Easy To Get Promoted Careers And The Hard Ones

We all want to get ahead in our careers. Salary increases and bonuses are fine, but the ultimate satisfaction comes from having higher responsibilities and power, which usually happens when you get promoted.

To no one's surprise, the difficulty of getting promoted depends greatly on the type of job you have. In some fields, it is just inherently more difficult to progress.

In this article, we will explore careers where moving up the ranks is easier compared to others and also jobs where progress is relatively very hard.

The data comes from a recent survey by SalaryExplorer that involved 200,000+ professionals from more than 100 countries. One of the questions asked was "How easy was it for you to get promoted?". There were five possible answers to the question ranging from very easy to very difficult.

The data was aggregated, grouped, and rated by job category/specialty and by individual job titles.

A word of caution: all ratings are relative. This means that when we say that a job has a "Very Easy" rating, it doesn't mean that it is very easy to get promoted, it is just easier relative to other jobs.

= Very slow career progress

= Slow progress

= Normal / Average

= Promotions are frequent

= Very easy career progression

Getting a Promotion Difficulty By Job Category or Field of Specialization

Administration and Reception
Courier, Delivery, and Transport
Law Enforcement and Security
Counseling
Public Relations
Facilities and Maintenance
Translation
Customer Service and Call Center
Real Estate
Fashion and Apparel
Publishing and Printing
Care Giving and Child Care
Advertising and Grapic Design
Import and Export
Automotive
Purchasing and Inventory
Electrical and Electronics Trades
Gardening, Farming, and Fishing
Healthcare and Medical
Teaching and Education
Fundraising and Non Profit
Telecommunication
Environmental
Legal
Information Technology
Accounting and Finance
Cleaning and Housekeeping
Quality Control
Sales
Architecture
Banking
Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Factory and Manufacturing
Hospitality and Tourism
Energy
Pet Care
Science and Technical Services
Human Resources
Construction
Recreation and Sports
Marketing
Insurance
Engineering
Media, Broadcasting, and Arts
Aviation
Fitness and Lifestyle
Business Planning
Government and Defence
Executive and Management

Getting a Promotion Difficulty By Specific Careers

Delivery Driver
Security Guard
Clerk
Computer Teacher
Data Entry Operator
Payroll Supervisor
Computer Technician
Personal Assistant / Secretary
Receptionist
Cashier
IT Project Coordinator
Cleaner
Automotive Technician
Warehouse Supervisor
Store Keeper
Graphic Designer
Call Center Representative
Data Analyst
IT Support
Aircraft Mechanic
Tax Manager
Telecommunications Analyst
System Administrator
Purchasing Assistant
Driver
Translator
Administrative Manager
Editor
Facilities Manager
Laboratory Technician
Sales Representative
Office Manager
CopyWriter
Bookkeeper
Staff Nurse
Waiter / Waitress
Transportation Supervisor
Customer Care Representative
Document Controller
Software Support Engineer
Construction Supervisor
Pharmacist
Legal Assistant
Teacher
Accountant
Telecommunications Manager
Mechanic
Health Safety Officer
HVAC Engineer
Web Developer
HR Officer
Production Engineer
Security Manager
Marketing Assistant
Lecturer
Field Engineer
Interior Designer
Sales Manager
Environmental Engineer
Import and Export Manager
Travel Agent
CAD Drafter
Nurse
Electronics Technician
Attorney
Quality Assurance Engineer
Safety Engineer
Photographer
Mechanical Engineer
Quantity Surveyor
Elementary School Teacher
Risk Analyst
Art Director
Electrical Engineer
Design Engineer
Financial Assistant
Insurance Underwriter
Auditor
Call Center Manager
Bank Auditor
Developer / Programmer
Business Analyst
Market Development Manager
Retail Store Sales Person
HR Manager
Architect
Chef / Cook
Engineer
Purchasing Manager
Telecommunications Engineer
Industrial Engineer
Software Engineer
Financial Analyst
Creative Director
Legal Advisor
Recruiter
Manufacturing Engineer
HR Consultant
IT Manager
Recruiting Manager
Hotel Manager
Software Architect
Quality Manager
Banking Business Analyst
Credit Analyst
Business Development Manager
Electrician
Engineering Project Manager
Restaurant Manager
Financial Manager
Marketing Specialist
Auditing Manager
Marine Engineer
Aerospace Engineer
Manufacturing Manager
Civil Engineer
Chartered Accountant
Electrical Engineering Manager
Marketing Manager
Supply Chain Manager
Bank Manager
Advertising Manager
Actuary
Petrochemical Engineer
Systems Architect
Insurance Analyst
IT Consultant