And professors. Those are two safe career choices offered in Nibley's famous Leaders and Managers essay (hat tip: Mormanity). Okay, his full list also included "artists, astronomers, naturalists, poets, athletes, musicians, scholars, or even politicians." To me, that still seems like a fairly selective, even elitist, list.
I once attended a fireside at which the speaker said something to the effect that pretty much any profession was acceptable in the eyes of God, so we shouldn't stress over the choice of major or career, etc. Still being under the spell of Nibley at the time, I went up afterward to ask for a reference. The speaker cited D&C 88:78-80, which states:
78 Teach ye diligently ... that you may be instructed more perfectly ... in all things that pertain unto the kingdom of God, that are expedient for you to understand;The speaker said that broad description seemed to cover just about every line of work he could think of. This still seems like a relevant passage to combat the professorial bias against common laborers, skilled tradespeople, technicians of every stripe, and working professionals. I've even heard that there's a place in the world for a gambler. It's all part of the plan.
79 Of things both in heaven and in the earth, and under the earth; things which have been, things which are, things which must shortly come to pass; things which are at home, things which are abroad; the wars and the perplexities of the nations, and the judgments which are on the land; and a knowledge also of countries and of kingdoms—
80 That ye may be prepared in all things ...