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Study: Birth Order, Siblings and Astrology Impact Pay, Title and Profession

A new study looks at how workers compare in terms of chosen profession, title and salary based on birth order, astrological sign and sibling status.

September 22, 2011
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Chicago — Sept. 22

Were you born into your job? Do September babies have a greater chance of becoming a stockbroker or a firefighter? And does being an only child give you a better shot at a corner office? A new study from CareerBuilder looks at how workers compare in terms of chosen profession, title and salary based on birth order, astrological sign and sibling status. The survey was conducted between May 18 and June 8, among 5,708 workers nationwide.

Key Findings

An only child is more likely to earn six figures and to hold a C-level position (CEO, CFO, senior vice president, 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-borns 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 (vice president 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.

Professions That Draw Different Workers

While all workers will fall into different job levels, earning brackets and many different types of professions, there are certain job types that appear to attract some segments more than others.

First born — government, information technology, engineering, science.
Middle child — law enforcement, firefighting, construction, education, personal care.
Last born — art/design/architecture, editing/writing, information technology, sales.
Only child — information technology, engineering, nursing, law enforcement.

In Terms of Astrological Signs:

Capricorn — engineering, sales, food preparation, law enforcement, skilled trades.
Aquarius — sales, machine operation, military, construction, education, personal care.
Pisces — government, finance, mechanics, skilled trades, law enforcement, firefighting.
Aries — hotel/recreation, higher education, construction, engineering, government, information technology.
Taurus — government, legal professionals, health care, art/design/architecture, marketing/public relations.
Gemini — social work, food preparation, information technology, sales, law enforcement, firefighting.
Cancer — government, higher education, physicians, editing/writing, engineering.
Leo — nursing, legal services, information technology, education, real estate.
Virgo — editing/writing, education, social work, military, sales.
Libra — engineering, machine operation, health care, art/design/architecture, finance, education.
Scorpio — science, attorney/judge, hotel/recreation, machine operation, education.
Sagittarius — information technology, editing/writing, lab technician, social work, education.


Survey Methodology

This survey was conducted online within the U.S. by Harris Interactive on behalf of CareerBuilder among 5,708 workers (employed full-time, not self-employed, government and non-government) between May 18 and June 8. With a pure probability sample of 5,708, one could say with a 95 percent probability that the overall results have a sampling error of +/- 1.30 percentage points. Sampling error for data from sub-samples is higher and varies.

Source: CareerBuilder

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