Better Pay not Top Motivator of Career Change

March 23, 2007 ( - A new survey found workers in the U.S. looking to change careers are motivated by desire for a job they are passionate about more often than desire for a salary increase.

Increasing time commitments and costly child care were other motivators cited by respondents for switching to slower-paced careers, Reuters reported. Nearly 60% of the 12,000 workers surveyed had recently changed careers or were planning to do so.

The survey found new careers chosen depended on the age group or parental status of workers. The top positions sought by younger job changers, seeking mental stimulation and advancement opportunities, were project manager and registered nurse, the Reuters report said.

Respondents over 50 were seeking jobs in the nonprofit sector, patient advocacy or religion, motivated by a desire for a flexible schedule and engaging work. Parents returning to work, also seeking a flexible schedule identified executive recruiting and non-profit work as desirable careers.

Almost half of the 164 employers also surveyed said they regularly target workers making a career change when recruiting because they tended to be more dedicated.

The survey was conducted by Money magazine in conjunction with and full results will be published in the magazine’s April issue.