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Iowa Jobs and Career Information

RELATIVE POPULARITY

Top 100 Jobs Relatively More Common in Iowa 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 Iowa, 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
1Soil and plant scientists$60,6801205.5
2Septic tank servicers and sewer pipe cleaners$31,9151704.7
3Grounds maintenance workers$25,8001104.2
4Farm equipment mechanics$32,4952903.9
5Cooks$21,3751803.9
6Separating, filtering, clarifying, precipitating, and still machine setters, operators, and tenders$34,0505803.8
7Pesticide handlers, sprayers, and applicators, vegetation$25,8763703.8
8Actuaries$75,3702903.4
9Agricultural and food science technicians$35,8101503.0
10Postmasters and mail superintendents$53,2821902.9
11Bindery workers$24,2009602.7
12Ophthalmic laboratory technicians$22,5352702.5
13Purchasing agents and buyers, farm products$44,6201102.5
14Metal workers and plastic workers$36,1103102.3
15Legislators$23,1875202.3
16Material moving workers$30,9704902.2
17Insurance underwriters$48,8651,4302.2
18Education, training, and library workers$27,8966602.1
19Woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders, except sawing$24,3477702.1
20Financial examiners$66,0102902.1
21Community and social service specialists$31,6851,2502.0
22Highway maintenance workers$33,6561,0902.0
23Demonstrators and product promoters$22,5548301.9
24Conveyor operators and tenders$26,6663101.9
25Coaches and scouts$22,1461,6201.9
26Control and valve installers and repairers, except mechanical door$48,5952401.9
27Photographers$22,7086701.9
28Education administrators$59,0402301.8
29Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer$31,73517,6201.8
30Crushing, grinding, and polishing machine setters, operators, and tenders$27,5282601.8
31Radio and television announcers$24,8663401.8
32Mechanical drafters$38,0427501.7
33Medical equipment repairers$46,9102501.7
34Photographic process workers$18,8651601.7
35Rehabilitation counselors$28,3821,0601.7
36Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, except line installers$47,8821,6101.7
37Insurance claims and policy processing clerks$28,2952,3801.7
38Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists$32,8622,5901.7
39Business operations specialists$50,48510,5601.6
40Special education teachers, secondary school$40,7341,0201.6
41Tool and die makers$40,2989201.6
42Loan interviewers and clerks$27,9361,9801.6
43Drafters$45,2501101.6
44Commercial pilots$63,0201401.6
45Medical and health services managers$64,9232,4201.6
46Bartenders$15,7314,9501.6
47Power plant operators$48,8651301.6
48Dental hygienists$56,9141,5501.6
49Cooks, institution and cafeteria$19,9713,5201.6
50Veterinarians$71,5854401.6
51Writers and authors$32,8883701.5
52Reporters and correspondents$34,1664001.5
53Library technicians$24,7518501.5
54Medical transcriptionists$27,9207901.5
55Packers and packagers, hand$19,3428,1501.5
56Recreation workers$18,7362,4801.5
57Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic$31,6361,1201.5
58Computer operators$29,5671,3301.5
59Lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers$14,0768101.5
60Cement masons and concrete finishers$32,1051,9201.5
61Refuse and recyclable material collectors$26,7438201.5
62Brickmasons and blockmasons$39,1151,0101.4
63Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators$42,1982,3001.4
64Team assemblers$26,30010,1401.4
65Education administrators, postsecondary$60,5088001.4
66Special education teachers, middle school$40,1086801.4
67Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators$41,9482,1101.4
68Credit analysts$46,2455701.4
69Food servers, nonrestaurant$17,7631,6901.4
70Child care workers$15,9985,0701.4
71Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors$34,4785501.4
72Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers$32,0402,8201.4
73Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products$57,2013,4001.4
74Social and community service managers$48,5951,0101.4
75Nursing instructors and teachers, postsecondary$46,4032301.4
76Judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates$90,8101301.4
77Mail clerks and mail machine operators, except postal service$23,0181,3301.4
78Industrial truck and tractor operators$27,6515,3701.4
79Structural iron and steel workers$42,8274801.3
80Biological technicians$32,3704601.3
81Telemarketers$20,8483,2001.3
82Dental laboratory technicians$31,9803101.3
83Customer service representatives$27,33519,3701.3
84Counselors$24,3461301.3
85Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters$42,6703,7401.3
86Printing machine operators$30,9701,6501.3
87Child, family, and school social workers$34,4732,0001.3
88Production workers$30,4722,0501.3
89Parts salespersons$29,3381,8601.3
90Biological science teachers, postsecondary$49,8272101.3
91Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education$37,3224,5701.3
92Legal support workers$39,5024901.3
93Managers$65,5052,9601.3
94Cooks, short order$17,0541,4301.3
95Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks$17,1851,5501.3
96Assemblers and fabricators$27,1881,4701.3
97Pharmacy technicians$22,7122,2301.3
98Education administrators, preschool and child care center/program$33,2373501.3
99Office machine operators, except computer$22,8946601.3
100First-line supervisors/managers of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand$40,5271,4701.2

