COVID-19: which profession is essential to get out of the crisis?

COVID-19: quel métier est essentiel pour se sortir de la crise?

Instead of turning to religion, Quebecers are more “down to earth” in this context of a pandemic. They are much more trust to the professions related to the field of health as to the priests, according to a survey Light/The Log.

Question :

In the context of a pandemic, what(s) profession(s) do you consider the most essential to help Quebec out of the crisis of health care and the economy and return to a more normal life ?

  • Nurse 70 %
  • Doctor 68 %
  • Care attendant 57 %
  • Ambulance 47 %
  • Pharmacist 45 %
  • Police 38 %
  • Researcher / scientific 35 %
  • Farmer 32 %
  • Truck driver 32 %
  • Teacher 29 %
  • Fireman 27 %
  • Construction worker 25 %
  • Psychologist 23 %
  • Maintenance officer 21 %
  • Child care 21 %
  • Social worker 19 %
  • Delivery 18 %
  • Dustman 17 %
  • Cashier 13 %
  • Seller in retail trade 12 %
  • Soldier 12 %
  • Politician 11 %
  • Dentist 11 %
  • Cook 11 %
  • Concierge / maid service 10 %
  • Mechanic 10 %
  • Journalist 9 %
  • Veterinary 9 %
  • Electrician 9 %
  • Engineer 8 %
  • As a community worker 8 %
  • Computer specialist 7 %
  • Driver 7 %
  • Security officer 6 %
  • Manager 6 %
  • Hairdresser 6 %
  • Financial advisor 5 %
  • Server 5 %
  • Programmer 4 %
  • Tv host / radio 4 %
  • Accounting 3 %
  • Artist 3 %
  • Foreman 3 %
  • Advisors in human resources 3 %
  • Real estate broker 2 %
  • Architect 2 %
  • Priest / Pastor 2 %
  • Lawyer 2 %
  • Manager 2 %
  • Judge 2 %
  • Actuary 2 %
  • Notary 2 %
  • Webmaster / Web integrator 1 %
  • Chiropractor 1 %
  • Consultant 1 %
  • Office clerk 1 %
  • Director 1 %
  • Publicist / social media manager 1 %
  • Coordinator 1 %
  • Seller of car 1 %
  • Insurance broker 1 %
  • Advertising 1 %
  • Receptionist / secretary – 1 %
  • Designer editor 1 %
  • Graphic artist / designer 0 %
  • Peddler 0 %
  • Representative 0 %

The business of health at the top of the charts

The careers in health are in the TOP 5 professions that were considered essential. The nurses, always so popular, arrive at the top of the list. Jean-Marc Léger, president of the consulting firm surveys Light, note also the appearance of the “orderlies” in this type of list thanks to the media coverage of this business over the last few months.

“On the first 10, it is virtually of the trades that come to the aid directly to the people. There are just the police who come to make an incursion into that a little bit surprising,” explained the echo sounder.

The priests deemed useless

Equally amazing, the job of the priest/pastor arrives in second position in the list of professions to be less essential. “It is quite special for a people that has been very religious for many years, and that is less and less today. The level of confidence that a priest should be, in theory, higher when it is in a period of crisis,” agrees Mr. Light.

According to him, “in a crisis situation, it is no longer a question of faith. We go back to the basics. It is common sense québécois”. Note, however, that the distrust of the priesthood is much more pronounced among francophones (49 %) than among non-francophones (31 %).

Artists unloved

In the top of the list of trades considered to be less useful, lies that of chapman (50 % of the respondents). Then, there’s the priest/pastor (45 %), the seller of the car (41 %), advertising (34 %) and the artist (30 %).

“Surprise, what are the artists. People find that it is a secondary activity. One of the factors to explain this is that they’re often accused of being in the pay of the State”, said Jean-Marc Léger.

According to him, “individually, the artists are loved. But when we look at the group of artists generally, it is considered often that they are spoilt children”. A recent survey of the british population puts the artists in the top of the list (71 %) occupations considered non-core.

The hairdressers not so essential

During the long weeks of confinement, social networks, streamed messages in which people seemed to piaffer impatient with the idea of return to the hair salons to finally find their hairdresser. However, this perception does not seem to be reflected in the survey.

Only 6% of respondents rated the hairstylist essential. “It may be noted that the hairdressers are deemed essential by 8 % of women and 4 % of men,” slid Mr. Light.

And the politicians then ?

Traditionally confined to the last rows, the politicians seem to improve their image with the population. They now occupy the first half of the array of occupations considered to be essential.

“They are no longer in last place. Just like that, it is already a lot. The rating of the politicians was rebounded by this crisis. The level of popularity of the leaders is high everywhere in Canada and even in the world. Before, they were still in the back of the pack with the car dealers. Now, car salesmen are the only ones”, was amused to say the echo sounder.

Methodology : Web Survey Light/The Journal conducted of 1002 Quebecers from 19 to 21 June 2020. Its margin of error is plus or minus 3.1 %, 19 times out of 20.

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