15 Least Respected Jobs and Most Untrustworthy Professions in the World

It is quite natural if you ever sat in your office on a slow work day and wondered if what you do for a living is one of the least respected jobs and most untrustworthy professions in the world.

It might sure seem that way sometimes, so we decided to compile a list of the most despised and distrusted professions in the world to settle the debate. Instead, if you have a feeling that what you do for a living is actually one of the more respected professions, why not check out our list of the most respected jobs in America in 2017 and know for sure?

15 Least Respected Jobs and Most Untrustworthy Professions in the World


You’d be forgiven for thinking that divisive professions such as police officers or clergymen are the primary groups thought of as being dishonest and unworthy of respect. For example, Eric Garner, a 43-year-old African American, was killed after being put in an illegal chokehold by a police officer of Caucasian ethnicity for the venial crime of selling loose cigarettes. There is an extremely hard to watch the video of Garner lying on the ground and saying “I can’t breathe” over 10 times while being held to the ground by police officers. This was the spark that ignited protests across America and the phrase “I Can’t Breathe” was adopted as a symbol of the oppression that minorities face at the hands of police officers. Similarly, the extensive coverage of the child abuse scandals in the Catholic Church tarnished the reputation of many clergymen. But you must remember that even though some communities might hold bitter resentment against these groups, there are still some people who vehemently support the clergymen and police officers as being an important pillar of our society. Continue reading to finding out what ranking do these two contentious professions get.

For our list of the least respected jobs and most untrustworthy professions in the world, we looked at Gallup’s poll of Honesty and Ethics in Professions which they have been conducting since around 1976. Just out of curiosity, we overlapped the lists of least respected professions 2015 and 2016 only to realize that not much has changed throughout years. So, we thoroughly examined the latest version of the poll which was conducted in December 2016, in which they asked survey respondents to rate the perceived level of morals and probity associated with various professions in different fields according to rankings of very high, high, average, low or very low. The responses were then divided accordingly into these 5 categories. We filtered the list by taking the sum of the percentages of respondents who ranked each profession either low or very low in terms of trustworthiness. Similar professional categories such as members of Congress and senators have been grouped together in a single heading under politician for the sake of clarity. We also looked at people’s perception in the United Kingdom to get a more global perspective on the question of what is the least trusted profession in the world. Speaking of Britain, for the most trusted professions UK citizens chose judges, teachers, and doctors among the others. And now, let’s see our list of least respected jobs and most untrustworthy professions in the world.