Washingtonians Remain Anxious About Job Security

Evergreen College survey finds one-third of workers afraid of getting fired.

Washington to search for a new job, with men significantly more likely than women to look for a job outside of the state by a margin of 43% to 25%.
Meanwhile, half (54%) of the respondents said they have considered one of the following: returning to school to enhance their current career (27%); a new career in order to make more money (22%); or returning to school to train for a new career (22%).
“We all know what it feels like to be stressed at work, but that doesn’t mean you should settle for a career that doesn’t make you happy,” Cullen said. “This survey serves as an important reminder to regularly re-evaluate what you want out of your job, set goals and, if necessary, chart a new path.”
“For many workers, career training can open the door to that new path, offering a more rewarding work life. Everest  College is really in tune with this concept and can be the solution for many people looking to turn their work life in a positive direction.”
Top Careers For Stability
The following occupations continue to see high demand based on U.S. Department of Labor industry trend information through 2018, according to the 2010-11 Occupational Outlook Handbook:

  • Medical Assistant
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Legal and Accounting Administrative Assistant
  • Network Systems Administration
  • Dental Assistant

“Obviously, healthcare is and will continue to be one of the strongest industries because of the aging population,” said Cullen. “A majority of Everest’s programs are in the healthcare field, giving our students the opportunity for an in-demand career that can serve as a springboard for more advanced healthcare careers later.”

By the Numbers: 3rd Annual Washington State Workplace Confidence Survey Fast Facts

  • Fourteen percent of Washingtonians said that someone in their household has lost their job in the past 12 months. Those with a household income of less than $50,000 are significantly more likely than those with a household income of $80,000 or more to have had someone in their household experience a job loss (22% to 10%).
  • When envisioning their dream jobs, 85% of employed Americans living in Washington State said doing something they love was most important, followed by better pay (60%).
  • Compared with 2010, more Washingtonians would like to have a good relationship with their boss (52% to 43%) in their dream job.

About the Survey
The 3rd Annual Washington State Workplace Confidence Survey was conducted by Harris/Decima from March 16 to March 20, 2011. A total of 300 employed residents of Washington State were surveyed by telephone. Results are considered accurate to +/- 5.7% 19 times out of 20.

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