This just in: Barbie the news anchor

Journalist Barbie
Journalist Barbie

Adults love to ask kids what they want to be when they grow up. When my niece was 4-years-old, she would answer in all seriousness, "fairy princess." I wish I had thought of that.

Last year, El Segundo, CA-based toy maker Mattel surveyed girls around the world to find out which job they wanted 2010's I Can Be... Barbieto portray. So, in her 125th career choice, Barbie will be suiting up as (drum roll, please) -- a journalist. Or perhaps, more specifically, a News Anchor. Look out Katie Couric. The doll's tag line: "A flair for journalism -- and power pink!"

Unfortunately, there might be more openings for an entry-level fairy princess.

Since Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel don't cover the latest news from the U.S. Department of Labor and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the girls had no way of knowing that in 2008 there were only 8,000 news anchors employed in the U.S., and that those numbers are expected to decline through 2018. Sheesh.

One thing Barbie does not pretend to be is a career coach. In the company's own words, "Barbie is the world's only brand that allows girls to imagine themselves as a mermaid to a movie star, a fairy to a fashionista..." You know, once "mermaid" is on the table, why not add "news anchor." It could happen. Especially, if you look like Barbie.