The Most Popular Jobs In America: Map

Job search by stateAmerica is often thought of as a rainbow quilt because of diversity of races, religions and cultures. But it has another kind of diversity: job markets. Not only are some regions prospering and others stewing in misery, but people in different places want different jobs.

AOL Jobs plugged different job-search terms into Google Trends, which lets you see the most popular search terms on Google, by region. We narrowed it to the last 12 months, which gives us a glimpse of the most popular jobs coast to coast. Take a look; you might be surprised to see the states that have the most aspiring actors, wannabe fast food servers, or yoga instructors in training.

1. Factory Jobs: The Rust Belt still shines for factory jobs. Searches for "factory jobs" remain high in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania compared to the rest of the country. Kentucky is also booming, as manufacturing in this country has shifted south-east in the hunt for cheaper labor. The entire American South is now ahead of New York, which was once upon a time a major foundry of the nation.

2. Oil Field Jobs: North Dakota has indeed gone boom. New technologies have tapped the oil-soaked Bakken shale formation like never before, and state residents are giddily Googling to get a piece of the action. Montana's oil boom is less buzzed about but is clearly also piquing the interest of the state's population. And Texas, well, is Texas.

3. Fast Food Jobs: It's not that shocking that those in the South and Midwest are the most interested in fast food jobs. But if you compare it with a map of obesity, there is something curious. The states with some of the lowest obesity rates in the region, like Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia, are the ones most interested in fast food jobs. On the flipside, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas are at the upper end of the obesity scale, but are the least interested. Texas and Missouri, however, rank high for both.

4. Yoga Jobs: Oregon, Colorado and Massachusetts are the most popular places to greet the sun. For money.

5. Acting Jobs: There are more aspiring actors, it seems, in New Jersey, than California and New York, and more in Georgia than anywhere. It turns out that Georgia has the fourth largest film industry in the U.S. Who knew? Probably a lot of people.

6. Chef Jobs: The aspiring chefs of this nation are hiding out in Florida and Connecticut. It is unclear why. But it does make sense that the Eastern Seaboard lights up for professional cooking, since that's where most of the country's best culinary schools are. Or maybe there's just something in the water, drifting over from the Continent.

7. Stripper Jobs: Texas, New York, and California win handily.

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No good jobs here just corrupt business exploiting illegal aliens cheap labor pass the education housing and health care on to the taxpayers

February 19 2013 at 5:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I would have thought the most acting jobs would be in the District of Columbia vice Georgia. After all, they have the largest assembly of clowns ( Senators and Representatives ) ever and lead by the Chief Clown from Illinois!

February 19 2013 at 4:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Seeing this list confirms the fact that the story is totally BS. The unemployment in NJ is 9.6% as of the last state report in December 2012. Manyof the storm Sandy jobs either have been handed out to out of state contractors, unknown agencies, or haven't been decided yet. In the US the factory and other jobs are mostly part time garbage.

February 19 2013 at 3:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
David Muscalo

Who needs jobs; we have entitlement!

February 19 2013 at 2:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to David Muscalo's comment

Millions have no jobs but wished they did. Few places are hiring. If your business can't provide living wages the applicants are going to pass you up.

February 19 2013 at 3:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Now that I'm getting a little bit older and my body is starting to complain more, I really wish that I'd gone into Microbiology instead of Nursing. Microbiology was the best class ever! Chemistry was fun, too...

February 19 2013 at 1:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Most popular jobs in America. Let's see. Unemployment for 99 weeks. Federal long term disability. Welfare, and selling food stamp cards!

February 18 2013 at 2:18 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

Now if it was possible to actually find employees who are willing to work, willing to give an honest days work for an honest days pay, ones that are honest and won't steal you blind if given the chance, ones who actually will work unsupervised, ones who actually care about the business they work for, ones who will do their best jobs consistently and produce..... I could go on, but for what? Most.......99% of employees don't fit that list. One can dream though... The only time all of that fits an employee and more to the positive, is when one is his or her own employee and self employed. Other wise, most if not all do the least possible to keep their job. In government at all levels from cities to the fed, it usually takes 2 or more to do one persons job and they are way over paid. Should be paid no more than their counter parts doing the same kind of work in the Military.

February 18 2013 at 1:20 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to mandmjlrscvca's comment

Let's see if I can clear it up for you. It is a small business and you own it. You pay me minimum wage. There are no opportunities for me to advance within the business. There is no cross training so I cannot learn new skills. Do you understand now why I am only as loyal as my next pay check?

February 19 2013 at 1:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Randy's comment

Exactly correct Randy!!! That small business owner risking everything, who allows you to enter the work force with little or no experience, does not deserve your best effort for choosing to work for the wage structure you understood when you accepted the position! Go get'm boy! As far as advancement and training...hmmmm, doesn't having a job doing anything portend the opportunity to learn a skill of some kind? Doesn't learning that skill (whatever it may be) in return offer the opportunity to advance, even if a job change would be in order for that advancement? You do have some understanding that having been employeed assists you in your next job interview? Go get'm boy! You know, you could get off your rear, start your own company, assume all the risks, make the important calls, build that business to profitability, and then come back and share your wealth of knowledge!!! We still kinda live in the USA!

February 19 2013 at 5:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down

Georgia has the most acting jobs? Are they planning a remake of Deliverance?

February 18 2013 at 12:14 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

The stripper job is sounding real nice, now that I probably will never get a job in my field.

February 18 2013 at 9:37 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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