Japanese Kids’ Dream Jobs of the Future: Pâtissier and YouTubers

April 16, 20213:12 pm3144 views
Japanese Kids’ Dream Jobs of the Future: Pâtissier and YouTubers
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What did you want to be when you grew up? Time changes, so do career trends. There are good chances that what Millennials wanted to be as a child is different from what today’s children want to be in the future. Gen Alpha, those born since the year 2010 and until the year 2025, are the first generation shaped in the 21st century. No wonder, they are highly engaged through social media and known as ‘digital natives’.

What jobs are popular among this youngest generation?

Adecco, a Japanese company that provides human resource services, conducted a nationwide survey asking 900 elementary and junior high school boys and girls what job they wanted to do in the future. Overall, girls at both elementary and junior high school level chose pâtissier (confectioner) as their top job. Boys in elementary school picked YouTubers or similar kinds of video contributors, while boys at junior high said a company worker, Nippon.com reports.

Although very few elementary school children said they wanted to be a company worker or a public servant, in junior high those were the top two jobs for boys and second and third highest choices for girls, indicating that the higher the grade, the more realistic children become and more stability they prefer.

YouTuber, engineer/programmer, and game creator were all listed in the top ten jobs for boys at both elementary and junior high school. Having been surrounded by smartphones and other digital devices since birth, they show a natural interest in jobs with a high affinity with digital technology.

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Elementary School Girls
Pâtissier22.0%
Teacher (kindergarten to university)10.0%
Doctor7.3%
Nurse6.7%
YouTuber or similar video contributor2.7%
Manga artist2.7%
Teacher (piano/other private lessons)2.0%
Academic/researcher1.7%
Fashion designer1.7%
Singer1.7%
Company worker1.7%

Compiled by Nippon.com based on data from Adecco.

Junior High School Girls
Pâtissier18.7%
Public servant15.3%
Company worker12.0%
Nurse10.0%
Teacher9.3%
Doctor4.7%
Fashion designer4.7%
Flight attendant4.0%
Singer4.0%
Housewife4.0%

Compiled by Nippon.com based on data from Adecco.

Elementary School Boys
YouTuber or similar video contributor8.7%
Soccer player7.3%
Police officer/detective6.7%
Driver (bus, taxi, train)6.7%
Baseball player6.0%
Engineer/programmer4.7%
Game creator4.7%
Academic/researcher4.0%
Doctor3.3%
Public servant3.3%

Compiled by Nippon.com based on data from Adecco.

Junior High School Boys
Company worker17.3%
Public servant17.3%
Game creator15.3%
Engineer/programmer14.0%
Academic/researcher10.0%
YouTuber or similar video contributor9.3%
Programmer8.7%
Doctor8.0%
Soccer player7.3%
Company manager7.3%

Compiled by Nippon.com based on data from Adecco.

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