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Assessing contributions to society

Which professionals contribute “a lot” to society’s well-being?
The Pew Research Center polled Americans on 10 occupational groups. Here are their findings with the percentage of those saying contributing “a lot”.
Number one, military 78% … two, teachers 72% … three, medical doctors 66% … four, scientists 65% … five, engineers 63% … six, clergy 37% … seven, artists 30% … eight, journalists 28% … nine, business executives 24% … and ten, lawyers 18%.
So, the top two professionals that Americans believe contribute the most to society’s well-being … military and teachers … are among the lowest-paid on the list.
We all say we value our military greatly, but how many young people volunteer to serve? And if our military and teachers are so valuable, why don’t we pay them more?
It’s my belief that the amount on the paycheck seldom has much to do with the quality of the work performed. There is no such thing as equality in pay.
I do my best on the job every day, regardless of my compensation.
Our thought for today is from Robert Frost:
“The world is full of willing people, some willing to work, the rest willing to let them.”

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08/05/2013 1:36AM
Assessing contributions to society
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