This Map Shows The Most Popular Job In America


A while back, National Public Radio (The NPR) released a rather shocking infographic that revealed the most common job in every state of the USA – and unsurprisingly, the results are really quite eye-opening.

Using data compiled since 1978, they were able to put together a series of maps that tracked and traced what sorts of jobs the average American had for every four years until 2014.

In order to represent all the info and data as accurately as possible, NPR used Census Bureau results to eliminate ambiguous categories. For example, undeterminable branches of salespeople and managers were booked under “managers not elsewhere classified” and “salespersons not elsewhere classified.” Make sense?

Most common job? Drum roll please… The award goes to: the truck drivers!

So, why aren’t truck drivers affected in the same way? According to the results, truck drivers aren’t affected by automation (robotics and computer technology) and globalisation like in other industries and professions. The reason is quite obvious, until the end of time, goods will always need to be transported from A to B, and lucky for us, employers and governments still entrust us humans to do this – for now, anyway.

To keep track, check out the cool little interactive slider NPR made to track these changes.

But before that, take a look at the most common jobs since 1978 in the maps below.











Just one more year to wait for the next one! We’re taking bets it’s still going to be ‘truck driver’. Thoughts?
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