The Careers With The Most and Fewest Weekly Work Hours

In a recent survey that was conducted by SalaryExplorer, participants were asked how many hours in a week they work. The results were grouped and aggregated by career type as well as individual job titles. Below are the results.

The numbers below are global and it is the average for all countries in the world. The average for each country may differ drastically. The purpose of this study is to compare the workload across different career domains and fields irrespective of the location.

Weekly Worked Hours By Career Type

Career TypeHours
Teaching / Education39
Translation40
Recreation and Lifestyle40
Telecommunication42
Environmental42
Information Technology42
Counseling42
Care Giving and Child Care42
Fundraising and Non Profit42
Insurance42
Customer Service and Call Center43
Legal43
Human Resources43
Government and Defence43
Administration / Reception / Secretarial43
Business Planning43
Advertising / Grapic Design43
Science and Technical Services43
Public Relations43
Healthcare44
Banking44
Procurement44
Quality Control44
Fashion and Apparel44
Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology44
Architecture44
Marketing44
Accounting and Finance44
Publishing and Printing44
Media / Broadcasting / Arts45
Sales45
Airlines / Aviation45
Pet Care45
Fitness / Lifestyle45
Engineering45
Real Estate45
Import and Export45
Factory and Manufacturing46
Automotive46
Facilities / Maintenance / Repair46
Executive and Management46
Electrical and Electronics Trades47
Law Enforcement / Security48
Energy48
Construction49
Food / Hospitality / Tourism51
Courier / Delivery / Transport52
Cleaning and Housekeeping53
Gardening / Farming / Fishing54

Observations

Teaching and education tops the list as the field with the fewest worked hours in a week at just 39 hours. This was very much expected given that schools roughly start at 8 AM and finish at 2 PM.

Translation services came in close second with 40 hours in a week. Also in second place are people who work in recreation-related jobs.

The shocking one was Information Technology, which came in 6th place with a global average of 42 hours in a week. IT jobs are traditionally known to be high demanding with long working hours, but perhaps the rise in automation tools has reduced the workload expected from individuals.

The most demanding careers were concentrated in housekeeping and farming/gardening jobs, which averaged 53 and 54 hours in a week respectively. Also among the high demanding careers are courier and delivery jobs and as well as hospitality, both averaging 50+ hours a week, which is somehow expected.

