The SeniorJobBankSM The original career site for Boomers and Seniors

Helping Employers connect with the over-50 Talent Pool.

Tennessee Jobs and Career Information

RELATIVE POPULARITY

Top 100 Jobs Relatively More Common in Tennessee 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 Tennessee, 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 2006Local Jobs 2006Local Popularity Index
1Traffic technicians$30,6502907.5
2Automotive glass installers and repairers$29,2903705.1
3Agricultural inspectors$30,2852904.0
4Graduate teaching assistants$19,3201,2003.6
5Gaming surveillance officers and gaming investigators$28,5002103.5
6Agents and business managers of artists, performers, and athletes$64,8305003.2
7Food and tobacco roasting, baking, and drying machine operators and tenders$21,4503703.1
8Job printers$33,9171,6902.7
9Athletic trainers$33,2753502.6
10Team assemblers$25,16045,8802.5
11Gaming cage workers$22,2304302.4
12Musicians and singers(varies)1,5602.4
13Chemical equipment operators and tenders$37,7351,2802.3
14Meter readers, utilities$31,2851,0802.3
15Upholsterers$29,5569102.3
16Slot key persons$22,6903602.2
17Furnace, kiln, oven, drier, and kettle operators and tenders$28,3934002.2
18Compensation and benefits managers$58,0441,9102.2
19Vocational education teachers, secondary school$42,0952,1702.1
20Radio and television announcers$30,8211,0402.1
21Paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators$28,3041,5102.1
22Airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers$105,7101,0102.1
23Transportation workers$27,2821,0602.1
24Gaming dealers$13,3002,3102.1
25Lathe and turning machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic$27,9331,8502.1
26Tool grinders, filers, and sharpeners$33,5903302.1
27Physical therapist assistants$40,4901,9002.1
28Funeral directors$41,4333502.0
29Assemblers and fabricators$25,4725,8402.0
30Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists$30,3241,7402.0
31Healthcare practitioners and technical workers$39,0801,2401.9
32Psychiatric technicians$21,6401,2101.9
33Chief executives$116,33510,5101.9
34Bindery workers$27,5631,7201.9
35Education administrators, preschool and child care center/program$29,6951,3301.9
36Animal control workers$26,1572101.8
37Training and development managers$53,2118701.8
38Forging machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic$27,5506101.8
39Helpers--roofers$20,4123701.8
40Industrial truck and tractor operators$25,89118,6401.8
41Legislators$15,2221,0701.8
42Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer$32,75244,4101.8
43Purchasing agents and buyers, farm products$44,5902001.8
44Millwrights$40,0258801.8
45Surgical technologists$32,9302,1901.8
46Drilling and boring machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic$29,3988501.8
47Medical and clinical laboratory technicians$28,1083,9801.8
48Coin, vending, and amusement machine servicers and repairers$26,4889801.8
49Door-to-door sales workers, news and street vendors, and related workers$29,2901401.7
50Helpers--electricians$23,9662,2801.7
51Athletes and sports competitors$20,5901801.7
52Extruding, forming, pressing, and compacting machine setters, operators, and tenders$25,6681,4601.7
53Mixing and blending machine setters, operators, and tenders$28,4413,1901.7
54Entertainment attendants and related workers$18,0904201.7
55Helpers--production workers$21,87313,1601.7
56Sewing machine operators$19,6235,6901.7
57Physics teachers, postsecondary$66,4801901.7
58Grounds maintenance workers$33,6901101.6
59Internists, general$152,3568501.6
60Radiation therapists$58,6301901.6
61Cooks, fast food$13,91016,6301.6
62Prepress technicians and workers$31,5921,7201.6
63Drafters$37,7702801.6
64Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic$26,2716,2401.6
65Administrative services managers$45,2076,7701.6
66Highway maintenance workers$24,2562,2501.6
67Cooks, institution and cafeteria$17,2009,0701.6
68Tax examiners, collectors, and revenue agents$47,6301,9001.6
69Bill and account collectors$26,62111,6201.5
70General and operations managers$73,67044,6301.5
71Sound engineering technicians$49,4802801.5
72Insulation workers, mechanical$39,0102001.5
73Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses$30,45117,3401.5
74Emergency management specialists$43,4031401.5
75Fire fighters$34,0664,4901.5
76Parts salespersons$26,5135,5701.5
77Eligibility interviewers, government programs$27,1401,1301.5
78Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists$31,8776,0401.5
79Gaming supervisors$39,5604901.5
80Boilermakers$41,3002101.5
81Emergency medical technicians and paramedics$25,6433,6701.5
82Philosophy and religion teachers, postsecondary$51,2833001.5
83Environmental engineering technicians$45,0303201.5
84Farm equipment mechanics$26,6072801.5
85Hazardous materials removal workers$29,3958301.5
86Purchasing managers$63,9911,7301.4
87Art, drama, and music teachers, postsecondary$52,4001,2901.4
88Payroll and timekeeping clerks$28,4734,9701.4
89Transportation, storage, and distribution managers$61,1222,0801.4
90Electrical power-line installers and repairers$46,7881,4801.4
91Computer operators$28,6073,2401.4
92Structural metal fabricators and fitters$31,7231,8401.4
93First-line supervisors/managers of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand$39,3594,3101.4
94Gaming change persons and booth cashiers$21,9504201.4
95Precision instrument and equipment repairers$53,3301401.4
96Cementing and gluing machine operators and tenders$24,4603001.4
97Industrial machinery mechanics$35,7454,8601.4
98Food service managers$32,3494,6701.4
99Refuse and recyclable material collectors$23,4942,0301.4
100Respiratory therapy technicians$34,5903301.4

