Career Change Statistics:
You Will Change Careers 7 Times in Your Life?

Career change statistics suggest that the average person will be making a career change approximately 5-7 times during their working life.

With an ever increasing number of different career choices on offer, about 1/3 of the total workforce will now change jobs every 12 months. By the age of 42 you will probably already have had about ten jobs. [DOL]

What Do These Career Change Statistics Tell Us?

  1. If you are going to change careers five to seven times in your working life, you should plan financially for some career change training.

  2. Employers with whom you will be applying for jobs with, expect or at least accept that workers will be changing jobs approximately every three years.

  3. If you are changing jobs less than every three years ,you are in the minority.
    You may need to have a well-prepared career change reason for your next job interview.

  4. What causes workers to want to change careers every three years?
    Do we simply get bored or is it the result of having many more different career choices these days?
    Do we become more aware of our gifts and abilities and have a desire to align them with a better job fit?
    Is three years about how long it takes for people to run into personal conflicts in their working environment?

Am I Making a Career Change or a Job Change?

One of the problems when assessing these career change statistics is to differentiate between making a job change and making a career change.

It's almost impossible to differentiate between the two as the Department of Labor has suggested.

For example if a schoolteacher secures a new job as a corporate sales trainer, has she changed careers or jobs?
You could argue that she has changed careers from education to sales.
Or you could argue that she has changed jobs from schoolteacher to adult teacher.

What about someone who transitions from a sales representative to a marketing manager.
You could argue that they have not changed careers because they are still in the sales field.

But marketing experts would say that sales and marketing are two completely different fields and that this transition does constitute a career change.

What Are the Most Common Career Change Reasons?

Career change statistics don't tell us much about why people change jobs. Here are some of the main reasons workers decide to leave their job.

  1. Frustration and disillusionment. Not using my best abilities in my current job.
  2. Redundancy or business closure.
  3. Working in a diminishing industry.
  4. Realignment of personal/spiritual values-midlife re-evaluation.
  5. Dislike of the organizational culture you work in.
  6. Money?

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The Pros and Cons of Making a Career Change

Career change statistics suggest that we are now living in a work culture that experiences more frequent job changes than previously.

However, like with most things there are pluses and minuses.

Some of the benefits of a frequent career change are:
  • You are less likely to get bored.

  • You will be exposed to a greater variety of work experiences and organizational cultures.

  • You will meet a lot more people, which is ideal for career networking.

  • Having many different career choices available to you means that you might be tempted to change careers too frequently.

Some negative results of this could be:
  • Prospective employers may be thinking "hey this guy will be gone in 12 months" thereby reducing your employment chances.

  • You may also miss out on the opportunity to climb the ladder within an organization simply because you aren't there long enough.

  • Some people may also make some unreasonable judgments on your stability as a person.

A Good Reason to Make a Career Change

Career change statistics indicate that one of the most common reasons people leave a job is because they are dissatisfied and unfulfilled.

Research suggests that up to 80% of people are not happy in their current job and the main reason for this is a mismatch between what they are good at and what they are currently doing.

My career change advice is this; always be trying to move closer to a job that uses your natural gifts and abilities.
This is the only real way to experience true fulfillment in your career.

This free career assessment can help you uncover what you are good at.
Many people have greatly benefited from completing this.

The assessment investigates your life to date to discover what things [both work and non-work] you like to do and are good at.

There is a bit of work involved in completing it, but it is well worth it and is something you will probably keep and reread in the years ahead as you assess assess various career moves.

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