Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve had an artistic side. Growing up, on any given day you might have caught me in a dance costume singing “Born Free” to my sisters (I’m the youngest of three), writing a poem about some worldly injustice like the demolition of forests or performing a self-composed ditty at a piano recital. (As you can imagine, many of these performances/poems “magically” resurfaced at my wedding rehearsal dinner, courtesy of my sisters.) Some may say I had a flair for the dramatic, but I’d like to think I was just fostering my creativity.
As I grew older I grew out of playing dress up, but I found other ways to channel my creative talents. I graduated from college with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication, launched my career in public relations and recently changed course to focus more on writing and editing.
Turns out, my career path may have been written in the stars. A new CareerBuilder study looked at how workers compare in terms of chosen profession, title and salary based on astrological sign, along with birth order and sibling status. I’m a Cancer, so according to the survey I’m attracted to editing/writing jobs. Plus, the youngest-in-the-family status means I tend to prefer creative roles. I think it’s safe to say this study summed me up pretty well.
Some other key findings from the study:
- An only child is more likely to earn six figures and is more likely to hold a C-level position (CEO, CFO, Senior VP, etc.), but workers with siblings are more likely to be satisfied in their jobs.
- Among workers with siblings, a first born child is the most likely to earn six figures and hold a C-level position while a last born child is the most likely to work in middle management. A middle child is the most likely to report holding an entry-level position and earning less than $35,000.
- An only child has a higher tendency toward working in technical and health-related fields and protective services. First born tend to be drawn to government positions and science. Middle children lean toward public service and care-taking roles while the youngest in families prefer more creative roles and technology.
- Virgo, Aries and Scorpio signs are the most likely to earn six figures.
- Capricorn and Leo signs are the most likely to hold an upper management position (VP and above) with more Capricorns in C-level jobs. The Aries sign is the most likely to work in middle management while Aquarius is the most likely to hold an entry-level job.
- Virgo, Libra and Taurus signs are the most likely to report being satisfied in their jobs.
So if you are a job seeker but you aren’t quite sure what career path to take, it may be worth checking out the chosen profession of others who share your sign or sibling status.
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What does your birth order, astrological sign or sibling status say about you and your career? We’d like to know!