Have you ever wondered why there were so many people in a certain career field in your state? Well, the folks over at Business Insider have created a map to show the most overrepresented job in every state.
It’s important to note that the map, which compares jobs with over 1,000 people employed, doesn’t indicate the most popular job overall in every state. As Business Insider explains, “retail salesperson” is actually the most popular career in 40 states. Using the Bureau of Labor Statistics May 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics, it was determined that the career that each state has more of per capita than the national as a whole.
Let’s take a look at the final list.
Most Popular Jobs Per Capita
Some aren’t so surprising. It makes sense that New York has the most fashion designers per capita. And woodsy Oregon fittingly has the most loggers overall.
But who would’ve guessed that the most disproportionately popular job in Missouri is “locker and coatroom attendant”? They must take coat checks seriously in the Show Me State. Both Nebraska and Deleware have a lot of meat and fish cutters. And New Jersey has a disproportionate number of shampooers. What are they shampooing? We’re not sure. Surprisingly, South Dakota has the most residential advisors per captita. Both Alabama and South Carolina build a lot of tires. If you need something upholstered, you’re in good hands in Mississippi.