Subscribe

What would British most like to do? Write books – or at least be around them

More people said they would like to be an author than any other job, according to a new poll by the British marketing research company YouGov. The second- and third-highest ranking jobs were similarly book-based – librarian ranked second and academic ranked third.

  • close
    A bestsellers bookshelf sits at The Book Cellar, an independent bookstore in Lincoln Square in Chicago, Illinois.
    Ann Hermes
    View Caption
  • About video ads
    View Caption
of

It turns out there are a lot of people in Britain who dream of the life of a writer.

According to a recent poll by the British market research company YouGov, the job of an author is the most desired profession among those they surveyed (more than 14,000 adults living in Great Britain). 

Respondents were asked “whether you would or would not like to do each of the following for a living,” according to YouGov, and 60 percent of people said they would like to be an author. In addition, the smallest percentage of people in the results – 32 percent – said they would not like to be an author.

Recommended: The 100 best books of all time

The second- and third-highest ranking professions were also book-centered. Fifty-four percent of respondents said they would like to be a librarian and 51 percent of people said they would like to be an academic.

These professions ranked higher than such jobs as lawyer (which came in fourth) and doctor (which came in seventh) as well as higher than such jobs that are often thought to be glamorous like movie star (which ranked fourteenth) and TV presenter (which ranked eighth).

Interior designer came in at fifth, with 41 percent saying they would like to have the job, while journalist was ranked sixth.

“Instead of actors and musicians, it seems that an aura of prestige still surrounds the quiet, intellectual life enjoyed by authors, librarians and academics,” YouGov staff wrote in the results.

About these ads
Sponsored Content by LockerDome
 
 
Make a Difference
Inspired? Here are some ways to make a difference on this issue.
FREE Newsletters
Get the Monitor stories you care about delivered to your inbox.
 

We want to hear, did we miss an angle we should have covered? Should we come back to this topic? Or just give us a rating for this story. We want to hear from you.

Loading...

Loading...

Loading...

Save for later

Save
Cancel

Saved ( of items)

This item has been saved to read later from any device.
Access saved items through your user name at the top of the page.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You reached the limit of 20 saved items.
Please visit following link to manage you saved items.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You have already saved this item.

View Saved Items

OK