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Top 100 occupations in 2012 (USA)

· November 18, 2013

Here’s a list of top 100 occupations in the U.S. by number of employees, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Here are the top 100 occupations in the U.S. by number of employees as of May 2012, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics:

# Occupation Employees
1 Retail Salespersons 4,340,000
2 Cashiers 3,314,010
3 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 2,943,810
4 Office Clerks, General 2,808,100
5 Registered Nurses 2,633,980
6 Waiters and Waitresses 2,332,020
7 Customer Service Representatives 2,299,750
8 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 2,143,940
9 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 2,097,380
10 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 2,085,680
11 General and Operations Managers 1,899,460
12 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 1,806,310
13 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 1,606,260
14 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 1,556,510
15 Nursing Assistants 1,420,020
16 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 1,414,030
17 Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education 1,360,380
18 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 1,359,150
19 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 1,230,270
20 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 1,214,170
21 Teacher Assistants 1,185,700
22 Accountants and Auditors 1,129,340
23 Security Guards 1,046,420
24 Team Assemblers 1,006,980
25 Cooks, Restaurant 1,000,710
26 Personal Care Aides 985,230
27 Receptionists and Information Clerks 966,150
28 Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 959,770
29 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 931,010
30 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 894,920
31 Home Health Aides 839,930
32 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 830,640
33 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 817,600
34 Construction Laborers 814,470
35 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 803,040
36 Food Preparation Workers 785,370
37 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 769,010
38 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 718,800
39 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 690,780
40 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 672,080
41 Packers and Packagers, Hand 660,670
42 Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers 632,000
43 Childcare Workers 624,520
44 Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 620,900
45 Substitute Teachers 619,700
46 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 596,830
47 Software Developers, Applications 586,340
48 Lawyers 581,920
49 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 568,820
50 Carpenters 567,820
51 Medical Assistants 553,140
52 Tellers 541,770
53 Management Analysts 540,440
54 Bartenders 538,220
55 Computer User Support Specialists 525,630
56 Electricians 519,850
57 Medical Secretaries 509,640
58 Cooks, Fast Food 504,740
59 Dishwashers 501,910
60 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 496,570
61 Billing and Posting Clerks 490,850
62 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 489,750
63 Financial Managers 484,910
64 Computer Systems Analysts 482,040
65 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 456,640
66 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 454,010
67 Correctional Officers and Jailers 434,870
68 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 434,220
69 Counter and Rental Clerks 432,650
70 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 421,650
71 Helpers–Production Workers 419,840
72 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 395,750
73 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 395,280
74 Human Resources Specialists 394,380
75 Driver/Sales Workers 394,110
76 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 392,740
77 Software Developers, Systems Software 391,700
78 Machinists 388,370
79 Bill and Account Collectors 385,890
80 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 367,700
81 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products 364,830
82 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 355,910
83 Pharmacy Technicians 353,340
84 Social and Human Service Assistants 351,400
85 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 350,320
86 Sales Managers 344,730
87 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 341,400
88 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 340,370
89 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 340,350
90 Managers, All Other 338,520
91 Insurance Sales Agents 336,740
92 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 335,160
93 Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents 330,470
94 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 329,710
95 Computer Programmers 316,790
96 Computer and Information Systems Managers 309,740
97 Recreation Workers 309,730
98 Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 308,410
99 Postal Service Mail Carriers 305,490
100 Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment 302,960

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics