I Wouldn’t Have Guessed It! The Most Common Job in the US and Each State Is…

The industry is booming and everyone I know seems to be working as a software development engineer, or somewhere that involves the internet. There are trends over trends of jobs over jobs, one more interesting than another and we can proudly say that we are not just one of the most educated nation in the world, but we also have the best jobs out there. But have you ever wondered what are, actually, the most common and most popular jobs in the US are? Even more, have you wondered what’s the most common job in each state? Because people living in Arizona might have a different popular job that those living in Florida… or not?

Well, it seems that somebody indeed decided to find out what’s the most common job in the US and, even more, in each state in the country. Based on the data from the Census Bureau, it was very easy to come up with the results – which are, in my opinion, more than spectacular. Because apparently the most popular job throughout the US is… being a truck driver. I kid you not!

You can check out below some really nice charts that also show the evolution of the most popular jobs in each state in the US since 1978 to present times (well, the latest data is 2014, but we’re pretty close). The only mention that has to be made is that the Census Bureau has two categories that are difficult to use in the analysis below: “managers not elsewhere classified” and “salespersons not elsewhere classified”. Since it’s difficult to classify categories not else classified, they were simply left out for a clearer image.

So here’s all the data regarding the most common jobs in the US, courtesy of Quoctrung Bui/NPR:

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The data is extremely interesting, and if you want to check out an animated map of each state in the US and the evolution of the jobs since 1978, you can check out the source page and enjoy it.

Regarding the data, as I already said, we have some really interesting numbers: except for South and North Dakota where farming remains the most common job provider since 1978 (with a change in the job description), most other states have had a complete shift from “mostly secretaries” to “mostly truck drivers,” even though the IT industry seems to be catching up and most likely things will be a lot different 5 years from now.

So, there you have it! It’s not personal assistant, it’s not a cool job you dream of… it’s truck driving that’s the most popular job in the US and has been so for a while now. Who would’ve guessed?




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