America's Most Common Job? Truck Driving
NPR used U.S. census data to chart the most common jobs in every state for the past few decades, and truck drivers came out on top in 29 states.By Matt Picht | February 9, 2015
Apparently, America is now a nation of truck drivers.
NPR looked at census data and tallied up the most common jobs in each state from 1978 to 2014. The findings show truck driving has steadily become more and more common across the U.S.; it's currently the dominant profession in 29 states.
There are two important caveats to this data: First, NPR excluded the job categories of "managers not elsewhere classified" and "salespersons not elsewhere classified," calling them vague and overly broad.