Over at NPR, there’s a map with the most common job by U.S. state from 1978 to 2014. What interesting is that, in 1978, we have a geographically diverse workforce:
By 1988, secretaries seem to be skyrocketing:
Then, from about 2000 on, truck drivers are the most common job in most states:
I find the explanation for secretaries in 1988 interesting:
Through much of the ’80s, as the U.S. economy shifted away from factories that make goods and toward offices that provide services, secretary became the most common job in more and more states. But a second shift — the rise of the personal computer — reversed this trend, as machines did more and more secretarial work.
When I remember back to the mid- to late-1980s, I really don’t think anyone realized that the position of secretary, which really was ubiquitous outside of industrial areas, would decline so rapidly. Then again, nobody would have thought that bank tellers would be poor or barely hanging on.
Kinda makes you wonder about long range predictions.