Study: German girls wants to teachers, boys want to be IT specialists

Teaching and IT are the most popular careers among teenagers in Germany, with girls more likely to want to work in schools, while their male counterparts favour the latter, according to a study released on Wednesday.

The 15-year-old participants in the research, conducted by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), were asked what they want to be when they grow up.

The PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) study also tests the teens’ reading, mathematics and science knowledge.

Around 600,000 youngsters took part in the 2018 study, 5,500 of them from Germany.

Just over 10 per cent of 15-year-old girls in Germany want to return to school by the age of 30, as teachers. This career goal was followed by doctor (10 per cent), pre-school teacher (6.4 per cent) and psychologist (4.5 per cent).

The most popular career among the boys of that age was IT specialist, with 6.7 per cent aiming to get into this kind of work by 30. Next in line were mechanics (around 5 per cent), policing (4.5 per cent) and teaching (3.8 per cent).

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