For the past several decades, the most common job in many of the states has been truck driving. It is a very tempting career, offering a great paycheck and travel opportunities, and qualified truckers have become more and more in demand over the years.
The Growth of Truck Driving
- In 1978, truck driver was the most common job in nine states.
- In 2014, truck driver is now the most common job in 29 states.
Reasons for this Growth
- Drivers cannot be replaced by automated systems, so there is still a need for actual people to do this job.
- Truck driving cannot be outsourced.
- Regions no longer produce specialized crops or materials, making jobs that all states need become more common.
The Fall of Other Common Jobs
As the economy has changed over the years, truck driving has become more common, while other jobs have become less so. This also played a major part in making driving the most common job in many states.
- Farming has decreased as new technology has been introduced. Fewer people can grow more food.
- Eight states reported farming as the most common job in 1978.
- In 2014, only two states claim farming as the most common job.
- In both of these states, North Dakota and South Dakota, farming of some sort has been the most common job for the entire span of years studied (1978-2014).
- During the 1980s, the shift from factories to offices meant secretary became the most common job in many states.
- The rise of the computer in the 1990s, however, meant fewer secretaries were needed.
In 1978, 21 states had secretary as their most common job. By 1986, 27 states did. In 2014, the number had fallen to an all-time low of 5 states.