Changing Jobs, by the Numbers


Michael Steinhart, Contributing Editor

Michael Steinhart has been covering IT and business computing for 15 years, tracking the rising popularity of virtualization, unified fabric, high-performance computing, and cloud infrastructures. He is editor of The Enterprise Cloud Site, which won the Least Imaginative Site Name award in 2012, and he managed TheITPro.com, a community of IT professionals taking their first steps into cloud computing. From 2006 to 2012, Steinhart worked as an executive editor at Ziff Davis Enterprise, writing and managing research reports, whitepapers, case studies, magazine features, e-newsletters, blog posts, online videos, and podcasts. He also moderated and presented in dozens of webinars and virtual tradeshows. He got his start in IT journalism at CMP Media back in 1998, then moved to PC Magazine, managing the popular Solutions section and then covering business technology and consumer software. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications/journalism from Ramapo College of New Jersey.

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Best Wishes and Some BLS Follow Up
  • 7/9/2014 8:23:15 PM
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Hi Michael, So sorry to hear that you are leaving! But please know that it has been a pleasure working with you; wishing you all of the best. Your post is bittersweet for me; you are announcing your departure but you used some numbers that I think that I produced. I have been at the BLS for 14 years, and have worked in a few different programs. I produced the base tabulations that were published from late 2010 to early 2013. There are two NLS surveys known as the 1979 and the 1997 surveys. These separate surveys follow cohorts of people over their lives and collects data on pretty much all of their life events. This is one of the few surveys that collects data on those folks who even spent time in prison. I have not checked the publications in a while, but yes, there is a direct relationship between age and the average number of jobs held. As the cohorts get older, the number of jobs will plateau because people will start to retire. But yes, you are right on target. Of course the number of jobs varies by educational attainment, gender (women may drop out of the workforce to raise children but then reenter later) and job tenure can vary by type of job (albeit 10 months may be tad on the short side - SMILE). But yes, please rest assured that career-wise, you are age and stage appropriate. The NLS surveys are two of the hidden gems of the BLS. Although they do not get as much face time as the PFEI (Principle Federal Economic Indicators like employment, unemployment, CPI, producer prices, etc.), they have a lot of data that is available for researchers. Wow, I am sorry to hear that you are moving on, but glad to see that you gave a shout-out to the NLS. Best wishes on your career journey!

Re: Best Wishes and Some BLS Follow Up
  • 7/9/2014 10:50:10 PM
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Michael, best wishes in your next endeavor. It sounds like you've had a dynamic and varied career, so more of the same to you in the next 20 years of your work life! As for those BLS figures, I am very surprised the the average number of job changes is so high. I've always thought that it's a more recent phenom that people are less loyal to their jobs.

Re: Best Wishes and Some BLS Follow Up
  • 7/10/2014 8:25:29 AM
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Hi Bryan -- I think we could call this serendipity! I can imagine how proud you must feel when you see references to the work you've done!

 

Re: Best Wishes and Some BLS Follow Up
  • 7/10/2014 9:03:25 AM
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When you freelance, you have a bit of a job change every few months, even weeks. In truth, I've never counted up exactly how many I've written for. I don't bother to i include some of the very brief jobs on my resume. In my previous career of adjuncting, the same held. Many teach at multiple colleges in a single year. Some they stay on semester after semester, and some are just one time jobs. 

Re: Best Wishes and Some BLS Follow Up
  • 7/10/2014 9:03:35 AM
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When you freelance, you have a bit of a job change every few months, even weeks. In truth, I've never counted up exactly how many I've written for. I don't bother to i include some of the very brief jobs on my resume. In my previous career of adjuncting, the same held. Many teach at multiple colleges in a single year. Some they stay on semester after semester, and some are just one time jobs. 

best wishes
  • 7/10/2014 10:05:37 AM
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Michael- the fact that you are able to move and find a potentially better situation means that the economy must have improved to some extent. That is good news for all of us.

Re: Best Wishes and Some BLS Follow Up
  • 7/10/2014 10:10:45 AM
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Hi Beth,

Yeah, this is kinda cool and very much appreciated! The relatively smaller programs that do not move the markets seldom get much face time. The program director will get a kick out of this for sure.

"The National Longitudinal Surveys - Home Page"
  • 7/10/2014 10:21:52 AM
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Folks,

The NLS home page is here:

http://www.bls.gov/nls/home.htm#news

Overview of the surveys, current and archived press releases and contact information, etc - it is all there. I had the honor of supporting this program for a couple of years. Great program, great staff and great information. If you have a taste for longitudinal analysis, then I would encourage you to contact the program to find out how to get access to the data.

Farewell and happy travels
  • 7/10/2014 11:09:36 AM
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Michael, it's been great having you on A2. Happy travels (if you're moving house too)!

Re: "The National Longitudinal Surveys - Home Page"
  • 7/10/2014 3:52:55 PM
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Thanks for the link Bryan! 

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