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Top 100 Jobs Relatively More Common in North Dakota 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 North Dakota, 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
1Cartographers and photogrammetrists$27,51038030.0
2Agricultural and food science technicians$31,11030025.6
3Farm equipment mechanics$31,67027015.7
4Gaming and sports book writers and runners$15,76013010.3
5Agricultural equipment operators$26,5801008.5
6Communications teachers, postsecondary$48,7051607.8
8Opticians, dispensing$27,7964104.4
9Residential advisors$19,8852404.1
10Radio and television announcers$30,2251804.1
11Conveyor operators and tenders$31,7951504.0
12Gaming dealers$19,9604004.0
13Education teachers, postsecondary$50,9901603.6
14Vocational education teachers, postsecondary$38,3503903.3
15Credit authorizers, checkers, and clerks$30,7152603.2
17English language and literature teachers, postsecondary$46,1101802.9
18Art, drama, and music teachers, postsecondary$43,5502302.9
19Separating, filtering, clarifying, precipitating, and still machine setters, operators, and tenders$27,5501002.9
20Business teachers, postsecondary$59,4002202.9
22Parts salespersons$28,4838502.6
23Cooks, short order$15,8466202.4
24Home appliance repairers$37,6151002.4
25Service station attendants$18,7102702.4
26Vocational education teachers, secondary school$41,1862102.3
27Driver/sales workers$18,9761,3702.3
28Surveying and mapping technicians$30,3952002.3
29Civil engineering technicians$38,3702902.2
31Reporters and correspondents$35,5301302.2
32Pharmacy aides$18,1501302.1
33Ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers$14,8703102.1
34Social and community service managers$47,7033602.1
35Social and human service assistants$23,3169602.1
36Cement masons and concrete finishers$29,1466302.1
37Community and social service specialists$31,8502902.1
38Medical and public health social workers$33,4353302.0
39Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks$16,7265602.0
40Stationary engineers and boiler operators$37,9851002.0
41Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists$32,9166901.9
42Health specialties teachers, postsecondary$62,6701301.9
43Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters$26,8103001.9
44Public relations managers$56,5551301.9
45Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators$34,3209701.9
46Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors$36,3701701.9
47Floral designers$19,7661601.9
48Highway maintenance workers$33,1202401.9
49Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses$31,2061,9001.9
50Speech-language pathologists$44,8232501.8
51Structural metal fabricators and fitters$28,6002101.8
52Fire fighters$32,5604801.8
53Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school$40,1664601.8
54Eligibility interviewers, government programs$28,7601201.8
55Sheet metal workers$32,6804301.7
56Dietitians and nutritionists$41,7131201.7
57Dental hygienists$53,6433901.7
58Counter and rental clerks$16,9501,2001.7
59Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists$21,6269001.7
60Mental health and substance abuse social workers$32,5802701.7
61Personal and home care aides$18,2001,2301.6
62Refuse and recyclable material collectors$27,6102101.6
63Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants$21,9933,2201.6
64Data entry keyers$21,6437601.6
65Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators$41,6255901.6
66First-line supervisors/managers of housekeeping and janitorial workers$28,0304601.6
67Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer$32,2463,5501.6
68Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers$28,3007401.6
69Maids and housekeeping cleaners$16,8702,0701.6
70Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop$14,2368101.5
71Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers$34,7505401.5
72Electrical power-line installers and repairers$49,8201401.5
73Photographic processing machine operators$17,5251001.5
74Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance$31,7963901.5
75First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers$25,2831,7001.5
76Computer, automated teller, and office machine repairers$35,0403301.5
77Public relations specialists$42,6734601.5
78Cleaners of vehicles and equipment$16,4567601.5
79Coaches and scouts$27,2332901.5
80Graphic designers$27,8204301.5
81Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines$38,3002401.5
82Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors$20,3004201.4
83Procurement clerks$30,4301501.4
84First-line supervisors/managers of personal service workers$34,3802801.4
85Mechanical drafters$35,6851401.4
86Elementary school teachers, except special education$39,9002,7801.4
87Bus drivers, school$29,1838201.4
88Medical and clinical laboratory technicians$32,1802801.4
89Child care workers$15,6831,1401.4
91Coating, painting, and spraying machine setters, operators, and tenders$30,1001701.4
92Wholesale and retail buyers, except farm products$52,9962901.4
93Insurance sales agents$55,1656101.4
94Bindery workers$22,1801101.3
95Amusement and recreation attendants$16,3154201.3
96Cooks, restaurant$18,3531,6201.3
97Demonstrators and product promoters$19,5701301.3
99Insurance claims and policy processing clerks$27,2704301.3
100Waiters and waitresses$14,2704,5901.3


