Doctors and information technology 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.

The survey was developed by Menlo Park, Calif.-based IT recruitment firm Robert Half Technology and conducted by an independent research firm. It polled 150 executives, including those from human resources, finance, marketing, IT and operations departments, within the 1,000 largest companies in the U.S.

Executives were asked, “Which one of the following types of professionals do you think is the most ethical?” Thirty-one per cent of executives polled said doctors are most ethical, followed closely by IT staff with 30 per cent of the response.

“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, in a statement.

Lee added that as businesses depend increasingly on technology, IT professionals’ skills, talent and professionalism have greater visibility because of their ability to “save the day” when solving computer and network problems.

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