In an uncertain job market, some employees have career-switching on their minds

The fear of losing their job is making some Washington workers take a fresh look at their careers, says a study released in April.

About 57 percent of respondents, with an annual income of $40,000 or less, said they would change careers if nothing stood in their way, according to the Workplace Confidence Survey, sponsored by Everest College, which has six campuses in the Seattle area.

About 65 percent of survey respondents reported suffering from work-related stress about potential pay and job loss. A total of 502 adult Washington workers were interviewed for the survey in early March.

For many feeling stuck in their jobs, the recession is an opportunity to do something different, said Maureen Moriarty, a career transition coach and founder of Pathways to Change in Sammamish. A lot of her clients are talking about going back to school to learn new skills needed for jobs in the health care industry, which has survived the recession better than most sectors of the economy.

Workers today need to be lifelong learners with the globalization of the economy and quick-paced technological changes, Moriarty said. That’ll help take care of some of their work-related stress, she said.

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