We were asked recently whether there are any links between being left-handed and the job people do. We did a survey on this a while back and also saw a recent article on it by Clare Porac (author of Laterality: Exploring the enigma of left-handedness).
The scientific rationale connecting handedness to career choice is rooted in the specialised abilities of the right and left hemispheres of the brain. The right hemisphere controls the movements of the left hand. and also excels in the processing of non-verbal information such as mentally manipulating visual forms to solve a puzzle. If the thinking of left-handers is dominated by right hemisphere functions, then left-handers will gravitate toward occupations such as architecture and engineering that demand high levels of non-verbal skills.
The left hemisphere of the brain, which is specialized for language, controls the movements of the right hand. If right-handers excel at tasks using left hemisphere functions, they will be attracted to professions that emphasise verbal skills such as journalism and teaching.
In addition, there are physical factors that make it more difficult for left-handers to do certain types of work, from office and equipment layouts designed for right-handers to professions like surgery or dentistry where the training, equipment and practical issues strongly favour the right-handed majority.
In practice, it is never quite as simple as that but left-handers DO seem to gravitate to certain types of work and you can find out more using these links:
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Clare's book “Laterality” is available on Amazon UK here
(it is a bit pricey but should be available in most libraries)