Survey: 13% of Millennials started their first job after 20 years old

Research shows that 22.2% of Millennials say being a cashier was their first job, compared to 13% of Baby Boomers and 28.8% of those in Generation X.

It’s normal to have a love-hate relationship with your first job, depending on what you’re doing. On the one hand, you now have a lot less free time. But on the other, you’re finally earning coveted cash.

Recent research from CreditLoan.com shows that 22.2% of Millennials say being a cashier was their first job, compared to 13% of Baby Boomers and 28.8% of those in Generation X.

As for how the research was carried out, Credit Loan surveyed 1,003 people who have worked before (ages 18-82) via Amazon’s Mechanical Turk. The site also noted that it was based “on self-reporting.”

Different generations’ first positions in the working world

The research found that 16.4% of Millennials say their first job was in retail and 21.7% of Baby Boomers’ first job was in “food service or restaurant.” Just 1.5% of those in Generation X say their first job was as a “janitor, housekeeper, or maintenance.”

How old people were when they worked for the first time

There wasn’t much variation in the average ages that people entered the workforce, but Millennial men had the highest one at 17.4. Millennials were also more likely to lock down their first position “at age 20 or older” than those in Generation X and Baby Boomers.

Still early in your career? Listen up: here are some tips to help you make the most of your first job.

Jane Burnett|is a reporter for Ladders and can be reached at jburnett@theladders.com.