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Musicians? We'd rather be shopkeepers...

More people in the UK would prefer to be shopkeepers than musicians, a survey says.

American Express polled British citizens about their dream job, in a promotion for the credit card firm’s Small Business Saturday campaign.

The results showed that the number-one dream career is shopkeeper, with musician only second best – ahead of scientist, actor and artist.

But of those who harbour retail ambitions, only one in 20 said they hoped to turn them into reality within the next five years.

American Express note: “The UK is still a nation of shopkeepers, as Napoleon once put it.”

The UK’s dream jobs

  1. Shopkeeper

  2. Musician

  3. Scientist

  4. Actor

  5. Artist

  6. Lawyer

  7. Teacher

  8. Doctor

  9. TV personality

  10. Holiday rep

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Not only is one-time online news editor Martin an established rock journalist and drummer, but he’s also penned several books on music history, including SAHB Story: The Tale of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band (opens in new tab), a band he once managed, and the best-selling Apollo Memories (opens in new tab) about the history of the legendary and infamous Glasgow Apollo. Martin has written for Classic Rock and Prog and at one time had written more articles for Louder than anyone else (we think he's second now). He’s appeared on TV and when not delving intro all things music, can be found travelling along the UK’s vast canal network.