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Careers with Largest Employment
These are the occupations that employed the most people in 2016 (for states) or 2019 (nationally). You can view this list for any state by changing the location shown to the left.
We found 690 occupations in Tennessee.
Rank Occupation
2016
 Employment
Earnings Typical Education
1
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand
97,520
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearNo formal educational credential
2
Retail salespersons
95,350
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
3
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food
74,890
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
4
Cashiers
72,750
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
5
Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers
63,990
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
6
Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive
60,630
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
7
Customer service representatives
59,760
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
8
Registered nurses
58,250
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
9
Office clerks, general
56,260
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
10
Stock clerks and order fillers
53,870
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
11
Waiters and waitresses
51,330
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
12
General and operations managers
45,590
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
13
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners
42,030
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
14
First-line supervisors of retail sales workers
38,930
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
15
First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers
35,420
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
16
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks
33,790
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearSome college, no degree
17
Maids and housekeeping cleaners
32,470
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
18
Nursing assistants
31,360
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
19
Maintenance and repair workers, general
31,310
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
20
Elementary school teachers, except special education
29,390
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
21
Construction laborers
23,940
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearNo formal educational credential
22
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses
23,900
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
23
Security guards
23,780
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
24
Childcare workers
22,670
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
25
Teacher assistants
22,490
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearSome college, no degree
26
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products
21,970
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
27
Cooks, restaurant
21,920
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
28
Helpers--production workers
21,030
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
29
Light truck or delivery services drivers
20,690
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
30
Personal care aides
20,200
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
31
Managers, all other
18,660
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
32
Packers and packagers, hand
18,600
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
33
Accountants and auditors
18,590
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
34
Secondary school teachers, except special and career/technical education
18,590
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
35
Receptionists and information clerks
18,260
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
36
First-line supervisors of food preparation and serving workers
17,810
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
37
Industrial truck and tractor operators
17,780
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearNo formal educational credential
38
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks
17,550
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
39
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers
17,460
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearNo formal educational credential
40
Food preparation workers
17,030
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
41
Sales representatives, services, all other
16,870
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
42
First-line supervisors of production and operating workers
16,700
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
43
Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers
16,400
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
44
Automotive service technicians and mechanics
15,440
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
45
Food service managers
14,870
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
46
Cooks, fast food
14,540
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
47
Financial managers
14,490
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
48
Medical assistants
14,460
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
49
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers
13,780
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
50
Business operations specialists, all other
13,690
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree