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Children want to grow up to become performers: survey

The survey found that doctors were the second-most popular profession among children

Children want to grow up to become performers: survey

What jobs do Taiwanese children want the most when they grow up? According to a survey released yesterday ahead of the April 4 Children's Day, they want to be singers and actors.
The survey, conducted by Mandarin Daily News, found that doctors were the second-most popular profession among children, followed by computer engineers.
Meanwhile, the three most unpopular professions were morticians, explosion stuntmen and farmers.
Also on the unpopular job list was president, which took fifth place. Many respondents said that becoming president would make them an easy target of public protests and that the job was too stressful and tiresome, though it offered high pay.
The survey was conducted in March among 1,588 fifth and sixth graders from 48 schools around the country. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.46 percent.
According to Feng Yen, a professor at National Taiwan University's Department of Social Work, the fact that show business was so attractive to the younger generation demonstrated that children are affected more by media and social influences than by their families or schools.
"They see only the pompous appearances but fail to see the hard work behind it," Feng said.
She advised parents not to allow their children to spend too much time watching TV or using the Internet to keep the media from taking their place in raising their children.
Feng also expressed concern over results that suggested children prefer jobs that offer high pay and little work.
She presumed that if hi-tech professionals, entrepreneurs and business owners were among the options provided in the survey, many children probably would have chosen them.
The survey results show that the top considerations in choosing professions among the children were pay, stability and whether they are interesting.


Updated : 2021-03-06 07:25 GMT+08:00