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Do You Have Your Dream Job?

Only 9 percent currrently work in their childhood dream job: Survey

| BY Donald Liebenson

When it comes to your dream job, Lily Tomlin said it best: “I wonder what it would be like if we all became what we wanted to be when we grew up? I mean, imagine a world filled with nothing but firemen, cowboys, nurses and ballerinas?”

Sadly, this is not the case. Only about 9 percent of workers around the world said they currently work in their childhood dream job, while 21 percent say that work in a related career. according to a recent LinkedIn survey of 8,000 professionals.

What are the top 10 childhood dream jobs? According to the global survey:

1.      Engineer

2.      Airplane or helicopter pilot

3.      Doctor, nurse or EMT

4.      Scientist

5.      Teacher

6.      Lawyer

7.      Writer, journalist or novelist

8.      Astronaut

9.      Veterinarian

10.  (Tied) Professional or Olympic athlete; Actor

Characteristically, American men and women had very different conceptions of dream jobs. The top five dream jobs for men were:

1.      Professional or Olympic athlete

2.      Airplane or helicopter pilot

3.      Scientist

4.      Lawyer

5.      Astronaut

Women’s top childhood dream jobs were more compassionate or creative:

1.      Teacher

2.      Veterianrian

3.      Writer, journalist or novelist

4.      Doctor, nurse or emergency medical technician

5.      Singer

“The dream jobs we aspire to as children are a window into our passions and talents,” Nicole Williams, LinkedIn’s career expert, said in a statement. “Identifying and understanding those passions are key to improving our performance and enjoyment of the jobs we currently do, even if they aren't specific to the careers we dreamed of as kids.”

Professionals who find themselves in an unrelated field and ask themselves (to quote the Talking Heads song, Once in a Lifetime”), “How did I get here?” were most likely to cite, “As I got older, I became interested in a different career path.”

Almost three-quarters (70 percent) of workers around the world put the highest priority on “taking pleasure in your work, followed by helping others and high salary.

The real childhood dream can most likely be found in the adage, “Do what you love, and the money will follow.”

About the Author

Donald Liebenson

Donald Liebenson writes news and features for Millionaire Corner. He has been published in the Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Los Angeles Times, Fiscal Times, Entertainment Weekly, Huffington Post, and other outlets. He has also served as a marketing writer for Chicago-based Questar Entertainment and distributor Baker & Taylor.  

A graduate of the University of Southern California, he is married with a college-age son. He also writes extensively about entertainment.