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Jobs with changing work schedules or work locations in 2017

February 01, 2018

Some jobs require workers to adapt to changes in their work schedule or location. Almost half of all jobs (47.6 percent) have work schedules that vary from a regular pattern. In nearly a quarter (23.0 percent) of jobs, the work location changes more than four times per year. About three-quarters of home health aides and police patrol officers have to adapt to changing work schedules. Large shares of home health aides and police patrol officers also must change their work location more than four times per year.

 

 

Percent of jobs in selected occupations that require workers to change work schedules or change work locations more than 4 times per year, 2017
Occupation Work schedule changes Work location changes
more than 4 times per year

Home health aides

75% 69%

Police patrol officers

74 82

Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators

70 62

Registered nurses

65 14

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

65 79

Child, family, and school social workers

65 69

Retail salespersons

65 7

Lawyers

63 62

Personal care aides

62 54

Mental health counselors

61 67

Construction carpenters

61 78

Municipal firefighters

58 82

Electricians

56 77

Construction laborers

55 88

Mental health and substance abuse social workers

54 71

Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

53 83

Driver/sales workers

51 84

Auditors

48 62

Most registered nurses and retail salespersons have a work schedule that changes (about 65 percent for both). Not as many workers in these occupations have to adjust to another work location; only 14 percent of registered nurses and 7 percent of retail salespersons change work locations more than four times per year.

These data are from the Occupational Requirements Survey. To learn more, see "Occupational Requirements in the United States — 2017" (HTML) (PDF) and the occupational profiles from the survey.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Jobs with changing work schedules or work locations in 2017 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2018/jobs-with-changing-work-schedules-or-work-locations-in-2017.htm (visited January 17, 2021).

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