31. New Mexico
> Most iconic job: Oil and gas derrick operators
> Employed in job statewide: 1,160
> Median salary: $44,780
> Share of all U.S. oil and gas derrick operators in N.M.: 12.1%
New Mexico accounts for 5% of U.S. crude oil production and 4% of the nation’s natural gas production. As one of the top five oil-producing states, oil and gas derrick operators are about 22 times more concentrated in New Mexico’s labor force than they are in the U.S. labor force. Derricks are the framework over a well that hold drilling machinery.
32. New York
> Most iconic job: Fashion designers
> Employed in job statewide: 6,710
> Median salary: $78,770
> Share of all U.S. fashion designers in N.Y.: 35.4%
New York City is one of the world’s premier fashion hubs. The city is home to several top fashion schools, including the Parsons School of Design, Fashion Institute of Technology, and Pratt. A number of industry icons, including Ralph Lauren, Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Carolina Herrera, and Donna Karan have close ties to the city. As a result, more than one in every three fashion designers in the United States work in New York state.
33. North Carolina
> Most iconic job: Textile bleaching and dyeing machine operators
> Employed in job statewide: 2,350
> Median salary: $28,140
> Share of all U.S. textile bleaching and dyeing machine operators in N.C.: 24.0%
The textile industry has enjoyed a resurgence in several southeastern states, including North Carolina. The region was once a textile production powerhouse until lower-cost labor abroad pushed manufacturers to outsource production in the second half of the 20th century. In recent years, companies have moved back to the Southeast as production facilities there have become more efficient through automation. Today, Gildan Activewear has three production facilities in the state, Everest Textile Co. has one plant, as does textile company King Charles Industries. Nearly one in every four textile bleaching and dyeing machine operators in the United States work in North Carolina.
34. North Dakota
> Most iconic job: Misc. extraction workers
> Employed in job statewide: 640
> Median salary: $57,420
> Share of all U.S. misc. extraction workers in N.D.: 12.9%
North Dakota produces more crude oil — and has more proved reserves — than every other U.S. state except Texas. Like other resource-rich states, extraction workers are the most iconic job in North Dakota. Miscellaneous extraction workers are about 44 times more concentrated in the state’s labor force than they are among all workers nationwide.
> Most iconic job: Engine and other machine assemblers
> Employed in job statewide: 7,310
> Median salary: $48,140
> Share of all U.S. engine and other machine assemblers in Ohio: 19.4%
Assemblers of engines and other machines are about five times more concentrated in Ohio’s labor force than they are in the U.S. labor force. There are 14,000 manufacturing facilities in Ohio, and manufacturing contributed $106.0 billion to the state’s GDP in 2016, more than any other industry. The state is home to facilities run by Honda, GE, General Motors, Ford, and Fiat Chrysler.
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