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For 55% of workers, what they do is who they are

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More than half of working Americans say they get a sense of identity from the work they do, but education and income levels play a big part in the degree to which people feel that way.

In the course of conducting its annual Work and Education poll, Gallup asked employed Americans if they get a sense of identity from their jobs. Fifty-five percent said their identity is shaped at least in part by their jobs. For 42%, a job is … well, just a job—something they do to make a living.

Gallup found that college graduates and those with annual household incomes of $50,000 or more derive a greater sense of personal identity from the jobs. Here’s how people responded when asked:

 

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