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Top 100 Jobs Relatively More Common in Arkansas Than Elsewhere

Whether you're looking for a career to pursue, or just want to get a feel for occupations in the state, the table below should be helpful. And we haven't seen anything like it from anyone else.

This table tells us which jobs are more common in Arkansas, relative to the state population, compared to their popularity in every other US state. A Local Popularity Index of 1.0 matches the average across all US states; higher and lower numbers indicate the job is proportionally more or less popular here.

RankJobMean Local Salary .Local Jobs .Local Popularity Index
1Cooling and freezing equipment operators and tenders$21,10029029.0
2Meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers$18,7604,63017.2
3Rotary drill operators, oil and gas$29,94036011.0
4Automotive glass installers and repairers$22,2901607.0
5Helpers--extraction workers$25,7902906.3
6Radiation therapists$59,0001804.9
7Avionics technicians$42,5602904.9
8Animal control workers$23,6951504.2
9Helpers--production workers$20,9859,8404.0
10Logging equipment operators$26,7751203.9
11Cleaning, washing, and metal pickling equipment operators and tenders$19,2001203.8
12Administrative law judges, adjudicators, and hearing officers$47,7402003.5
13Service unit operators, oil, gas, and mining$26,3801403.4
14Farmworkers, farm and ranch animals$16,7603303.4
15Cementing and gluing machine operators and tenders$21,5352203.3
16Helpers--painters, paperhangers, plasterers, and stucco masons$18,8002503.3
17Production workers$21,6934,0803.2
18Forest and conservation technicians$33,2531503.1
19Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters$24,7041,6903.1
20Food cooking machine operators and tenders$19,6533903.0
21First-line supervisors/managers of farming, fishing, and forestry workers$50,5261703.0
22Psychiatric technicians$21,0605903.0
23Postmasters and mail superintendents$54,0601502.9
24Meter readers, utilities$24,5264102.8
25Insurance appraisers, auto damage$47,2601102.7
26Machine feeders and offbearers$22,0471,4802.7
27Electrical power-line installers and repairers$36,4408602.7
28Excavating and loading machine and dragline operators$32,5776202.6
29Conveyor operators and tenders$23,4353402.6
30Paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators$28,3535902.6
31Welding, soldering, and brazing machine setters, operators, and tenders$30,9902802.3
32Construction and related workers$25,9104102.3
33Outdoor power equipment and other small engine mechanics$23,7551302.3
34Job printers$29,1304402.3
35Extruding and drawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic$28,9557202.3
36Health technologists and technicians$25,5707402.3
37Cooks, institution and cafeteria$16,0984,0502.2
38Prepress technicians and workers$28,8307202.1
40Vocational education teachers, secondary school$41,6016702.1
41Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses$30,3917,5602.1
42Kindergarten teachers, except special education$37,3051,3902.1
43Paper goods machine setters, operators, and tenders$30,1208502.1
44Driver/sales workers$23,6164,1702.0
45Sawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, wood$21,0662601.9
46Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers$19,0901,5501.9
47Statistical assistants$19,9131201.9
48Helpers, construction trades$20,2152101.8
49Food batchmakers$21,4606701.8
50Water and liquid waste treatment plant and system operators$29,4906501.8
51Cooks, fast food$13,6555,7801.8
52Stationary engineers and boiler operators$33,6603101.8
53Pest control workers$23,7375801.8
54Respiratory therapy technicians$35,9601301.8
56Structural metal fabricators and fitters$28,3977001.7
57Multiple machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic$29,0265401.7
58Social and human service assistants$23,0832,7401.7
59Commercial pilots$65,8351201.7
60Assemblers and fabricators$20,3151,5901.7
61Respiratory therapists$41,1947601.7
62Industrial truck and tractor operators$24,0815,4101.7
64Dietetic technicians$18,4201601.7
65Parts salespersons$25,4431,9501.7
66Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists$30,4302,1201.7
68Industrial machinery mechanics$33,8361,8101.7
69Correctional officers and jailers$26,1932,0201.7
70Farm equipment mechanics$30,6551001.7
71First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators$43,5031,9301.7
72Tax examiners, collectors, and revenue agents$41,3266301.7
73Law clerks$30,4203201.6
74Team assemblers$24,3789,1701.6
75Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic$25,6501,9401.6
76Heat treating equipment setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic$24,9801401.6
77Family and general practitioners$165,7127501.6
79Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers$30,8913,9001.6
80Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders$22,7003,0201.5
81Molders, shapers, and casters, except metal and plastic$21,4351601.5
82Painters, transportation equipment$32,3823401.5
83Bus drivers, school$18,3733,1701.5
84Nonfarm animal caretakers$16,9307601.5
85Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks$14,8361,4901.5
86Ophthalmic laboratory technicians$23,5251301.5
87Lodging managers$27,3331901.5
88Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists$30,4844201.5
89Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers$27,3282,4201.5
90Appraisers and assessors of real estate$36,4853301.5
91Police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers$21,4755401.5
92Surgical technologists$29,6135601.4
93Radio and television announcers$36,1502201.4
94Court, municipal, and license clerks$24,5065201.4
95Cleaners of vehicles and equipment$17,7842,5701.4
96Speech-language pathologists$46,2506801.4
97Refuse and recyclable material collectors$22,8826401.4
98Child care workers$14,4214,1001.4
99Teachers and instructors$28,0683,1301.4
100Pressers, textile, garment, and related materials$17,8905301.4


The Most Common Jobs in Arkansas

Unlike the table above, which shows where jobs in Arkansas are unusually common compared to other states, the table below lists jobs which are the most common in raw numbers in the state.

