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
No. of Jobs: 1,727
Hourly Wage: $19.88
Actuaries in Connecticut
No. of Jobs: 1,141
Hourly Wage: $51.22
Biochemists and Biophysicists in New Jersey
No. of Jobs: 3,628
Hourly Wage: $50.38
Slaughters & Meat Packers in Minnesota
No. of Jobs: 7,619
Hourly Wage: $12.80
Psychiatric Technicians in Massachusetts
No. of Jobs: 8,202
Hourly Wage: $17.52
Fashion Designers in New York
No. of Jobs: 7,164
Hourly Wage: $32.27
Legal Support Workers and all others in Virginia
No. of Jobs: 9,039
Hourly Wage: $43.50
Petroleum Engineers in Texas
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
No. of Jobs: 1,400
Hourly Wage: $16.57
Fishers and Related Fisher Workers in Maine
No. of Jobs: 4,070
Hourly Wage: $17.52
Rotary Drill Operators/Oil & Gas in Wyoming
No. of Jobs: 1,566
Hourly Wage: $27.05
Derrick Operators/Oil & Gas in North Dakota
No. of Jobs: 2,137
Hourly Wage: $26.65
Gaming Supervisors in Nevada
No. of Jobs: 7,414
Hourly Wage: $25.40
Fishers and Related Fisher Workers in Alaska
No. of Jobs: 2,901
Hourly Wage: $16.85
Roof Bolters/Mining in West Virginia
No. of Jobs: 2,129
Hourly Wage: $26.84
Political Scientists in D.C.
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