Survey finds UK adults would rather be a journalist than an astronaut, Olympic athlete, MP or model

Journalists may enjoy having a good moan about pay, working conditions and various other difficulties associated with the job. (Picture: Shutterstock)

But our profession is the envy of many, according to a new YouGov poll, which has found more people would like to be a journalist than an Olympic athlete, an astronaut or a model.

The study asked 14,294 adults in Great Britain between 25 January and 6 February: “Generally speaking, please say whether you would or would not like to do each of the following for a living.” They were then given a random list of eight of 31 jobs.

And it found that journalism was the sixth most desirable career path, behind: author, librarian, academic, lawyer and interior designer.

Some 39 per cent of those quizzed said they would like to do journalism for a living, while 53 per cent said they would not. The other 8 per cent did not know.

The poll showed that 42 per cent of men surveyed would like to be a journalist, compared with 37 per cent of women.

More than half (51 per cent) of 18-24-year-olds said they would like to be journalists, but older age groups were less interested, with 38 per cent of 25-39-year-olds, 38 per cent of 40-59-year-olds and 35 per cent of those aged 60 and over expressing an interest.

The 39 per cent score put journalism level with being a doctor, and above TV presenter (36 per cent), train driver (35 per cent), Olympic athlete, MP and Hollywood movie star (all 31 per cent).

Further down the list were Formula 1 driver, chef and farmer (all 29 per cent), astronaut (27 per cent), firefighter (26 per cent) and model (19 per cent).

Read the study's findings here, and YouGov's write-up here.

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