Using data from the Census Bureau, NPR made a map of the most common job in each state. The award for top job goes, overwhelmingly, to truck drivers… who knew? Truck driver was the most common job in 29 out of 50 states.
Part of the commonality has to do with the way the jobs are categorized by the government. The truck driver category includes all delivery people, which is an understandably large category.
Still, truck driving is resistant to both globalization and automation, which has protected it from much of the declines seen in other industries. As NPR pointed out, “A worker in China can't drive a truck in Ohio, and machines can't drive cars (yet).”