RankJob Local Jobs .Mean Local Salary .Local Popularity Index
1Retail salespersons24,790$20,1931.0
3Office clerks, general16,150$19,1981.0
4Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand15,910$19,2131.3
5Registered nurses14,130$46,9421.1
6Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks12,000$26,1201.2
7Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food11,770$13,0801.0
8Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners11,330$17,9081.0
9Stock clerks and order fillers11,080$18,4661.3
10Waiters and waitresses10,690$13,4180.9
11Helpers--production workers9,840$20,9854.0
12Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants9,750$18,3781.4
13Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive9,190$22,4251.0
14Team assemblers9,170$24,3781.6
15Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products9,170$47,6261.1
16Customer service representatives8,970$25,4160.8
17First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers8,640$36,5351.1
18General and operations managers8,470$82,8280.9
19Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer7,840$27,0101.0
20Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses7,560$30,3912.1
21Maintenance and repair workers, general7,540$29,0861.1
22First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers7,260$31,0601.3
23Elementary school teachers, except special education7,050$37,0701.0
24Receptionists and information clerks6,150$19,0251.0
25Cooks, fast food5,780$13,6551.8
26Executive secretaries and administrative assistants5,550$29,2560.7
27Industrial truck and tractor operators5,410$24,0811.7
28Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education5,290$40,2561.1
29First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers5,090$23,1811.3
30Accountants and auditors5,000$46,2700.8
31Security guards4,870$18,3060.8
32Maids and housekeeping cleaners4,640$14,4481.0
33Meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers4,630$18,76017.2
34Food preparation workers4,500$14,5510.9
36Teacher assistants4,350$15,0910.7
37First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers4,300$43,5031.3
38Truck drivers, light or delivery services4,280$21,6160.8
39Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks4,270$24,2351.0
40Driver/sales workers4,170$23,6162.0
41Child care workers4,100$14,4211.4
42Production workers4,080$21,6933.2
43Cooks, institution and cafeteria4,050$16,0982.2
44Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers3,900$30,8911.6
45Packers and packagers, hand3,900$19,4900.9
46Landscaping and groundskeeping workers3,880$19,0160.8
48Cooks, restaurant3,620$17,2580.9
49Construction laborers3,600$20,8560.7
50First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers3,420$43,4761.1
51Automotive service technicians and mechanics3,400$29,5751.0
52Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education3,290$38,3741.2
53Home health aides3,260$17,4151.0
54Bus drivers, school3,170$18,3731.5
55First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers3,150$44,5651.3
56Teachers and instructors3,130$28,0681.4
57Billing and posting clerks and machine operators3,070$23,3701.1
58Business operations specialists3,070$43,8020.6
59Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders3,020$22,7001.5
60Bill and account collectors2,910$23,5681.2
62Social and human service assistants2,740$23,0831.7
63Counter and rental clerks2,640$18,0661.1
65Cleaners of vehicles and equipment2,570$17,7841.4
66Management analysts2,550$52,1811.0
67Computer support specialists2,550$32,8310.9
68Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers2,420$27,3281.5
69Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters2,380$32,3611.0
70Police and sheriff's patrol officers2,300$33,4700.9
71Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop2,200$13,3900.8
72Financial managers2,190$71,1410.8
73Computer programmers2,150$54,2851.0
74Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists2,120$30,4301.7
75Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators2,120$28,1481.2
76Correctional officers and jailers2,020$26,1931.7
78Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products1,980$47,7501.0
79Parts salespersons1,950$25,4431.7
81Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic1,940$25,6501.6
82First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators1,930$43,5031.7
83Personal and home care aides1,870$15,3350.7
84Postal service mail carriers1,830$42,7051.0
85Industrial machinery mechanics1,810$33,8361.7
86Administrative services managers1,750$57,9081.3
87Sales representatives, services1,740$37,6330.7
88Insurance sales agents1,720$47,4881.1
89Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters1,690$24,7043.1
90Assemblers and fabricators1,590$20,3151.7
92Preschool teachers, except special education1,570$17,9420.9
93Sales managers1,570$78,5660.9
94Pharmacy technicians1,560$21,6951.1
96Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers1,550$19,0901.9
97Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks1,490$14,8361.5
98Machine feeders and offbearers1,480$22,0472.7
99File clerks1,480$18,1001.2
100First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers1,480$58,3610.9


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