Commonness of Races in Different Occupations

Some jobs are worked commonly by people of a certain race or ethnicity more than others. Farm managers are almost all white, postal service processors are half black, manicurists are 65% Asian, and drywall installers are 75% Hispanic.

The chart below shows the percentage of employed persons 16 years and older who are a given race or ethnicity for each job. It’s based on 2023 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Percentage of 16 Years and Older Workers Who are Selected Race, by Occupation

Select a race or ethnicity below.

This includes the 356 occupations classified by BLS with at least an estimated 50,000 workers. Hispanics can be of any race and people who are a certain race can also be Hispanic. For reference, the overall percentages of workers for white, black, Asian, and Hispanic are 77%, 13%, 7%, and 19%, respectively.

Just from experience, I wouldn’t say there are any surprises, but I didn’t expect some of the percentages to be so high for national numbers.

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