyone running into a burning building when everybody else is running out deserves your full trust,” said one poll participant.

Interestingly, farmers are considered more trustworthy than the police, teachers and the armed forces personnel, scooping 10th place.

The clergy came in at a disappointing 38th place, beaten by bankers at 35, financial planners at 36, and airport baggage handlers at 37.

It could have been worse – journalists came in at 43.


Here’s the full list of Australia’s most trusted professions:

1. Firefighters

1. Paramedics

3. Rescue volunteers

4. Nurses

5. Pilots

6. Doctors

7. Pharmacists

8. Veterinarians

9. Air traffic controllers

10. Farmers

11. Scientists

12. Armed Forces personnel

13. Police

14. Dentists

15. Teachers

16. Childcare workers

17. Flight attendants

18. Bus/Train/Tram drivers

19. Locksmiths

20. Hairdressers

21. Postal workers

22. Waiters

23. Computer technicians

24. Security guards

25. Cleaners

26. Builders

27. Alternative health practitioners

28. Plumbers

29. Mechanics

30. Accountants

31. Shop assistants

32. Truck drivers

33. Charity collectors

34. Professional sportspeople

35. Bankers

36. Financial planners

37. Airport baggage handlers

38. Clergy (all religions)

39. Lawyers

40. Tow-truck drivers

41. CEOs

42. Taxi drivers

43. Journalists

44. Talkback radio hosts

45. Real estate agents

46. Sex workers

47. Call centre staff

48. Insurance salespeople

49. Politicians

50. Door-to-door salespeople

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  • Robert Cooper 21/06/2013 10:46:47 AM
    Are simply considered "Insurance Sales people" if you are Insurance Brokers advising our clients about their risks or an Insurance Underwriter accepting a risk? Then why are Financial Planners related higher - aren't they Insurance sales people too? Many Insurers use Call centre staff who are purely sales. The survey may have more credibility if they took the word "sales" out or used "Insurance Company" or "Insurance Broker". Ignore this fellow Insurance colleagues, be proud of your industry.
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  • Dean McCauley 21/06/2013 12:21:27 PM
    Well said Robert. I've been in this industry for over 20 years and I can't think of anyone I have worked with that I would consider untrustworthy. At the end of the day, we are here to do a job and that is to provide insurance advice to our customers and most people (in any industry) take great pride in doing their jobs well. I think all this list proves is how ignorant people really are about our profession.
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  • Mr Black 21/06/2013 2:41:32 PM
    Don't worry, your position on the list was probably just an act of god
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