The Most Loved Professions

Why Do We Love Some Professions?

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A nurse and her patient. Joshua Hodge Photography / E+ / Getty Images

When you think about some professions, pleasant images pop into your head. Why do we hold these jobs and the people who do them in such high regard? Sometimes it may be because of an experience you've had with a particular profession, but often your impression is influenced by the way these professions are portrayed in the media, on television and in the movies. Let's take a look at why we love some professions. While we're doing that, let's learn the truth about them. It may influence your future career choice.

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A science teacher explains an experiment to his students. Cavan Images / Digital Vision / Getty Images

Why We Love Teachers: Teachers go to bat for their students and inspire them to succeed in school and in life. Take Mr. Kotter of Welcome Back Kotter, Glee's Will Schuester and Mr. Keating in Dead Poet's Society.

The Truth About Teachers: A teacher works with students and helps them learn concepts in subjects such as science, mathematics, language arts, social studies, art and music. They then help students apply these concepts. Teachers are required to have a bachelor's degree.

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A nurse records notes on a patient's chart. Tetra Images / Brand X Pictures / Getty Images

Why We Love Nurses: We think of nurses as kind, benevolent individuals who care for us when we are feeling at our worst. Sure evil nurses like Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest are part of pop culture, but so are nurses like Edie Falco's Nurse Jackie. Though a flawed character, her primary goal is to help her patients.

The Truth About Nurses: Registered nurses (RNs) treat and educate patients and their families about medical conditions. They perform diagnostic tests and help analyze their results. Licensed practical nurses (LPNs), working under the supervision of RNs and doctors, care for patients who are sick, injured, convalescing or disabled. If you want to become an RN, you have the option of earning a bachelor's of science degree in nursing (BSN), an associate degree in nursing (ADN) or a diploma in nursing. BSN programs are generally four-years long, while it takes two to three years to earn an ADN. Diploma programs also last about three years. To work as an LPN you must first complete a state-approved training program that includes a combination of classroom study and supervised clinical practice.

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The President

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Why We Love The President: It's not that we always love the person who is The President, but many people admire the office greatly. How often do people tell their young children they should grow up to be president? Ironically, the President is really the number one politician in the country, and politician is one of the most hated professions.

The Truth About Becoming President: As noted, the President is the number one politician in the country, and like most politicians it's likely he (and some day in the future, she) was trained as an attorney. There is no formal training to become a politician or president for that matter. Before becoming President, one usually has held some other political office, for example governor, Senator or Congressperson.

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Mary Poppins is the most famous nanny ever. Photo (c) Silver Screen Collections / Getty Images

Why We Love Nannies: Who doesn't love Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins? With a little bit of magic (and a spoonful of sugar) there wasn't any problem she couldn't solve. Then there's Supernanny Jo Frost who seems to be able to fix every family's child rearing issues even when they seem unable to be fixed.

The Truth About Nannies: Nannies care for children in their homes. They work for one family at a time and sometimes live in the family's home. A nanny isn't required to have any formal education, but the International Nanny Association, a professional organization, recommends that nannies have either a high school diploma or its equivalent.

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Why We Love Athletes: Sports fans don't just love athletes, they worship them. Little kids grow up wanting to emulate their favorite sports stars and some adults wish they were them. If this keeps everyone away from the video games and physically active instead, it can only be a good thing.

The Truth About Athletes: Star athletes are among a precious few. Most athletes never go pro and of those that do, not many become famous. There aren't many opportunities for even the best athletes to compete professionally compared to the number of people who would like to. Athletes' training consists of a tremendous amount of time spent practicing on the field, court, track, ice, etc.

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Actors and Musicians

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A celebrity gets her photo snapped. Tom Merton / OJO Images / Getty Images

Why We Love Actors and Musicians: Actors and musicians, like athletes, are also the object of society's collective affection. People have a fascination with anyone in the spotlight and a certain amount of envy for the life famous actors and musicians lead.

The Truth About Actors and Musicians: While there are many famous actors and musicians, many of those who choose a career in the performing arts do not find fame. Many do not even find paying jobs because of the intense competition. Actors and musicians work hard to become better at their craft. They spend time taking classes, practicing a lot and going out on auditions.

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Special Agents

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Why We Love Special Agents: Imagine being a hero who always catches the bad guys? It would be nice. Add to that a life filled with excitement and intrigue.

The Truth About Special Agents: Sometimes called detectives, special agents gather facts and collect evidence in order to determine if there have been violations of local, state or federal laws. Unlike fictional special agents, real-life ones, despite their best efforts, don't always get the bad guy and prevent disasters. All special agents must have a high school diploma, at the minimum, but most employers require at least some college coursework, if not a bachelor's degree.

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Why We Love Doctors: Doctors have long been the heroes of many popular television shows including Marcus Welby, M.D.; M*A*S*H and its spin-off Trapper John, M.D.; ER and Grey's Anatomy. These doctors/heroes saved many lives and lost some too, but the worst happened only after they had tried their best.

The Truth About Doctors: Doctors, after providing diagnoses, treat patients who are suffering from diseases and injuries. Like their fictional counterparts, they save many lives, but unfortunately lose some too. Becoming a doctor requires many years of education. First an aspiring doctor must earn a bachelor's degree, which generally takes four years. Then he or she must spend four years in medical school, followed by three to eight years of internship and residency.

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Why We Love Archaeologists: Two words: Indiana Jones. We followed Dr. Henry (Indiana) Jones' adventures as he rescued ancient artifacts from his enemies, narrowly escaping death.

The Truth About Archaeologists: Archaeologists learn about earlier civilizations by recovering and examining evidence that can include tools, cave paintings, the ruins of buildings and pottery. Archaeologists who want to work in most settings need to first earn a master's degree in archaeology, but those who want jobs in universities or colleges need a Ph.D.

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