Top 25 Occupations with the Highest Employment

Top 25 Occupations with the Highest Employment

Discover which colleges will increase your chances of getting hired for an in-demand career.

The occupations with the most openings and those with the highest employment rate are nearly identical. While the majority of jobs on the list require an associates degree or less, there are a few occupations where a bachelors degree or higher is necessary.

Your level of education generally correlates to employment earnings. The more education and training you receive, the better your chances are of advancing in your field and earning a higher pay rate. Many of the training programs are adaptable to various lifestyles and can be found at online schools, 2-year community college, 2-year career training, 4-year colleges and universities, career colleges, and graduate schools.

The degree program option that best suits your needs depends on your chosen career path. Also, continued training or training in a variety of specialties can strengthen your job prospects, help you advance in your career and increase your salary.

This list represents the highest employment occupation rates as of 2008. Check out the fastest growing careers and fastest growing industries to find out the projected career growth between 2008 and 2018.

  1. Retail Salespersons – 4,489,200
  2. Cashiers, except gaming – 3,550,00
  3. Office clerks, general – 3,024,400
  4. Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food – 2,701,700
  5. Registered Nurses – 2,618,700
  6. Waiters and waitresses – 2,381,700
  7. Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners – 2,375,300
    • Janitor training is completed on-the-job and most employers do not have a minimum educational requirement for entry-level positions, though workers should be able to perform basic arithmetic.
  8. Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand – 2,317,300
  9. Customer service representatives – 2,252,400
  10. Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks – 2,063,800
  11. Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive – 2,020,000
  12. Stock clerks and order fillers – 1,858,800
  13. Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer – 1,798,400
  14. General and operations managers – 1,733,100
  15. Postsecondary teachers – 1,699,200
    • Educational requirements for postsecondary teachers vary from being an expert to holding a Ph.D. in your field.
  16. First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers – 1,685,500
  17. Executive secretaries and administrative assistants – 1,594,400
  18. Elementary school teachers, except special education – 1,549,500
  19. Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products – 1,540,300
  20. Maids and housekeeping cleaners – 1,498,200
    • There is no minimum educational requirement to become a maid. The ability to follow directions and basic arithmetic are helpful.
  21. Nursing aides, orderlies and attendants – 1,469,800
  22. First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers – 1,457,200
  23. Maintenance and repair workers, general - 1,361,300
  24. Teacher assistants - 1,312,800
  25. Child care workers – 1,301,900


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