For a sixth year in a row, Thai children chose becoming a doctor as the top job, while becoming a soldier is the "coolest".
These choices were revealed in the 6th Adecco Thailand Children's Career Survey yesterday.
The survey also showed that the main reason youngsters wanted to become doctors was because they want to help people, as well as look after their families and earn a good income. The other top career choices were soldier, policeman, teacher and engineer.
The other careers that appear to have become popular this year are businessman, football player, chef or entering the entertainment industry with jobs like singer, musician, TV/movie star, model or presenter.
Children also showed interest in other professions such as agriculturist, programmer, designer, stylist, architect, professional gaming, cartoonist, hairdresser, make-up artist, detective and reporter.
Some children had specific reasons for their dream careers. For instance, one girl said she wanted to write novels because she wants to become as famous as Conan Doyle - the creator of Sherlock Holmes, while one boy said he wants to become an astronaut because he wants to walk on the moon. Another boy said he wants to become a scientist because he was interested in learning new things.
As for the coolest job, the answers were divided into two groups: one group chose the "coolest" job as their dream career; while the other group's choice of cool jobs were different from their dream jobs. For instance, one child said he wanted to be a football player, but believed that pilots were the coolest.
Asked what they would do if they were to become prime minister, the top five choices were developing the country, helping the poor, improving the education system, bringing peace to the country and ensuring everybody is employed.
Adecco explained that children were showing more interest in politics and national issues because they are getting more of a chance to learn what's been happening in the Kingdom over the past few years.
Also, more than 97 per cent chose spending more time with their family over making money. Those who chose being with their families said money could be made at anytime, while those who chose making money, said they wanted to do this for their family or to better their education.
The survey also showed that during weekends, most children spent their time going to tutorial schools, playing video games, watching TV, relaxing, doing family activities or helping parents with chores.
While children in the suburbs mostly spend weekends with their family, those in the city spend their free time taking extra classes.
Tutorial schools not a happy activity
When asked how they want to spend their leisure hours, most chose staying or travelling with their family, playing video games or sports. This revealed that although most children spend weekends going to tutorial schools, it is not one of their top 10 happiest activities, Adecco said.
The survey also showed that more than half of the young respondents considered education as very important and that they were looking forward to studying hard this year.
More than half of the children said Thailand was their top choice for a place to stay, followed by Japan and the United States.
"The survey shows that Thai children's choices are becoming wider. Previously, few children chose becoming a TV/movie star, singer, make-up artist, hairdresser or professional gaming as a career choice, but now these jobs are becoming more popular.
"This might be because of the television, as it is widening children's perspective. For instance, televised talent shows are making children understand that there are many ways of making money and becoming famous," Adecco Group Thailand's regional director Tidarat Kanchanawat said.