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Bizarre HR: Birth month determines career choice

By: Staff Journalist, Singapore
Published: Sep 09, 2011

BIZARRE HR

UK – The time of year a baby is born can shape the career path they will embark on in the future, a new study has suggested.

The study by the Office for National Statistics in the UK has found that being born in a certain month can indicate the statistical likelihood of the type of job a person will take up. The birth month could also affect the baby’s intelligence and length of life, the Daily Mail reported.

Based on the birth months of people in 19 different occupations from the last census, researchers have found that a child born in December is more likely to become a dentist or messiah.

Someone whose birthday falls in January will tend to become a debt collector or general practitioner while a February baby has a high chance of being an artist. Parents who want their kids to be pilots or musicians should try for a March delivery.

Meanwhile, April and May are said to have a fairly even spread of professions. However, babies born in the summer months mean they have a much lower chance of becoming a footballer, doctor or dentist. But those with June birthdays have a high likelihood of becoming chief executives and quite possibly a Nobel Prize winner.

July tend to produce many bricklayers and train drivers while August babies have a high tendency of becoming the president of a country.

Those born in September have the greatest percentage above average of becoming sports players and physicists. Parents may however want to avoid having a baby in November as the month produces a high number of serial killers and schizophrenics.

Research also showed that spring babies are at greater risk of illnesses such as asthma, autism, schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease. They may also be less clever than those born in other parts of the year. It suggested many of the differences are linked to a mother’s exposure to sunlight during pregnancy. As sunlight triggers the production of vitamin D in the body, a lack of this in the first months of life may have long-lasting effects.

While Russell Foster, an Oxford University neuroscientist, declined to give support to astrology as “it’s nonsense”, he believes these are small but “very, very clear” effects. “We are not immune to seasonal interference.”

He added, “It seems absurd the month in which you are born can affect life chances, but how long you live, how tall you are, how well you do at school… and how likely you are to develop a range of diseases are all correlated to some extent with the time of year in which you emerge from the womb."

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