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Few Advise Careers in Ministry

Fewer than one-half of 1 percent of Americans in an April 18-21 Gallup Poll said they would advise a young man to enter the ministry as a career, and just 1 percent said they would suggest a young woman aspire to be a stay-at-home wife and mother.

The most common career advice for young men and women is medicine, according to the survey, which has been conducted since 1949. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office” />
 
Asked to name the kind of work or career they would recommend if a young adult came to them for advice, 17 percent said they would recommend that a young man become a doctor. Even more, 20 percent, said they would advise a young woman to become a doctor. Another 13 percent recommended nursing as a line of work for women.
 
Other popular career choices for men include computers, 11 percent; trade/industrial/blue-collar work, 8 percent; business/self-employed, 8 percent; and technology/electronics, 8 percent.
 
For women, the list, after the medical professions, included teaching, 9 percent; computers, 8 percent and business/self-employed/sales, 6 percent.
 
Fewer people named the ministry/clergy as a career choice for males this year than in March 2001, when it rated 1 percent. In 1949, 7 percent said they would recommend the ministry, a number that remained constant for two decades, before peaking at 8 percent in 1973.
 
Other least-popular career recommendations for men in the new poll include dentist, less than one-half percent; police officer, 1 percent; mechanic, 1 percent, office work/white collar, 1 percent; professional/managerial, 1 percent and government career, 1 percent.
 
Fewer than one-half percent suggested modeling and police officer for women, while 1 percent each recommended government work, professional/managerial, military and stay-at-home wife/homemaker/mother.
 
Other recommendations for men included engineering and teaching at 5 percent, and law, military, social work and banking, 2 percent each.
 
Five percent said they would steer young women toward technology/electronics jobs; 3 percent to social work and engineering and 2 percent each for blue collar, secretary/clerical, banking/finance and lawyer/attorney.