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The average job required 1,021 days of prior work experience in 2022

November 13, 2023

National Tongue Twister Day fell on November 12th, which means it’s time to toast all tongue twisters that can make us trip over any turn of phrase. Using data on requirements for previous experience and on-the-job training, perhaps we can ponder the proclamation: If practice makes perfect and perfect needs practice, I’m perfectly practiced and practically perfect. Prior work experience and on-the-job training requirements readily reveal the rehearsals and research needed for the realization of rampant success.

Prior work experience was required for 47.5 percent of workers and on-the-job training was required for 79.0 percent. On average in 2022, workers were required to have 1,021 days of previous experience. Prior work experience required for management occupations was an average of 1,996 days, while community and social services occupations required 723 days.

Average days of prior work experience required by occupational group, 2022
Occupational group Average days of required prior work experience

All workers

1021.02

Community and social services

722.97

Educational instruction and library

944.25

Life, physical, and social science

1145.16

Legal

1190.97

Business and financial operations

1263.95

Architecture and engineering

1377.98

Computer and mathematical

1411.10

Management

1996.35

On-the-job training refers to the minimum amount of training time required after a worker has been hired. It includes time spent shadowing another worker and time spent in classes or demonstrations. Architecture and engineering occupations required 81 hours of training, while educational instruction and library occupations averaged 17 hours.

Average hours of on-the-job training by occupational group, 2022
Occupational group Average hours of on-the-job training

All workers

31.75

Educational instruction and library

17.00

Community and social services

44.22

Management

51.89

Computer and mathematical

53.91

Business and financial operations

55.20

Legal

55.89

Life, physical, and social science

60.82

Architecture and engineering

81.09

This data is from the Occupational Requirements Survey. For additional information on specific occupations, see the Occupational Profiles or to view all ORS data, download the complete dataset. All estimates in this article have been rounded to the nearest whole day or hour. 

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, The average job required 1,021 days of prior work experience in 2022 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2023/the-average-job-required-1021-days-of-prior-work-experience-in-2022.htm (visited April 22, 2024).

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