Doctors rated as the profession needing the highest levels of skill and focus – higher than F1 drivers and pilots

• Teaching seen as the career most people could succeed in given the right training
• Actors believed to have the most natural talent
• Acting, law and teaching the most popular ‘if I had my time again’ careers
• Being an MP regarded as the least popular profession

Doctors are seen as the professionals with the highest amounts of skill, talent and focus. Higher even than Formula One drivers, according to Randstad, the UK sector specialist recruiter and official partner of the Williams F1 team.  In an analysis  of perception of different professions, one in three Brits (33.3%) believe doctors have the highest degree of skill compared to other professions. One in four (24.4%) also think that being a doctor requires the greatest degree of continuous focus. However, only one in ten people (9.9%) feel that being a doctor requires the greatest degree of natural talent.  Actors come out on top in the talent stakes with one in five (20.3%) Brits believing they are the profession with the most natural ability. 

When asked which professions they could perform with training, the highest proportion of Brits (12.4%) chose Teaching. Nursing was the second most popular with 10.2% feeling that they could carve out a successful career given instruction. This trend may be down to the perception of talent needed in these professions. Only 6.5% and 2.5% of Brits feel that the highest levels of natural talent are required as a teacher or nurse. However, those currently in these professions would argue it is the skill of a good teacher or nurse to make a highly skilled and high-pressure job look easy.If people were given the opportunity to start their career from scratch, the largest proportion of people (11.8%) would like to go into acting. 10.1% would like to be a lawyer, while teaching and journalism were both equal with 9.8%.  The least desirable profession is being a Member of Parliament with only 2.8% of Brits feeling they’d choose to be an MP if they could have their time again.
 
Mark Bull, CEO of Randstad UK and Middle East, commented: “It’s fascinating to see how different professions are perceived and for many the grass will always appear greener on the other side of the fence. Doctors are held in the highest regard by the British public but clearly all professions require dedication, skill and focus but these results provide some food for thought about how some professions are sometimes perceived.”