Sibling Order Affects Future Carers Paths Disney Statisticians Show

It’s a subject that rears its head every now and again, with research confirming that the order siblings are born in impacts upon their direction in later life.

This time Disney is poking in with their two-penneth of research saying that first born children are more likely to ‘reach for the stars’.

Statisticians analysed a random sample of more than 500 successful people from across 11 different career groups.

They looked at what order they were born in compared to any siblings and what effects this had on their future carer choice.

It found that firstborn children tended to gravitate towards science and engineering, with a disproportionate number of astronauts being eldest siblings.

Middle-born children learn early compete for attention, with 30 per cent of them becoming a CEO such as
Mark Zuckerberg or Lord Alan Sugar.

But it’s not just the business world benefiting from middle-born children. Olympic athletes have a much higher rate of coming from the pool of middle-born children than other sibling positions.

Being the youngest child means a higher likelihood – 50 per cent – of going on to become a classical musician.

Psychologist Emma Kenny who took part in the research says: “The research conducted over the last month has shown that birth order is a significant factor in determining employment role types between siblings – overall there are far more typical cases than exceptions.”

Disney commissioned the research to celebrate sibling bonds in their hit film Frozen.