Millennials in the Workforce

The majority of millennials graduated from school during the Great Recession (2008), and encountered a harshly competitive workforce. This resulted in many taking part-time jobs, or jobs outside of their degree in order to make ends meet. Millennials are currently the largest generation in the U.S. workforce, accounting for 31.7% of total employment. A recent report from LiveCareer looked into the most popular jobs among millennials. We analyzed the top five most popular jobs among the millennial generation.


There are currently 125,000 people employed as front desk clerks working in hotels, motels and resorts, with millennials making up 52% of the total amount. The average age of all employees is 31.7, and they make an average of $22,850 annually. 


Bank tellers work with customers to receive and pay out money, and maintain transaction records. With the popularity of ATMS and online/mobile banking, the number of tellers is projected to decrease by 8.3% from 2016 to 2026. There are a total of 306,000 bank tellers employed in the U.S., and millennials comprise 55.2% of that, with an average age of 30.9, and annual wage of $28,110.


Waitstaff in restaurants do not require formal education, which may be one of the reasons why it is so popular with younger employees. The total employment is 2,016,000, and millennials make up 56.4% of the total employment. The median age of all employees is 26.6, with an annual income of $20,820.


Vet assistants work under the guidance of a veterinarian, laboratory animal technologist, or scientist to provide care to animals. Unlike vets and scientists, who require an advanced degree, veterinary technicians only require a high school diploma. There are a total of 61,000 vet technicians in the U.S., and there is a projected growth of 19.4%. 59% of vet technicians are millennials, and make an average of $26,140 a year.


The top millennial-employed position is the bartender. Late nights and long hours on your feet make this professional a great job for younger populations, as opposed to older generations. Of the total bartender workforce (417,000) 60% are millennials, with the average age of all employees 31.3. Bartenders do not require any formal education, though many may have completed a bartending course. This profession is expected to grow by 2.5% by 2026.

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