10 Jobs People Are Most Likely to Quit in 2024, According to New Payscale Research

10 Jobs People Are Most Likely to Quit in 2024, According to New Payscale Research

UTC by Tolu Ajiboye · 3 min read
10 Jobs People Are Most Likely to Quit in 2024, According to New Payscale Research
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For several different reasons, people working these jobs are likely to quit in 2024 in search of better jobs, despite decent pay.

A new report from Payscale has revealed the top jobs people are likely to quit in 2024. According to research, the employees currently handling these jobs are looking to quit within 6 months, based on research conducted from November last year to October 2023, involving employee data from nearly 800,000 workers in the US.

Payscale’s data is interesting because some of these jobs have relatively high pay, but leave workers unhappy regardless. Research has shown that there might be high employee dissatisfaction in these jobs, especially as workers struggle to balance life and work.

People Working these 10 Jobs are Very Likely to Quit in 2024

According to Payscale, people are likely to leave the following positions next year, in no particular order:

  • Senior Product Manager
  • Phlebotomist
  • Line Cook
  • Patient Care Technician
  • Emergency Room Registered Nurse
  • Patient Services Representative
  • Cyber Security Analyst
  • Welder or Cutter
  • Forklift Operator
  • IT Program Manager

Even though they make around $144,000 in median pay, Senior Product Managers are the most likely to leave their jobs. Payscale notes that although they make decent salaries, they “always have upward opportunity if they have the skills to help organizations improve their technology products.” For the tech roles in the list, employees are always looking for higher salaries. In addition, these workers tend to favor jobs where they can combine solving interesting problems with using cutting-edge technology.

Payscale notes that the healthcare jobs on the list are at high risk because nearly all require on-site work. On the workers’ end, continuous patient interactions tend to take quite a physical and mental toll. For the employer, there is an ever-present need to reduce expenditure, especially as their own costs increase, which could directly affect employee wages and general job satisfaction.

The blue-collar jobs, like a welder, line cook, or forklift operator, require specialized skills. Unfortunately, despite the intense physical labor typical of these jobs and the corresponding long hours, the jobs typically offer lower pay. This leaves workers eager to leave their jobs in 2024 as they hope to find better-paying work with better hours. Unsurprisingly, some employees seek jobs in other sectors to escape the intense requirements.

State Laws May Also Make a Difference

Workers are also likely to change jobs or switch sectors as some states enforce laws that require employees to provide salary ranges. In states like California, Connecticut, and Colorado, employees must publicize salary ranges but according to certain limits. Nevada law requires employees to offer the range without prompting from the applicant. However, California law allows employers to wait for the employee to ask. Furthermore, the law may only apply to employers with at least 15 workers. These enforcements in several states could tip the list a little bit especially if the economy worsens in 2024.

According to Payscale’s report for last year, the most likely role to quit was Senior Customer Service Representative. Interestingly, Software Development Managers were more likely to quit than 8 others on the list, despite earning the highest median pay, at $153,000.

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