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The most disproportionately popular job in the 40 biggest US cities

The most disproportionately popular job in the 40 biggest US cities
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Telemarketers are disproportionately popular jobs in both the metro area of San Antonio, Texas, and the metro area of Tampa, Florida.PeopleImages/Getty Images
  • We looked at the most disproportionately popular job in the largest metro areas in the US.
  • To do this, we analyzed location quotients for jobs with at least 1,000 employees in that metro.

New York City has a lot of subway and streetcar operators, and Houston has a disproportionate share of petroleum engineers.

Insider recently looked at the most disproportionately popular job in each state and DC based on location quotients for occupations with at least 1,000 people employed in the job in the state or DC. As the Bureau of Labor Statistics wrote, the location quotient is a "ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration." Because the Bureau of Labor Statistics has metro area data as well, we can similarly look at just what jobs are the most disproportionately popular in the major metro areas in the nation.

To identify the largest metro areas, we looked at population estimates as of July 1, 2021 from the Census Bureau.

Below are the most disproportionately popular jobs in the largest 40 metro areas. For each area, we included the location quotients and other employment details from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics program.

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA: Subway and streetcar operators

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA: Subway and streetcar operators
Fraser Hall/Getty Images

Number employed: 4,940

Employment per 1,000 workers: 0.569

Location quotient: 7.77

Median salary: $81,980

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA: Agents and business managers of artists, performers, and athletes

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA: Agents and business managers of artists, performers, and athletes
Marko Geber/Getty Images

Number employed: 5,440

Employment per 1,000 workers: 0.952

Location quotient: 10.74

Median salary: $99,980

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI: Cargo and freight agents

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI: Cargo and freight agents
Mindful Media/Getty Images

Number employed: 7,200

Employment per 1,000 workers: 1.702

Location quotient: 2.80

Median salary: $47,500

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX: Reservation and transportation ticket agents and travel clerks

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX: Reservation and transportation ticket agents and travel clerks
Tempura/Getty Images

Number employed: 10,520

Employment per 1,000 workers: 2.932

Location quotient: 4.10

Median salary: $48,370

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX: Petroleum engineers

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX: Petroleum engineers
Olga Rolenko/Getty Images

Number employed: 5,850

Employment per 1,000 workers: 2.020

Location quotient: 12.88

Median salary: $135,010

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV: Political scientists

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV: Political scientists
Hill Street Studios/Getty Images

Number employed: 4,040

Employment per 1,000 workers: 1.377

Location quotient: 34.33

Median salary: $130,690

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD: Shampooers

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD: Shampooers
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Number employed: 1,740

Employment per 1,000 workers: 0.656

Location quotient: 9.66

Median salary: $22,330

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA: Miscellaneous construction and related workers

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA: Miscellaneous construction and related workers
Maskot/Getty Images

Number employed: 3,350

Employment per 1,000 workers: 1.293

Location quotient: 5.89

Median salary: $46,910

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL: Fire inspectors and investigators

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL: Fire inspectors and investigators
Steve Ruark/AP

Number employed: 1,660

Employment per 1,000 workers: 0.676

Location quotient: 6.52

Median salary: $64,600

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ: Semiconductor processing technicians

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ: Semiconductor processing technicians
PonyWang/Getty Images

Number employed: 2,200

Employment per 1,000 workers: 1.040

Location quotient: 6.10

Median salary: $60,230

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH: Biochemists and biophysicists

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH: Biochemists and biophysicists
Portra/Getty Images

Number employed: 7,640

Employment per 1,000 workers: 2.954

Location quotient: 11.87

Median salary: $132,030

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA: Plasterers and stucco masons

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA: Plasterers and stucco masons
alvarez/Getty Images

Number employed: 1,800

Employment per 1,000 workers: 1.174

Location quotient: 6.13

Median salary: $48,580

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA: Biological scientists (all other)

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA: Biological scientists (all other)
Morsa Images/Getty Images

Number employed: 4,550

Employment per 1,000 workers: 2.027

Location quotient: 6.07

Median salary: $101,130

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI: Engine and other machine assemblers

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI: Engine and other machine assemblers
Andy Sacks/Getty Images

Number employed: 5,650

Employment per 1,000 workers: 3.139

Location quotient: 9.62

Median salary: $48,160

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA: Order clerks

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA: Order clerks
Alistair Berg/Getty Images

Number employed: 23,030

Employment per 1,000 workers: 12.009

Location quotient: 12.64

Median salary: Not available

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI: Preschool special education teachers

