Industry Research : Ambulance Officers Among Most Trusted
For the ninth year in a row, ambulance officers have ranked as the most trusted professionals in Australia.
Paramedics have topped the annual 2012 Readers Digest poll on Australia's most trusted jobs, followed closely by firefighters and rescue volunteers.
Call centre operators, door-to-door salespeople and telemarketers rated the lowest on the list.
Queensland Ambulance Service advanced care paramedic Daniel O'Brien said they were there for people when they most needed help.
"People see us as a jack of all trades, someone they know they can call and count on when they need help," he said.
Mr O'Brien, who has been a paramedic for seven years, said it was a satisfying job.
"For me, it's not about the lights and the action, it's about the small things," he said.
"Any time you go to a sick patient and you hear a few days later they are making great progress, it feels good."
Mr O'Brien said it was nice knowing that paramedics were trusted by the community.
"We can't help everybody but we can try our hardest," he said.
Queensland Fire and Rescue Service acting inspector Bob Ironside said he wasn't surprised that people trusted emergency service professionals.
"People call us when they are at their darkest hour and they need people they can trust, who are professionals and who can help them," he said.
Mr Ironside, who has been a firefighter since 1984, said the job offered a lot of diversity.
"I have found with this job that the more you give the more you get in return," he said.
"We get a lot of satisfaction when we have done a good job."
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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Published: Tuesday, June 26, 2012