The most (and least) common jobs in America

A fifth of all employment in the U.S. falls into just 10 job categories. On the other side of the spectrum are the least common jobs, some of which you may have never heard of before.

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May 1, 2013 7:04AM
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Some of us Americans have no choice but to work as cashiers or cable phone operators. They took mostly all of our manufacturing jobs out of the U.S.
May 1, 2013 4:33AM
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Who the heck wrote this article? Nowhere have I seen wages that matched what they are claiming waitresses, cashiers, clerks..ect are making? 
May 1, 2013 6:09AM
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How much money do you make writing ill-informed articles for MSN pay?
May 1, 2013 9:44AM
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I am 64 years of age and find myself looking for a job for the 3rd time in 5 years.  I apply for jobs I am qualified for and someone 20 or 30 years younger walks into it.  I still  have a mortgage and I still have bills to pay.  I still need to provide medical insurance for my wife and I and I still have children with their hands in my pockets.  I was told by a person winin the unemployment system for Pa that 80 % of the unemployed people in PA are over the age of 50.  Why isn't the government that spends money by the burlap bag full in Afghanistan offering incentive programs to hire older Americans?   I've found that when your older you are one of te first people layed off when the time comes.  Anyone out there with any ideas? 
May 1, 2013 3:34AM
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This country has been under-payed for the last 20 years and the government wonders why we cant move forward paying off the debt, that alone personal debt.
May 1, 2013 4:30AM
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"$12.17 an hour" I call bullsh!t on this one. I have worked for them for 3 years and still don't see that figure. I do not know where they get their information from but it is waay off base.
May 1, 2013 6:36AM
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Notice most of these jobs are consumer based, not production based.  I wonder what this list would have been like twenty years ago?  And what the mean salaries were?
May 1, 2013 6:11AM
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So the most popular jobs are service jobs where we manufacture nothing, and some of the least popular jobs are people making something. Says it all
May 1, 2013 9:28AM
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America is screwed if all we have to offer is a job as a cashier or a retail salesperson.

And quite soon you won't even be considered for those positions if you don't speak Spanish. Thats already happening in states like CA or OR.

May 1, 2013 3:18AM
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you could not pay me enough to be a customer service rep! Listening to people complain and cuss me out everyday, HECK NO!
May 1, 2013 8:20AM
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i worked in fast food for a year(7.25), was GM of another food service building for another year(10), i have been a waitress/ kitchen prep for 9 years (7), i moved from cashier to manager in a retail job in 3 (10.25) AND i have worked as a secretairy or 'office assistant' for a year (10)- i have NEVER even made close to the wages these people are talking about per job, per hour- i dont know where they are getting their numbers, but somebody needs to double check because they're getting wrong information!
May 1, 2013 8:30AM
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Are you kidding.......Prosthodontist's do NOT fabricate your dental restorations!!  Dental Laboratory Technicians make every appliance that goes in every patient's mouth....from dentures, crowns and bridges in porcelain or full gold, veneers, implants, and anything else that gets inserted into a patient's mouth.

Do your research MSN......heck, that vast majority of restorations that do go into the mouth are inserted by general dentists as well and not a prosthodontist.......the prosthodontist's are the most highly trained specialist in our field (every oral surgeon will challenge that) and they deserve every bit of credit for what they provide their patients, but this lack of public knowledge concerning who, where, and how their teeth are fabricated needs to be corrected.

The reason I say that is because too many people just trust that their dentist is the one making their teeth and therefore question nothing.  The dental lab field is a mostly unregulated industry where there is no requirement for training, labs are not inspected for health/safety, etc...and that is how most dentists like it so they can keep the cut throat pricing wars working to their advantage.  There are some great docs out there that are more than willing to pay high prices to do business with a professionally trained dental lab staff in an effort to provide their patient's the best restorative option, but there are many out there that just want a lab to make them a cheap crown for less than a 100$ so they can maximize their profits.  

People need to know where their teeth are made and that they have a say in whether or not they are happy enough with the crown their doctor is trying to insert even if it doesn't even match that well.  Sorry for the rant here folks, but I have been in this industry for over 26 years and it absolutely disgusts me to know what all goes on out there and the fact that many millions of Americans are being duped and taken advantage of by the dental industry.
May 1, 2013 7:30AM
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This article seems to be a joke. I would like to know where they got thier wages for this as well.
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there is hardly any good jobs to get ,help me God
May 1, 2013 7:09AM
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Service Jobs are the only jobs they can not take overseas.  Manufacturing jobs are easy because they can make the stuff for less then half the price, they can here.
May 1, 2013 9:57AM
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I made more money in the 80's than I can make now. Farm manager, 60,000 a year fully paid insurance company truck fuel 3 weeks vacation 2 weeks sick leave. Wont happen again
May 1, 2013 9:46AM
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The average retail worker only works 32 hours a week this has been true since the early 80's there is no way they are making 25k a year unless they have two jobs.
May 1, 2013 3:35AM
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What about those of use in manufacturing, construction, or auto mechanics? How about the trades? DO we not count or have you just decided that we are not worth MSN's reporting?
May 1, 2013 8:12AM
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i have moved up from cashier to manager and im still not seeing $12 hr, that is CRAP!
May 1, 2013 7:33AM
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I believe anyone involved in the dental industry gets paid that much. Why?! Whenever I have to go to the dentist I think "what kind of home or vacation am I helping to finance?!"

It's insane! 

My attitude: Those perfect white teeth won't do me any good when I'm 70+ years old so thanks but no thanks. Just the basic please.

Finding out root canals don't always work? Yank the damn thing. Dentists HATE doing that because it's so much $$ lost!

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