Workers are moving from job to job more than ever. The average worker changes jobs ten to fifteen times over the course of their career. In January 2016, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the average employee tenure was 4.2 years, down from 4.6 years in January 2014. Most workers spend five years or less in every job, devoting significant time and energy to transitioning from one job to another.

At Branded, we were curious how many of our users have quit a job during the course of their career. We polled our community on May 31, 2018, and 16,690 users responded.

Overall, 74 percent of users have quit a job over the course of their career. Digging deeper into the data, we observe nuances by generation. Baby Boomer (age 51-69) and Gen X (age 39-50) users are more likely than other generations to say they have quit a job. Roughly 80 percent of Baby Boomers and 79 percent of Gen X have quit a job during their career, compared to 73 percent of Silent Generation (age 70+) and 71 percent of Millennials (age 22-38). Millennials have spent less time in the workforce than their older counterparts, giving them fewer opportunities to leave a position. While members of the Silent Generation came of age during a time when workers often stayed at the same company for their entire career. 

Those with at least some college education are more likely to have quit a job than those with a high school education. Approximately 78 percent of those with a college education or higher have quit a job, compared to 79 percent of those who have attended some college and 72 percent of those with high school education.

Among those with a college education, younger users are more likely to have quit jobs. Roughly 84 percent of Gen X, 80 percent of Baby Boomers and 75 percent of Millennials say they have voluntarily left a job.  On the other hand, slightly fewer college-educated users in the Silent Generation have quit a job than the generation as a whole.

% Who Have Quit a Job