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Farming named proudest profession in the UK

A study of over 1,000 people has seen farming emerge as the proudest profession.

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Study organisers, Stormline said getting out of the office could elevate professional pride
Study organisers, Stormline said getting out of the office could elevate professional pride

A new study into professional pride across the UK’s largest industries has put farming at the top.

 

The message from the study provider Stormline was ’if you want professional pride, get out of the office, avoid customers and start producing something with your hands’.

 

Out of 1,000 people polled, 81 per cent from the agriculture, forestry, fishing mining and quarrying industry said they were ’very or extremely proud’ of their industry - 50 per cent above the national average.

 

Industry

 

Six of the top ten proudest industries involved producing or creating something tangible, whether it be food, medicine, software, aeroplanes or ships.

 

Regan McMillan, director of waterproof clothing brand, Stormline said he believes producing something real plays a big part in professional pride.

 

He said: “The UK’s farmers should deservedly feel proud of their industry and our study bears this out.

 

"The overwhelming majority of them feel proud of what they do. They can go home at the end of the day knowing they have played their part in producing something.

 

Pride

 

"This is not to do down the pride that teachers, health professionals and those at the cutting edge of software development should feel - they are rightly very proud of their professions too - but there is something uniquely satisfying about producing something that you can one day hold in your hands.

 

"Obviously we need all sorts of skills to keep the economy ticking over, but if our research encourages anyone to consider a career in one of the less glamorous industries in our study, such as farming, forestry, fishing or even shipbuilding, then that’s a good thing in our book."

 

The study showed how getting out of the office could potentially elevate out professional pride, with only two of the top 10 industries being predominantly office-based.

 


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Top ten proudest industries

Industry % who are very or extremely proud Top reason for pride
Agriculture, forestry and fishing mining and quarying 81 Producing something tangible
Education 80 Making a difference to the world
Pharmaceuticals 79 Innovation
Community, social and personal services 78 Helping others
Health and social care 75 Helping others
Research and development 71 Innovation
Aerospace 69 Innovation
Business services 69 Innovation
ICT and precision instruments 67 Innovation
Shipbuilding 62 Producting something tangible
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