Month of birth may suggest what career a baby will have
Published 05/09/2011 | 14:32
Being born at a certain time of year may influence everything from choice of profession to future health risks, a new study has found.
The month a person is born in appears to affect the likelihood of what career path they will follow, a new study by the Office for National Statistics in the UK has uncovered.
Researchers discovered that being born in a given month may influence everything from how long a person might live to their level of intelligence.
Being born in March seems to increase a child's chances of becoming a pilot while babies born in February are more likely to become artists.
January births tend to favour the likelihood of becoming a debt collector or a GP while those whose birthdays fall due in December seem attracted to dentistry, the researchers say.
Babies born in the summer month are less likely to become high-earning football players, meanwhile those born in April and May seem to have access to a more varied choice of profession.
The study drew on information from the last census and analysed the birth months of people working in 19 different occupations.
Correlations between the month of a person's birth and particular health problems are evident, even though experts are having a hard time explaining them.
Babies born in spring are more likely to succumb to illnesses such as Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia, autism and asthma, the study found.
Spring babies may turn out to be less intelligent than peers born in winter, summer or autumn.
Further research has indicated that the underlying cause may have to do with the amount of sunlight a mother is exposed to while pregnant.
When the body is exposed to sunlight it increases production of vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency can have long-lasting effects on the development of a foetus.
Commenting on the research earlier this year, Russell Foster, an eminent professor of Neuroscience at Oxford University, sought to dispel any link between the findings and the controversial practice of astrology.
"Astrology is nonsense -- but we're not immune to seasonal interferences," he said. "These are small effects but they are very, very clear."
“It seems absurd the month in which you are born can affect life chances," he added, "But how long you live, how tall you are, how well you do at school, your body mass index as an adult, your morning-versus-evening preference and how likely you are to develop a range of diseases are all correlated to some extent with the time of year in which you emerge from the womb.”