Whether it's dress-up, hobbies or pretend, the most popular child dream jobs have remained similar for decades. MSE looks at 8 of the most common ideas.
Air travel is expanding and commercial pilots have many options available. Newly qualified pilots can earn around £25k rising to a six-figure salary for captains on major carriers.
The Premier League is worth billions but the reality is only around 400 players will make it each year. Top players earn millions whereas lower league players take home around £50-250k.
Dancing is competitive with long and unsocial hours. Work can be lucrative but also sporadic. Top dancers can earn well but the reality for many is modest pay and often a short career.
Firefighters get job satisfaction but maybe not the rewards they deserve. After training, earnings are £24k rising to £30k. Promotion to station manager could see pay near £50k.
The explosion in talent shows may appear to bring this dream closer. Reality is those that make it can be quickly forgotten. Earnings may also be salaried rather than sales based.
This dream job requires years of dedication but caring and treating animals can be hugely rewarding. Salaries start at £25-35k with senior vets topping £50k per year in earnings.
Construction work is largely done through apprenticeships. Pay varies from minimum wage to £50k+ for large contractors. Be prepared for bad weather and fluctuating property markets.
The space race maybe history but global astronaut academies are still training the very best candidates. Flying experience is beneficial and earnings can vary from £50k to £90k.