Does the fact that you cringe at the sight of your neighbor’s 20 cats and prefer the company of your trusty Lassie companion mean you’re more likely to have a job as a police officer — or a CEO? Does your love of slithering reptiles mean you spend your days as a salesperson or a social worker? Does your strange obsession with your foul-mouthed parrot mean you’re more likely to be in construction or public relations?
Pets bring many things into our lives — including companionship, fun, and, unfortunately, more cleaning duties. Research has shown that pets may also make their owners more trustworthy, better at making connections and more apt to help out others by volunteering — “social capital” traits that can carry over into the workplace. So what do our choices in pets tell us about our professions? CareerBuilder’s newest survey of more than 2,300 workers with pets examines a person’s choice of pets in relation to chosen profession, compensation and job satisfaction — and the results may surprise you:
Which pet owners make the most money — and are happiest with their jobs?
- Highest job positions: Workers with dogs were more likely to report holding senior management positions like CEO, CFO, or Senior Vice President.
- Most money: Workers with snakes/reptiles were the most likely to report earning six figures.
- Happiest with their jobs: Workers with birds were the most likely to report being satisfied with their jobs.
In terms of career paths, those in certain professions were more likely to have certain types of pets.
Does your chosen profession match up with your pet of choice?
- Dog owners were more likely to be professors, nurses, information technology professionals, military professionals and entertainers.
- Cat owners were more likely to be physicians, real estate agents, science/medical lab technicians, machine operators and personal caretakers.
- Fish owners were more likely to be human resources professionals, financial professionals, hotel and leisure professionals, farming/fishing/forestry. professionals and transportation professionals.
- Bird owners were more likely to be advertising professionals, sales representatives, construction workers and administrative professionals.
- Snake/reptile owners were more likely to be engineers, social workers, marketing/public relations professionals, editors/writers and police officers.
Do you think pets help you be a better person in your professional life?
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