A Study Of The Rankings Of Occupations On Basis Of Social Status

John Wesley Pruitt


Once upon a time there were no vocations as we know them today. At that early period In the history of civilization man's only desire was to secure the bare necessities of life. Every family was a self-sustaining unit and all the members of the group helped to provide food, clothing, and shelter.

Just when the differentiation of employment came into being is not definitely known, but it Is a simple matter to picture the beginning of separate and distinct occupations.

According to Count, certain occupations receive much higher social ranking than others. This Intangible reward of an occupation must be recognized. In our society, in spite of what is said about the dignity of labor, many occupations which are necessary to the promotion of the common good are stamped unworthy end are thus given an essentially negative social standing.

If this be true the writer wishes to direct attention to the fact that in vocational guidance programs the problem is seldom squarely faced. In all that has been written on occupations, there is a tendency to disregard the fundamental question of social status.