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 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. 

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 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.

Re: Best Wishes and Some BLS Follow Up
  • 7/10/2014 3:56:54 PM
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Share away!

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
  • 7/10/2014 3:57:58 PM
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@tomsg -- I'm glad you said "potentially." Hard to beat working with the All Analytics team, after all!

Re: best wishes
  • 7/10/2014 6:16:01 PM
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Hey, watch that, @tomsg! AllAnalytics must be a great place to work! Day to day with Beth? It's got to be a pleasure : )

"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.

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

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: Farewell and happy travels
  • 7/10/2014 3:53:29 PM
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Michael! What news. Congratulations. It has truly been a pleasure reading your work for the past year! You will be missed.

This Pie Chart
  • 7/10/2014 3:56:50 PM
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I definitely would not think these numbers from the chart would be so high. I imagined that a lot of folks would have very few jobs they've held over a longer period of time. That being said, I very much want to hop around and ultimately find something I genuinely enjoy.

Re: This Pie Chart
  • 7/10/2014 4:18:51 PM
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I'd be curious, too, to see how these numbers look a few more years out -- what with the hit the jobs market took with the economic slump of 2008-2009 and the slow recovery, coupled with lots of transformation in a variety of industries, and the advent of software helping companies streamline work hours. Fewer jobs could mean less movement, especially at the outer edge of a career, with people not wanting to risk a move away from a proven paycheck.

Re: This Pie Chart
  • 7/10/2014 5:08:17 PM
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Beth, that is a pretty spot-on analysis. Are you a ringer posing as an editor (SMILE)?

Re: This Pie Chart
  • 7/11/2014 4:47:28 AM
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I have to say even with the economy as it was, I do think the number of different jobs referenced is a bit high. 

I would think it depends on your profession and industry as well.   But there is no doubt, people have been forced to move from job to job much more than they would like in the past decade.

Farewell but hopefully not goodbye
  • 7/11/2014 1:06:48 AM
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Best wishes to you Michael in your new endeavors. I agree that we are a mobile society in our careers, it keeps us all fresh and learning about new environemnts and markets. We hope you will still stop into our message boards and engage with us from time to time!

Much success in the future --I have enjoyed working together.

Re: Farewell but hopefully not goodbye
  • 7/11/2014 4:41:59 AM
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Michael.   It is certainly disheartening to hear you are leaving, but we all understand change is the only constant in today's world. 

I wish you the best and know we will see you every now and then in the A2 forum.   


Re: Farewell but hopefully not goodbye
  • 7/11/2014 1:29:23 PM
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Thanks, Louis! The pleasure was all mine.

Re: Farewell but hopefully not goodbye
  • 7/15/2014 12:03:45 PM
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I second the sentiment, Louis.  Michael, thanks for everything, I've really enjoyed working with you here.  You are insightful and thoughtful, which makes for thought-provoking content and dialogue.

Re: Farewell but hopefully not goodbye
  • 7/15/2014 3:35:36 PM
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Hi Wendy. Michael has packed up his bags and moved on... so I'll say thanks on his behalf! We'll all miss him here!

Re: Farewell but hopefully not goodbye
  • 7/15/2014 4:14:56 PM
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Thanks, Beth!  

Re: Farewell but hopefully not goodbye
  • 7/11/2014 9:40:05 AM
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Best wishes Michael and many thanks for all the efforts put forth into All Analytics. 

The job changing scenario seems to be increasing in scope as we enter times when the employer has lots of highy intelligent, and skilled folks to choose from. The supply of workers and usual scarcity of jobs, at least well paying ones, keep job changes a more frequent chore then when I entered the work force many decades ago. In those days one could look forward to decades of service at one firm. Now that only happens in government agencies if even there.

Re: Farewell but hopefully not goodbye
  • 7/11/2014 1:28:55 PM
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Thanks for the good wishes! Do you think there's a trend where companies 'get rid' of current workers in favor of cheaper, younger employees?

Re: Farewell but hopefully not goodbye
  • 7/11/2014 5:49:47 PM
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Thank you, Maryam! I've enjoyed working with you and learning from you, as well.

 

Re: Farewell but hopefully not goodbye
  • 7/27/2014 9:31:02 PM
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..

Maryam writes


Best wishes to you Michael in your new endeavors. ... We hope you will still stop into our message boards and engage with us from time to time!


 

Mayam's message expresses my own sentiments. I regret missing Michael's departure 18 days ago. I enjoyed interacting with him in this forum, and I hope someone can convey my own best wishes for his success and satisfaction in his new position. And again, I hope he'll return with a blog post or comment from time to time.

 

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