Do Computer Pros Work Less Than Others?

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Hard to believe, but IT workers log fewer hours on the job than most other professionals, government data reveals.

Among eight broad professional occupations tracked by the government, only one category--consisting of educators, trainers and librarians--average fewer hours at work each week.

The occupation category comprising computer and mathematical professionals [math occupations such as actuaries, operational research analysis and statisticians make up less than 5 percent of the category] who usually work fulltime averaged 42 hours, 24 minutes on the job each week in 2006, according to a survey of American households conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Census for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That's one hour, 42 minutes less than all professional occupations combined, but one hour, six minutes more each week than education/training/library.

Legal professionals put in the most time, at 44 hours, 54 minutes. Their bosses put in even longer hours. Managers of all stripes averaged 46 hours, 24 minutes of work each week in 2006.

Average Weekly Hours Worked
Among professionals who usually work full time

Occupation Hours: Minutes
Education/Training/Library 41:18
Computer/Math 42:24
Life/Physical/Social Sciences 42:54
Community/Social Services 42:54
Arts/Design/Entertainment/Sports/Media 42:54
Healthcare Practitioner/Technical 43:06
Architecture/Engineering 43:30
Legal 44:54
Management 46:24

Source: U.S. Bureaus of Census and Labor Statistics

This article was originally published on 2007-04-27
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