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What your pet says about your career

By Anthony Balderrama, CareerBuilder.com
To help lighten the often sullen mood of workplace news, a CareerBuilder survey asked workers about their pets and jobs.
To help lighten the often sullen mood of workplace news, a CareerBuilder survey asked workers about their pets and jobs.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Dog owners are more likely to have a senior management position
  • Workers who own snakes or reptiles are the most likely group to earn six-figure salaries
  • Workers who keep birds report the most job satisfaction
RELATED TOPICS
  • Worklife
  • Cats
  • Dogs
  • Pets

(CareerBuilder.com) -- Job searches can eventually feel endless and thankless. Just reading news about job searches and the economy is enough to bring down your mood. Sometimes it's nice to have a fun distraction, such as the adorable puppy pictured above.

To help lighten the often sullen mood of workplace news, a recent CareerBuilder survey asked workers what pets they have at home, how much they earn, and what their level of job satisfaction is.

Here's what the survey found:

Dog owners are more likely to have a senior management position (think CEO, CFO, or VP)

• Workers who own snakes or reptiles are the most likely group to earn six-figure salaries

• Workers who keep birds report the most job satisfaction.

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Here are the other correlations found between pet owners and their occupations:

Bird owners: Advertising positions, sales representatives, construction workers, administrative professionals

Cat owners: Physicians, real estate agents, science and medical lab technicians, machine operators, personal caretakers

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Dog owners: Professors, nurses, IT professionals, military professionals, entertainers

Fish owners: HR, financial professionals, hotel and leisure workers, farming, fishing and forestry professionals, transportation workers

Snake and reptile owners: Engineers, social workers, marketing and PR professionals, editors, writers, police officers

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Does this sound right to you? Does your four-legged (or gilled or cold-blooded) friend match up with your work history? Leave your comments below.

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