ABSOLUTE POPULARITY

The Most Common Jobs in Iowa

Unlike the table above, which shows where jobs in Iowa 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 salespersons32,780$22,4311.1
2Cashiers23,690$15,8731.0
3Office clerks, general21,750$23,5771.1
4Customer service representatives19,370$27,3351.3
5Registered nurses19,120$45,7321.2
6Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer17,620$31,7351.8
7Waiters and waitresses17,260$14,4211.1
8Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand16,640$22,6581.1
9Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food15,900$15,1051.1
10Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners15,860$20,8511.1
11Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks14,110$28,8061.2
12Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products12,280$50,6851.2
13Stock clerks and order fillers11,890$21,2381.1
14Business operations specialists10,560$50,4851.6
15Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive10,260$26,0000.9
16Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants10,240$21,9281.2
17Team assemblers10,140$26,3001.4
18Elementary school teachers, except special education9,770$35,7311.1
19Executive secretaries and administrative assistants9,650$33,1961.0
20Maintenance and repair workers, general8,470$31,6711.0
21General and operations managers8,400$87,8830.7
22Packers and packagers, hand8,150$19,3421.5
23First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers7,980$42,9810.8
24First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers7,830$35,2651.1
25Accountants and auditors7,820$51,8061.0
26Construction laborers7,050$28,7971.1
27Truck drivers, light or delivery services6,810$25,9621.1
28Receptionists and information clerks6,680$21,7310.9
29Maids and housekeeping cleaners6,560$17,4511.2
30Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education6,300$36,5141.1
31Teacher assistants6,210$17,3100.8
32Cooks, restaurant6,020$19,1101.1
33Carpenters5,790$35,7060.9
34Industrial truck and tractor operators5,370$27,6511.4
35Food preparation workers5,350$16,8220.9
36First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers5,110$27,6261.0
37Child care workers5,070$15,9981.4
38Security guards4,980$23,2160.7
39Bartenders4,950$15,7311.6
40Cooks, fast food4,900$14,9941.2
41First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers4,800$49,1121.1
42Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education4,570$37,3221.3
43Automotive service technicians and mechanics4,490$32,3881.0
44Landscaping and groundskeeping workers4,420$23,4100.7
45Electricians4,290$42,5471.1
46Computer systems analysts4,260$60,1611.2
47Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks4,260$26,8850.8
48Tellers4,140$21,6921.2
49Billing and posting clerks and machine operators4,090$27,2211.2
50Home health aides3,930$20,0451.0
51Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters3,740$42,6701.3
52Financial managers3,700$81,3951.1
53Cooks, institution and cafeteria3,520$19,9711.6
54Dishwashers3,440$14,5801.0
55Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses3,440$32,2950.8
56Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products3,400$57,2011.4
57Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop3,220$15,0681.0
58Telemarketers3,200$20,8481.3
59First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers3,080$55,1310.8
60Counter and rental clerks3,020$19,6881.0
61Managers2,960$65,5051.3
62Sales representatives, services2,850$42,5201.0
63Police and sheriff's patrol officers2,850$42,3900.9
64Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers2,820$32,0401.4
65First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers2,820$51,5121.0
66Management analysts2,770$64,5230.9
67Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists2,760$22,9561.2
68Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators2,750$37,9731.2
69Computer support specialists2,720$38,2680.8
70Computer programmers2,650$51,9281.0
71Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists2,590$32,8621.7
72Bill and account collectors2,540$30,1300.9
73Loan officers2,520$43,6281.1
74Driver/sales workers2,500$26,6311.0
75Recreation workers2,480$18,7361.5
76Computer software engineers, applications2,480$61,6400.7
77Medical and health services managers2,420$64,9231.6
78Medical secretaries2,420$26,8551.1
79Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders2,390$26,9561.0
80Insurance claims and policy processing clerks2,380$28,2951.7
81Cleaners of vehicles and equipment2,380$19,0731.1
82Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers2,380$33,4820.8
83Helpers--production workers2,370$23,6560.8
84Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop2,340$15,0261.0
85Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators2,300$42,1981.4
86Insurance sales agents2,300$56,8411.2
87Personal and home care aides2,270$19,3260.7
88Preschool teachers, except special education2,240$20,4651.0
89Pharmacy technicians2,230$22,7121.3
90Postal service mail carriers2,220$45,0531.0
91Lawyers2,190$83,0950.6
92Chief executives2,140$126,0751.0
93Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators2,110$41,9481.4
94Production workers2,050$30,4721.3
95Administrative services managers2,030$63,1181.2
96Child, family, and school social workers2,000$34,4731.3
97Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers1,990$15,1700.7
98Loan interviewers and clerks1,980$27,9361.6
99Data entry keyers1,930$23,2560.9
100Cement masons and concrete finishers1,920$32,1051.5
  
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