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How many siblings you have may affect your career

Indy 100 logoIndy 100 17-04-2017 Louis Doré
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The order children are born in could affect their career in later life, a new study has found.

The research, commissioned to celebrate the film Frozen on National Siblings Day, Monday 10 April, compared a sample of over 500 successful individuals from 11 different career groups to find whether certain groups of children were more likely to find success in certain career paths.

They found that middle children are 30 per cent more likely to become company CEO's than their siblings, and Olympians were 41 per cent more likely to be middle children.

Meanwhile astronauts were 29 per cent more likely to be eldest children, and rockstars were 25 per cent more likely to be the eldest - as well as 32 per cent for reality TV stars.

Staggeringly, artists were 181 per cent more likely to be only children.

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The team of researchers analysed the proportion of each type of sibling in each sample group, comparing it to expectations of a normal family as defined in Office for National Statistics (ONS) data, finding whether they demonstrated a significant difference.

Psychologist Emma Kenny said: 

The research conducted over the last month has shown that birth order is a significant factor in determining employment role types between siblings - overall there are far more typical cases than exceptions.

Another finding of the study was that scientists and engineers were far more likely to come from much larger families than average - 4.66 children rather than the average of 2.44.

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