What’s The Most Popular Job In Your State?

Sometimes, a line of work just comes with the territory.

If you live in Las Vegas, there’s likely a disproportionate chance that you work in the gambling industry versus other, shall we say, more noble pursuits. If you live in New York City, there’s a higher chance per capita that you’re a fashion designer, as the Big Apple is the Mecca of fashion to the United States as Milan is to Italy.

Every state, because of its geography, history, resources, and innumerable other factors, is literally predisposed to having a higher concentration of certain jobs, relative to the 49 other states it can be compared to.

Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the people at Business Insider put together this map showing what job is the most popular in each state, per capita. In simple terms, each state here has overwhelmingly more employees in these fields than the national average.

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Don’t be mistaken into thinking that these noted jobs are the most abundant in each given state; rather, that dignification is attributed to “retail salespeople” in 42 of our nation’s 50 states.

Instead, these jobs are the ones most “disproportionately concentrated.”

The folks at BI give a really good illustrative example:

In New York, there are about 7,180 fashion designers, out of a total of 8,635,400 employed people. So fashion designers account for about 8.3 out of every 10,000 jobs in New York.

In the U.S. as a whole, there are about 17,370 fashion designers out of a total of 132,588,810 employed people. So about 1.3 of every 10,000 jobs in America are in fashion design.

Makes sense, right?

Admittedly, some states here were predictable. Like, the case of oil workers in Texas because of the massive amounts of oil field, or marriage and family therapists in New Jersey because of all those fucking nut job housewives. But, some of the others on this map threw me for a loop.

[via Business Insider]

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Matt Birl

They call me Ashley Schaeffer BMW over at TFM.

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