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Workers with advanced degrees were more likely to work at home than those without in 2018

July 31, 2019

In 2018, workers with advanced degrees were more likely to work at home than workers with lower levels of educational attainment—41.7 percent of those with an advanced degree performed some work at home on days worked, compared with 11.9 percent of those with a high school diploma and no college.

Percent of employed people who worked at home and at their workplace on days worked, 2018 annual averages
Status Percent who worked at home Percent who worked at workplace

Total

23.7% 81.7%

Full-time workers

22.7 84.2

Part-time workers

28.9 68.5

Single jobholders

22.9 82.1

Multiple jobholders

31.0 77.8

Less than a high school diploma

12.9 90.4

High school graduates, no college

11.9 90.2

Some college or associate degree

20.8 85.0

Bachelor's degree only

33.4 75.6

Advanced degree

41.7 69.1

Note: Data for educational attainment refer to individuals 25 years and over.

On average, over the 2013–17 period, 72.1 percent of employed people performed all of their work at their workplace on days they worked. During these years, 18.2 percent of people employed in management, professional, and related occupations worked only from home on days they worked, compared with 6.3 percent of those employed in other occupations. Fourteen percent of workers in management, professional, and related occupations and 5.1 percent of workers in other occupations worked at both their workplace and at home on days they worked. Management, professional, and related occupations made up 41 percent of the workforce in 2013–17.

Where people worked on days they spent time working, by occupational group, averages for 2013–17
Location Total, all occupations Management, professional, and related occupations Other occupations

Workplace only

72.1% 58.5% 82.4%

Home only

11.4 18.2 6.3

Workplace and home

9.1 14.4 5.1

Other

7.3 8.8 6.2

These data are from the American Time Use Survey. For more information, see "American Time Use Survey — 2018 Results" or read “Where did workers perform their jobs in the early 21st century?”. Also see charts of the latest American Time Use Survey data.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Workers with advanced degrees were more likely to work at home than those without in 2018 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2019/workers-with-advanced-degrees-were-more-likely-to-work-at-home-than-those-without-in-2018.htm (visited September 24, 2020).

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