The Most Common Jobs in North Dakota

Unlike the table above, which shows where jobs in North Dakota 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 salespersons7,990$22,0761.2
3Office clerks, general5,450$21,4701.2
4Waiters and waitresses4,590$14,2701.3
5Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food4,090$14,9901.2
6Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners3,940$20,6361.2
7Registered nurses3,870$48,4501.1
8Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer3,550$32,2461.6
9Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks3,320$26,8701.2
10Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants3,220$21,9931.6
11Customer service representatives3,220$26,3401.0
12Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand3,210$21,4260.9
13Elementary school teachers, except special education2,780$39,9001.4
14Stock clerks and order fillers2,650$20,1101.0
15General and operations managers2,390$84,6760.9
16Executive secretaries and administrative assistants2,210$30,8501.0
17Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive2,140$26,4260.8
18Teacher assistants2,100$21,9431.2
19Maids and housekeeping cleaners2,070$16,8701.6
20First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers1,990$39,4460.9
21Accountants and auditors1,930$44,3931.1
22Receptionists and information clerks1,920$21,1801.1
23Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses1,900$31,2061.9
25First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers1,850$32,8231.1
26Truck drivers, light or delivery services1,740$21,6431.2
27First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers1,700$25,2831.5
28Cooks, restaurant1,620$18,3531.3
29Construction laborers1,610$25,0961.1
31Driver/sales workers1,370$18,9762.3
32Maintenance and repair workers, general1,350$31,4000.7
33Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education1,320$39,4561.0
34Personal and home care aides1,230$18,2001.6
35Team assemblers1,220$21,6050.7
36Counter and rental clerks1,200$16,9501.7
38Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks1,160$24,1601.0
39Child care workers1,140$15,6831.4
40Business operations specialists1,130$48,7360.8
42Packers and packagers, hand1,110$18,1160.9
43Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products1,040$43,6350.5
44Home health aides1,000$20,2401.0
45Automotive service technicians and mechanics1,000$36,2961.0
46Landscaping and groundskeeping workers1,000$21,5630.7
47Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators970$34,3201.9
48First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers970$44,8161.0
49Food preparation workers970$18,4900.7
50Social and human service assistants960$23,3162.1
52Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists900$21,6261.7
53First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers900$46,0431.0
54Parts salespersons850$28,4832.6
55Security guards840$21,0230.5
56Bus drivers, school820$29,1831.4
57Cooks, fast food820$15,8230.9
58Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop810$14,2361.5
59Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers780$14,4701.2
60Computer support specialists770$32,3530.9
61Data entry keyers760$21,6431.6
62Cleaners of vehicles and equipment760$16,4561.5
63Bill and account collectors760$24,2961.1
64First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers750$48,8701.1
65Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers740$28,3001.6
66Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists690$32,9161.9
67Billing and posting clerks and machine operators690$25,4660.9
68Computer software engineers, applications670$48,9150.9
69Chief executives650$123,9701.3
70Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop650$16,5860.9
71Financial managers640$74,8630.8
72Cement masons and concrete finishers630$29,1462.1
73Cooks, short order620$15,8462.4
74Insurance sales agents610$55,1651.4
75Helpers--production workers610$20,9400.9
76Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators590$41,6251.6
77Cooks, institution and cafeteria570$21,2731.1
78Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks560$16,7262.0
79Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers540$34,7501.5
80Computer programmers540$42,7760.8
81Computer systems analysts540$55,5330.7
82Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters530$38,1960.8
83Postal service mail carriers510$44,5661.0
84Industrial truck and tractor operators510$28,6130.6
85Network and computer systems administrators490$46,5631.1
86Fire fighters480$32,5601.8
87Civil engineers480$57,0961.3
88Police and sheriff's patrol officers470$44,9150.6
89Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school460$40,1661.8
90First-line supervisors/managers of housekeeping and janitorial workers460$28,0301.6
91Public relations specialists460$42,6731.5
92Medical secretaries460$24,5200.9
94Preschool teachers, except special education450$20,5130.9
95Sales managers450$73,5000.9
97Dental assistants440$29,6701.1
98Sheet metal workers430$32,6801.7
99Graphic designers430$27,8201.5
100Insurance claims and policy processing clerks430$27,2701.3


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