A list of the most common jobs in America. These are the most popular careers within the United States. If you’re looking for a job, this is where you will find the most peers. Note that this list does not in any way rank “job competition” as it does not take into account the number of jobs available. Nonetheless, it is interesting to see where the bulk of the American workforce lies, and which fields have the most employed workers. With unemployment always an issue for at least some of us in the country, it’s useful to see what fields seem to be the most populated. Hopefully this list will be helpful for anyone who’s on the job hunt.What are the most common jobs in American? What are some typical professions in the US? These are some of the most popular jobs in the US, compiled in one list of jobs many Americans have.
On December 5th, 2016, Amazon revealed they will be launching a new grocery store called Amazon Go that will eliminate the need for cashiers. Given that cashiers are the second most common job in America, what does that mean for the future of that profession?
1. Retail salespeople
Perhaps a testament to consumerism, retail salespeople rank No. 1 in job popularity. Besides great communication and customer service skills, retails salespeople also have to know how to close a deal — many of these jobs are commission-based.
Total employment: 4,209,500
Requirements: A high school diploma is preferred for entry-level positions. For those who hope to move on to retail management, a bachelor’s degree is helpful.
Cashiers are responsible for working registers, monitoring cash drawers and taking payments at establishments that range from supermarkets and gas stations to retail stores and theme parks. Like retail salespeople, cashiers must have good customer-service and people skills, since they spend their day dealing with the public.
Total employment: 3,439,380
Requirements: On-the-job training
3. Office clerks
Workers spend their days filling a variety of roles in an office environment, from entering data to preparing mailings. An office clerk’s duties may vary daily, according to the needs of the company.
Total employment: 2,815,240
4. Combined food preparation and service workers
This category primarily encompasses those who work in fast food establishments as counter attendants and food prep workers. Duties often include taking orders and accepting payment, filling beverage cups, assembling food items and providing customer service.
Total employment: 2,695,740
On-the-job training. Employers look for workers with excellent
customer-service skills, a neat appearance and the ability to multi-task
in a fast-paced environment.
5. Registered nurses
Total employment: 2,583,770
6. Waiters and waitresses
Total employment: 2,302,070
Requirements: There are no minimal education requirements, though many establishments prefer staff to have high school diplomas.
7. Customer service representatives
Customer service workers answer questions, provide information, fulfill customer requests and handle customer complaints. While many work in call centers, others are employed in retail stores or at banks.
Total employment: 2,195,860
Requirements:High school diploma, on the job training.
8. Material movers
Total employment: 2,135,790
Requirements: On-the-job training
Total employment: 2,090,400
Requirements: On-the-job training, ability to perform physical work for extended periods.
10. Stock clerks and order fillers
Total employment: 1,864,410
Requirements: High school diploma, on-the-job training, ability to perform physically strenuous work.
Secretaries (not including medical, legal and executive secretaries) provide administrative assistance to an office in the form of answering phones, greeting visitors, ordering catering services, proofreading, entering data, scanning and faxing documents, and more.
Total employment: 1,797,670
Requirements: High school diploma, though an increasing number hold an associate or bachelor’s degree. Secretaries must also have good computer and communication skills.
12. Bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clerks
Total employment: 1,757,870
Requirements: High school diploma, though many employers now require workers in these positions to hold an associate or bachelor’s degree.
13. General managers
General managers are the top executives of establishments and organizations like restaurants, hotels, amusement parks and sports teams. They are in charge of the businesses day-to-day operations and long-term goals.
Total employment: 1,689,680
Requirements: Most hold a bachelor’s or advanced-level degree.
14. Tractor-trailer truck drivers
This category only includes those drivers who operate trucks with a capacity of more than 26,001 pounds. These drivers are responsible for the timely delivery of goods along routes that may cover multiple states.
Total employment: 1,550,930
Requirements: A commercial driver’s license is necessary for all drivers. Some states also require a training program.
15. Elementary school teachers
The category includes elementary school teachers except those that teach special education. Elementary school teachers are responsible for instructing students in kindergarten through fifth grade on a variety of subjects.
Total employment: 1,544,300
Requirements: Bachelor’s degree, teaching certification.