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Careers with Largest Employment
These are the occupations that employed the most people in 2016 (for states) or 2018 (nationally). You can view this list for any state by changing the location shown to the left.
We found 807 occupations in United States.
Rank Occupation
2018
 Employment
Earnings Typical Education
1
Retail salespersons
4,510,900
Median wage is less than $27,100 per yearNo formal educational credential
2
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food
3,704,200
Median wage is less than $27,100 per yearNo formal educational credential
3
Cashiers
3,648,500
Median wage is less than $27,100 per yearNo formal educational credential
4
Office clerks, general
3,158,500
Median wage is between $27,100 to $38,290 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
5
Registered nurses
3,059,800
Median wage is greater than $59,350 per yearBachelor's degree
6
Customer service representatives
2,972,600
Median wage is between $27,100 to $38,290 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
7
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand
2,953,800
Median wage is between $27,100 to $38,290 per yearNo formal educational credential
8
Waiters and waitresses
2,634,600
Median wage is less than $27,100 per yearNo formal educational credential
9
Personal care aides
2,421,200
Median wage is less than $27,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
10
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners
2,404,400
Median wage is less than $27,100 per yearNo formal educational credential