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Top 200 Popular Jobs in Tennessee

What professions have the highest employment in Tennessee? In this article we show the top 200 jobs that employ the highest number of people in Tennessee. We note that the total employment in Tennessee is 2,749,480. The most popular job is the laborers and freight, stock, and material mover profession, which employs 88,800 people (3.23 percent of the total employment in Tennessee). The second most common job is the retail salesperson profession which employs 88,130 people (3.21 percent of the total employment). The employment and salary information in Tennessee is computed from data published by BLS in May 2015 [1].

Table 1. 200 Most Popular Jobs in Tennessee

Job Description # of
Empl. i
% of    
Empl. i
Average
Salary i
1 All Occupations
2,749,480
100.00% $31,250
2 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers
88,800
3.23% $24,570
3 Retail Salespersons
88,130
3.21% $20,990
4 Cashiers
73,950
2.69% $18,450
5 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
62,620
2.28% $17,840
6 Team Assemblers
62,190
2.26% $29,510
7 Registered Nurses
55,560
2.02% $56,370
8 Customer Service Representatives
54,770
1.99% $28,390
9 Office Clerks, General
52,870
1.92% $27,650
10 Waiters and Waitresses
52,130
1.90% $17,790
11 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers
49,460
1.80% $22,490
12 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive
48,890
1.78% $29,190
13 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
48,610
1.77% $38,680
14 General and Operations Managers
42,400
1.54% $84,310
15 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners
38,410
1.40% $19,600
16 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks
30,570
1.11% $33,780
17 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers
30,270
1.10% $45,560
18 Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education
29,410
1.07% $47,390
19 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General
29,350
1.07% $35,740
20 Nursing Assistants
28,890
1.05% $22,270
21 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers
27,960
1.02% $35,950
22 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers
25,010
0.91% $29,080
23 Restaurant Cooks
23,240
0.85% $21,160
24 Security Guards
21,960
0.80% $21,580
25 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
21,470
0.78% $36,000
26 Wholesale and Manufacturing (Except Technical and Scientific Products) Sales Representatives
21,180
0.77% $50,810
27 Packers and Packagers
20,940
0.76% $19,230
28 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners
20,610
0.75% $18,860
29 Teacher Assistants
20,310
0.74% $19,600
30 Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
19,020
0.69% $48,430
31 Accountants and Auditors
18,680
0.68% $58,910
32 Food Preparation Workers
18,440
0.67% $18,410
33 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks
17,950
0.65% $29,400
34 Receptionists and Information Clerks
17,610
0.64% $25,690
35 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators
17,590
0.64% $27,900
36 Personal Care Aides
16,530
0.60% $18,540
37 Construction Laborers
16,210
0.59% $27,530
38 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers
16,060
0.58% $27,130
39 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers
15,310
0.56% $23,970
40 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers
14,810
0.54% $50,340
41 Fast Food Cooks
14,530
0.53% $17,620
42 Medical Assistants
14,480
0.53% $28,050
43 Financial Managers
12,870
0.47% $86,810
44 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers
12,840
0.47% $31,280
45 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers
12,790
0.47% $41,080
46 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics
12,350
0.45% $35,020
47 Pharmacy Technicians
12,030
0.44% $28,650
48 Other Sales Representatives
11,800
0.43% $42,870
49 Helpers--Production Workers
11,290
0.41% $22,560
50 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders
11,260
0.41% $28,340
51 Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
11,260
0.41% $47,350
52 Childcare Workers
11,240
0.41% $18,530
53 Institution and Cafeteria Cooks
10,860
0.39% $20,580
54 Bill and Account Collectors
10,800
0.39% $29,940
55 Billing and Posting Clerks
10,640
0.39% $31,220
56 Other Business Operations Specialists
10,560
0.38% $54,360
57 Tellers
10,260
0.37% $24,460
58 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants
10,160
0.37% $43,270
59 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers
9,850
0.36% $55,550
60 School or Special Client Bus Drivers
9,810
0.36% $21,800
61 Other Production Workers
9,530
0.35% $26,370
62 Electricians
9,440
0.34% $46,790
63 Correctional Officers and Jailers
9,350
0.34% $28,750
64 Computer Systems Analysts
9,020
0.33% $77,270
65 Food Service Managers
8,920
0.32% $38,940
66 Dishwashers
8,870
0.32% $17,990
67 Home Health Aides
8,650
0.31% $18,730
68 Sales Managers
8,480
0.31% $81,500
69 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers
8,380
0.30% $50,350
70 Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks
8,380
0.30% $46,560
71 Pharmacists
8,230
0.30% $122,500
72 Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products Sales Representatives
8,180
0.30% $73,480
73 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop
8,130
0.30% $17,930
74 Computer User Support Specialists
8,060
0.29% $42,340
75 Driver/Sales Workers
7,830
0.28% $25,200
76 Industrial Engineers
7,770
0.28% $77,400
77 Medical and Health Services Managers
7,710
0.28% $78,760
78 Machinists
7,640
0.28% $38,730
79 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education
7,580
0.28% $23,770
80 Substitute Teachers
7,420
0.27% $18,710
81 Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics
7,310
0.27% $30,120
82 Counter and Rental Clerks
7,300
0.27% $21,980
83 Human Resources Specialists
7,300
0.27% $49,520
84 Lawyers
7,140
0.26% $98,010
85 Administrative Services Managers
6,910
0.25% $67,000
86 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers
6,880
0.25% $38,950
87 Management Analysts
6,870
0.25% $72,350
88 First-Line Supervisors of Helpers, Laborers, and Material Movers
6,760
0.25% $44,560
89 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop
6,640
0.24% $17,850
90 Loan Officers
6,590
0.24% $53,290
91 Carpenters
6,580
0.24% $34,080
92 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers
6,540
0.24% $36,010
93 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
6,530
0.24% $49,740
94 Medical Secretaries
6,450
0.23% $27,990
95 Bartenders
6,450
0.23% $18,130
96 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians
6,420
0.23% $34,960
97 Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
6,360
0.23% $31,700
98 Interviewers, Except Eligibility and Loan
6,300
0.23% $26,710
99 Postal Service Mail Carriers
6,260
0.23% $55,150
100 Industrial Machinery Mechanics
6,060
0.22% $51,330
101 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters
5,970
0.22% $45,860
102 Other Physicians and Surgeons
5,930
0.22% n/a
103 Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists
5,760
0.21% $42,160
104 Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks
5,670
0.21% $18,820
105 Dental Assistants
5,670
0.21% $34,600
106 Parts Salespersons
5,590
0.20% $29,030
107 Chief Executives
5,540
0.20% $143,210
108 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists
5,530
0.20% $23,630
109 Computer and Information Systems Managers
5,510
0.20% $104,950
110 Elementary and Secondary School Education Administrators
5,390
0.20% $74,530
111 Kindergarten and Elementary School Special Education Teachers
5,380
0.20% $48,150
112 Child, Family, and School Social Workers
5,360
0.19% $40,940
113 Network and Computer Systems Administrators
5,300
0.19% $68,650
114 Other Assemblers and Fabricators
5,290
0.19% $26,180
115 Firefighters
5,290
0.19% $37,470
116 Medical Records and Health Information Technicians
5,250
0.19% $30,960
117 Civil Engineers
5,240
0.19% $86,720
118 Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers
5,230
0.19% $39,820
119 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant
5,180
0.19% $18,480
120 Radiologic Technologists
5,180
0.19% $48,850
121 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers
5,150
0.19% $17,920
122 Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment
5,130
0.19% $20,690
123 All Other Managers
5,130
0.19% $77,910
124 Industrial Production Managers
4,950
0.18% $80,550
125 Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers
4,920
0.18% $26,360
126 Recreation Workers
4,850
0.18% $20,000
127 Training and Development Specialists
4,790
0.17% $53,400
128 Data Entry Keyers
4,770
0.17% $26,690
129 Applications Software Developers
4,720
0.17% $81,460
130 First-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers
4,700
0.17% $74,370
131 Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks
