When I Grow Up...

Allison Keene

Recently I came across a great comic outlining what the world would look like if everyone grew up to be what they wanted as kids. As you would expect, there are a plethora of princesses and astronauts, but no accountants in sight ...

Forbes polled children ages 5-12 and discovered that their ideal jobs are ones that, in the real world, aren't the best-paid (although the financial data regarding superheroes and, in one case, SpongeBob, remains unknown).
Though money isn't everything when you're 5 (especially when your general concept of income leads you to believe that a job may make on average $29 annually), many kids are still drawn to big-money careers such as professional athletes, pop stars and, y'know, doctors. But unsurprisingly, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the most popular jobs in the U.S. for 2010 (popular being defined as "accounting for more than 25 percent of total U.S. employment") include the far more moderately compensated: cashiers, office clerks, janitors, movers and waiters (don't forget freelance writers).

So what did you guys want to be when you were kids? And did you get close to achieving it? I wanted to be POTUS … or a rock star. As for the latter, if my car can count as a venue, I did greatly succeed on the No Audience To Contradict Me! circuit.