Life Path Number & Your Career

Tom Hanks


Your date of birth, which the Life Path number is derived, is no accident. The day you were born was and is part of your cosmic karmic soul print. The day you were born gives you a certain vibration that helps you fulfill your destiny in this lifetime – what you are supposed to do with your life. It’s always smart to get an education, but the Life Path number you were born with gives you an advantage because this number gives you certain skills that are inherent within you. If you are a 6 Life Path for example, you are a natural at parenting, good with children or would make a good counsellor. If you are an 7 Life Path, you are good at analyzing and assessing situations. You can size people up very quickly. You would make a great detective or psychic.

  • It is how you came in when you were born.
  • It represents your main lesson in life and your direction of growth.
  • It is a Cosmic gift given to accomplish your Destiny.
  • It’s what comes naturally to you without any training.
  • It’s a source of power to be depended and drawn upon.
  • Your Life Path represents the stock on hand, while your Destiny is the business to be established through your Life Path.

Your Life Path number can be used as a gauge to identify vocations that would be suitable for you because this number reveals your abilities and what you are best qualified to do. Understand your Life Path Number so you can use it to help you plan your future.


Finding your Life Path Number is as simple as adding all the numbers of your full date of birth across in a row to arrive at a single digit number from 1 through 9. Using Tom Hanks as an example who is a Life Path 1 based on the day he was born  July 9, 1956. Let’s do the calculation:

  • 7 + 9 + 1 + 9 + 5 + 6 = 37
  • 3+ 7 = 10/1 
  • Tom Hanks is a 1 Life Path


“God gave us the gift of life. It is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well” – Voltaire

THE 1 LIFE PATH –  You entered this life plane to initiate things. You like to lead the way and to be in charge of things! You are very individualistic, and both desire and demand your independence. The need for personal attainment gets you where you want to be and is a driving force in your life. You like to work for yourself or be in some position where you have more control of your daily work life.
YOUR CHALLENGE is not to overtake or step on others in your quest for personal attainment in your drive for self-actualization.
THE 1 CAREER  You are happiest being the boss or doing work that leaves you unhampered so that you can carry out your own ideas. You are the entrepreneur, life coach, motivational guru, business owner, independent contractor, inventor, pioneer, sales managers, consultants, executive, explorer, politician, musician, television or radio producers, military expert, police officers, anything to do with government institutions.

THE 2 LIFE PATH – You entered this life plane to learn the art of cooperation and diplomacy! You are the peacemaker and the solutions person – the one others go to for help in sorting out their life. You are the mediator and have excellent diplomatic qualities. You prefer gentle persuasion rather than all-out brute force!
YOUR CHALLENGE in life is to not let others overpower you and to learn how to stand up for yourself.

THE 2 CAREER –  You are more at home in occupations where you can work in association with other people. Peace and desire for harmony is essential.You are really the Fixer and make a great negotiator, mediator, diplomat, healer, counselor, teacher, psychic, librarian, legislator, architecture, advertising, agriculture, industrial design, fashion, life coach.

THE 3 LIFE PATH entered this life plane to be creative and communicate. Self-expression is necessary for your happiness. You are skilled in communication and are highly creative in everything you do. Three’s are very social and love to entertain and be entertained.
YOUR CHALLENGE in life is not to scatter your energies and to focus, focus, focus. Also it’s important not to let your emotions overcome and take over when you are hurt by sarcastic or negative comments.

THE 3 CAREER – Natural vocations that make you the happiest are those careers in creative and  expressive occupations and/or environments such as writer, actor, actress, entertainer, artist, musician, voice coach, comedian, graphic design, cosmetologist, esthetician, daycare director, beauty supply owner, teacher, philosopher, author, photographer.

THE 4 LIFE PATH entered this life plane to learn to be practical and solid. You are the pillar of society and the one that everyone relies on. You are solid as a rock and very dependable. You are the problem solver and have a natural genius for planning, fixing or building. You are extremely trustworthy and down-to-earth! The 4’s love numbers and details, so you know your way around a budget or any money issues and you have an uncanny ability to plan things to the nth degree.
YOUR CHALLENGE in life is to be more flexible and to be less rigid and stuck in conventional thinking.

THE 4 CAREER – You are most comfortable with routine and time-tested methods. You make a fantastic financial analyst, banker, CPA, accountant, numerologist, architect, draftsperson, mechanic, undertaker, chemist, laboratory technician, engineer, mechanical engineer, gardener, landscaper, horticulturist, manager, community manager, efficiency experts. People in the military, work for the government or who like and need structure fall under this vibration.

THE 5 LIFE PATH entered this life plan to motivate others and experience freedom. You are witty, adventurous and resourceful. You love to travel, and are the great explorer, but can be a bit of a wanderer. The key to your success is a license to do as you desire – within reason.
YOUR CHALLENGE is to learn to reign in your restless energy, be more content and control your impulsive tendencies.

THE 5 CAREER – You succeed in occupations that bring you into contact with other people, allowing freedom of speech and action. You would make a great pilot, stewardess, travel agent, tours and cruises, self-employed, owner of airliners or planes, researcher, detective, writer, journalist, translator, personnel director, investigative reporter, promoter, entertainer, media expert, publisher, advertiser, playwright, any work related to radio, cinema, radio or television, actor, actress, interpreter, import-export dealer, antiques dealer.

