Thursday, October 23, 2008

Can Birth Order Determine Your Career?

I found this interesting article over at about birth order and whether it can determine your career. They went through first born, middle child and the youngest and looked at several factors that can determine your job success or failure. Here's what they had to say about first borns.

Personality: Firstborns are ambitious, assertive, dominant and disciplined compared to their younger siblings. They're determined to succeed yet fearful of losing position and rank, and are defensive about errors and mistakes, Dattner says.

Compensation: A recent survey by found that workers who were the firstborn child in their families were more likely to earn $100,000 or more annually compared to their siblings.

Professions: The oldest tend to pursue vocations that require higher education, like medicine, engineering or law. Firstborns from the survey reported working in jobs in government, engineering, pharmacy and science. Ohio State University researchers found firstborn children were more likely to pursue "intellectual" jobs.

Job level: Workers who are firstborn are more likely to report holding a vice president or senior management position, according to the survey.

Famous firstborns: Oprah, Hillary Clinton, Winston Churchill, Sylvester Stallone and Bill Clinton.

Does that sound about right? Check out the article here for the rest of their findings.


Melissa said...

I can sum up most of us firstborns in just one word: BOSSY. That explains the senior management positions...

Anonymous said...

What a bunch of baloney!!! Makes for interesting reading but it doesn't hold water. You can't pigeon-hole siblings by their sequential exit from the womb. What an irresponsible waste of an article. It's a shame some people will believe anything they read.

Melissa said...

I'll bet "anonymous" is the youngest in his/her family! :-)

Natalie said...

Melissa, thanks for making spit water all over my computer!!!! :)