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Baby boomers born from 1957 to 1964 held an average of 12.3 jobs from ages 18 to 52

August 27, 2019

People born from 1957 to 1964, the latter years of the baby boom, held an average of 12.3 jobs from ages 18 to 52. Nearly half of these jobs were held from ages 18 to 24. On average, men held 12.5 jobs and women held 12.1 jobs from ages 18 to 52.

Average number of jobs held from ages 18 to 52 in 1978–2016 by educational attainment and sex

Educational attainment

Total

Men

Women

Total

12.3 12.5 12.1

Less than a high school diploma

11.9 13.3 9.9

High school graduates, no college

12.0 12.6 11.4

Some college or associate degree

12.8 13.0 12.6

Bachelor's degree and higher

12.4 11.6 13.1

Men without a high school diploma held an average of 13.3 jobs from ages 18 to 52, while men with a bachelor's degree and higher held 11.6 jobs between these ages. In contrast, women without a high school diploma held 9.9 jobs from ages 18 to 52, while women with a bachelor's degree and higher held 13.1 jobs between these ages.

These data are from the National Longitudinal Surveys. To learn more, see “Number of Jobs, Labor Market Experience, and Earnings Growth: Results from a National Longitudinal Survey.” A job is defined as an uninterrupted period of work with a particular employer.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Baby boomers born from 1957 to 1964 held an average of 12.3 jobs from ages 18 to 52 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2019/baby-boomers-born-from-1957-to-1964-held-an-average-of-12-point-3-jobs-from-ages-18-to-52.htm (visited August 14, 2020).

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