Survey Finds Ethics Strongest Among Physicians, IT Professionals

Oct 10, 2003

MENLO PARK, CA -- Doctors and information technology (IT) professionals have more in common than a knack for fighting viruses. They're also perceived to have high moral standards in the workplace, according to a recent survey. Thirty-one percent of executives polled said doctors are most ethical, followed closely by IT staff with 30 percent of the response.

The national poll includes responses from 150 executives -- including those from human resources, finance, marketing, information technology and operations departments -- with the nation's 1,000 largest companies. It was conducted by an independent research firm and developed by Robert Half Technology, a leading provider of IT professionals on a project and full-time basis.

Executives were asked, "Which one of the following types of professionals do you think is the most ethical?" Their responses:

Doctors   31%
Information technology professionals   30%
Accountants   20%
Lawyers   5%
Investment bankers   1%
None of the above   8%
Don’t know/no answer       5%

"Strong ethics are critical for technology professionals as they oversee a company's vital information infrastructure and manage access to confidential data," said Katherine Spencer Lee, executive director of Robert Half Technology.

Lee added that as businesses depend increasingly on technology, IT professionals’ skills, talent and professionalism have greater visibility. Their ability to "save the day" in solving computer and network problems earns them a high level of respect in the workplace.

With more than 100 locations in North America and Europe, Robert Half Technology is a leading provider of IT professionals for initiatives ranging from web development and multiplatform systems integration to network engineering and technical support. Robert Half Technology offers online job search services at www.roberthalftechnology.com.

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