U.S. adults see firefighters, doctors and nurses as having prestigious occupations, while business executives, stockbrokers and real estate agents fall at the opposite end of the spectrum, according to a recent poll.

The poll, conducted by Harris Poll, surveyed more than 1,000 people, asking their perceptions of 23 occupations. Six jobs are perceived to have "very great" prestige by at least half of all adults - firefighters (63 percent), doctors (58 percent), nurses (55 percent), scientists (54 percent), teachers (52 percent) and military officers (51 percent). They are followed by police officers (43 percent) and priests/ministers/clergymen (40 percent).

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