Here's what your astrological sign says about your career path

  • Rose Kennedy
  • For the AJC
5:17 p.m Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 What To Know

Whether you're thriving in your career or constantly struggling to come to terms with your workplace situation, maybe you were born this way.

Just like Meyer's Brigg personality tests or any number of other workplace prognosticators, your zodiac sign may influence your career values and motivations. Horoscope astrology is based on the idea that our identities and the events that shape our lives are influenced by astronomical events by week and by year, explained career horoscope astrologer Lucien Holm. (Yes, there actually is a job titled "career horoscope astrologer!")

Your sign analysis can reveal a lot about your temperament, qualities, flaws and how compatible you are with other astrological signs, which can help you improve your odds of success and happiness at work by guiding your career choice.

And if you're super skeptical, put the whole exercise down to good, clean fun.

Natural born leaders, Aries can transition easily into being the boss but are not the best at working for the boss, especially one prone to micromanagement and restriction. Ideal careers: CEO or management professional jobs that allow you to be in control and anything competitive or physical. Think outdoor guide or personal trainer, athlete or working for a sports organization.

Grounded and practical, Taurans can segue from leader to follower in any situation, and their hard work and dedication make them great team players (though the well-known stubborn nature of this sign can put off co-workers and bosses, so you'll need to pick your battles.) Jobs like flower arranging, food industry jobs or luxury sales provide Taurus with much-valued beautiful things and a steady routine. The sign also tends to be great with money and practical financial advice, so banking and finance careers are a plus.

Geminis thrive in workplaces that offer them a fast pace, variety and a chance to interact with many different things, from people to applications or diverse environments. Note: this also indicates a tendency to get bored easily. Teaching and communications are perfect for Gemini, as well as careers in PR and publicity or jobs that involve project management.

The most traditional, nurturing sign, Cancers lead by example and handle responsibility with ease. Ideal careers include childcare workers and nannies, social workers, human resource employees, lawyers, teachers and executives.

Leos love inspiring others to be their best, so teaching and politics are top picks for this sign. They're also good at being the boss, once they get past the tendency to be high maintenance and win over their team. Leos also do well in entertainment fields and make magnetic leaders.

Ever the perfectionist and a compassionate, considerate, natural follower, a Virgo is basically the ideal employee. Virgos have strong memories and know what to do when emotions run high. Good career choices run the gamut from the service and care industries to anything that requires mass amounts of research or stats — think fact-checker and editor, technician, translator or detective.

Social and talented at bringing people together, Libras are great at careers that involve mediation, in and out of the office.

Working with others is crucial to their happiness — think hospitality, customer service, diplomats, travel agents and even wedding planners. Careers in justice and law enforcement are also natural fits.

Secret-keepers to the core, Scorpios thrive in positions that require discretion. Scorpios are ideal in the surgery room or as a secret agent, as well as working in crisis management. They're also great with resource management and logistics and would make outstanding CFOs.

A Sagittarius has a knack for conversation, inspiring morale and working hard as a team player. Any job with travel is good for these upbeat people, as well as teaching, youth program leaders or working for a nonprofit.

Serious, practical and organized, Capricorns are still charismatic and are good at rung-climbing careers. They also make great engineers, architects and design-adjacent employees.

Hardworking with an out-of-the-box attitude, ideal careers for the Aquarian include science or tech (where they can explore new theories or applications), graphic design or photography and even project management. They are also ideal entrepreneurs or independent contractors.

Pisces are as flexible as they come in the workforce, and ideal careers include anything having to do with healthcare, the arts or a combination, like working in arts programs that help troubled teens.

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