Workers Stay Put in Wake of 9/11

November 16, 2001( - While conventional wisdom holds that most Americans would reassess their lives following the event of September 11, a new survey finds that most are frozen in place.

The survey, sponsored by ACT-1 Group, a human resource solutions provider, found that nearly 92% indicated that they had no plans for career changes as a result of the attack, with men, at 93% being slightly more reluctant to make career moves than the 91% of women.

Of the remainder,

  • only 3% of respondents are re-thinking career options on their own,
  • a mere 2% are seeking assistance investigating their career options,
  • a further 2% intend to seek career planning assistance, but have not yet done so, and 
  • only 1% has already made a job or career change

Job Categories

The ACT-1 Career Assessment Study also found that among industry groups,

  • a little over 10% of those in the manufacturing/construction sector are considering their career options, 
  • followed by 8% of those in services,  and
  • an even 4% each in government, education and the retail/wholesale segments,
  • while those in finance/real estate, healthcare, high technology and the professions were least likely to be rethinking their career priorities.

Analysis of the data also shows that those earning more than $75,000 per annum were far less likely to consider making a change, while those below that income threshold were almost three times more likely to reconsider their careers as their more prosperous counterparts.

Young and Restless

In terms of age, the youngest respondents, those between the ages of 18 and 24, who may not yet be settled into long-term career paths, were more open to using September 11 to reassess their priorities. The group aged between 25 and 34 were less likely to rethink their careers.

The “ACT-1 Career Assessment Study” of 636 Americans was conducted on between October 26 and 28, 2001.