When thinking about which career path to choose, many of us take into consideration key factors like salary and career progression. But whether we realise it or not, the jobs we choose say a lot about us: whether we are social butterflies, quick-witted, or strong and reliable. This led us to question whether specific jobs have the ability to make us more or less attractive to potential partners.
In our latest research, we sought to find out which jobs are most attractive. To do this, we created two Tinder profiles – one for a male and one for a female, both in their late 20s. Each account’s bio and profile picture were the same throughout the experiment, apart from one thing: their job title. The aim was to see whether the number of right swipes would change based solely on a person’s career.
To determine which jobs are most attractive, we combined the number of right swipes for each of the two Tinder accounts and gave them an “attractiveness score” based upon how many times they were “swiped right”. Read on to find out who came top of the list…
Which jobs do we find most attractive?
Our research found that web designers are the most sought after on dating apps, getting the most “right swipes” of all jobs listed, giving them an attraction score of 82%. Not only is this career becoming increasingly popular in recent years, it also seems to be increasing in appeal to males and females when dating too!
The second most attractive job is being a vet! In our experiment, 79% of people swiped right for profiles featuring this job title. With veterinarians known to have a big heart and caring soul, it’s unsurprising that this role ranks so highly on the list.
In third place is architects and doctors – two occupations that are sure to get potential partners hearts racing with 77% of Tinder users swiping right for these roles. Marketers and lawyers are come in fourth and fifth place respectively, with our experiment revealing each occupation has an attraction rate of more 70%.
Also among the most “attractive” jobs were journalists (65%), psychologists (61%), chefs (59%) and hairdressers (56%), to name a few.
Which jobs do we find least attractive?
Our research can reveal that being a politician is the least attractive career choice, with just 15% of people swiping right for our Tinder accounts when this job was listed in their bio. This was followed by online influencers, surprisingly reaching an attraction score of just 22% in our experiment.
Closely following online influencers were bus drivers who came third on the list, with only 23% of people finding males or females with this role “attractive”. Also at the bottom end of the scale were waiters and models with less than 30% of people swiping right!
Receptionists (30%), accountants (33%), salespeople (38%) and police officers (39%) were also deemed some of the least attractive roles, according to the results of our experiment.
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Why do we find certain jobs more attractive than others?
To find out why we find certain jobs more attractive than others, we asked Lee Chambers, an Environmental Psychologist and Wellbeing Consultant. He says:
“Job titles often convey stereotypes, qualities and weaknesses, as well as assumptions into socio-economic group, intelligence and ambition.
At a simple level, jobs that convey trust and ambition, such as lawyers and architects, are considered to be faithful, well paid and secure. Doctors and vets are seen as caring, knowledgeable and kind. Marketers and designer are thought of as having creative flair, being spontaneous and being full of big ideas.
On the other hand, politicians are in a position of authority, but most people feel they are untrustworthy. Influencers are often considered vain, exposed to society and not stable in the long term.
Jobs that people could envisage themselves doing with minimal training, such as bus driving and waiting tables, are generally considered to be less ambitious, working antisocial hours, have less career progression and be lacking in humour.
In reality, however, making a judgement on a person’s job title is a sure-fire way to miss out on meeting some amazing people.”
To conduct this experiment, we created two Tinder profiles for a male and female in their late 20s. Each account’s bio and profile picture were the same throughout the experiment, apart from their job title which was changed frequently. The aim was to see whether the number of right swipes would change based solely on a person’s career choice. This experiment targeted both heterosexual and homosexual profiles and was conducted over a period of six months (January 1st 2020 – June 2nd 2020).
The number of right swipes for both profiles were then combined to get general results. The percentage (their “attraction score”) represents how many users swiped right on our male and female accounts.