A new study has found that a great deal of people have identified their dream job based on some of the pop culture influences in their life.

Of course, it can difficult to determine where that influence really lies. For example, I believe that I have always wanted to be a writer, so growing up I enjoyed books, movies, and TV shows where the protagonist was a writer. Now, did I really like those things because that’s what I wanted to be – or did I want to be a writer because I enjoyed so much content with writer heroes?

Either way, it is hard to deny that the shows we watch can impact how we view the world and some of the choices we make.

A new research paper called “Careers and TV Shows” found that people who choose careers in medicine were moved by the help that characters offer to other people in TV programs set in hospitals. Tech workers enjoyed content showing the wealth potential gained by fictional workers in that field.

For this paper, the researchers asked over 1,000 people about the factors that led them to selecting their dream jobs. Roughly 80 per cent admitted that a television show had at least some impact on their choice.

Only 19 per cent of respondents claimed that their choice was ‘not at all’ influenced by a television program. The industries that gained the most professional interest from pop culture fans were Healthcare, Legal and Law Enforcement, and Government Services and Education. There were the shows that impacted people’s career decisions.

The Top 10 TV Shows that Influenced People’s Careers

While study participants said that they aspired to be like Meredith Grey (Grey’s Anatomy), Olivia Benson (Law & Order: SUV), and Dr. Gregory House (House), the most influential non-fictional television character was Gordon Ramsay. So, there may soon be a whole new generation of rude, angry chefs out there.

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