Date of Award


Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science



First Advisor

Zoya Gubernskaya


The family of an individual’s origin is the first social institution they will ever be a part of. A person’s family plays a key role during some of the most crucial developmental phases. Though there have been a number of studies conducted in the last century analyzing sibship and birth order’s effect on personality, marriage, and educational achievement there have been no studies looking specifically at how an individual’s birth order may influence the occupation they choose. The study uses data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997 cohort (N = 5,792) and employs multinomial logistic regression models to investigate how the presence of siblings and birth order affects occupational choices in young adulthood. The results show that although the number of siblings have little effect on occupational choices, the oldest and the youngest of children are less likely to be in physical or service than in professional or mid-level office occupations compared to only and middle children.

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