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Top 100 Jobs Relatively More Common in Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island, 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
1Model makers, metal and plastic$43,58023026.0
2Architecture teachers, postsecondary$70,94011022.1
4Jewelers and precious stone and metal workers$26,4901,46015.5
5Textile winding, twisting, and drawing out machine setters, operators, and tenders$22,6609409.7
6Graduate teaching assistants$20,3008009.4
7Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers$27,7303809.2
9Motorboat mechanics$39,2602608.0
10Education, training, and library workers$34,2701,5007.3
11Textile cutting machine setters, operators, and tenders$22,8903706.1
12First-line supervisors/managers of fire fighting and prevention workers$56,5007305.7
13Music directors and composers$35,2901005.5
15Dietetic technicians$24,4304005.2
16Engineering teachers, postsecondary$90,9802305.2
17Commercial and industrial designers$55,2606105.1
18Septic tank servicers and sewer pipe cleaners$40,5401205.1
19Directors, religious activities and education$34,2901905.1
20Plating and coating machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic$29,3106104.7
21Correspondence clerks$30,1502104.5
22Computer and information scientists, research$86,0503403.9
23Healthcare practitioners and technical workers$41,3906103.7
24Health diagnosing and treating practitioners$79,4906403.6
25Animal control workers$28,6701003.5
26Mental health and substance abuse social workers$40,7301,4503.2
27Metal workers and plastic workers$27,9602703.1
28Fire inspectors and investigators$44,4001003.1
29Rolling machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic$31,2702903.0
30Photographic process workers$22,7801802.9
31History teachers, postsecondary$77,8201602.9
32Fire fighters$43,3902,1602.9
33Manicurists and pedicurists$20,9004502.9
34Extruding and drawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic$32,9807302.8
35Social and human service assistants$25,7103,5902.8
36Eligibility interviewers, government programs$42,6005302.8
37Radiologic technologists and technicians$50,4102,1002.8
38Grinding, lapping, polishing, and buffing machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic$28,4001,0102.8
39Funeral directors$76,8601202.8
40Court, municipal, and license clerks$36,3907802.7
41Medical secretaries$29,7703,6602.7
42Occupational therapist assistants$34,0502002.6
43Art, drama, and music teachers, postsecondary$70,4405702.5
44Vocational education teachers, secondary school$54,9806402.5
45Loan counselors$36,0402002.4
46Psychiatric technicians$33,9603802.4
47Tool and die makers$42,5908402.3
48Psychiatric aides$26,0803402.2
49Refuse and recyclable material collectors$33,9808002.2
50Philosophy and religion teachers, postsecondary$75,6001102.1
51Pressers, textile, garment, and related materials$18,9806302.1
52Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop$17,2504,4102.1
53Helpers, construction trades$22,0101902.1
54Teachers and instructors$42,6903,6802.0
55Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic$23,8602,0102.0
56Medical and public health social workers$39,8609402.0
57Foreign language and literature teachers, postsecondary$70,5401302.0
58Stationary engineers and boiler operators$41,8602802.0
59Cooks, short order$20,5301,4402.0
61First-line supervisors/managers of police and detectives$60,8505702.0
62Painting, coating, and decorating workers$26,0701302.0
63Medical scientists, except epidemiologists$55,6305101.9
64Heat treating equipment setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic$27,7501401.9
65Crossing guards$20,8203601.9
67Insulation workers, floor, ceiling, and wall$29,4601601.9
68Ophthalmic laboratory technicians$23,5701301.9
69Brokerage clerks$37,7005301.9
70Financial examiners$68,7901701.9
71Power plant operators$53,3701001.9
72Library technicians$28,5206701.8
73Child, family, and school social workers$49,1301,8401.8
75Service station attendants$20,8005901.8
76Paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators$39,4203301.8
77Captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels$42,6501601.8
78Occupational therapists$55,9306601.8
79Chemical technicians$36,6104001.8
80Meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers$27,3903801.7
81Nursing instructors and teachers, postsecondary$58,6701901.7
82Skin care specialists$27,1801201.7
83Loan interviewers and clerks$28,9401,3701.7
84English language and literature teachers, postsecondary$70,0603001.7
85Veterinary technologists and technicians$26,7704301.7
86Insurance claims and policy processing clerks$32,1101,5501.7
87Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants$25,3709,4101.7
88Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education$54,2606,2601.7
89Adult literacy, remedial education, and GED teachers and instructors$37,4402801.7
90Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists$76,9607001.7
92Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors$30,9301,3601.7
93Photographic processing machine operators$19,5403101.7
94Social and community service managers$54,9107901.7
95Merchandise displayers and window trimmers$29,6004001.6
96Judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates$151,5401001.6
97Material moving workers$31,9602301.6
98Library assistants, clerical$23,2705701.6
99Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers$44,9601,5901.6
100Child care workers$20,0703,7601.6


