Doctors, cops, programmers and nurses tend to earn more than their parents, according to NPR’s Planet Money. Police officers and firefighters improve the most on their childhood circumstances.
Some blue-collar workers — truck drivers, heavy-equipment operators, farmers, fishermen and mechanics — also move up the economic ladder.
Designers, musicians and artist have the greatest downward economic mobility. Raised in above-average comfort, they have below-average incomes as adults.
The reporter is named Quoctrung Bui. I’d guess he or she has experienced upward mobility.
Teachers come from families near the 60th percentile, on average, and move up a bit, notes Alexander Russo. Media/communications workers show a similar pattern.