It seems the old sales adage, "ABC—Always Be Closing," is top-of-mind with lots of Americans; according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, retail sales is the largest single occupation in the United States, accounting for more than 4.3 million jobs. That's about a million more than the second largest occupation—cashier—which rings in at approximately 3.3 million jobs.
A report released in March of 2013 indicates that, all told, the 10 most popular professions account for 21% of employed workers. In addition to sales and cashier, that list is rounded out with:
- Food workers;
- Office clerks;
- Wait staff;
- Customer service representatives;
- Janitors and cleaning staff; and
- Administrative assistants.
On the other end of the spectrum are prosthodontists, the most sparsely populated profession. These dentists who specialize in restoration of teeth number a mere 310 across the nation. Other lightly populated professions include wood patternmakers, fabric menders and industrial psychologists.
The data for this report reflects May 2012 and is from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Employment Statistics Program, which provides employment and wage estimates by area and by industry for wage and salary workers in 22 major occupational groups and 821 detailed occupations.
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