Are there any professions the Torah considers praiseworthy and why?
As noted by Danny Schoemann in a comment, Kiddushin 82a - 82b lists some professions that are seen as praiseworthy (along with others that are not):
- Camel drivers (according to R. Yehudah) - because they work in the dangerous desert where they fear for their lives, and therefore their 'hearts are broken towards G-d'. (Rashi)
- Sailors - because they work in an even more fear-inducing environment than camel drivers. (Rashi)
- Embroiderers - because it is a clean and easy trade.
- Perfumers - as one is dealing with pleasant-smelling materials.