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The American Workday, By Profession 146

Posted by timothy
from the fingers-to-the-bone-but-very-slowly dept.
An anonymous reader writes NPR has created an interesting visualization of workday data from the American Time Survey. It shows what the typical working times are for each profession. You can see some interesting trends, like which professions distribute their work throughout the day (firefighters and police), which professions take their lunch breaks the most seriously (construction), and which professions reverse the typical trends (food service). "Still, Americans work more night and weekend hours than people in other advanced economies, according to Dan Hamermesh and Elena Stancanelli's forthcoming paper (PDF). They found that about 27 percent of Americans have worked between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. at least once a week, compared with 19 percent in the U.K. and 13 percent in Germany."
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The American Workday, By Profession

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  • Re:Seems good to me. (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 28, 2014 @02:02PM (#47777539)

    Greed drives extra hours, plain and simple. If it was a shopkeep deciding to keep his store open to let folks buy stuff on his own time that's one thing but that's now how it is, it's some employer deciding to keep doors open all the time to get that extra X percent of revenue. The people who decide the hours don't work them.

    It gets worse when you consider that a lot of jobs aren't even full time, so people have to work weird shifts to keep those doors open at all costs.

    Labour Day is just around the corner and I feel bad for the people stuck working, especially if they're shift workers. I make it a point not to patronize businesses open when they shouldn't be, but then I can tell you that on a long weekend like this the Wal-Marts and MacDonalds of the world will still be open and full of people buying stuff.

  • Bah ... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by gstoddart (321705) on Thursday August 28, 2014 @02:04PM (#47777563) Homepage

    The hookers come out at night to screw their clients, the stock market guys get up early to screw all of us.

    Everything in the middle depends on who your clients are, and type of industry you're in.

    Educated people see daylight (or get paid a premium), less educated get shift work.

    I don't even need to read TFA to know these things. ;-)

    And, yes, I'm mostly kidding.

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