Careerbuilder.com sponsored an online survey, conducted by Harris Interactive, to determine trends in pet ownership as it relates to certain professions, annual salaries and level of job satisfaction. The survey polled a limited sampling of 2,300 full-time employees in the U.S. who are also pet owners.
Survey results indicate that:
When it comes to career choices, the survey revealed some interesting trends:
My bet is most of you could flip the Careerbuilder survey results on their head just by polling your own family, friends and co-workers. I know I could.
I'm not convinced surveys that attempt to measure people, for whatever reason, by the type of pet they own or don't own are useful or even accurate. But they're certainly entertaining...
Pet Product Marketers Want Inside Your Head
Because pet owners are big business, University of Oregon business administration grad students, led by the head of the marketing department, quizzed over 650 pet owners to see if they could determine what a person's choice of pet says about them.
The survey polled 417 pet owners and 240 non-owners. Of the pet owners, some of whom had more than one pet, there were 296 dog owners, 226 cat owners, 37 bird owners, 63 fish owners, 19 rabbit owners, 15 mouse owners and seven reptile owners.
A few curious takeaways from their questionnaire:
If You Were a Dog, Which Breed Would You Be?
According to a Forbes.com article on dog breed ownership, "You can pick up after your pooch and make sure he plays nice, but it's your dog's breed that truly speaks volumes about what kind of owner you are."
Here's what Forbes thinks of you based on the breed of your pup:
Show Me Your Cat and I'll Tell You Who You Are
According to the Cat Fanciers Association, it's assumed certain types of people gravitate to certain breeds of cat. A few examples:
How You Care for Your Pet Is What Counts
In my opinion, surveys, myths and legends about pets as predictors of career success or indicators of who we are as human beings are more amusing than helpful.
It may be true that most CEOs prefer dogs over cats or people who own fish are optimistic, but in my experience, that's not the importance of pet ownership.
What's significant from my perspective as a veterinarian and animal advocate is each pet owner's commitment to the health and well-being of their animal companion.
So whether you're a snake enthusiast earning six figures, a parrot-loving advertising executive or a Burmese cat owner who enjoys entertaining at home, my wish for you is a long, loving association with the precious creature in your care.
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Dr. Karen Becker is a proactive and integrative wellness veterinarian. You can visit her site at: MercolaHealthyPets.com.
Her goal is to help you create wellness in order to prevent illness in the lives of your pets. This proactive approach seeks to save you and your pet from unnecessary stress and suffering by identifying and removing health obstacles even before disease occurs. Unfortunately, most veterinarians in the United States are trained to be reactive. They wait for symptoms to occur, and often treat those symptoms without addressing the root cause.
By reading Dr. Becker's information, you'll learn how to make impactful, consistent lifestyle choices to improve your pet's quality of life.