Most girls want to be a vet, boys a footballer

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Being a vet is the number one dream job for young girls, whereas boys want to be a professional footballer, according to a new survey.

Job board reed.co.uk asked 250 children aged between seven and 10 what they wanted to be when they grew up.

More than a quarter of girls wanted to be vets, followed by teachers. The third most popular career choice among girls was engineering – a surprising result giving the lower number of women in STEM jobs.

Reasons they gave for wanting to pursue this career included a love of technology, creativity and the desire to study hard.

Boys were a bit more predictable, with nearly a quarter wanting to be a professional footballer, followed by an inventor and a policeman. 

The top five dream jobs for girls

  1. Vet
  2. Teacher
  3. Engineer
  4. Doctor
  5. Baker

The top five dream jobs for boys

  1. Footballer
  2. Inventor
  3. Policeman
  4. Builder
  5. Engineer

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