Special Report

The Most Iconic Job in Each State

26. Montana
> Most iconic job:
Loading Machine Operators in Underground Mining
> Number of people employed in occupation in state: 231
> Annual median salary, iconic job: $52,430

The most iconic job in Montana were loading machine operators in underground mines. These jobs were more than 21 times more prevalent in the Montana labor force than in the average state. This is in part attributable to large scale silver and gold mining operations in the state.

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27. Nebraska
> Most iconic job:
Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers
> Number of people employed in occupation in state: 11,625
> Annual median salary, iconic job: $28,030

The most iconic job in Nebraska was meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers. This job was over 10 times more prevalent in the Nebraska labor force than in the average state. This is in part attributable to the fact that Nebraska produces the most red meat of all states. The state produced nearly 7.4 billion pounds of red meat in 2013.

28. Nevada
> Most iconic job:
Gaming Supervisors
> Number of people employed in occupation in state: 6,986
> Annual median salary, iconic job: $53,100

The most iconic job in Nevada was the gaming supervisor, as you would expect, since a large portion of the nation’s casinos are found in Nevada. Gaming supervisors monitor the gaming floors to make sure that everything is running smoothly in the casino. Nearly 28% of the nation’s gaming supervisors were employed in Nevada.

29. New Hampshire
> Most iconic job:
Metal Workers and Plastic Workers, All Other
> Number of people employed in occupation in state: 1,229
> Annual median salary, iconic job: $30,880

While less than 0.50% of the U.S. workforce was employed in New Hampshire, 5.5% of the nation’s metal and plastic workers were employed in the state. In addition, the share of such workers in New Hampshire was nearly 12 times more concentrated than the comparable national average share. More than 14% of the state’s workforce was employed in manufacturing versus the national share of 10.5%.

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30. New Jersey
> Most iconic job:
Marriage and Family Therapists
> Number of people employed in occupation in state: 4,169
> Annual median salary, iconic job: $70,250

Marriage and family therapists, New Jersey’s most iconic job, were nearly five times more concentrated in the state compared to the national average concentration. New Jersey residents working in the occupation had a median annual salary of more than $70,000, far higher than the median for all occupations in the state. With the lowest proportion of state residents having filed for divorce in 2013, such professionals may also be quite effective.