Monday, December 12, 2016

Why Sociologists need never retire but bad news for most of us who plan to work forever

Bet you didn't know that there is a database of 900 occupations that scores the importance of physiological factors to undertake the job.

I quote from the web site: The O*NET Content Model identifies the importance of 52 abilities that contribute to a worker’s capacity to do the job, using a scale from 1 (not important) to 5 (very important). It covers both cognitive abilities (e.g., deductive reasoning, memorisation), physical abilities (e.g., explosive strength, manual dexterity), and sensory abilities (e.g., night vision, sound localisation)

The clever people at the Centre for Retirement Research at Boston College have matched this database with the known effects of ageing so they can rank occupations by their susceptibility to physiological ageing. What clever stuff.

If you want to read an overview of the research have a look at this Bloomberg article.

The result of these machinations are shown below. Of course your eye is immediately taken to the top of the list that shows that Sociologists are in a league of its own when it comes to working forever. I can only assume that this is some statistical glitch. Maybe Sociologists don't have to move much, read much, bend much, or think a great deal? Who knows.

I can well believe that being a roofer is extremely arduous.

Anyway, this is an interesting model that could well have some relevance to the work that Kim Walker and I have been doing in evaluating the age-friendliness of workplaces. I must investigate. 

Just a thought - knowing the youthfulness of the advertising industry, I can only assume that it has many of the same workplace characteristics as being a sociologist? Just joking Dick Stroud

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