Weekly Worked Hours By Job Title

Job TitleHours
Teacher36
Lecturer38
CopyWriter38
Photographer39
Bookkeeper40
Insurance Underwriter40
Data Analyst40
Legal Assistant41
Translator41
Financial Assistant41
Executive Personal Assistant41
Business Intelligence Analyst41
HR Consultant41
Call Center Team Leader41
Market Research Analyst41
Software Architect41
Risk Analyst41
Architectural Drafter42
IT Consultant42
Developer / Programmer42
Client Service Representative42
Accounting Clerk42
Software Engineer42
Web Developer42
Telecommunications Analyst42
Telecommunication Project Manager42
PHP Developer42
Quality Control Auditor42
Life Scientist42
Sales Assistant42
Banking Business Analyst42
Office Manager42
Insurance Analyst42
Systems Analyst42
Internal Bank Auditor42
Help Desk Support42
Business Analyst42
Financial Administrator42
Advertising Manager42
Art Director42
Marketing Coordinator42
Aerospace Engineer42
Process Engineer42
Telecommunications Engineer42
Credit Analyst42
Recruiting Manager42
Executive Assistant42
Office Coordinator42
Business Consultant43
Administrative Assistant43
Internal Auditor43
Recruiter43
Design Engineer43
Internal Compliance Officer43
Personal Assistant43
HR Associate43
Customer Care Representative43
Graphic Designer43
Architectural Designer43
Customer Service Representative43
Network Engineer43
Customer Service Team Leader43
Legal Advisor43
Market Development Manager43
Banking Risk Analyst43
Manufacturing Engineer43
Environmental Engineer43
CAD Drafter43
HR Administrator43
Actuary43
Systems Architect43
Nurse43
Business Development43
Project Manager43
Financial Analyst43
Product Development Engineer43
Information Technology Administrator43
Supply Chain Manager43
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer43
Industrial Engineer43
Customer Service Manager43
Import Logistics Specialist43
Human Resources Manager43
Sales Consultant43
Recruitment Officer43
Creative Director43
Quality Assurance Engineer43
Business Administrator43
Financial Controller43
Product Marketing Manager43
Administrative Manager43
Travel Agent44
Designer44
Marketing Director44
Information Technology Support44
Quality Control Analyst44
Auditing Manager44
External Auditor44
Marketing Specialist44
Staff Accountant44
Database Administrator44
Human Resources Assistant Manager44
System Administrator44
Marketing Executive44
Architect44
Automotive Technician44
Financial Manager44
Secretary44
Editor44
Production Supervisor44
Marketing Manager44
Bank Relationship Manager44
Accounts Executive44
Project Engineer44
Accounting Manager44
Payroll Supervisor44
Bartender44
Product Manager44
Deputy General Manager44
Accounting Assistant44
Marketing Assistant44
Key Account Manager44
Executive Director44
CEO Secretary44
Market Research Manager44
Receptionist44
Chief Information Technology Officer44
Quality Manager44
Engineering Project Manager44
Business Development Manager44
Product Engineer44
Management Accountant44
Computer Technician44
Customer Service Executive44
Sales Representative44
Information Technology Manager44
Sales Engineer44
Call Center Representative44
Facilities Manager44
Purchasing Assistant44
Interior Designer44
Tax Manager44
Purchasing Manager44
Financial Accountant44
Delivery Driver44
Electrical Engineering Manager44
Chartered Accountant44
Banking Operations Department Manager44
Regional Sales Manager44
Accountant45
Human Resources Officer45
Maintenance Engineer45
Brand Manager45
Assistant to CEO45
National Sales Manager45
Laboratory Technician45
Area Sales Manager45
Cleaner45
Engineer45
Private Banker45
Electrician45
HRIS Manager45
Assistant Bank Manager45
Supervisor45
Dentist45
Management Support Secretary45
Executive Secretary45
Electrical Engineer45
Fund Accountant45
Logistics Manager45
Bank Branch Manager45
Area Director45
Attorney45
Network Administrator45
Architectural Manager45
Call Center Manager45
Facilities Maintenance Manager45
Materials Engineer45
Mechanic45
Windows System Administrator45
Information Technology Director45
Assistant Operations Manager45
Mechanical Engineer45
Pharmacist45
Chief Financial Officer45
Director45
HVAC Engineer46
Country Manager46
Cashier46
Mechanical Engineering Manager46
Financial Director46
Sales Manager46
Safety Engineer46
Retail Store Sales Person46
Import and Export Manager46
Clerk46
Aircraft Mechanic46
General Medical Practitioner46
Operations Manager46
Welder46
Carpenter46
Warehouse Manager46
Production Engineer46
Vice President46
Service Manager46
Maintenance Worker46
Area Manager46
Regional Director47
Teller47
Assistant Retail Store Manager47
General Manager47
Geologist47
Manufacturing Manager47
Chief Operating Officer47
Chief Accountant47
Chief Executive Officer47
Construction Project Coordinator47
Quantity Surveyor47
Sales Executive47
Security Manager47
Civil Engineer48
Director of Operations48
Managing Director48
Mine Engineer48
Staff Nurse48
Field Engineer48
Quality Control Engineer48
Quality Control Supervisor48
Keyboard and Data Entry Operator48
Electronics Technician48
Branch Manager48
Production Manager48
Security Officer49
Construction Project Manager49
Warehouse Supervisor49
Construction Project Engineer49
Retail Store Manager49
Mining Team Leader49
Marine Engineer50
Foreman50
Service Advisor50
Health and Safety Officer50
Waiter / Waitress50
Cook50
Security Guard50
Construction Supervisor50
Transportation and Shipping Supervisor51
Document Controller51
Store Keeper51
Planning Engineer51
Pilot52
Construction Manager52
Land Surveyor53
Chef54
Restaurant Manager54
Site engineer55
Truck Driver56
Hotel Manager57
Executive Chef61
Driver62
Domestic Housekeeper74