The time of year a baby is born can shape what profession they will embark on in later life, a new
study has suggested.
Being born in a certain month appears to indicate the statistical likelihood of what job a person will end
up with, the study by the Office for National Statistics found.
Researchers have uncovered that the month in which babies are born could also affect everything from
intelligence to length of life.
A child born December is more likely to become a dentist while someone whose birthday falls in January will
tend to a debt collector, they found.
A February birth appears to increase the chances of being an artist while March babies appear to go on to
Meanwhile, April and May are said to have a fairly even spread of professions, births in the summer
months mean a much lower chance of becoming a high-earning football player, doctor or dentist.
The study was derived by researchers who analysed the birth months of people in 19 separate
occupations using information from the last census, the Daily Mail reported.
Although these trends may be difficult to explain, correlations between birth months and specific health
problems have a scientific basis.
Spring babies are at GREater risk of illnesses including schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease, asthma
They may also be less clever than classmates born in other parts of the year.
Research has suggested many of the differences are linked to a mother’s exposure to sunlight
Sunlight triggers the production of vitamin D in the body and lack of this in the first months of life may
have long-lasting effects.
Speaking earlier this year, Russell Foster, an Oxford University neuroscientist, said the effects were small
“but they are very, very clear”.
“I am not giving voice to astrology – it’s nonsense – but we are not immune to seasonal interference,” he
said. “It seems absurd the month in which you are born can affect life chances, 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.”