JOB SEARCH / OCT. 23, 2014
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The Most Unique Jobs in Each U.S. State - Infographic

Each state has a trade or job that is the most prevalent occupation in that area. 

Online magazine Mental_Floss created a list of the "most unique" jobs by state with the help of CareerBuilder’s company, Economic Modeling Specialists Intl.

The pair used a technique called location quotient (LQ), which “compares the percentage share of a state’s workforce in a given occupation to the percentage share of the nationwide workforce in that occupation. 

Basically LQ measures a states specific job concentration.

For instance, Delaware has an 11.65 LQ for Chemist jobs in the state. It has added 3,050 of those jobs since last year, making it approximately 11 times more profound there than anywhere else in the nation.

California on the other hand has a pretty low LQ (3.19) for acting-related jobs. However, the state has added over 33,000 jobs since 2013. So, although it slightly beats the nation’s percentage share of acting jobs, California is obviously the go-to spot for aspiring entertainers.

Here are some of the lowest LQ measurements in the country:

Correspondence Clerks in Illinois

LQ: 3.93

No. of Jobs: 1,727

Hourly Wage: $19.88

Actuaries in Connecticut

LQ: 4.16

No. of Jobs: 1,141

Hourly Wage: $51.22

Biochemists and Biophysicists in New Jersey

LQ: 4.71

No. of Jobs: 3,628

Hourly Wage: $50.38

Slaughters & Meat Packers in Minnesota

LQ: 4.82

No. of Jobs: 7,619

Hourly Wage: $12.80

Psychiatric Technicians in Massachusetts

LQ: 4.86

No. of Jobs: 8,202

Hourly Wage: $17.52

Fashion Designers in New York

LQ: 5.18

No. of Jobs: 7,164

Hourly Wage: $32.27

Legal Support Workers and all others in Virginia

LQ: 5.75

No. of Jobs: 9,039

Hourly Wage: $43.50

Petroleum Engineers in Texas

LQ: 6.39

No. of Jobs: 21,457

Hourly Wage: $66.80

Some of states with the highest LQ measurements sometimes have the lowest number of jobs added to the workforce.

According to 2013 figures, some of the states with the highest concentration of a specific trade in comparison to the nation’s percentage included:

Logging Workers, and all other in Oregon

LQ: 21.24

No. of Jobs: 1,400

Hourly Wage: $16.57

Fishers and Related Fisher Workers in Maine

LQ: 27.31

No. of Jobs: 4,070

Hourly Wage: $17.52   

Rotary Drill Operators/Oil & Gas in Wyoming

LQ: 28.0

No. of Jobs: 1,566

Hourly Wage: $27.05  

Derrick Operators/Oil & Gas in North Dakota

LQ: 28.21

No. of Jobs: 2,137

Hourly Wage: $26.65

Gaming Supervisors in Nevada

LQ: 30.91

No. of Jobs: 7,414

Hourly Wage: $25.40   

Fishers and Related Fisher Workers in Alaska

LQ: 33.56

No. of Jobs: 2,901

Hourly Wage: $16.85    

Roof Bolters/Mining in West Virginia

LQ: 66.29

No. of Jobs: 2,129

Hourly Wage: $26.84

Political Scientists in D.C.

LQ: 86.61

No. of Jobs: 3,197

Hourly Wage: $55.64

In other cases, if a state’s LQ measures out to be 1.0, then the percentage of jobs for that specific occupation matches that at the national level. The reason behind this is that “every local economy needs a significant amount of these workers.”

There are only three common professions that meet this criterion in nearly every state:  health care, retail, and government jobs. Explore the most unique trades in each US state in this infographic..


Image Source: Mental_Floss

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