Tales From The Graveyard Shift [INFOGRAPHIC]

According to a recent study, one in five employees in the U.S. works during the evening, at night, or on rotating shifts. As scary as working the “graveyard shift” might seem to you, there are a number of reported advantages to working through the night. Night shift workers spend about 4.4 hours per day with their children, which is about 30 minutes per day more than day workers. More time during the day also means it can be easier to run errands, take care of personal matters, and spend more time in the sun.

Working the night shift isn’t for everyone though. One study reports that 29% of male night shift workers are dissatisfied with their job situation, compared to 19% of males who work during the day. In addition, some studies have found that there are certain health risks associated with working at night for a prolonged period of time.

In the following infographic, we’ll outline more advantages and disadvantages of working the graveyard shift, what industries you can find night shift work in, and additional research that relates to night shift work in the U.S.


Tales From The Graveyard Shift Surviving The Late Night Hour Infographic-1

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Tales From The Graveyard Shift [INFOGRAPHIC] by

Chad Halvorson

CEO / Founder of When I Work


  • questionquestion@gmail.com' question says:

    Can you explain the “blue collar vs. white collar” section?

    • Hi. Sure. The blue collar industry is referring to the protective, food service and conveinience store type jobs. White collar is referring to office type jobs like sales, admin support, tech support, etc.

  • bjohn2332@yahoo.com' Bob Vance says:

    I liked this until it was clear that you do not know the difference between a billion and a thousand.

    • Hi Bob. I will double check, but I think the billion measurement is referring to the number of hours/shifts that are being worked during the year. There are lots. I’ll double check.

  • ben.blomgren@gmail.com' Ben says:

    Very good. I work on-call night shift in IT. While I work from 5pm-4am I also have the added benefit of only going to the job site when called and having a 4-day work week. Don’t forget to negotiate things like schedule benefits such as mine when applying for night shift jobs!

  • rossk@indianasparks.com' Ross says:

    Great infographic. Good to see sources too.

  • pocketprotectorandheels@gmail.com' Vanessa says:

    Interesting infographic. I always find it funny how many people in my life are shocked that I sometimes am required to work graveyard shifts as an engineer. I’m curious about the statistic about less sleep though, because with the exception of the day when I’m transitioning to nights, I feel like I actually sleep better when I work nights

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