For males, 11.4 per cent of those surveyed in Singapore wanted to be engineers; 9.2 per cent wanted to be scientists; and 8.5 per cent, airplane or helicopter pilots. Following close are those in the health profession – doctors/nurses/paramedics came in at 6.3 per cent. Police officers made the cut-off at 5.5 per cent.
A total of 8,000 professionals all over the world took part in the survey.
Globally, males wanted to be engineers (10.9 per cent), pilots (10 per cent), scientists (7.7 per cent), doctors/nurses/paramedics (5.3 per cent) and astronauts (4 per cent). Apart from the last entry, Singaporeans, it seems, reach for similar stars.
Singapore-based females seem to be the nurturing sort, with 'teacher' leading the surveyed pack at 14.8 per cent. Doctors/nurses/paramedics follow with 13 per cent; lawyers at 8.7 per cent; journalist/novelist at 4.3 per cent; and fashion designer and stylist at 4.3 per cent.
Internationally, females aspired to be teachers (10.7 per cent); doctors/nurses/paramedics (9.5 per cent); journalists/novelists (6.8 per cent); veterinarians (5.4 per cent); and lawyers (5.2 per cent).
Though aspiring, 'Superhero', 'Prince/Princess' and 'Ninja' clocked in at 1.3 per cent, 0.5 per cent and 0.3 per cent respectively.