8/23: Acting Most Popular “Dream Job” Among Americans

August 23, 2010 by  
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If Americans could ignore the daily grind of the work day and do a job relatively few people get to do, which profession would they call their “dream job?”  Nearly one-third of U.S. residents — 32% — say they would like to be an actor or an actress.  Following closely behind are 29% who dream of becoming a professional athlete.  13% report they would like to list 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue as their working address and be President of the United States.  An additional 13% say they could see themselves as a rock star.  13% are unsure.



Those in the Northeast and South are among those most likely to want to take to the stage or screen.  Acting is also the most popular dream job among those who earn less than $50,000 annually, Americans 18 to 29, those 45 to 59, and women.

Professional sports top the list for those in the Midwest and West, Americans who make $50,000 or more a year, residents 30 to 44, those 60 and older, and men.

Table: Dream Job

Marist Poll Methodology


5 Responses to “8/23: Acting Most Popular “Dream Job” Among Americans”

  1. America Still Wants To Be A Movie Star When It Grows Up | Defamer Australia on August 24th, 2010 10:21 pm

    [...] Anyway, here’s the full data table, from Marist. [...]

  2. Tim on August 25th, 2010 5:20 pm

    Why is there no “none of these jobs” category, only “not sure” as a fifth and final category? It seems to be a case of choosing the lesser of four evils, a question of which would you feel the least worse doing, hardly a case of what would be most desired. Try these categories: card magician, juggler, monkey trainer, marble tester and the weird “not sure” category. The results would be just as meaningful.

  3. Brent on September 14th, 2010 11:04 am

    I guess this means that the demographics have changed from a few years back, and most people would rather be like Shaq – who has done all three – than like Mike.

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