When we were little we believed that we could do and be anything. It’s only when we get older that we realize our job prospects are narrower and we become more realistic about how we will spend our lives. But, of course, some of us remain loyal to our childhood dream and turn it into a career: 30 percent of those residing in Canada have jobs they wanted when they were growing up. Check out the top 10 kids’ dream jobs and you just might rediscover what you wanted to do when you were five years old.
Most likely due to the fact that school is a defining experience for children as this is where they spend most of their time, being a teacher is one job that kids want to do in the future. This is a practical, altruistic choice that involves helping others, so it’s a good goal for kids to have, and those kids who aspire to teach will most likely become more invested in their education as they grow up.
Kids dream of being in the spotlight and becoming an actor/actress is another top dream job for many children. Most likely it’s the creative kids with a huge imagination who want this. Being an actor is one of those dream jobs whose reality is not so pretty, of course: the industry is highly competitive and there’s a low chance of actually making it in Hollywood. But this is one career path that most likely begins in childhood since it requires hard work, time and perseverance.
Many boys dream of being astronauts when they grow up. This is interesting given this important fact: NASA has only employed 150 people at a time. In 2010, they had 64. Yet despite the small numbers of actual working astronauts, this dream job still tops the list.
Like an astronaut, becoming a firefighter is another career that boys dream of while growing up. There are over 1 million firefighters in the United States, so this is a more realistic job than becoming an astronaut, yet still has that excitement factor for little kids who want to dress up in the uniform and save others.
Kids love helping their moms and grandmas in the kitchen- particularly when it comes to baking cookies. Becoming a chef is another top dream job for children. Even the reality television world is catching on, with shows such as Masterchef Junior featuring kids who are culinary whizzes.
Little girls love ballet- particularly the uniforms, the shoes and the focus on twirling- so it’s no surprise this is a top dream job. Like an astronaut, it’s not quite as realistic, as it’s extremely competitive. But for kids, it’s an exciting career path that involves costumes and magic.
A 2013 survey found that being a doctor is a dream job that tops the list: 1,000 children (both genders) wanted to enter the medical profession. What’s interesting about that survey is the kids were anywhere from the age of two to 12. Like being a teacher, being a doctor is one childhood dream job that is hard, yet realistic.
This LinkedIn survey found that many girls in the United States dreamed of becoming writers. Given the competitive nature of the writing industry, it’s safe to say that every writer has carried that dream over from their childhood.
There are always those children who want to be famous, no matter what they end up doing, thanks to the influence of the media and television. Being a celebrity is perhaps the definition of a dream job- one that really doesn’t have any basis in reality.
Recognize any of the jobs on the list? Perhaps you have one of these careers now, or recall a childhood spent wanting to be an astronaut or a ballerina. Some of these dream jobs are simply that- dreams. Nonetheless, they’re fun to think about.
What is your childhood dream job? Is it on this list? Let us know in the comments section below.