SWITCHING CAREERS


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Most Americans switch careers three times in a lifetime!

Here are the average number of years spent in certain careers:
25Barbers10Tile setters
21Farmers10Truck drivers, heavy
18Railroad conductors & yardmasters9Administrators & managers
16Clergy9Automobile mechanics
15Locomotive operating occupations9Binding machine operators
15Millwrights9Chemical engineers
15Telephone line installers & repairers9Concrete finishers
14Airline pilots9Dental hygienists
14Telephone installers & repairers9Furnace operators
13Civil engineers9Hairdressers & cosmetologists
13Crane operators9Industrial engineers
13Grader & dozer operators9Librarians
13Tailors9Office machine repairers
12Dental lab. technicians9Payroll & timekeeping clerks
12Doctors, dentists, veterinarians9Punch & stamp machine operators
12Lathe & turning machine operators9Registered nurses
12Machinists9Sales representatives
12Pharmacists9Sheet metal workers
12Separating & filtering machine operators9Speech therapists
12Stationary engineers9Stenographers
12Teachers (el. - hi.)9Surveying & mapping technicians
12Tool & diemakers9Typesetters & composers
11Cabinet makers9Upholsterers
11Chemists9Welders & cutters
11Construction inspectors8Accountant & auditors
11Electricians8Butchers & meat cutters
11Heavy equipment mechanics8Carpenters
11Industrial machinery repairers8Chemical technicians
11Inspectors, testers & graders8Clinical lab. technicians
11Mechanical engineers8Designers
11Operating engineers8Drafters & mechanical drawers
11Radiologic technicians8Dressmakers
11Truck & bus mechanics8Engineering technicians
10Aerospace engineers8Financial managers
10Aircraft engine mechanics8Heat & air conditioning mechanics
10Architects8Musicians & composers
10Automobile body repairers8Painters, sculptors & printmakers
10Brickmasons & stonemasons8Photographers
10Counselors8Printing machine operators
10Electrical & electronic engineers8Psychologists
10Engineers8Religious workers
10Firefighters 8Secretaries
10Lawyers 8Social workers
10Nurse, licensed practical 8Statistical clerks
10Plumbers, pipefitters & steamfitters8Water & sewage plant operators
10Police officers, sheriffs & bailiffs7Bookkeepers & auditing clerks
10Structural metal workers7Carpet installers
7Computer systems analysis5Records clerks
7Correctional officers5Roofers
7Data equipment repairers5Sawing machine operators
7Electrical & electronic technicians5Shipping & receiving clerks
7Farm workers5Typists
7Grinding & buffing machine operators5Underwriters
7Industrial truck & tractor operators5Weighers, measurers, checkers
7Knitting & weaving machine operators4Animal caretakers
7Mail carriers, postal service4Bank tellers
7Operations systems analysis 4Bartenders
7Paint spraying machine operators4Bill & account collectors
7Postal clerks4Biological technicians
7Teachers, postsecondary4Construction laborers
7Textile sewing machine operators4Cooks (except short-order)
6Actors & directors4Groundskeepers & gardeners
6Authors4Health aides (except medical)
6Billing clerks4Janitors & cleaners
6Bus drivers4Machine feeders & offbearers
6Buyers (except farm)4Mixing machine operators
6Construction trades 4Office clerks
6Dental assistant4Packers & packagers
6Drywall installers4Photo-process machine operators
6Editors & reporters4Production helpers
6Health technologists & technicians4Salesworkers
6Laundering & dry-cleaning workers4Slicing & cutting machine operators
6Meter readers4Stock & inventory clerks
6Molding & casting machine operators4Taxi drivers & chauffeurs
6Nursing aides & orderlies4Waiters & waitresses
6Order clerks3Attendants, recreation
6Painters, construction & maintenance3Bakers
6Physician assistants3Child-care workers
6Production ordinators3Construction helpers
6Production inspectors & examiners3Data-entry keyers
6Real estate sales3Dispatchers
6Teachers, kindergarten3File clerks
6Telephone operators3Freight stock & material handlers
6Timber cutters & loggers3Garage & service station workers
5Advertising3Guards
5Artists & performers3Health record technicians
5Assemblers3Hotel clerks
5Computer operators3Library clerks
5Computer programmers3Packaging & filing machine operators
5Economists3Receptionists
5Expediters3Sales counter clerks
5Financial service sales3Short-order cooks
5Graders & sorters (not farm)3Truck drivers, light
5Insurance adjusters & investigators2Cashiers
5Legal assistants2Food counter occupations
5Machine operators2Kitchen workers
5Maids & housemen2Mail clerks (except postal service)
5Personnel clerks (except payroll)2Messengers
5Personnel trainers2Stock handlers & baggers
5Physical therapists 2Vehicle washers & equipment cleaners
5Pressing machine operators


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