New York (Oct. 7, 2003) – Although the profession has gained some ground since last year, accountants ranked near the bottom of a list of prestigious professions in a recent Harris Poll – lagging behind lawyers, journalists and Members of Congress.

Scientists, doctors and firefighters ranked highest in prestige, with more than half of respondents rating them as having “very great prestige,” while actors, stockbrokers and real estate agents pulled up the rear with less than 15 percent of survey takers granting them the highest rating.

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