Which do you consider the greediest professions

  bumpkin 08 Nov 13
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As the heading who do you think. Some examples, bankers, lawyers, doctors, MP's dentists, vets, footballers, celebrities. Plenty more I can think of that seem to get more than their fair share relative to their input.

  Aitchbee 08 Nov 13

Top women tennis players, who get paid the same prize-money as the men [ check out Wimbledon ] ... but only 'perform' for a maximum of 3 sets in contrast to 5 sets for the men.

  Forum Editor 08 Nov 13

"..........seem to get more than their fair share relative to their input."

That's a subjective judgement, and of course you can't be sure exactly what their 'input' is. Members of the professions study for a long time before qualifying, and of course all of them have a good deal of responsibility on their shoulders - the consequences of making mistakes can be disastrous and costly for them and for their clients/patients.

If you had to carry that burden you might feel that you should be amply rewarded for the work that you do.

I make no comment about footballers or celebrities because neither of those occupations qualify as professions - you don't need any paper qualifications to play football or appear in the gossip columns.

  mbc 08 Nov 13

Consequences are not always compensated by remuneration. In my first occupation, I have had several, I was (and still am) a chartered structural engineer. Mistakes can have catastrophic consequences, but the money is low. I know of a young designer who killed himself because a small footbridge he designed collapsed leading to death and injury. I know of no Lawyer who made a mistake leading to someone dying as a direct result.

  bumpkin 08 Nov 13

Fe, I appreciate your point and those fortunate enough to have the education opportunities in the first place should carry responsibility for their failures. What actually happens in life seems very different, Shoestring (I don't do blame) being an example.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 08 Nov 13

Never quite worked out what an Estate Agent does to earn his/hers exorbitant fees.

  bumpkin 08 Nov 13

"Never quite worked out what an Estate Agent does to earn his/hers exorbitant fees."

Easy question to answer, take a few photos and do some cheap advertising, show buyers around your house which you could do better yourself, recommend their solicitors for a rake off and charge you £5,000 No proper qualifications required hence the cheap fee.

  Forum Editor 09 Nov 13

"those fortunate enough to have the education opportunities in the first place should carry responsibility for their failures"

That attitude always irritates me slightly; surely everyone should carry responsibility for personal failures - it has nothing whatever to do with being fortunate. There are lots of successful professionals who did not have a silver spoon in their mouth as far as their education is concerned, and lots of people who enjoyed private education who have never made a success of anything.

Saying that successful people are that way because they were fortunate enough to have educational opportunities is rubbish - ability is what counts in the end, and the drive to use that ability to best advantage.

  Forum Editor 09 Nov 13

bumpkin

"...take a few photos and do some cheap advertising, show buyers around your house which you could do better yourself, recommend their solicitors for a rake off and charge you £5,000 No proper qualifications required hence the cheap fee."

That assessment serves only to highlight the fact that you don't have much of an idea about what the business is all about.

  michaelw 09 Nov 13

...utility bosses, railway bosses, MPs, BBC bosses...

This is fun.

  mbc 09 Nov 13

Re Estate Agents. As an Engineer, I was accompanying a party of bigwigs around a major sewage pumping station to show them a behind the scenes view of what was involved. Any failure of the system would lead to catastrophic flooding of the town centre. One of the party was an Estate Agent with whom I was friendly. He said to me that he was amazed at the responsibilities we Engineers carried, and said that if he made a mistake in pricing a property he could always explain it away by saying that it was the correct valuation at the time, and no one could disprove it, but an Engineers mistakes could be horrendous. However, having worked closely with Valuers, I know this is just a small part of their work.

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