The top dream job for Chinese men in childhood is to be a public servant. For women, it's to be a teacher.
That's according to a survey published by LinkedIn, a US-based networking website, ahead of International Children's Day.
After civil servant, men dreamed of being scientists, policemen, businessmen and teachers, in that order, the survey found.
Among women, nearly 31% dreamed in childhood of becoming a teacher. The next choices were medical worker, artist, public servant and designer.
More than 1,000 people between 22 and 45 took the online survey. It also showed that younger groups had more variety in their dream jobs.
For those who were born before 1980, more than half found their childhood dream job in the top five of the list - which comprises mainly stable jobs with good social standing in a traditional sense.
However, 40% of respondents born after 1990 found their dream job in the top five.
Corporate manager, pilot, flight attendant, movie director and photographer were what they dreamed about, the survey showed.
About 13% of respondents said they now have their dream job, 42% said they work in related areas, and the rest either have never worked in their intended industry or have changed industries.