NPR put together a nice graphic showing the most common job in every state every two years from 1978 to 2014. It’s a fascinating ride from secretaries, farmers, and machine operators to truck drivers, truck drivers, and truck drivers. Click to enlarge.
- Truck drivers came to “dominate the map” partly because the job can’t be outsources or automated (yet).
- Much of the work of secretaries was replaced by computers.
- Manufacturing jobs have been sent overseas (but you knew that).
- And advances in farming technology means that we can grow more and more food with fewer and fewer people.
Here are some of the changes I found interesting, with mostly uninformed commentary. The three boxes represent 1978, 1996, and 2014.
Methinks reality television is not telling me the truth about Alaska.Lisa Wade, PhD is an Associate Professor at Tulane University. She is the author of American Hookup, a book about college sexual culture; a textbook about gender; and a forthcoming introductory text: Terrible Magnificent Sociology. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram.