The Most Iconic Job in Each State

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41. South Dakota
> Most iconic job:
Forest and Conservation Workers
> Number of people employed in occupation in state: 428
> Annual median salary, iconic job: $25,600

The most iconic job in South Dakota was forest and conservation workers, who work in state and national parks. These workers were more than 20 times more prevalent in the South Dakota labor force than the average state. One of the reasons for this may be that South Dakota receives much more annual visits to its state and national parks than its population size. In 2010, there were more than 4 million park visits in the state compared to its population of just over 800,000.

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42. Tennessee
> Most iconic job:
Conveyor Operators and Tenders
> Number of people employed in occupation in state: 3,858
> Annual median salary, iconic job: $29,310

The most iconic job in Tennessee are conveyor operators and tenders. This job was nearly five times more prevalent in the Tennessee workforce than in the average state. This is likely due to manufacturing contributing an above average share to the Tennessee economy.

43. Texas
> Most iconic job:
Petroleum Engineers
> Number of people employed in occupation in state: 19,667
> Annual median salary, iconic job: $143,210

The most prevalent job in Texas relative to the national average was petroleum engineer. Nearly 57% of the nation’s petroleum engineers were employed in Texas. The state produces the most crude oil and natural gas out of any state — in both cases producing more than double the next largest producing state.

44. Utah
> Most iconic job:
Continuous Mining Machine Operators
> Number of people employed in occupation in state: 819
> Annual median salary, iconic job: $53,790

The most iconic job in Utah was the continuous mining machine operator. Continuous mining machines are used for rapidly mining resources such as coal. Nearly 7% of the nations continuous mining machine operators worked in Utah, reflecting the prevalent role of such mining operations in the state’s economy.

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45. Vermont
> Most iconic job:
Furniture Finishers
> Number of people employed in occupation in state: 307
> Annual median salary, iconic job: $27,370

The most prevalent job in the Vermont economy relative to the average state was the furniture finisher. This role is almost 10 times more prevalent in the Vermont economy than in the average state.