Childhood dream jobs: Over a quarter of the kids want to work in healthcare

The job landscape is ever changing. Many careers that kids dream of didn’t exist when their parents were young – but which jobs are at the top of kids’ lists for when they grow up? 

What were the findings of the the survey?

To find out, The Ellie Sparkle’s Show surveyed 1,000 kids aged 5-8 across the US to find out what they dream of becoming when they grow up, how they want to work and why they want to do it. Since 81% of parents in the US said they regularly talk to their children about their career aspirations, the survey commissioned by the children’s entertainment show also asked 1,000 US parents what they dream of for their children’s future job roles.

Becoming Healthcare Professional tops list in US

Becoming a doctor, nurse or healthcare professional tops the list of childhood dream jobs In the United States. When 1,000 kids across America were surveyed about their dream job growing up, over a quarter of the respondents said they want to work in the health sector in the future. This was followed by becoming a teacher (16.5%) and a scientist (12%). 

Rank

Job

% of children wishing to pursue this career

1

Doctor/Nurse/Healthcare Professional

26.2%

2

Teacher

16.5%

3

Scientist

12.0%

4

TikToker/YouTuber/Vlogger

11.9%

5

Actor

10.9%

6

Police officer

9.7%

7

Dancer

9.7%

8

Veterinarian

9.1%

9

Dentist/Dental Nurse

6.7%

10

Zookeeper

5.6%

TikToker, Youtuber or Vlogger comes in 4th, above actor and police officer, which came 5th and 6th respectively. This is one example of a ‘dream job’ that wouldn’t have existed in past generations. The same kids were asked what the most important thing is to them in their future career – 35% said helping other people, followed by 28% who answered having fun. 

Parents Want Their Kids To Prioritize Happiness Over Money

The survey also asked parents what they felt is important for their kids to achieve in their future careers. Parents want their kids to prioritize being happy rather than concentrating on how much they earn (88%), followed by wanting their child to help others (71%). 

Whilst only one in seven (13%) children surveyed said making lots of money was their top priority when they grow up, almost two thirds of parents (65%) felt that this is important. 

This was followed by 53% wanting their child’s future job to contribute toward protecting the environment and 43% saying they think it is important for their child to be able to travel in their future job. Parents have a big impact on their child’s future as the survey also revealed that 60% of kids said that their parents inspired them to pick their dream job.

24% also cited their favorite TV shows and films as their biggest career inspiration, 23% gave credit to their grandparents, and 22% said they were inspired by their favorite YouTubers. 

Children want flexible working in their future job 

The survey revealed that kids across the US wish to work around 5 hours a day, 4 days a week. It is clear from the survey results that children are looking to the future with a different perspective. 73% said they want a flexible working structure (allowing them to choose whether they work from home or an office) whilst over half said they’d like to work from home all the time – a concept that would not have been considered a few years ago. 

These are the top five things that kids want in their future jobs: 

Rank

In my future job, I want to.. 

% of children

1

choose to work from home and work in an official place of work (flexible working)

73%

2

To work in a city 

67%

3

To travel the world 

66%

4

To work with technology

63%

5

To work outdoors 

63%

To see the full study and the top dream jobs in each US state, please visit the website.