People who start out in sales most likely to make it rich, finds poll

Study examines first jobs of the 100 richest people in the world 

People who start their careers in sales roles are more likely to make it rich.
That’s according to new research from UK recruiter Aaron Wallis Sales Recruitment, whose study into the world’s 100 richest people examined whether there is a trend between first career steps and how rich people become. 
The findings suggest you are far more likely to make the top 100 list if you are a graduate since 75% of the top 100 have earned a degree.
Engineering and business graduates are most likely to become billionaires but, if you want to become one of the world’s richest, you should start your career in a sales or stock trader role.
  • 75 of the World’s richest 100 people have earned a degree. Of these 75, 22 studied a degree in engineering
  • 53 of the World’s top 100 billionaires started working in a non-family owned business. 19% of these billionaires started working in a salesperson role and 17% started working as a stock trader
  • 17% of the World’s top 100 billionaires started their careers by setting up their own business
The research into first career steps looks at the billionaires who started working in an organisation which was not their own, or family-owned. These billionaires were then grouped into first job type – giving the following job roles as the top five results:
Job Role
Count of Job Category
(Total = 53)
Stock Trader
Software Developer
Analyst (Varied)
The study also looked at the top degree subject by type, which gave the following degree categories as the top five results:
Degree Type
Count of Degree Studied
(Total = 75)
Finance & Economics
Computer Science
Rob Scott, Managing Director at Aaron Wallis Sales Recruitment, said: “Today we are seeing that nearly all of the top people in business are graduates and that a degree can be a great first-step into preparing you for your career ahead. It’s also unsurprising how many of the top 100 billionaires started working as salespeople, which can give you the communication and negotiation skills which are vital to succeed.”
Check out the full study: What makes a billionaire? here
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