ABSOLUTE POPULARITY

The Most Common Jobs in Tennessee

Unlike the table above, which shows where jobs in Tennessee 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 2006Mean Local Salary 2006Local Popularity Index
1Retail salespersons74,960$22,1301.0
2Cashiers59,400$15,5161.0
3Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand54,740$22,4551.4
4Office clerks, general47,590$22,5430.9
5Team assemblers45,880$25,1602.5
6General and operations managers44,630$73,6701.5
7Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer44,410$32,7521.8
8Customer service representatives44,240$26,8401.2
9Registered nurses44,190$48,3071.1
10Waiters and waitresses42,110$13,9461.1
11Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food38,000$14,2311.0
12Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners33,310$18,3840.9
13Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks29,060$27,5390.9
14First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers26,390$38,0661.1
15Maintenance and repair workers, general25,970$30,7291.2
16Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive25,900$23,2540.9
17Executive secretaries and administrative assistants25,450$30,9191.0
18Stock clerks and order fillers23,830$20,6870.8
19Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants23,390$19,5521.1
20Elementary school teachers, except special education22,400$41,6071.0
21First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers21,800$34,8031.2
22Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products20,100$49,3360.8
23Food preparation workers19,380$16,8181.3
24Industrial truck and tractor operators18,640$25,8911.8
25Security guards18,460$20,1751.0
26Maids and housekeeping cleaners18,160$15,2411.2
27Truck drivers, light or delivery services17,680$25,5951.1
28Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses17,340$30,4511.5
29Cooks, restaurant16,660$18,7891.2
30Receptionists and information clerks16,650$20,5490.9
31Cooks, fast food16,630$13,9101.6
32Teacher assistants16,060$16,8450.8
33Packers and packagers, hand15,760$19,4701.1
34Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks15,750$24,5581.2
35Construction laborers14,350$23,3390.9
36First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers13,910$43,2671.3
37Business operations specialists13,210$58,7880.8
38Helpers--production workers13,160$21,8731.7
39First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers13,130$24,1461.0
40Accountants and auditors13,070$45,6580.7
41Landscaping and groundskeeping workers12,230$20,7570.8
42Bill and account collectors11,620$26,6211.5
43Carpenters11,360$28,9830.7
44Automotive service technicians and mechanics11,260$29,9491.0
45Financial managers10,920$65,9941.3
46Chief executives10,510$116,3351.9
47Electricians10,460$37,8781.0
48Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education10,430$44,6920.7
49Billing and posting clerks and machine operators9,360$25,3161.0
50Cooks, institution and cafeteria9,070$17,2001.6
51First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers8,960$47,4691.2
52First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers8,480$42,9000.9
53Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products8,250$65,7841.3
54Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers8,180$29,3401.0
55Medical assistants8,170$22,6151.2
56Police and sheriff's patrol officers8,150$33,5651.0
57Child care workers7,970$15,5810.9
58Preschool teachers, except special education7,930$18,8771.4
59Computer support specialists7,760$35,7420.9
60Dishwashers7,550$14,5750.9
61Computer programmers7,450$56,1551.0
62Sales managers7,430$69,8011.3
63Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders7,420$24,9151.2
64Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education7,300$41,8200.8
65Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop7,020$15,2011.2
66Driver/sales workers6,890$24,6371.0
67Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers6,830$29,3341.3
68Home health aides6,800$17,7380.6
69Machinists6,790$32,7831.2
70Administrative services managers6,770$45,2071.6
71Counter and rental clerks6,760$20,4710.9
72Bus drivers, school6,680$17,1141.0
73Tellers6,490$20,7950.7
74Data entry keyers6,410$21,4981.2
75Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic6,240$26,2711.6
76Pharmacy technicians6,140$23,1131.4
77Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists6,040$31,8771.5
78Lawyers5,990$92,3280.6
79Computer systems analysts5,970$58,9550.7
80Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop5,960$15,2580.7
81Assemblers and fabricators5,840$25,4722.0
82Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators5,800$29,0281.0
83Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters5,770$34,2660.8
84Production, planning, and expediting clerks5,720$34,4491.2
85Sewing machine operators5,690$19,6231.7
86Parts salespersons5,570$26,5131.5
87Medical secretaries5,510$24,6301.0
88Postal service mail carriers5,380$43,1320.9
89First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers5,020$65,2300.9
90Payroll and timekeeping clerks4,970$28,4731.4
91Cleaners of vehicles and equipment4,900$17,1680.9
92Production workers4,880$24,3561.2
93Industrial machinery mechanics4,860$35,7451.4
94Sales representatives, services4,810$45,2980.6
95Switchboard operators, including answering service4,770$20,5151.4
96First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators4,740$43,1411.3
97Pharmacists4,680$92,1311.2
98Food service managers4,670$32,3491.4
99Bartenders4,590$15,2500.6
100Computer and information systems managers4,550$69,8550.9

colordots

Newsletter Signup.

image image
Email Newsletter icon, E-mail Newsletter icon, Email List icon, E-mail List iconJoin Email List
image image
safesubscribelogo
colordots