Vets, Florists And Designers: Here Are The Top 12 Childhood Dream Jobs

Remember when you were little and people asked you what you wanted to be when you grew up like all the time? But this was a really fun question at this point because when you said Princess/President of the United States or Space Cowboy people didn’t laugh. But all that changes around the age of 20. Suddenly this questions turns into ”What is your five year plan?” or “What do you plan to do with that useless philosophy degree?” or “Get off the couch and find a job,” (which isn’t even a question.)

But how many people actually fulfill their childhood dream job goals? LinkedIn was interested in knowing the answer to this question so they surveyed more than 8,000 professionals globally, and found that just 8.9% currently work in their childhood dream job, though another 21% say they at least work in a career that relates to their original dream job.

Nicole Williams, Career Expert and LinkedIn Connection Director, told The Grindstone:

“I was a little surprised (and delighted) that in this economy, so many people responded that they have their childhood dream job! It implies that people are happy in the work they do. The study also indicates something I know to be very true, which is that if you look at the core of your dream job (helping people, teaching, inspiring others etc.), while the package or title (teacher for example) may not be what you expected, the spirit and skill set are the same.”

Our childhood dream jobs tend to be “pure” in that they aren’t confused with what our parents wanted for us or societal and financial expectations. Our childhood dreams are connected to our passions which directly correspond with our natural talents and abilities. It’s not to say those who have their dream jobs don’t have bad days or have had it easy (they have had to study and practice like the rest of us), it’s just their source of motivation is deeper and clearer and this is what makes people happy in the work that they do…even on the hard days.”

Respondents said the main reasons for not pursuing their dream jobs were it was too difficult or expensive to pursue (14.6%) or they chose a more profitable career (12.6%.) I mean, how much can being a space ranger really pay? But some people, 36.6% still haven’t given up on obtaining their dream job.

But if you want to see who else wanted to be a prima ballerina or marine biologist then take a look at this list.

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    • Lastango

      Who cares where all the cowboys have gone. That list is soooo 20th century. Let’s update for the new millennium:


      == TV personality. You’re the gatekeeper on everyone else’s fame. They’re gonna be kissing up so hard you’ll have to chapstick your butt.

      == Diversicrat. Get paid $250k/year for holding down a lifetime sinecure at Big U and telling the faculties to dumb down their hiring.

      == Corporate Board Member. The more boards you’re on, the more other boards will want you. You’ll never have to do a day’s work.

      == Famous for being famous. Just like Kim K., you’re a perpetual motion machine. The bigger you are the bigger you’ll get.

      == Wall Street/Washington busrider. Back and forth you go between stealing a vast salary, and a Fed/Treasury/Fannie/Freddie/Hud job where you help your friends steal vast salaries.

      == Eco-thief. Solar panels, windmills, biomass, ethanol… the subsidies roll in until you’re rolling in it!

      == “$cholar”. Your grad students will cut-and-paste together your books, your buddies will peer-review them, and you too can be a star at Harvard — just like Dr.’s Tribe, Ogletree, Dershowitz, and Suk.

      == Celebrity Spouse. Sure beats working for it yourself, and you can be even more famous than the dope who married you.

      == Rapper. How hard can that be? If it works, great. If not, well, it’s not as though you slaved your youth away like an aspiring concert violinist.

      == Political pundit. Don’t have a clue? So what. Just say whatever you want, and don’t worry about being wrong. Just skate away, like the rest of the talking heads.