Benefits tech platform concept While career development has become increasingly important, Jobvite’s survey respondents continue to rank some traditional benefits as “essential.” (Image: Shutterstock)

For the first time since Jobvite began surveying workers and job seekers, money takes a back seat to career growth, according to the 2019 Job Seeker Nation Survey.

Career growth opportunities now rank number one (61 percent) on the list of most important factors when looking for new opportunities–surpassing the traditional first priorities, compensation (57 percent) and healthcare/retirement benefits (58 percent). This was especially true for younger workers (65 percent), while those who are unemployed are less likely to prioritize career growth (51 percent).

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Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.

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