Hint #1: 40 years ago, it was “secretary”.
Hint#2: It’s one of the most dangerous jobs in the U.S.
Census data was crunched by NPR analysts.
Don’t squint for the labels … just glance at the states’ color coding and make your guess.
And, the answer is ….
Driving trucks is the most common job in the majority of states.
“Driving a truck has been immune to two of the biggest trends affecting U.S. jobs: globalization and automation.
A worker in China can’t drive a truck in Ohio, and machines can’t drive trucks (yet).”
On the downside, the BLS reports that driving tractor-trailers is among the most dangerous jobs. Specifically …
- 1 of 6 American workers killed on the job is a tractor-trailer truck driver.
- 761 tractor-trailer truck drivers were killed in 2014 (latest data available)
- The vast majority of these deaths, 78 percent, were the direct result of transportation incidents
Back to the most common jobs …
Other jobs that were most common in some states:
- Primary teacher (6 states)
- Secretary (5 states)
- Computer programming (4 states)
My personal favorites: “Cook” in Hawaii and, to be expected, lawyers in DC
In 1996, Secretary really was the most common job in a majority of states.
Of course, the rise of the PC was the demise of many secretarial jobs.
The economic irony, in many cases, technology allowed work to be off-loaded from relatively low paid secretaries to higher paid managers.
And, on the horizon: what will happen when we have self-driving trucks?
10-4, old buddy.
See the NPR article for more details.
Thanks to SMH for feeding the lead.