Fatherly and New York Life joined forces in finding the answer with the Imagination Report, a survey of more than 1,000 kids under the age of 12*. While the top five professions (doctor, vet, engineer, police officer, and teacher) are consistent with previous years’ surveys far fewer kids want to be athletes now than they did in 2015 (now #8 overall, bumped down from its spot at the top). 

The girls that were surveyed were much more likely to dream of STEM careers than boys. Of all the kids that wanted to be doctors, 80% were girls while boys gravitated toward civil service work with the police or fire department.

The report also found parents having less of an influence on their child’s career dreams than ever before. Parents are now third place in the list of kid’s influencers falling behind the combined media categories of TV, movies, and online streaming sites like YouTube.

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* Survey Methodology: These are the findings from the 2017 Fatherly Imagination Report which was sponsored by New York Life. The 2017 report updates the 2015 report, the methodology for which is located here.