Footballer and teacher top jobs among kids, suggests survey

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What do you want to do when you're older? Well, footballer and teacher are the top job choices for children, suggests a survey commissioned by Newsround.

The survey carried out 1,645 online interviews with boys and girls aged eight to 12.

The most popular job choice among boys was footballer (24%), followed by police officer (6%).

Teacher was the top pick among girls (16%), followed by hairdresser (13%).

But it seems that kids are worried about getting jobs when they're older.

More than half (55%) felt it will be difficult to get a job when they're older.

The survey suggests that boys think money is the most important quality when it comes to getting a job (33%). But, girls think helping others do something worthwhile is more important (35%).

Just 7% of the children who took part think fame would be an important part of their daily job.


Children were also asked about their heroes.

Forty-one per cent of those who did have a hero said it was a member of their family - with mum and dad topping the list.

Over half of the boys said they would most like to be like David Beckham, while over a third (35%) of girls chose Rihanna as their favourite celebrity to emulate.

The online survey of 1,645 boys and girls aged 8-12 was completed in schools in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland by Childwise, from 4 to 28 June 2013.