Call your mom today and thank her, because the month she gave birth to you may have some influence on why you’re so successful. We’ve told you before how your birth month affects your health and your mood, but new research says it could also affect the career path you take.

This UK study says that conditions such as weather during your birth month could have some kind of bearing on what job you’ll grow up to be best at. Russel Foster, a neuroscientist quoted in the study, says your birth month could also affect “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.” Basically this study rehashes the plot of Outliers, but the findings are still interesting.


We know what you’re thinking “Yeah, yeah, yeah just hurry up and tell me what job I should be in already!” You can look at all the birth months here, but these are some highlights:

People born in February are likely to be artists but are also “prone to narcolepsy.”

October babies are likely “to live the longest — 2015 days more than someone born in March,” which doesn’t sound like a career so much as a way of really sticking it to March-borns.

April has a lower-than-average IQ and “a fair number of dictators.” Do with that what you will.

November kids are lucky — they have a “higher chance of serial killers.” Eek.

July has “plenty of brick layers, train drivers and artists.” Hmm, one of these things is not like the others.

This study, like every one out there, should be taken with a grain of salt. Want to make positive steps toward your dream career no matter when you were born? Try quitting your day job and pursuing your passion, or learn to code or even start your own business.

Also, be nice to folks born in November… they may be compiling a list.

Does this study align with your IRL career? Tell us in the comments.

(h/t Bustle, Photo via Hulton Archive/Getty)