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September 30, 2021

What is the world's most dishonest profession?

When I was in the market for a new vehicle, back about 10 months now or so, I went into the pursuit with one stereotype in mind: car salesmen are the worst of the worst. Be careful.

But come on, I thought. For a profession so prejudiced since the dawn of time, they can’t all be that bad. In fact, being no doubt aware of their public perception, I imagine the modern car salesman is quite reasonable. Fair, even.

Well, scratch that. When I walked into that car dealership, I never, not once, got the idea I wasn’t simply a dollar sign with a face to those people. In my opinion, every opportunity they saw to exploit me, they took. This couldn’t have been an isolated incident. Stereotype: upheld.

So, drawing back to that, it got me thinking. What are the most dishonest professions in the world?

Certainly, such a topic becomes more interesting when the most notoriously deceitful profession of them all, a car salesman, not only lives up to its hype, but exceeds it at every turn. It's kind of like hearing about the teeth of people in the U.K., then going to London and seeing it’s worse than actually reported.

There isn’t too much data on the most dishonest professions floating around the Web, but there is one pertinent Gallup survey from a few years back.

The results? You guessed it. According to the study, car salesman are considered the least honest professionals on earth. The bottom five:

1. Car salesman
2. Ad men
3. Politicians
4. Lawyers
5. Business executives

On the other end of the spectrum, it stands to note, the most honourable professions are nurses, pharmacists, military officers, doctors and cops.

The full list is here. Check it out.

Do you agree? What do you think is the most dishonest profession there is?

By Jason Buckland, MSN Money



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Gordon PowersGordon Powers

A long-time fund company executive, Gordon Powers now heads up the Affinity Group, a financial services consulting firm. Gordon was a personal finance columnist for the Globe & Mail for many years, has taught retirement planning...

Jason BucklandJason Buckland

The modern-day MC Hammer of money, Jason can often be seen spending cash that isn’t his with the efficiency of a Wilt Chamberlain first date. After cutting his teeth as a reporter for the Toronto Sun, he joined the MSN Money team with...