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Title What Do You Do for a Living? Employment Information Altered Participants Liking of and Respect for Others
Publication Date
Degree MS
Discipline/Department Psychology
Degree Level masters
University/Publisher University of Florida
Abstract Published research has indicated that blue collar jobs and dirty jobs are held in less esteem overall than white collar jobs. However, few, if any, studies have evaluated how the jobs people have affect the perceptions of the individuals who hold them. In this study, 256 participants evaluated how much they liked or respected a hypothetical individual working in one of the 200 most common jobs in the United States. Occupational prestige and median job salary both significantly correlated with mean ratings of individual liking and respect (r values ranged from .146-.667). However, the interaction of prestige and salary did not correlate with liking or respect. Participants rated one-hundred sixty jobs above the scale neutral point in respect (at the magnitude of a large effect). The five most respected jobs were nurse, radiological technologist and technician, industrial engineer, civil engineer, and mechanical engineer. Participants only rated telemarketer below the scale neutral point in respect (again at the magnitude of a large effect). Many of the individuals in one of the 200 most common jobs also had likeability rating that were well above neutral, with individuals in 105 jobs much higher than neutral in how much they were liked by participants (again, a large effect). The six jobs with the highest individual likeability ratings were information security analyst, web developer, community networker, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school special education teacher, computer and information system manager, computer system analyst, and medical and clinical laboratory technologist. ix jobs were rated well below scale neutral point in likeability (again, a large effect). These jobs include telemarketer, bill and account collector, insurance sales agent, corrections officer and jailer, advertising sales agent, and retail salesperson. (278 words) ( en )
Subjects/Keywords Assembly lines; Data lines; Employee supervision; Industrial sectors; Network access lines; Power lines; Prestige; Product lines; Property lines; Sales personnel; bias  – career  – job  – psychology  – vocation
Contributors HEESACKER,MARTIN (committee chair); SHEPPERD,JAMES A (committee member)
Language en
Country of Publication us
Record ID florida:etd:UFE0049387
Repository florida
Date Retrieved
Date Indexed 2018-12-06
Grantor University of Florida

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…49 8 Abstract of Thesis Presented to the Graduate School of the University of Florida in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Science “WHAT DO YOU DO FOR A LIVING?”: EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION ALTERED PARTICIPANTS’ LIKING…

…wish to answer. You have the right to withdraw from the study at any time without consequence. Whom to contact if you have questions about the study: Natalie Weldon: Graduate Student, Department of Psychology, University of Florida, natalieweldon…

…ufl.edu Martin Heesacker, PhD: Department of Psychology, University of Florida; phone (352) 273-2136. Whom to contact about your rights as a research participant in the study: IRB02 Office, Box 112250, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611…