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Table 1. Number of jobs held by individuals from age 18 to age 48 in 1978-2012 by educational attainment, sex, race, Hispanic or Latino ethnicity, and age

Table 1. Number of jobs held by individuals from age 18 to age 48 in 1978-2012 by educational 
attainment, sex, race, Hispanic or Latino ethnicity, and age

                                     Average number of jobs for persons ages 18 to 48 in 1978-2012
          Characteristic     
                                                 Ages 18  Ages 25  Ages 30  Ages 35   Ages 40
                                       Total (1)  to 24    to 29    to 34    to 39     to 48

Total ...................................  11.7     5.5      3.0      2.4      2.1      2.4
 Less than a high school diploma ........  11.5     5.0      2.9      2.4      2.0      2.1
 High school graduates, no college (2) ..  11.2     5.1      2.8      2.4      2.1      2.3
 Some college or associate degree .......  12.3     5.8      3.1      2.5      2.1      2.5
 Bachelor's degree and higher (3) .......  11.8     6.1      3.0      2.4      2.1      2.3

Men .....................................  11.8     5.7      3.1      2.5      2.1      2.4
 Less than a high school diploma ........  12.9     5.7      3.5      2.6      2.1      2.5
 High school graduates, no college (2) ..  11.7     5.5      3.1      2.6      2.1      2.3
 Some college or associate degree .......  12.4     6.0      3.2      2.7      2.1      2.5
 Bachelor's degree and higher (3) .......  11.2     5.8      2.8      2.4      2.2      2.3

Women ...................................  11.5     5.3      2.8      2.3      2.1      2.4
 Less than a high school diploma ........   9.6     4.0      2.2      2.1      1.9      1.7
 High school graduates, no college (2) ..  10.7     4.6      2.5      2.2      2.1      2.3
 Some college or associate degree .......  12.3     5.6      3.0      2.4      2.2      2.6
 Bachelor's degree and higher (3) .......  12.5     6.4      3.2      2.3      2.0      2.4

White non-Hispanic ......................  11.7     5.7      3.0      2.4      2.1      2.3
 Less than a high school diploma ........  12.1     5.4      3.1      2.6      2.1      2.2
 High school graduates, no college (2) ..  11.4     5.3      2.9      2.4      2.1      2.3
 Some college or associate degree .......  12.3     5.9      3.1      2.5      2.1      2.5
 Bachelor's degree and higher (3) .......  11.8     6.2      3.0      2.3      2.0      2.3

Black non-Hispanic ......................  11.4     4.6      2.9      2.5      2.1      2.5
 Less than a high school diploma ........  10.1     3.7      2.6      2.2      1.7      1.9
 High school graduates, no college (2) ..  10.9     4.4      2.8      2.5      2.2      2.4
 Some college or associate degree .......  12.6     5.1      3.1      2.6      2.4      2.8
 Bachelor's degree and higher (3) .......  11.9     5.6      3.0      2.6      2.1      2.8

Hispanic or Latino ......................  11.4     4.9      2.8      2.3      2.1      2.4
 Less than a high school diploma ........  10.9     4.3      2.8      2.1      1.9      2.3
 High school graduates, no college (2) ..  10.9     4.9      2.7      2.3      2.1      2.4
 Some college or associate degree .......  12.5     5.2      3.1      2.5      2.3      2.8
 Bachelor's degree and higher (3) .......  11.6     5.5      2.8      2.5      2.2      2.1

  1 Jobs that were held in more than one of the age categories were counted in each 
appropriate column, but only once in the total column.
  2 Includes persons with a high school diploma or equivalent.
  3 Includes persons with a bachelor's, master's, professional, or doctoral degrees.
  NOTE:  This table excludes individuals who turned age 18 before January 1, 1978, or who had 
not yet turned age 49 when interviewed in 2012-13. The National Longitudinal Survey of Youth
1979 consists of men and women who were born in the years 1957-64 and were ages 14 to 22 when
first interviewed in 1979. These individuals were ages 47 to 56 in 2012-13. Educational
attainment is defined as of the 2012-13 survey. Race and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity groups
are mutually exclusive but not exhaustive. Other race groups, which are included in the overall
totals, are not shown separately because their representation in the survey sample is not
sufficiently large to provide statistically reliable estimates.



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