Police, nurses unhappy with low status: study

May 29th, 2008 - 1:46 pm ICT by admin  

Sydney, May 29 (IANS) Police officers, nurses and even teachers, though buoyed by a strong sense of accomplishment, are unhappy at the low status and respect accorded their professions, according to a new survey. The majority of these professionals no longer see their calling as attractive compared with other careers, according to the Australian survey that may well find resonance in other societies.

In fact, the survey found that many of these professionals felt that parents would not want their children to enter these careers.

However, nurses and teachers reported a stronger sense of making a difference in other people lives than police officers.

Detailed new research, done by an Edith Cowan University team, highlights contrasting attitudes to issues affecting the work of police, nurses and teachers.

The survey was an update on a 2005 survey of 21,000 police officials, nurses and teachers. The earlier report identified factors reflecting attitudes of members engaged in these professions.

The 2005 survey found that these three categories remained strongly motivated despite concerns about pay, increased pressure and stress at work and a struggle to reach an appropriate life-work balance.

“In 2005, around 20 percent of police officers and 15 percent of teachers indicated they were actively looking for a job outside their profession.

“By contrast, in 2007, around 34 percent of police officers and 24 percent of teachers indicated they were actively looking for a job outside their profession,” the survey found.

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