Indeed Hiring Lab Launches with Research Report on What Job Seekers Really Want

Research finds job seekers look to make their dreams a reality as 81% search outside current job category

AUSTIN, TX — March 17, 2014 — Indeed Hiring Lab, a global research institute committed to advancing the knowledge of human resource and talent management professionals worldwide, has released a research report titled, “What Job Seekers Want: Occupation Satisfaction & Desirability”.

Led by Indeed Economist and Associate Professor of Economics and International Affairs at George Washington University, Tara M. Sinclair, PhD, the report is the first study of its kind, examining job search behavior with relation to current and desired occupation using anonymous, aggregated data from the job search activity of more than 430,000 currently employed US job seekers on Indeed.

The report shows that — contrary to common wisdom — the majority of currently employed job seekers search for jobs outside of their current occupation. The research revealed that 81.5% searched in an occupation category other than their current occupation, and 56.5% of people searched within an alternative occupation category without searching in their own category at all. When it comes to looking outside their current occupation, job seekers do not target just one other category – the average job seeker considers at least two categories that are different from current occupation.

Additional findings from the “What Job Seekers Want: Occupation Satisfaction & Desirability Report” include:

  • Those with highly paid occupations search more in their own occupation category, but still less than 50% of the time

  • Occupations ranking highest in satisfaction are usually highly specialized, with healthcare ranking as the most satisfied

  • Average salary is a strong predictor of satisfaction, but plays little role in attracting people to an occupation

  • Job supply drives job seeker interest – explaining over 50% of the variability in searches outside someone’s current occupation

Dr. Sinclair commented, “By following actual job searches, we can see the genuine possibilities considered by the job seeker. It provides more information than actual job movements because these neglect other career paths the job seeker considered. It also provides more information than surveys, because it reveals actual searches by the job seeker rather than their wishful thinking.”

 For additional data related to the key findings as well as detailed profiles of 23  occupations, please click the following link to view the full report:

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The Indeed Hiring Lab is a global research institute committed to advancing the knowledge of human resource and talent management professionals worldwide. Led by Tara Sinclair, Indeed economist and associate professor of economics and international affairs at George Washington University, the Indeed Hiring Lab research agenda includes large-scale labor research projects, ongoing tracking and analysis of  employment trends, and surveys of industry professionals.

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