Here’s a fun wee survey from goo Ranking, looking at the top ten jobs that Japanese wanted to do when they were a child, for both boys and girls.


Over the 24th and 24th of May 2011 1,085 members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 53.5% of the sample were male, 11.0% in their teens, 15.3% in their twenties, 27.5% in their thirties, 25.1% in their forties, 12.6% in their fifties, and 8.6% aged sixty or older. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

I’m actually surprised by the results being a bit more adult that when I was a kid. Doctors, football players, pilots and spacemen was as far as we got, none of this author business or translators or diplomats. However, I do suspect there is a little bit of selective memory going on, as there are no train drivers for the boys.

When my brother was in the last year at primary school, I think it was, he wrote an essay on what he wanted to be; a dog eutheniser at the police pound.

Ranking results

Q: What did you want to be when you grew up? (Sample size=580, male)

Rank &nbsp Score
1 Sportsman 100
2 Pilot 53.6
3 Doctor 36.4
4 Author, manga creator 32.5
5 Schoolteacher 27.2
6 Astronaut 24.5
7 Baker, cake maker 19.9
8 Lawyer 17.9
9= Singer 13.9
9= Diplomat 13.9

Q: What did you want to be when you grew up? (Sample size=505, female)

Rank &nbsp Score
1 Baker, cake maker 100
2 Schoolteacher 65.0
3 Author, manga creator 48.6
4 Singer 39.3
5 Nurse 35.7
6 Television presenter 19.3
7 Interpreter, translator 14.3
8 Model 10.7
9 Doctor 9.3
10 Lawyer 7.1


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