A recent edition of the SFPE (Society of Fire protection Engineers of the USA) magazine had an interesting study on professional ethics. Possibly the most arresting image is shown above on the public perception of honesty and ethics.
The result is from a Gallup poll where respondents were asked to rate the honesty and ethics of the groups concerned with the table showing the % ranked ‘very high’ or ‘high’. Interestingly, nurses were clear winners with engineers ranked second at around 70%. Lawyers were at about 20% with politicians close to 5%. The article notes that this has been a steady increase since 1976 when the combined percentage for engineers for ‘high’ and ‘very high’ was 48%.