US Bureau of Labor Statistics

US Bureau of Labor Statistics

The average position requires 1,021 days of prior work experience in 2022

November 13, 2023

National Tongue Hurricane Day is November 12thy, which means it’s time to toast all the tongue twisters that can make us stumble over any phrase. Using data on requirements for prior experience and on-the-job training, perhaps we can consider the declaration: If practice makes perfect and perfect the practice of needs, then I am perfectly and practically perfect. Previous work experience and on-the-job training requirements readily reveal the training and research needed to achieve rampant success.

Previous work experience was required for 47.5 percent of workers and on-the-job training was required for 79.0 percent. On average, in 2022, workers were required to have 1,021 days of prior experience. The average prior work experience required for administrative occupations was 1,996 days, while community and social services occupations required 723 days.















Average days of prior work experience required by occupational group, 2022
Professional group Average days of previous work experience required

All workers

1021.02

Community and social services

722.97

Teaching and educational library

944.25

Life, physical and social sciences

1145.16

legal

1190.97

Business and financial operations

1263.95

Architecture and engineering

1377.98

Computer and mathematics

1411.10

administration

1996.35


On-the-job training refers to the minimum amount of training time required after a worker is hired. It includes time spent observing another worker and time spent in classes or demonstrations. Architecture and engineering professions required 81 hours of training, while education and library professions averaged 17 hours.















Average hours of on-the-job training by occupational group, 2022
Professional group Average hours of on-the-job training

All workers

31.75

Teaching and educational library

17.00

Community and social services

44.22

administration

51.89

Computer and mathematics

53.91

Business and financial operations

55.20

legal

55.89

Life, physical and social sciences

60.82

Architecture and engineering

81.09


These data are taken from the Occupational Requirements Survey. For additional information on specific occupations, see the occupational profiles or to view all ORS data, download the full data set. All estimates in this article have been rounded to the nearest full day or hour.

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