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Table 2 Liking for different jobs for those who spontaneously mentioned (N = 129) or did not mention (N = 1170) medicine on any of the open-ended questionsa

From: Doctor, builder, soldier, lawyer, teacher, dancer, shopkeeper, vet: exploratory study of which eleven-year olds would like to become a doctor

RIASEC SOC 2000   ☺ Would like this job Wouldn’t like this job Kendall’s τc , P
Medicine mentioned Medicine not mentioned Medicine mentioned Medicine not mentioned
Medical specialties
ISr 2 Hospital doctor 84.5 % (109) 20.4 % (239) 3.9 % (5) 54.4 % (636) .248, p  < .001
RIS 2 Surgeon 46.5 % (60) 11.8 % (138) 32.6 % (42) 67.9 % (795) .151, p  < .001
ISr 2 GP (General practitioner) 36.4 % (47) 6.8 % (80) 37.2 % (48) 61.4 % (718) .121, p  < .001
ISa 2 Psychiatrist 21.7 % (28) 7.9 % (93) 46.5 % (60) 64.4 % (753) .076, p  < .001
Other jobs
SIr 3 Nurse 41.1 % (53) 12.9 % (151) 33.3 % (43) 65.4 % (765) .135, p  < .001
Ir 2 Scientist 52.7 % (68) 23.1 % (270) 24.0 % (31) 49.6 % (580) .124, p  < .001
Eia 2 Lawyer 48.1 % (62) 26.0 % (304) 22.5 % (29) 47.9 % (560) .108, p  < .001
E 2 Businessperson 50.4 % (65) 30.1 % (352) 20.9 % (27) 37.0 % (433) .086, p  < .001
CE 2 Accountant 23.3 % (30) 11.3 % (132) 31.8 % (41) 45.6 % (534) .067, p  < .001
IRa 2 Archaeologist 24.8 % (32) 14.7 % (172) 41.1 % (53) 55.6 % (651) .060, p  = .001
Aei 3 Journalist 19.4 % (25) 17.9 % (209) 35.7 % (46) 54.2 % (634) .057, p  = .001
IRc 2 Engineer 36.4 % (47) 21.7 % (254) 42.6 % (55) 52.9 % (619) .054, p  = .004
Sa 2 Teacher 22.5 % (29) 21.5 % (251) 32.6 % (42) 47.2 % (552) .043, p  = .011
Rci 5 Mechanic 19.4 % (25) 13.4 % (157) 55.8 % (72) 63.7 % (745) .032, p = .065
IC 2 Computer programmer 31.8 % (41) 25.8 % (302) 43.4 % (56) 49.0 % (573) .026, p = .156
ESc 6 Air steward/Flight attendant 10.9 % (14) 10.2 % (119) 53.5 % (69) 59.7 % (698) .021, p = .220
RCi 3 Airline pilot 19.4 % (25) 17.4 % (204) 54.3 % (70) 59.4 % (695) .018, p = .294
RE 3 Police officer 31.0 % (40) 24.7 % (289) 45.0 % (58) 45.5 % (532) .014, p = .462
IR 2 Vet 18.6 % (24) 17.8 % (208) 52.7 % (68) 56.8 % (665) .013, p = .435
Si 2 Social worker 14.0 % (18) 10.6 % (124) 62.8 % (81) 63.6 % (744) .007, p = .680
EC 7 Telephone salesperson 2.3 % (3) 1.8 % (21) 85.3 % (110) 86.6 % (1016) .006, p = .625
AR 3 Artist 27.1 % (35) 29.2 % (342) 39.5 % (51) 41.3 % (483) .000, p = .999
Ce 4 Secretary 9.3 % (12) 8.5 % (99) 62.8 % (81) 62.1 % (727) -.001, p = .952
Rc 5 Gardener 3.1 % (4) 3.8 % (45) 79.8 % (103) 77.7 % (909) -.008, p = .550
Ae 2 Videogame designer 34.9 % (45) 36.1 % (422) 48.8 % (63) 42.5 % (497) -.017, p = .351
(RE) (3) Soldier/Sailor/RAF 17.1 % (22) 18.4 % (215) 65.1 % (84) 58.7 % (687) -.021, p = .216
ECs 2 Shopkeeper 7.0 % (9) 8.4 % (98) 76.7 % (99) 68.5 % (801) -.029, p  = .050
AE 3 Designer 39.5 % (51) 45.2 % (529) 30.2 % (39) 23.1 % (270) -.030, p = .107
Reis 6 Hairdresser/barber 10.9 % (14) 14.5 % (170) 71.3 % (92) 60.1 % (703) -.040, p  = .013
Re 3 Sportsperson 34.1 % (44) 43.9 % (514) 42.6 % (55) 34.4 % (402) -.040, p  = .026
EA 3 Film producer/director 34.1 % (44) 42.1 % (492) 34.1 % (44) 24.5 % (287) -.041, p  = .026
R 5 Builder/decorator 15.5 % (20) 18.3 % (214) 62.8 % (81) 49.7 % (582) -.043, p  = .014
Ae 2 Actor/dancer/singer/musician 33.3 % (43) 46.3 % (542) 35.7 % (46) 26.5 % (310) -.052, p  = .004
  1. aJobs were rated on a three-point scale (“☺: Would like it a lot” / : Not sure” / “: Wouldn’t like it at all”), but only percentages of the first and last are presented. Kendall’s tau (τc) is calculated using all three groups, and significant associations with p < .05 are shown in bold. Jobs were presented in alphabetical order in the questionnaire, but here are sorted by Kendall’s tau. RIASEC codes are shown in size order, those greater than 5 in upper case and those between 4 and 5 in lower case. SOC2000 codes for occupational prestige are from 1 to 7 (but no 1 s were included). Note that Ns are slightly lower than in Table 1 due to not all children who had mentioned medicine answering the C3 questionnaire