First-Born Siblings More Likely To Seek Advanced Career Fields

November 16, 2017

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It's the dream of many parents that their children finish high school and earn high enough grades to be accepted into a prestigious college (and possible some scholarship money).  While more high school graduates attend college what the major in depends on their birth order.  According to a new study published in the science journal Social Forces, First-born children tend to choose more prestigious and profitable university programs such as medicine or engineering than their later-born siblings, who tended to gravitate to lower education majors.  It echoes an earlier study that found first-borns earn more money than later-borns. The research found that second-borns are 27% less likely than first-borns to apply to medical school and third-borns are less likely to study medicine than second-borns and third-borns were 54% less likely to aim for more advanced career fields than the first-born. The study examined 146,000 students born between 1982 and 1990, who enrolled at university during the years 2001 to 2012. What causes is, according to the report are parents who aren’t demanding as much from later-born kids than they do for first-born. With the first-born being an only child for a time they benefit from exclusive attention and this gives them an early head start.

SOURCE: EurekAlert

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