What Are the Most Common Careers?


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According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the most common job in the United States varies by state, with the labor category that includes truck drivers, delivery drivers and tractor drivers providing the most common job in more than half of the states. Primary school teachers have the most common job in five states.

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Truck, delivery and tractor driving is the most common job category in the two largest states, California and Texas. In Washington, Utah and Virginia, the software developer category comes out on top, while Washington, D.C., is the only area in which lawyers held the most common job. Nursing aides, orderlies and attendants make up the most common category in New York, while farm managers are on top in North Dakota.

The data shows changing job trends over time. In 1978, the secretary category rivaled driving as the top category, but the only state where secretarial work was most popular in 2014 was Delaware. Farm-related jobs were the most common in several states in 1978. Machine operation was also the top job category in several states in 1978; in 1996, this category didn't lead any states, demonstrating the decline of manufacturing in the United States at the end of the 20th century.

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