Attention CEOs: We have some slightly good news. Apparently your job is not the least valued profession in the country.

A new survey, conducted by the Pew Research Center, found that lawyers are among the least appreciated workers in the United States. After polling more than 4,000 people living in the country, Pew discovered that only 18 percent of respondents think lawyers contribute "a lot" to the well-being of society.

Public esteem for business executives was just a little better, with about 1 in 4 respondents saying that execs give back significantly to their communities.

The meager show of support for business executives is actually a slight improvement from previous polls. In 2009, when Pew last conducted the survey, only 21 percent of Americans said they greatly appreciated business executives' contributions to society. Sadly for lawyers, public appreciation for them actually fell by 5 percent in the past four years.

So what occupations do Americans actually think contribute a lot to society? Check out the most and least appreciated professions here:

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  • 10. Lawyers

    Percentage of Americans that say they contribute "a lot" to society: 18 percent <a href="http://www.pewforum.org/Other-Demographics/Public-Esteem-for-Military-Still-High.aspx" target="_blank">Read more at Pew</a>

  • 9. Business Executives

    Percentage of Americans that say they contribute "a lot" to society: 24 percent <a href="http://www.pewforum.org/Other-Demographics/Public-Esteem-for-Military-Still-High.aspx" target="_blank">Read more at Pew</a>

  • 8. Journalists

    Percentage of Americans that say they contribute "a lot" to society: 28 percent <a href="http://www.pewforum.org/Other-Demographics/Public-Esteem-for-Military-Still-High.aspx" target="_blank">Read more at Pew</a>

  • 7. Artists

    Percentage of Americans that say they contribute "a lot" to society: 30 percent <a href="http://www.pewforum.org/Other-Demographics/Public-Esteem-for-Military-Still-High.aspx" target="_blank">Read more at Pew</a>

  • 6. Clergy

    Percentage of Americans that say they contribute "a lot" to society: 37 percent <a href="http://www.pewforum.org/Other-Demographics/Public-Esteem-for-Military-Still-High.aspx" target="_blank">Read more at Pew</a>

  • 5. Engineers

    Percentage of Americans that say they contribute "a lot" to society: 63 percent <a href="http://www.pewforum.org/Other-Demographics/Public-Esteem-for-Military-Still-High.aspx" target="_blank">Read more at Pew</a>

  • 4. Scientists

    Percentage of Americans that say they contribute "a lot" to society: 65 percent <a href="http://www.pewforum.org/Other-Demographics/Public-Esteem-for-Military-Still-High.aspx" target="_blank">Read more at Pew</a>

  • 3. Medical Doctors

    Percentage of Americans that say they contribute "a lot" to society: 66 percent <a href="http://www.pewforum.org/Other-Demographics/Public-Esteem-for-Military-Still-High.aspx" target="_blank">Read more at Pew</a>

  • 2. Teachers

    Percentage of Americans that say they contribute "a lot" to society: 72 percent <a href="http://www.pewforum.org/Other-Demographics/Public-Esteem-for-Military-Still-High.aspx" target="_blank">Read more at Pew</a>

  • 1. Military

    Percentage of Americans that say they contribute "a lot" to society: 78 percent <a href="http://www.pewforum.org/Other-Demographics/Public-Esteem-for-Military-Still-High.aspx" target="_blank">Read more at Pew</a>

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