|Nurses (84%)||Firefighters (98%)|
|Pharmacists (73%)||Medical doctors (89%)|
|Medical doctors (70%)||Post office workers (86%)|
|High school teachers (62%)||Police officers (85%)|
|Police officers (54%)||Teachers (84%)|
The five least trusted professions:
|Members of Congress (64% ‘Very Low’ or ‘Low’)||Politicians (91% ‘Distrust)|
|Lobbyists (62%)||Corporate Managers (80%)|
|Telemarketers 53%)||Advertising executives (67%)|
|Car salespeople (47%)||Marketing executives (62%)|
|Labor union leaders (41%)||Journalists (56%)|
If you were a shameless impostor who wants to gain the the local population’s trust quickly (which I am certain you are not), you might go for the nurse outfit (in the US) or the firefighter look (in Germany). As an alternative, you could also consider wearing a white lab coat and/or a stethoscope (works in both countries). A police uniform might also help, although I do not recommend this—it is likely to be illegal. If you, American traveler, would like to enchant Germans, why not try post office chic? In both countries, If you carry around a few textbooks, you could pass for a teacher. People may like you for it.
Whether you walk the streets of Berlin or Washington, avoid looking like a person who just walked out of Congress or the Bundestag. And to you, German tourist, do not even think of starting the casual conversation by trying to sell a car!