Which job attracts the opposite sex most?

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How important is your job in attracting a partner? Does a doctor rate higher than a barrister in the love stakes?’ Or maybe if you’re a single woman hoping to meet Mr Right, you should become a journalist…!

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As a journalist myself, I am delighted and slightly amused to see that a journalist rates as the sexiest dream date for men. Of course I like to think that sexy and exciting is exactly how my husband sees me – but the reality for most journalists is not the Hollywood investigative reporter sent on exciting stories, but sat for long hours at a computer screen…

Meanwhile, according to the recent survey by a dating agency, women seeking Mr Right are most likely to opt for a doctor or an architect.

However, the survey – which has been running for 14 years – also revealed that those with these jobs are less likely to go on ordinary internet dating websites. Instead they are opting for agencies which vet applicants first and set up meetings.

In the year 2012-13 a female human rights lawyer and a journalist rate as the sexiest dream dates for men seeking the love of their life, whereas women seeking Mr Right are more likely to opt for a doctor an architect or other creative profession.

2012/13 Mr Right

1. Doctor
2. Architect
3. Creative profession
4. Furniture maker
5. Film maker
6. Academic
7. Entrepreneur
8. Graphic designer
9. Environmental Scientist
10. Engineer

2012/13 Ms Right

1. Human Rights Lawyer
2. Journalist
3. Website designer
4. Photographer
5. Marketing
6. Advertising
7. Events manager
8. Creative
9. PR
10. Architect

2011/12 Mr Right

1. Surgeon
2. Solicitor
3. Company director
4. Journalist
5. IT
6. Management consultant
7. Designer
8. Banker/stockbroker
9. TV director
10. Academic

2011/12 Ms Right

1. Journalist
2. TV director
3. Human resources
4. Designer/Architect
5. Property
6. Academic
7. Banking
8. Advertising
9. Doctor
10. Writer

The survey suggests that women are now looking for a mate who is in a creative or caring field rather than a high-powered banker. Although earning power may be important when choosing a mate, job satisfaction, authority, plus concern with the human condition rate highly as turn-ons with both men and women when it comes to sex appeal amongst today’s successful professionals.

So why are these professions the top dating turn-ons?

o The human rights lawyer combines a desire to put wrongs to right with a strong ability to keep cool in a drama, an alluring combination with relationship appeal.

o Sensitive and artistic as well as pragmatic, architects and graphic designers are perceived as stylish and cool.

o Journalists are perceived as quick thinking, intelligent, with a sexy lifestyle.

o TV directors are perceived to have creative flair and an adrenalin-driven lifestyle!

o Often judged to be a sexy profession, photographers are able to inject visual excitement into everyday scenes

o Furniture makers are perceived to be good with their hands and can turn a vision into a reality.

o Those in human resources are perceived as good with people and great organisers.

o Web designers are able to think outside the box

o Marketers are intelligent and challenging with broad appeal and a practical approach

o Advertising is the perfect combination of creativity plus sex appeal!

o Events managers are the ultimate multi-taskers and considered to have fun + a good work/life balance.

o Friendly go-getters, those in PR are people friendly communicators.

o The ultimate ‘caring’ profession, the doctor is seen as supportive and authoritative.

o Environmental scientists are appreciated for caring about the future in a practical way.

o Banking, in spite of its recent bad press, will always have the sexy allure of being a high earning job.

o Company directors are viewed as being high achievers

o An academic with a combination of quick thinking, curiosity and an analytic approach is always intriguing.

o Engineers make the world go round and know how to fix most things.

o Every person in IT is at least a potential ‘dot-com millionaire’ with an amazing lifestyle.

o TV directors and film makers are perceived to have creative flair and an adrenalin-driven lifestyle!

For more details about Mary Balfour, who conducted the survey and her agency, go to Drawing Down the Moon

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Alison Smith-Squire

Alison Smith-Squire is a writer, journalist and media agent selling exclusive real life stories to newspapers, magazines and TV. She owns the sell my story website Featureworld.co.uk, which was set up to help ordinary people sell their stories to the press.

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