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Careers with Largest Employment
These are the occupations that employed the most people in 2018 (for states) or 2020 (nationally). You can view this list for any state by changing the location shown to the left.
We found 789 occupations in United States.
Rank Occupation
2020
 Employment
Earnings Typical Education
1
Retail Salespersons
3,835,000
Median wage is less than $30,870 per yearNo formal educational credential
2
Home Health and Personal Care Aides
3,470,700
Median wage is less than $30,870 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
3
Fast Food and Counter Workers
3,455,500
Median wage is less than $30,870 per yearNo formal educational credential
4
Cashiers
3,379,100
Median wage is less than $30,870 per yearNo formal educational credential
5
Registered Nurses
3,080,100
Median wage is greater than $62,900 per yearBachelor's degree
6
Office Clerks, General
2,933,900
Median wage is between $30,870 to $41,300 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
7
Customer Service Representatives
2,923,400
Median wage is between $30,870 to $41,300 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
8
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand
2,821,700
Median wage is between $30,870 to $41,300 per yearNo formal educational credential
9
General and Operations Managers
2,411,900
Median wage is greater than $62,900 per yearBachelor's degree
10
Stockers and Order Fillers
2,223,000
Median wage is less than $30,870 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
11
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners
2,217,000
Median wage is less than $30,870 per yearNo formal educational credential
12
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive
2,053,500
Median wage is between $30,870 to $41,300 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
13
Waiters and Waitresses
2,023,200
Median wage is less than $30,870 per yearNo formal educational credential
14
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
1,951,600
Median wage is between $41,300 to $62,900 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
15
Software Developers and Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers
1,847,900
Median wage is greater than $62,900 per yearBachelor's degree
16
Project Management Specialists and Business Operations Specialists, All Other
1,777,300
Median wage is greater than $62,900 per yearBachelor's degree
17
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks
1,620,000
Median wage is between $41,300 to $62,900 per yearSome college, no degree
18
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers
1,487,300
Median wage is between $41,300 to $62,900 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
19
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General
1,444,100
Median wage is between $30,870 to $41,300 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
20
Nursing Assistants
1,396,700
Median wage is less than $30,870 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
21
Accountants and Auditors
1,392,200
Median wage is greater than $62,900 per yearBachelor's degree
22
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers
1,390,600
Median wage is between $41,300 to $62,900 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
23
Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education
1,371,100
Median wage is between $41,300 to $62,900 per yearBachelor's degree
24
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products
1,327,500
Median wage is between $41,300 to $62,900 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
25
Teaching Assistants, Except Postsecondary
1,306,300
Median wage is less than $30,870 per yearSome college, no degree