Map Of The Most Common Job Per State From 1978-2014

February 10th, 2015

Using census data, NPR has created an interactive map depicting the most common job in each state over the past 36 years. It gives a very interesting perspective of how industry and employment have shifted (or haven’t) as the country has moved into the digital age.

NPR’s interactive map shows the most common job in each state every 4 years from 1978 to 2014. The subsequent discussion includes:

• Why “truck driver” is so commonly the most common job.

• The rise and fall of secretaries.

• The disappearance of manufacturing jobs.

• Decreasing numbers of farmers.

• How Utah’s become a tech hub.