4,690
0.17% $35,370
132 Construction Managers
4,600
0.17% $76,040
133 Unknown
4,590
0.17% $43,980
134 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators
4,550
0.17% $36,170
135 Compliance Officers
4,550
0.17% $54,830
136 Order Clerks
4,510
0.16% $28,400
137 Printing Press Operators
4,440
0.16% $32,690
138 First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators
4,370
0.16% $53,870
139 Nurse Practitioners
4,350
0.16% $90,040
140 Amusement and Recreation Attendants
4,310
0.16% $18,410
141 Paralegals and Legal Assistants
4,300
0.16% $47,910
142 Property, Real Estate Managers
4,210
0.15% $39,320
143 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
4,160
0.15% $58,110
144 Telemarketers
4,130
0.15% $22,520
145 Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors
4,070
0.15% $46,530
146 Mechanical Engineers
4,060
0.15% $84,890
147 Dispatchers, Except Police, Fire, and Ambulance
4,020
0.15% $35,710
148 Physical Therapists
3,980
0.14% $83,370
149 Short Order Cooks
3,970
0.14% $18,720
150 Conveyor Operators and Tenders
3,910
0.14% $30,110
151 Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
3,880
0.14% $35,080
152 Loan Interviewers and Clerks
3,870
0.14% $33,740
153 Computer Programmers
3,790
0.14% $72,980
154 Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education
3,780
0.14% $47,510
155 Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents
3,770
0.14% $60,860
156 Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers
3,740
0.14% $18,450
157 Dental Hygienists
3,740
0.14% $66,230
158 Sewing Machine Operators
3,650
0.13% $21,620
159 Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers
3,630
0.13% $73,950
160 Maintenance Workers, Machinery
3,620
0.13% $42,070
161 Sheet Metal Workers
3,610
0.13% $37,390
162 Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products
3,600
0.13% $51,090
163 Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors
3,580
0.13% $32,270
164 Automotive Body and Related Repairers
3,550
0.13% $38,590
165 Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs
3,540
0.13% $33,920
166 Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers
3,500
0.13% $66,930
167 Other Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers
3,480
0.13% $32,520
168 Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks
3,430
0.12% $36,370
169 First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives
3,410
0.12% $55,460
170 Cost Estimators
3,400
0.12% $55,330
171 Food Batchmakers
3,390
0.12% $32,630
172 Postsecondary Education Administrators
3,380
0.12% $68,510
173 Respiratory Therapists
3,360
0.12% $48,170
174 Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators
3,220
0.12% $55,770
175 Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
3,200
0.12% $34,430
176 Court, Municipal, and License Clerks
3,190
0.12% $31,660
177 Graphic Designers
3,150
0.11% $40,600
178 Marketing Managers
3,130
0.11% $86,030
179 Healthcare Social Workers
2,990
0.11% $47,840
180 Butchers and Meat Cutters
2,980
0.11% $27,620
181 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers Helpers
2,870
0.10% $23,840
182 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers
2,870
0.10% $19,490
183 Coaches and Scouts
2,860
0.10% $32,560
184 Computer Network Support Specialists
2,860
0.10% $56,120
185 Surgical Technologists
2,850
0.10% $37,470
186 Mental Health Counselors
2,850
0.10% $29,050
187 Wholesale and Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products
2,850
0.10% $49,640
188 First-Line Supervisors of Housekeeping and Janitorial Workers
2,810
0.10% $31,660
189 Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
2,780
0.10% $33,540
190 Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service
2,780
0.10% $24,460
191 Financial Analysts
2,740
0.10% $67,690
192 Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers
2,730
0.10% $31,330
193 Painters, Construction and Maintenance
2,720
0.10% $30,900
194 First-Line Supervisors of Personal Service Workers
2,720
0.10% $30,070
195 Architectural and Engineering Managers
2,720
0.10% $113,650
196 Police, Fire, and Ambulance Dispatchers
2,690
0.10% $30,820
197 Librarians
2,690
0.10% $49,760
198 Career/Technical Education Teachers, Secondary School
2,690
0.10% $46,240
199 Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers
2,670
0.10% $17,820
200 Weighers, Measurers, Checkers, and Samplers, Recordkeeping
2,640
0.10% $30,360

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