What Your Pet Says About Your Personality and Career

Mitch Fodstad
Mar 7, 2017 · 3 min read
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Dog People

(image via Best Friends)
  • Extrovert
  • Confident
  • Risk-averse

Dog owners are self-assured, yet they are not adventure-seeking individuals. They love spending time with other people, but only when doing something that falls in their comfort zone (1).

Common Career Paths: professor, nurse, information technology professional, military professional, or entertainer.

Cat People

(image via Safe Bee)
  • Adventurous
  • Creative
  • Anxious

Cat owners enjoy new experiences — often accompanied by vibrant imaginations, albeit they might not enjoy human presence like dog owners do (1).

Common Career Paths: physician, real estate agent, science/medical lab technician, machine operator, or personal caretaker.

Turtle People

(image via Chestnut Hill Local)
  • Hard-working
  • Reliable

Turtle owners harness exceptional commitment which also drives quality performance. These individuals are continuously moving to a higher social class — likely acquiring wealth along the way (2).

Common Career Paths: engineer, social worker, marketing/public relations professional, editor/writer, or police officer.

Snake People

(image via PetMD)
  • Unconventional
  • Novelty-seeking

Snake owners tend to lead unusual life paths decorated with impulse decisions. These individuals are eager to make their next move, despite not knowing what that move may be at times (2).

Common Career Paths: engineer, social worker, marketing/public relations professional, editor/writer, or police officer.

Bird People

(image via Petcha)
  • Outgoing
  • Expressive

Bird owners are both friendly and socially confident. In addition, these individuals are highly effective at conveying thoughts and feelings in a meaningful way — perhaps some of the most powerful visionaries of our planet (2).

Common Career Paths: advertising professional, sales representative, construction worker, or administrative professional.

Fish People

(image via @DeepBlueThemes on Twitter)
  • Optimistic
  • Non-materialistic

To no surprise, those who are unconcerned with material possessions prefer low-maintenance pets. Fish owners remain hopeful and confident about the future — regardless of their situation (3).

Common Career Paths: human resources professional, financial professional, hotel and leisure professional, farming/fishing/forestry professional, or transportation professional.


NOTE: ALL CAREER DATA WERE COLLECTED VIA CAREERBUILDER SURVEY RESULTS (4). PERSONALITY DATA WERE LARGELY COLLECTED ACROSS THREE SEPARATE STUDIES WITH ADDITIONAL INSIGHT FROM THE ANTHROZOOS JOURNAL (5).


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