A Little Help: Professions

By Dave Fratello | November 20th, 2008
A recent suggestion for a reader poll rang a bell, and we'd like to post it.

The idea was to survey the MBC readership and identify the fields in which people work.

We'll do that, but there is a tension here in creating the list for the poll between being 0ver-inclusive and under-inclusive. We don't want a list that's like some gubmint form with 75 categories. But we don't want 35% of people to vote "other" if the list is too short.

Here are some ideas for the survey list:
  • Health Care
  • Finance
  • Law
  • Marketing/Sales
  • Entertainment
  • Communications
  • Sports
  • Engineering
  • Manufacturing
  • Education
  • Government
  • Nonprofit
Does that list include you, or not? Please use the comments here to suggest what's missing, or other ways to group or categorize professions/fields for the survey.

You will note that real estate is not (yet) a specific category. We know that many MBC readers are real estate professionals. In general, we're thinking we should ask everyone to squeeze into a broad category (RE would go into Marketing/Sales).

But perhaps RE calls for its own box, given MBC's content. What do you think?

After a bit of input, the poll will go up with a quick introductory story. Thanks in advance.

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