Colorado Springs, Colo. (Feb. 6, 2004) -- Bad news: Becoming an accountant doesn’t top most teens’ ideal career. Good news: It beat out dentist and commercial pilot. Those are among the findings of a poll by Junior Achievement.

When asked, “What is your ideal career?” 12.8 percent of teens said businessperson, making it far and away the top choice, according to the JA Kids and Careers 2004 poll. Accountant ranked No. 22 among 35 careers mentioned, cited by 1.6 percent of teens, trailing fashion and design (No. 10) and mechanic (No. 12). That ranking was down eight spots from the No. 13 spot last year.

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