Fifth of British children want to be social media influencers

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New research has uncovered that 17% of 11-16 year olds want to be a social media influencer when they grow up, outranking teacher and veterinarian.

‘Social media influencer’ and ‘YouTuber’ made the top five professions that British children aged between 11 and 16 are aspiring to go into, with the majority of parents not knowing that influencers can earn substantial amounts of money.

Statistics recently compiled by a global affiliate network show that sales tracked through influencers are up 37% on the previous year.

The study was carried out by the team behind global affiliate network www.awin.com, and more than 2,000 parents, all of whom had at least one child between the age of 11 and 16, were polled.

As many as nine in ten parents polled (89%) revealed that their child had told them what they wanted to do as a career when they were older, and when asked to confirm what this was when given an extensive list, the most common answers were as follows:

  1. Doctor – 18%
  2. Social Media Influencer – 17%
  3. YouTuber– 14%
  4. Veterinarian – 13% 
  5. Teacher – 9%

The results were at odds with the careers that the parents wanted for their children; with the top 3 emerging as ‘lawyer’ (29%), ‘doctor’ (28%) and ‘teacher’ (24%).

Of those that had been told by their child what they wanted to be when they grew up, three fifths (60%) said that they knew why they wanted that particular job, and the top answers were ‘for money’ (26%), ‘for fame’ (22%) and ‘because they would enjoy it’ (17%).

Questioned on their knowledge of influencer marketing, it was found that almost half (45%) of parents didn’t understand what a social media influencer did, and 58% were unaware that you could make money in that profession.

New data recently released found that 99% of advertisers investing in influencer marketing were from the Retail and Shopping sector. Nine of the top ten advertisers investing the most in influencer marketing were from the fashion sector, whilst the remaining one was beauty.

Commenting on the findings of the study Carina Toledo, Influencer Marketing Consultant at www.awin.com, said: “The rise in influencer marketing has been seismic, with our data showing an increase in activity and sales across the board, so it is not all that surprising that social media influencer is a genuine aspiration of many young people.

"Whilst traditional jobs are still vital to our society, whether we like it or not there is a place in the modern world for more unconventional jobs such as influencers, YouTubers and bloggers.”