THE 6 LIFE PATH entered this life plane to learn responsibility! You are the healer, the nurturer and the guidepost for protection and healing on the planet. You are the ultimate parent, friend or lover. You came in with a desire for a domestic role in this lifetime with a need to take care of those you are responsible for.
YOUR CHALLENGE is not to be a doormat and taken advantage of, or to interfere in the lives of others. Know your limits and boundaries.

THE 6 CAREER – You are happiest in positions of responsibility and trust where you can regulate, harmonize in areas connected with home, institutions, education and caring for the old and sick. You would make a stellar life coach, healer, doctor, nurse, host or hostess, homemaker, cosmetologist, esthetician, dressmaker, designer, fashion expert, musician, perfumer, incense chemist, herbalist, marriage counselor, divorce attorney, nanny, musician.

THE 7 LIFE PATH entered this life plane to seek Knowledge! You are the seeker of faith and you have the gift to analyze situations very quickly and accurately. You are fascinated with the mysteries of life, including both spiritual and religious doctrines. YOUR CHALLENGE in life is to not to shut yourself off from others or to isolate, but to learn to let others in so they can know and understand you. Strive to be less pessimistic and secretive.
THE 7 CAREER – You are happiest being an authority whom others come to consult. You would make a great Investigator, philosopher, priest, nun, pastor, psychic, or psychic investigator, astrologer, researcher, dentist, farmer, lawyer, photographer.

THE 8 LIFE PATH entered this life plane to learn to handle money, financial issues, authority and power. You came here to learn the art of business and the handling of your financial and monetary affairs. If anyone is resourceful, it’s the 8 Life Path. You know how to direct and coordinate any kind of business endeavor and most certainly know how to control and take command of any situation. You are also really good at getting yourself out of situations that you got yourself into in the first place.
YOUR CHALLENGE is to learn to be more patient, and learn to listen to others without being overbearing and intolerant.

THE 8 CAREER – You work best in situations where you can work for yourself or be a powerful influence on others. You would make a great life coach (both traditional and non-traditional positions), entrepreneur,  banker, broker, investor, financier, stock trader, athlete, film and television producer, philanthropist, actor, actress, film maker, musician, athletic coach.

THE 9 LIFE PATH entered this life plane to be more understanding and compassionate of others! You are the humanitarian who came here to help those less fortunate. You do possess an abundance of strong feelings for those who are in need, coupled with a strong sense of compassion and generosity. Your strength is through service to others.
YOUR CHALLENGE is to see the bigger picture and to learn that giving is satisfying and selflessness is a virtue. It’s also learning to strike a balance between giving and receiving.

THE 9 CAREER – You work best in occupations where the outlook is global or big rather than small places or situations where your inspiration, kindliness and human understanding is essential. You would make a great philosopher, humanitarian, healer, scientist, doctor, nurse, diplomat, priest, spiritual healer, spiritual leader, pastor, musician, astrologer, healing arts practitioner, lawyer, legal aid assistant, legal researcher.


A Master Number in any of your 5 Core Numbers (soul, personality, destiny, birth day, life Path) means that you are an enlightened soul that has come back to relearn and tap into previous wisdom and knowledge. You may also have some tests to pass before you become truly enlightened. 

THE 11 LIFE PATH entered this life plane to be inspirational. You are like a light bulb illuminating others and all things in your wake. You must realize and live up to the full potential that the 11 Life Path affords by recognizing your healing and perceptive capabilities. Downside: You are an antenna so you could pick up too much energy from others which could make you nervous or withdraw.
YOUR CHALLENGE is, that since you are so sensitive and have psychic abilities, there is a tendency to be over-sensitive. You must learn to stay calm, centered and balanced during times of stress. Recognize and honor your nervous energy but reign in your tendency to go out of control with your emotions.

The 11 Career – You are happiest in positions where you can express your ideals. You would make a great inspirational writer, astrologer, numerologist, professional metaphysical healer, astronomer, astronaut, inventor, promoter, life coach, teacher, metaphysician. Any psychic science.

THE 22 LIFE PATH entered this life plane a born genius and an advanced soul. You are a powerful force and have the ability to achieve things on a grand scale and the term master builder is often attached to the traits of a 22 life path which is an intense vibration. You have a heightened sense of awareness of what is right and wrong in the world and want to share your gifts of compassion, insights and hope with others. Downside: You could want more power than you have or use your power in a way that is destructive or hurts others. Tendency to be manipulative to get your way.
YOUR CHALLENGE is to recognize this potential within you and balance your inner needs with your outer needs. It’s the Universal Law of “As within, so without.” Love yourself, love the world.

THE 22 CAREER – You are best in environments where you can make a huge or, at least big, impact on many people. You like to open up new fields of thoughts of thinking. You would make a great ambassador, world leader, humanity For habitat leader, leader of global enterprises, NATO leader, public servant, treaty expert, President, politician, politician’s wife, school or political superintendent.


