Dream jobs: Athletes, reporters, teachers, astronauts

Remember when you thought about what you wanted to be when you grew up? How many of you are doing your dream job?

LinkedIn surveyed 8,000 professionals to find out how many were working in their dream jobs or in jobs related to them.  The answer is three in ten.

“The dream jobs we aspire to as children are a window into our passions and talents,” Nicole Williams, LinkedIn’s career expert, said in press release from the social networking site. “Identifying and understanding those passions are key to improving our performance and enjoyment of the jobs we currently do, even if they aren't specific to the careers we dreamed of as kids.”

Seven in ten of those surveyed said that taking pleasure in your work is a key element of a dream job. Second to that was helping others, followed by a "high salary," with only six percent selecting high pay as the key element of a dream job.

As boys, men most aspired to be athletes (8.2 percent), followed by airplane or helicopter pilots (6.8 percent), followed by scientist (6.8 percent), then lawyer (5.9 percent) and astronaut (5 percent).

Girls dreamed of being teachers (11.4 percent), veterinarians (9 percent), and writers, journalists or authors (8.1 percent). Tied for 7.1 percent were dream jobs as singers or as doctors, nurses or emergency medical technicians.

Coming into Thanksgiving, this message from LinkedIn made me grateful for my job. I am working in my dream job which most days gives me tremendous pleasure.