The Most Common Jobs in Rhode Island

Unlike the table above, which shows where jobs in Rhode Island 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 salespersons21,440$22,9501.1
3Waiters and waitresses12,840$18,6901.3
4Registered nurses12,510$58,3601.2
5Office clerks, general12,340$24,8000.9
6Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants9,410$25,3701.7
7Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand9,160$23,1600.9
8Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food9,060$17,9200.9
9Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners8,710$23,7700.9
10General and operations managers8,120$93,9201.1
11Customer service representatives8,000$30,4400.8
12Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks7,860$32,8301.0
13Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive7,610$31,1401.0
14Stock clerks and order fillers6,980$22,6401.0
15Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education6,260$54,2601.7
16Teacher assistants6,100$24,5101.2
17First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers5,710$45,4500.9
19Team assemblers5,600$23,4301.2
20Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products5,600$55,2200.9
21Elementary school teachers, except special education5,370$53,8201.0
22Truck drivers, light or delivery services5,140$28,3801.2
23Receptionists and information clerks5,060$24,1001.1
24First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers5,020$37,5201.1
25Executive secretaries and administrative assistants5,000$39,3600.8
26Accountants and auditors4,720$63,4501.0
27Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer4,630$37,4200.7
28Packers and packagers, hand4,620$19,7801.3
29Maintenance and repair workers, general4,510$33,1700.8
30Food preparation workers4,420$19,4501.2
31Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop4,410$17,2502.1
32Construction laborers4,090$35,8701.0
34Home health aides3,780$24,2401.4
35Child care workers3,760$20,0701.6
36First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers3,710$49,9701.4
37Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks3,710$27,9501.1
38Teachers and instructors3,680$42,6902.0
39Medical secretaries3,660$29,7702.7
40Landscaping and groundskeeping workers3,620$25,4000.9
41Social and human service assistants3,590$25,7102.8
42Security guards3,480$23,9300.7
43Cooks, restaurant3,350$23,3501.0
44First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers3,290$32,3601.0
45Automotive service technicians and mechanics3,080$35,2201.1
46Cooks, fast food2,790$17,1901.1
47Helpers--production workers2,750$21,8801.4
50Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses2,500$43,2600.9
51Financial managers2,490$86,1801.1
52Billing and posting clerks and machine operators2,490$29,7001.1
53Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education2,480$53,1201.1
54Bus drivers, school2,330$26,0901.4
55First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers2,290$57,5800.9
56Business operations specialists2,280$53,1500.5
57Police and sheriff's patrol officers2,210$47,0801.0
58Fire fighters2,160$43,3902.9
60Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers2,150$32,0001.1
61Radiologic technologists and technicians2,100$50,4102.8
62Computer systems analysts2,020$68,4800.9
63Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic2,010$23,8602.0
64Medical assistants1,980$28,0901.1
65Chief executives1,870$139,9101.3
66Loan officers1,860$69,5601.3
67Computer support specialists1,860$39,0900.8
68Child, family, and school social workers1,840$49,1301.8
69Personal and home care aides1,830$21,9700.9
70Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists1,810$24,2401.2
71Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters1,790$45,2301.0
72Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers1,750$17,0901.0
74Postal service mail carriers1,710$46,0301.2
75Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders1,700$22,3101.1
76Computer programmers1,680$62,1100.9
78Preschool teachers, except special education1,620$26,2101.1
79Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers1,590$44,9601.6
80Insurance claims and policy processing clerks1,550$32,1101.7
82Education, training, and library workers1,500$34,2707.3
83Jewelers and precious stone and metal workers1,460$26,49015.5
84Mental health and substance abuse social workers1,450$40,7303.2
85Management analysts1,450$81,0900.7
86Cooks, short order1,440$20,5302.0
87Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop1,430$18,3901.0
88First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers1,430$55,0400.7
89Recreation workers1,420$20,7201.3
90Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers1,390$31,4401.1
91Computer software engineers, applications1,390$80,7400.6
92Loan interviewers and clerks1,370$28,9401.7
93Laundry and dry-cleaning workers1,370$20,4901.5
94Cooks, institution and cafeteria1,370$27,2800.9
95Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors1,360$30,9301.7
96Pharmacy technicians1,330$25,7001.2
97Medical and health services managers1,310$83,6401.3
98Bill and account collectors1,260$32,4700.7
99Production, planning, and expediting clerks1,230$38,8401.0


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