I delve further into the right career by helping you understand your Heart/SOUL Desire and the impact it has on what you want to do with your life because it represents your inner needs and motivation. Click on this link to find out how your Heart’s Desire number, aka the Soul’s Desire or Soul Urge number can be a useful gauge in finding the right career for you.

Kathleen Lamoureux is a Numerologist and Soul Coach with 25 years of experience reading the numbers for thousands of clients. Book a Forecast/Power Session Reading to find out what’s going on for you now and into the next 3 years. Find out which months are best for timing issues. Book a Primary Natal reading to discover the keys to yourself and what your life path and destiny experience reveal about you.

14 thoughts on “Life Path Number & Your Career

  1. I work as a school counselor. I have studied Numerology going on 20 years now. I find that students, and others, are extremely interested in what to do for a living. I wondered if using a combination of Life Path and Soul Urge might hold a better answer than Life Path alone. Life path would certainly guide them to a career area to consider and the Soul Urge might guide them to specific work in that field based on where there passions lie. For example, my LP is 11 which makes school counseling a good fit. My Soul Urge number is a 6 which makes me feel like it is what I was born to do because of my passion to be of service to others. If my SU was another number, I am not not sure I would feel the same way. I am wondering what your thoughts on this subject might be if you are open to sharing or blogging about it. Thank you. Jerry Edwards.


    1. Kathleen Lamoureux

      Hi Jerry, I finally wrote a piece on the Heart’s Desire Number and the Life Path Number in relationship to a career path.


  2. Kathleen Lamoureux

    This is a great question Jerry and thank you for sharing your thoughts. Numerology, as you know, has many layers and yes I do take the heart’s desire, aka Soul Urge, into consideration as this is the motivation behind the decisions that people often make. The other number that is important to consider, in terms of a career path, is the Maturity Number. I actually consider this number to be a secondary Life Path, which indicates an underlying wish or desire that surfaces in the mid-30’s and can also be a clue. Many blessings to you in your work with your students. I do think that numerology can really be beneficial in terms of selecting a career path. And yes I will consider blogging about this topic in the future.


    1. Kathleen Lamoureux

      Thank you and I have a bonus blog post which will be out in a few days about how the Heart’s Desire number can be especially helpful. So be on the watch for that.


  3. Javed

    Dear Kathleen, very nice articles and website. I was born on 02 July 1984, in the horizontal calculation I’m a 4 and in the vertical calculation I’m a 22. They also say I’m a hybrid of those numbers. Can you help me to know more about this?


    1. Kathleen Lamoureux

      I’m not sure what you mean by the horizontal and vertical calculations???
      Yes you are a 4 Life Path, but you are a 31/4 Life Path not a 22/4 LP.
      1984 adds up to 22, so you don’t reduce master numbers. The calculations would 7+2+22 = 31. If you need more clarification, please book a reading.


  4. Jacquelyn

    I am a life path number 3 and also the number 3 has a very big influence on my life. My birthday is 3/18, 3rd month of the year and birthday number 18 which breaks down to 9 (1+8=9), which can also be broken down to 3 (3×3=9). I am also one of three children. I have struggled to find a career that I feel like truly suits me and one I can stay in for the long term. I have changed jobs so many times and went back to school for different things and have graduated with different degrees and certifications. I am now in a situation yet again where I feel like I need to take my career in a new direction due to the current one not working out. Jobs that I have worked in the past that I truly enjoyed were jobs that allowed me to communicate with people and socialize in the workplace. I LOATHE jobs where I am isolated to one place doing tedious, monotonous work where I don’t have a lot of communication with people. The problem is the jobs I have worked in the past weren’t exactly careers I could grow in, I’ve done retail sales and I was also an esthetician. Both jobs I was very good at and I enjoyed but there were other factors like terrible management, strict goals/quotas, and not a lot of money that made me not want to stay. Also, one very important thing about my numerology numbers is that I am also a heart’s desire number 5. I admit, this makes me a very flaky individual who can’t commit or take on a lot of responsibility. This is why I KNOW for certain I could never own my own business, nor do I think I want to. I really do try hard to commit and settle into a career but I always end up feeling this overwhelming sense of dissatisfaction that I just can’t shake. I also know that I have the potential to be a leader in my field, if only I can just figure out where exactly that is. I’m just so afraid that I am never going to find where I belong and I am destined to just wander around with no where to plant my roots and grow.


    1. Kathleen Lamoureux

      Well based on your soul number of 5, you already know that you can’t work for other people or find it difficult to be penned in, so you need to find a profession where you have a lot of autonomy. You were born to be in the creative fields or where you communicate for a living. Beyond that if you need more information, my guidance would require a reading.
      Best of luck.


  5. Gem

    Hello Kathleen, I have a question on how to read your compatibility chart to help me compare my soul urge to my life path : Is the first number I see, eg. “9s”, or “5s”, a Life path number or Soul Number? Thank you


  6. Kathleen Lamoureux

    Sorry for the delay. The layout of one’s numerology chart is in this order: Soul, Personality, Destiny, Life Path.

    You take any one of those numbers separately and compare it to my compatibility chart.
    What is your Soul Number? What is your Life Path number?


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