Generations At Work
Lifestyle By Generation
Work Values & Attitudes
Education By Generation
Jobs By Generation
Pay By Generation
Today there are CEOs in their 20s and movies about interns in their 40s.  Who's doing what and what kinds of jobs attract Millennials, Gen Xers and Baby Boomers?
Common Jobs By Generation
Find out which jobs are popular with workers of each generation.
Gen Y
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Mechanical Engineer
They're called flighty and impractical, but Millennials are 3.83 times more likely to be Mechanical Engineers than Baby Boomers or Gen Xers.


Rank Job Title Median Pay* Relative
Commonness Ratio
1 Mechanical Engineer $61,400 3.83
2 Aerospace Engineer $69,100 3.40
3 - tie Traffic Coordinator $35,600 3.10
3 - tie Marketing Administrator $34,500 3.10
5 Sales Team Leader, Retail $26,500 2.75
6 Public Relations (PR) Specialist $40,900 2.43
7 Human Resources (HR) Assistant $31,900 2.39
8 Architectural Designer $44,200 2.37
9 Community Outreach Coordinator $34,400 2.34
10 Program Coordinator, Non-Profit Organization $35,400 2.30
*Pay data includes all levels of education
Gen X
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VP Software Development
Gen X has been online since dial-up modems were cutting-edge technology. No wonder they are 4.22 times more likely to be Vice President of Software Development.


Rank Job Title Median Pay* Relative
Commonness Ratio
1 - tie Senior Sales Engineer $104,100 4.22
1 - tie Storage Engineer $90,400 4.22
1 - tie Vice President (VP), Software Development $150,700 4.22
4 Creative Director $85,300 2.69
5 Nurse Manager, Operating Room $84,600 2.55
6 Program Manager, IT $112,700 2.47
7 Sr. Art Director $76,500 2.42
8 - tie Talent Acquisition Manager $80,600 2.34
8 - tie Dental Insurance Coordinator $38,100 2.34
8 - tie Regional Marketing Director $85,300 2.34
8 - tie Lead Carpenter $48,500 2.34
*Pay data includes all levels of education
Boomers
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Pharmacist in Charge
Baby Boomers are 16.11 times more likely to hold the position of Pharmacist in Charge than younger generations.
Rank Job Title Median Pay* Relative
Commonness Ratio
1 Pharmacist in Charge $128,300 16.11
2 Chaplain $48,200 13.59
3 President and CEO $174,500 12.25
4 - tie Occupational Health Nurse $63,500 9.06
4 - tie Fire Chief $87,600 9.06
4 - tie Church Business Administrator $43,900 9.06
7 - tie Tax Director $166,700 8.71
7 - tie Healthcare Risk Management Director $99,700 8.71
9 - tie Economic Development Director $74,300 8.16
9 - tie Facilities Operations Manager $73,300 8.16
*Pay data includes all levels of education
High-Paying Jobs By Generation
Which jobs common to each generation bring home the biggest paychecks?
Gen Y
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Reservoir Engineer
Once again, STEM careers pay off. Millennials working as Reservoir Engineers earn a median income of $106,800 a year.


Rank Job Title Median Pay*
1 Reservoir Engineer $106,800
2 Petroleum Engineer $101,100
3 Program Manager, IT $92,200
4 Senior Software Engineer $87,000
5 Tax Manager $85,900
6 Analytics Manager $84,000
7 Physician Assistant (PA) $81,600
8 Nurse Practitioner (NP) $79,800
9 Account Director $74,600
10 Quantitative Analyst $73,600
*Pay data includes all levels of education
Gen X
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Orthopedic Surgeon
Gen Xers used to listen to sad music about broken hearts, but now are more likely to whine about aching backs. The Orthopedic Surgeons among them earn over $400,000 a year.


Rank Job Title Median Pay*
1 Orthopedic Surgeon $410,400
2 Anesthesiologist $297,000
3 Physician / Doctor, Radiologist $274,700
4 Physician / Doctor, Oncologist $239,200
5 Obstetrician / Gynecologist (OB/GYN) $205,900
6 Senior Director of Strategy $184,600
7 Law Firm Partner $175,800
8 Vice President (VP), Real Estate Acquisitions $169,900
9 Vice President (VP), Marketing $153,800
10 Patent Attorney $147,000
*Pay data includes all levels of education
Boomers
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Chief Medical Officer
After surviving medical school and working their way up the hospital food chain, some Baby Boomers earn a median income of just over $300,000 as Chief Medical Officers.
Rank Job Title Median Pay*
1 Chief Medical Officer (CMO) $300,700
2 General Surgeon $285,900
3 Physician / Doctor, Emergency Room (ER) $253,900
4 Psychiatrist $215,200
5 Sr. Vice President (SVP), Sales & Marketing $208,500
6 President and CEO $183,200
7 Dentist $165,600
8 Vice President (VP), Sales $160,100
9 Tax Director $157,900
10 Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) $154,200
*Pay data includes all levels of education
Company Size By Generation
More than half of the Gen Yers who took our survey work for companies with fewer than 100 employees, while Gen Xers are most likely to work for large companies, possibly because of the relative job stability these employers offer.
company size by generation
Work from Home By Generation
Focusing on the IT industry, where the most telecommuting-friendly jobs lie, we examine who works at home by generation and gender. Female Gen Xers (many of whom also take on most childcare duties) report working from home most often.

People Management By Generation
Managers need experience to lead, so it makes sense that older workers are more likely to do these jobs. But in the last year the percentage of Gen Y workers in managerial roles has fallen from 15 percent to 12 percent. That's indicative of a tougher economy, growing underemployment and Baby Boomers delaying retirement.

people management by generation
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