Career changes becoming more common

According to a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report released in September, Americans born from 1957 to 1964 held an average of 11 jobs from ages 18 to 44.

Started in 1979 -- when the youngest participants were 15 -- the study followed 9,964 men and women for 30 years. It serves as the only long-term analysis of such information, according to the federal agency.

Federal labor force data shows career changes are not unusual, and local economic development experts say such transitions are becoming even more common.

While the study numbers refer to job changes, the agency does not track the number of career switches, primarily because of an uncertainty about what constitutes a career, according to the bureau.

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