What are the Most Common Jobs in the US?

The 10 largest occupations in America employ 30.5 million workers. Today we’re going to find out what the most common jobs in the USA are. Ranging from nurses to waitresses and managers! Find out and read more about this here!

Getting America's economy running will be difficult without office staff, delivery owners, food-prepared employees, and truck drivers. What will the sick do without millions of hospital staff, nurses and home health professionals?

The 10 largest occupations in America employ 30.5 million workers, accounting for 21% of all workers. Some of the occupations on the list may not need anything more than a high school diploma, although others can need years of training, education, and state or federal licenses.

Here are the top 10 most common jobs in the USA:

10. Personal Care Aides

(As of 2019)

Total Employment: 2,211,950

Annual average wage: $25,090

Average hourly pay: $12.06

Personal care helpers take care of the elderly and the disabled in a home or health facility setting. Forbes reports that although "aides are poorly paid, have little opportunity for advancement, and often have no benefit," demand will increase by 50% over the next decade. California is home to over half a million of these practitioners, with an annual salary of $27,000.


9. General and Operations Managers

(As of 2019)

Total employment: 2,289,770

Annual average wage: $123,880

Average hourly pay: $59.56

Following attorneys, general managers and corporate executives are the most well paying people at about $60 an hour. Although they play many roles in managing the activities of an organization, they are largely responsible for ensuring high productivity and low costs.


8. Waiters and Waitresses

(As of 2019)

Total employment: 2,582,410

Annual average wage: $25,830

Average hourly pay: $12.42

Taking food and drink orders is just one aspect of being a waiter or waitress who can work anywhere from small stores to luxury dining rooms. Waiters and waitresses mainly work on tips, so personality and friendly service are important aspects of a job where employers can still pay less than the minimum wage.


7. Customer Service Representatives

(As of 2019)

Total employment: 2,871,400

Annual average wage: $36,470

Average hourly pay: $17.53

Customer care agents answer questions and complaints from the public , usually either in a contact center or at the front desk. High school experience or GED is all that is essential to serve as a customer service agent, while flexibility, strong listening skills and problem-solving skills are equally necessary. 


6. Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers 

(As of 2019)

Total employment: 2,893,180

Annual average wage: $30,890

Average hourly pay: $14.85

These workers work in warehouses physically transporting items, packaging and unpacking things, and maintaining track of where they are headed. Physical power, communication ability and hand-eye coordination are two of the qualities of successful staff, as well as customer service abilities when dealing with the public in a carwash or grocery store.


5. Registered Nurses

(As of 2019)

Total employment: 2,951,960

Annual gross wage: $75,510

Average hourly pay: $36.30

Registered nurses aim to treat the ill and the injured by providing medication, running examinations, tracking patients and keeping detailed medical records. Becoming an RN is a difficult process , which involves obtaining a degree from an accredited nursing program, passing the NCLEX-RN exam and obtaining a state license.


4. Office Clerks

(As of 2019)

Total employment: 2,972,930

Annual average wage: $35,200

Average hourly pay: $16.92

Schools, health care, and local government facilities are the top places where you can find an office clerk who can do a little of everything in the workplace, including answering calls, billing, and clerical jobs. High school education is usually all that is needed, and candidates are most often hired on the basis of experience and skills.


3. Cashiers

(As of 2019)

Total employment: 3,635,550

Annual average wage: $23,240

Average hourly pay: $11.17

Customer fees for products and services belong to cashiers who make a home in shopping outlets such as grocery stores, gas stations, or restaurants. Cashiers may also be responsible for welcoming customers, checking identification, and some cleaning.


2. Food Preparation and Serving Workers (including fast food)

(As of 2019)

Total employment: 3,676,180

Annual average wage: $22,140

Average hourly pay: $10.64

America loves fast food, with the industry generating more than $500 billion in revenue annually, and every Big Mac and Dunkin 's coffee is a food-prep worker. Restaurants, including fast food chains, employ nearly three million food prep workers, who do not require education, but also have the lowest hourly and annual pay on the list.


1. Retail Salespersons

(As of 2019)

Total employment: 4,448,120

Average annual salary: $28,310

Average hourly pay: $13.61

The only occupation with more than four million employees is to help customers find products and process their payments. On-the-job training is usually all that is needed to break into the field, ranging from selling clothing and accessories to cars and electronics.


Phew! That was quite a long list! But always remember that all fields of work are honorable!  People wake up and grind everyday to make a living, to provide for their families, and that is very respectable. No matter what kind of work they are in.

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