Employees' Dream Jobs from Ballerina to Fighter Pilot

Do Today's Grown-Up Workers Still Care About Their Childhood Dreams?

What Was Your Dream Job?

"What do you want to be when you grow up?"

Children are asked this question even before the start of kindergarten. They speak longingly and sincerely of becoming doctors, teachers, astronauts, ballerinas, rock stars, professional athletes and jet pilots. But when wide-eyed children face the harsh reality of ballooning education costs combined with adult life in the workforce, do any of them stick with their dreams? Or is the whole idea of a "dream job" simply a fluid, ever-changing concept?

Salary.com surveyed more than 1,100 people and asked them about their dream jobs, their current jobs and their passions. We wanted to know if they're doing what they always dreamed of, if those dreams morphed into something else entirely, whether or not they're passionate about their careers and what employers can do to help.



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