There is a clear link between reading for pleasure and achieving a high-flying job, the research, conducted by Mark Taylor from Nuffield College at the University of Oxford, found.
Some 17,200 people born in 1970 were quizzed about their extra-curricular activities at the age of 16 for the study.
The research showed 16-year-olds who read at least one book every month were more likely to have obtained a professional or managerial position by the age of 33, compared to non-readers.
Mr Taylor also looked at the effects other after-school activities, such as sports or playing a musical instrument, had on career development and achievement, finding they had no impact.
"According to our results, there is something special about reading for pleasure - the positive associations of reading for pleasure aren't replicated in any other extra-curricular activity," he said.
Recent data from the Chartered Management Institute and Xpert HR revealed that fewer workers resigned, retired or were made redundant in 2010.
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