Most of us have had a few jobs since college, which is generally expected as job hopping is used to move forward with our careers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, workers average more than 10 different jobs by age 42, but more people are staying in their jobs longer as the economy has weakened.
Because there aren't a lot of positions available to change jobs when workers are ready for a better opportunity or a higher salary, job hopping has slowed down quite a bit. Even when opportunities exist, many employees are fearful to leave the job they know and take the risk of joining a new company. A survey from job search website TheLadders.com found that 62 percent of workers think they won't achieve their career goals at their current company, which means those goals may be put on hold until the job market turns around.