Kids' profession choice is shaped by their birth month
The month in which babies are born can influence what profession they will end up with in later life, a new study has suggested.world Updated: Sep 05, 2011 17:08 IST
The month in which babies are born can influence what profession they will end up with in later life, a new study has suggested.
A child born December is more likely to become a dentist while someone whose birthday falls in January will tend to a debt collector, the study by the Office for National Statistics found.
A February birth appears to increase the chances of being an artist while March babies appear to go on to become pilots.
Meanwhile, April and May are said to have a fairly even spread of professions, births in the summer months mean a much lower chance of becoming a high-earning football player, doctor or dentist.
The study was derived by researchers who analysed the birth months of people in 19 separate occupations using information from the last census, the Daily Mail reported.
"It seems absurd the month in which you are born can affect life chances, but how long you live, how tall you are, how well you do at school, your body mass index as an adult, your morning-versus-evening preference and how likely you are to develop a range of diseases are all correlated to some extent with the time of year in which you emerge from the womb," the Telegraph quoted Russell Foster, an Oxford University neuroscientist, as saying.