HR Strange But True!
August 21, 2008

A recent survey found a link between astrological signs and a person's job satisfaction, compensation, and even career choice.

The survey of more than 8,000 workers found that people with the astrological signs Scorpio, Leo, Taurus, and Cancer were the most likely to earn $100,000 or more a year. Meanwhile, people with the astrological signs of Aquarius and Capricorn were among the most likely to earn $35,000 or less.

People with the astrological signs Pisces, Sagittarius, and Capricorn were reportedly the most satisfied with their current jobs, while Gemini and Cancer were the least satisfied.

The survey also identified the professions most commonly held by different astrological signs.

  • Aquarius: sales, military, engineering, mechanic, food preparation, facilities management, and transportation
  • Pisces: social work, personal care, IT, facilities management, and mechanic
  • Aries: government, construction, hotel /recreation, IT, education, and transportation
  • Taurus: nursing, engineering, attorney/judge, marketing/public relations, and higher education
  • Gemini: art/design/architecture, nursing and personal care, sales, law enforcement, firefighter, and machine operation
  • Cancer: government, legal services, advertising, higher education, machine operation, transportation, and military
  • Leo: government, legal services, art/design/architecture, engineering, entertainment, real estate, and education
  • Virgo: social work, sales, hotel/recreation, editing/writing, and food preparation
  • Libra: social work, government, advertising, machine operation, law enforcement, firefighter, sales, and education
  • Scorpio : legal services, engineering, science, education, construction, and skilled trades
  • Sagittarius: editing/writing, marketing/public relations, entertainment, hotel/recreation, IT, and military
  • Capricorn: art/design/architecture, nursing, science, IT, sales, farming, and food preparation

The survey also examined whether there was a link between birth order, compensation, and career choice.

The survey found a higher percentage of first-born children earned $100,000 or more a year compared to their younger siblings, with the youngest being the least likely to earn six figures. Middle children were most likely to be in the $35,000 a year or less bracket.

The survey also identified which career paths first, last, and middle children are more apt to take:

  • First Born: government, engineering, pharmacy and science
  • Middle Child: nursing, law enforcement, fire fighting, and machine operation
  • Last Born: art/design, sales, and information technology

The survey reports that first born children are more likely to hold vice president or senior management positions while middle children are more likely to hold professional or technical staff positions. Last born children were shown to identify more with administrative clerical positions.

Last born children reported being the least satisfied with their current job, while middle children were reported as being the most satisfied.


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