Do You Have the Same Job as One of Your Parents?
I was fascinated by the study outlined on Mental Floss using Facebook to see if children go into the same careers as their parents. The Facebook study also looked at whether siblings choose the same field. The study found that,
15% of siblings share an occupation, which is higher than the 8.6% rate for any two same-gender, same-age individuals in the population. Twins’ tendency to choose the same occupation, at 24.7%, is even more striking.
Still, the study also found that “in absolute terms the vast majority of kids strike their own path and choose a profession different than that of their parents or their siblings.”
In my family, two of us are in the same field, and the other three are in three different fields, yielding four career fields for five people.
But then I went ahead and married a writer, therefore, my kids have two parents in the same field. One wants to be a writer, too, and one doesn’t. Though, of course, they’re young so that may change many times over before they settle on a career. After all, I wanted to be a fish researcher or a cardiologist when I was their age.
How about you? Same career field (not necessarily same job, but same area of work) as one of your parents? As one of your siblings, if you have siblings? As your partner?