Menu JTA Search

Doctors Out, Biologists in

For the Jewish parent who always wanted the son to be a doctor, that profession is out in Israel. Being a biologist is very definitely in. According to a survey published by the Hebrew University’s sociology department, biologists are held in the highest esteem among 220 professions in Israel. Doctors rated a poor tenth. In the descending order of prestige, after biologists, come dentists, lawyers, judges, mayors and physicists. Journalists were down toward the bottom of the barrel behind army colonels, rabbis and writers. Fishermen, road pavers and shoeshiners were considered the pits.