“When I grow up I want to be a pilot” has long been a childhood dream of many around the world and, according to our search data analysis, the profession has lost none of its fascination. With close to a million annual searches around the world each year for ‘how to be a pilot’ and its translations, it topped our list of dream jobs as well as the work wishlists of 25 countries around the world, including countries like the USA, England and Australia. Our lust for travel shows no bounds following the pandemic and, with excellent pay, benefits and truly unique views on offer as you fly around the world, it’s easy to see why the thought of becoming a pilot continues to enthrall many of us.
In second place is the long-revered job of becoming a writer. There are many routes into this career of words and imagination whether that be a novelist, scriptwriter, journalist or copywriter. It’s a job that offers great flexibility as it can be done from anywhere around the world. There are big rewards if you reach the very top and yet, it also promises to be a grueling career for many filled with rejection, self-doubt and financial concerns. Despite this, an impressive 75 countries around the world dream of becoming a writer more than any other job, including the residents of New Zealand, South Africa and Sweden.
Another job in the arts takes our third spot - that of a professional dancer, a skill that requires huge levels of time and commitment to perfect. It’s clear that we dream of flexing our creative talents as several other roles in arts and culture feature in our top 20 including actor, singer and DJ. There are also several jobs featuring prominently that wouldn’t even have existed a decade or two ago such as YouTuber (4th), influencer (7th) and blogger (12th). Predominantly public sector jobs such as teacher (10th), doctor (13th) and firefighter (16th) also feature in our worldwide list of the most popular dream jobs.
To break down our results even further we’ve created a colour-coded map below that provides an at-a-glance view of which jobs are most popular in different countries.