The month a baby is born in suggests their future career path, a study by the Office of National Statistics has found.

Researchers found that children born in January were more likely to become debt collectors, while those born in February were more likely to appear in the arts. March babies were tended to be pilots, while summer babies had much lower chances of becoming high-earning footballers, doctors or dentists.

The study also suggests that the birth month could influence intelligence and life expectancy. For example, babies born in the spring were likely to be less smart than their classmates and were also at greater risk of mental health disorders.

Speaking earlier this year, Russell Foster, an Oxford University neuroscientist, said the effects of the birth month on life outcomes was small but "very clear."

He said: "I am not giving voice to astrology - it's nonsense - but we are not immune to seasonal interference."

"It seems absurd the month in which you are born can affect life chances, but how long you live, how tall you are, how well you do at school, your body mass index as an adult, your morning-versus-evening preference and how likely you are to develop a range of diseases are all correlated to some extent with the time of year in which you emerge from the womb."

Posted by Robert Mair on 5.9.11 Please send your comments on this article to: penny.hosie@pavpub.com  

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