Yes, Your Birth Order Does Impact Your Career Choice And Success

The folks at DailyWorth have put together some great information about how psychologist agree that our birth order has a huge influence on our personalities, education and careers?

Whether you’re a firstborn, middle child, youngest child, twin, or only child, here is an overview of how your birth order affects your career choice / success.


Most often firstborns have a Type A personality and may even have higher IQs than younger children. Parents are often stricter on firstborns. And it seems firstborn women have an advantage. Studies show that firstborn women are 13% more ambitious than firstborn men.

As for education, there is a 16% higher chance of firstborns earning multiple degrees compared to younger siblings. And since firstborns like higher degrees, the career paths they take usually require higher education. Also more CEOs are firstborns than any other birth order.

Middle Child

Since middle children occupy an in-between space in the family, they are often more sociable and content. They even have fewer “acting out” situations while being raised.

As for education, middle children do pretty well in class especially for coursework that measures performance like standardized tests. They like the fierce competition. Since middle children are good at balancing out the family, they tend to gravitate toward jobs that require more social skills.

Youngest Child

When there is a baby in the family, they tend to grow up being more empathetic, more popular, and more agreeable. However if the age gap is large, they may have more characteristics like the firstborn.

Although the youngest child may struggle in school, they often work hard to keep up. The reason for the struggle is because parents don’t focus as much on their performance. The youngest children seem to gravitate toward more artistic and creative careers like art or publishing.

Only Children

Since they never fought for attention, only children tend to be more independent.

Only children education habits seem to mirror those of the high achieving firstborns. And when they transition to their career, only children tend to strive for the top to assert their dominance.


Because of their strong bond, twins often find great emotional support in their twin but might struggle with to find independence. Similarly twins don’t find academic achievement as much a priority as other birth orders.

In a career, twins seem to excel when they can work together. Twins like to work together and can find great success in entrepreneurial projects.


How does your career and education stack up against these birth orders? Is it accurate for you? Share your experience in the comments.

10 Replies to “Yes, Your Birth Order Does Impact Your Career Choice And Success”

  1. Your analysis is quite accurate.
    As for those exceptional cases, they may be swayed or distorted by other factors such as family situation, family financial, parents education, culture, religion and other circumstances in the family.

  2. Not too sure if the analysis is correct. I always have the impression that the youngest is the one that is successful, being more creative, daring to risk, etc as seen in the biblical families, David, Joseph, Jacob, etc.

  3. So so true about only children. My daughter is an only child and she is doing so well now in life. She has always pushed herself so hard in college and in grad. school, even in her professional course. She has always wanted to be in the dean’s list and she did make it. She runs her own clinic now and she is hardly 35 yrs. What can I say! Bless her!

  4. It seems to be the total opposite for the case of my family. not only y direct family but for my aunt who has 3 children as well.

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