What’s Your Chinese Zodiac Sign & What Does it Reveal About Your Career?

Posted on September 12, 2018

Build on your free horoscope from Astrology Answers by discovering your Chinese zodiac sign. The Chinese zodiac is a 12-year cycle, with certain years being represented by 1 of 12 different animals. It begins every year on the New Moon between January 21 and February 20. Your Chinese zodiac sign is based on the year you were born. Look below to first determine which animal you are and then look to find which careers are well suited for the traits linked to your animal.

You may be surprised at how closely it matches Western Astrology results as well!

Go Beyond Your Free Horoscope: What’s Your Chinese Zodiac Sign?

Find the Year You Were Born to See Your Natural Strengths:

Rat - 2008, 1996, 1974, 1960

Rats are expressive, charming, and talkative. They are loving and loyal.

Ox - 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973

Oxes are persistent, hardworking, and see things through. They are also patient, loyal, and caring.

Tiger - 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962

Tigers are fearless and natural leaders. They are courageous as well as warm-hearted.

Rabbit - 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975

Rabbits make good company because they are kind and sweet. They are social creatures that like a good party.

Dragon - 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964

The dragon gets things done and they make powerful leaders. They are full of energy and very expressive.

Snake - 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965

The snake is popular. They are a magnet for the spotlight with their charm. They have sex appeal and tend to have a sophisticated air.

Horse: 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966

The horse is energetic, active, witty, and stylish. Possibly the most ambitious sign because they have high energy.

Sheep: 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967

The elegant sheep is artistic and connected with nature. They are well mannered and can often choose to do less over more.

Monkey: 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968

The monkey is cheerful, energetic, and loves to have fun. These clever people are often the center of attention and known to be creative.

Rooster: 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969

The rooster is precise, intuitive, and very observant. They are straightforward and tell you how they are feeling.

Dog: 2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970

The sincere dog is always faithful and naturally honest. They are also intelligent and thoughtful.

Pig: 2019, 2007, 1985, 1983, 1971

The pig is an honourable sign, tolerant of others and very sincere. They are very trustworthy and they love to shower people with nurturing energy.

See How Your Chinese Zodiac Career Strengths Align With Your Free Horoscope

Here are some careers that are frequently linked to each Chinese zodiac sign. Of course, this doesn’t mean you need to quit your job, but it may help clue you into your natural strengths or help you understand why you always wanted to do something. You can also compare these results to your free horoscope to see how aligned they are.

It can be fun to look up people you know well and see how this system really is accurate to their unique personalities. What other types of careers come to mind for you as you read this information about yourself that may not be listed? Obviously there are so many jobs out there, but many of them have similar characteristics.


You’ll find them interested in being a writer or naturally good at being a counsellor. They often become a lawyer or because of their charisma, or pursue careers as broadcasters. Their gregarious manner makes them great managers and they are natural salespeople.


You’ll often find the ox wanting to work from home, which means they’ll often take jobs like editing and writing. They have the patience for tech roles and other cutting-edge jobs. They are known to take jobs requiring or relating to travel.


This animal can fight a fire, literally. They make great firefighters, or sometimes they like to use their energy to plan large events. Some of them direct their energy into being a musician or writer. They often become pilots as well.


This animal sign has an affinity for clothing design and real estate. Their love for people makes them great teachers or therapists. They are great communicators, so public relations is also a good field.


This animal sign is industrious. They could be an architect or a lawyer. Their mind is strong and they are able to learn well, so they could be someone like an environmental researcher or hiking guide. They do well in television and in leadership positions like being a pilot or manager.


The snake has skills to make them a great investigator. They can see how people think, making them a good sociologist or writer. They would do well as a dietician or even an analyst. Some of them go on to be artists as well.


This high energy sign loves sports or building. They are often drawn to journalism and many become lawyers. Some might also become publicists.


A sheep would make a great editor or even an illustrator. They are known to be doctors as well as programmers.


You could see this creative sign as a director or their curiosity could lead them to be an engineer. Enjoying work on big projects could make them great contractors and their personality is well-suited for public relations.


This is the sign that often works in customer service or because of their ‘people person’ nature, or looks into the entertainment industry or teaching. They can handle the job of a dentist and be successful.


This happy sign loves sports and humans which suits them for hospitality. Their playfulness attracts them to gaming as well as software development at times as well.


They are inclined to love home based business options such as design. They love jobs that involve clothing and accessories. Their caring nature makes them great veterinarians.


You’ll find that certain people with the same animal sign born in different years have different strengths. In Chinese astrology, there is also a 5-year cycle of the elements and each year corresponds to an element as well. Depending on which of these five elements lands on the year you were born, you’ll also have the strengths of that element.

The elements are metal, wood, fire, and earth but we’ll save that for another day. As in western astrology, it’s best to learn it in layers and let the information digest over time.

The Chinese astrology system offers the theme for the year as well. 2018 is the year of the earth dog.

There are quite a few different systems of astrology that have developed in different cultures. Ireland’s systems assigns you to a tree based on your birth date. Native Americans also have a system linked to animals. India’s Vedic astrology has its own unique system as well. Even within the west, there are various systems such as sidereal and horary astrology.

Discover more about yourself and your career path - check out your free daily horoscope!

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