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How Often Do People Change Jobs?

Number of Times People Change Jobs


Question: How Often Do People Change Jobs?

Job searching, in conjunction with career development, has become more of a lifelong endeavor than a one-time event. The days when people held one job for all, or most, of their working life are gone.

Answer: Today, the average person changes jobs ten to fifteen times (with an average of 11 job changes) during his or her career, which means a good amount of time is spent changing employment.

Job searching and networking, along with staying on top of the job market, has become an integral part of everyday work life, rather than something you do once or twice during your career.

Average Number of Times People Change Jobs

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that people born between 1957 and 1964 held an average of 11 jobs from ages 18 to 44. On average, men held 11.4 jobs and women held 10.7 jobs. 25% percent held 15 jobs or more, while 12% held four jobs or less.

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