Pet Ownership Shows Professional Interests

Survey reveals what your pet says about your career pick.

Posted: November 22, 2010, 2 a.m. EST

Dog ownership may be indicative of a career pathWe’ve all heard people claim to be either a dog person or a cat person, and this pet preference is supposed to provide insight into their personality. But does the type of animal you own say anything about your career path? According to a nationwide survey released by, it does.

The online survey, conducted by Harris Interactive, looked at pet ownership in relation to a person’s chosen profession, compensation and job satisfaction. More than 2,300 U.S. workers with pets were polled for the survey.

It found that workers with dogs were more likely to hold senior management positions, such as a CEO or senior vice president. Workers with snakes or other reptiles were more likely to earn six figures and bird owners were more likely to be satisfied with their jobs, according to the survey.

In terms of career paths, the survey found that owners of certain pets were more likely to report being drawn to certain professions. Specifically:

  • Dog owners were more likely to be professors, nurses, IT professionals, military and entertainers.

  • Cat owners were more likely to be physicians, real estate agents, 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 reps, construction workers and administrative professionals.

  • Reptile owners were more likely to be engineers, social workers, marketing and public relations professionals, editors or writers and police officers.


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Stephanie   North Canton, OH

11/23/2010 6:51:33 PM


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Galadriel   Lothlorien, ME

11/22/2010 11:04:22 PM

What if you're like me and you own all of the above? Perhaps I'm destined for the looney bin? Yep, that must be it.

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TC   Houston, TX

11/22/2010 10:52:36 PM


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Brooke   Stokes, CA

11/22/2010 1:46:07 PM

That's cool I am a dog owner and also a dog trainer I also have a pet Lizard.LOVE so keep me udated! :)

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