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI: Preschool special education teachers
SDI Productions/Getty Images

Number employed: 1,360

Employment per 1,000 workers: 0.747

Location quotient: 4.98

Median salary: $76,880

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA: Biological scientists (all other)

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA: Biological scientists (all other)
Westend61/Getty Images

Number employed: 3,610

Employment per 1,000 workers: 2.598

Location quotient: 7.78

Median salary: $99,340

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL: Telemarketers

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL: Telemarketers
Jacobs Stock Photography Ltd/Getty Images

Number employed: 3,770

Employment per 1,000 workers: 2.921

Location quotient: 3.57

Median salary: $28,430

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO: Geoscientists (except hydrologists and geographers)

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO: Geoscientists (except hydrologists and geographers)
mikeuk/Getty Images

Number employed: 1,500

Employment per 1,000 workers: 1.021

Location quotient: 6.09

Median salary: $96,280

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD: Personal care and service workers (all other)

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD: Personal care and service workers (all other)
Nastasic/Getty Images

Number employed: 3,050

Employment per 1,000 workers: 2.429

Location quotient: 4.75

Median salary: $28,560

St. Louis, MO-IL: New accounts clerks

St. Louis, MO-IL: New accounts clerks
SDI Productions/Getty Images

Number employed: 1,310

Employment per 1,000 workers: 1.028

Location quotient: 3.58

Median salary: $38,260

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC: Textile winding, twisting, and drawing out machine setters, operators, and tenders

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC: Textile winding, twisting, and drawing out machine setters, operators, and tenders
Monty Rakusen/Getty Images

Number employed: 1,440

Employment per 1,000 workers: 1.189

Location quotient: 7.56

Median salary: $29,780

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL: Lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL: Lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers
Shannon Fagan/Getty Images

Number employed: 13,820

Employment per 1,000 workers: 11.775

Location quotient: 14.51

Median salary: $22,790

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX: Telemarketers

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX: Telemarketers
PeopleImages/Getty Images

Number employed: 4,180

Employment per 1,000 workers: 4.189

Location quotient: 5.13

Median salary: $30,210

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA: Semiconductor processing technicians

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA: Semiconductor processing technicians
PonyWang/Getty Images

Number employed: 4,640

Employment per 1,000 workers: 4.135

Location quotient: 24.26

Median salary: $48,050

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA: Tax examiners and collectors, and revenue agents

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA: Tax examiners and collectors, and revenue agents
Kiyoshi Hijiki/Getty Images

Number employed: 3,620

Employment per 1,000 workers: 3.684

Location quotient: 9.93

Median salary: $63,970

Pittsburgh, PA: Private detectives and investigators

Pittsburgh, PA: Private detectives and investigators
tillsonburg/Getty Images

Number employed: 1,020

Employment per 1,000 workers: 0.983

Location quotient: 4.80

Median salary: $50,510

Austin-Round Rock, TX: Tax examiners and collectors, and revenue agents

Austin-Round Rock, TX: Tax examiners and collectors, and revenue agents
elenaleonova/Getty Images

Number employed: 2,340

Employment per 1,000 workers: 2.178

Location quotient: 5.87

Median salary: $45,390

Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV: Taxi drivers

Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV: Taxi drivers
Photo by Stephan Geyer/Getty Images

Number employed: 2,550

Employment per 1,000 workers: 2.772

Location quotient: 27.99

Median salary: $29,380

Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN: Metal and plastic rolling machine setters, operators, and tenders

Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN: Metal and plastic rolling machine setters, operators, and tenders
Glowimages/Getty Images

Number employed: 1,080

Employment per 1,000 workers: 1.054

Location quotient: 4.69

Median salary: $47,510

Kansas City, MO-KS: Tax examiners and collectors, and revenue agents

Kansas City, MO-KS: Tax examiners and collectors, and revenue agents
Ezra Bailey/Getty Images

Number employed: 1,810

Employment per 1,000 workers: 1.779

Location quotient: 4.80

Median salary: $42,740

Columbus, OH: Financial clerks (all other)

Columbus, OH: Financial clerks (all other)
YinYang/Getty Images

Number employed: 1,070

Employment per 1,000 workers: 1.042

Location quotient: 4.84

Median salary: $47,870

Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN: Machine feeders and offbearers

Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN: Machine feeders and offbearers
moodboard/Getty Images

Number employed: 1,490

Employment per 1,000 workers: 1.481

Location quotient: 3.43

Median salary: $38,380

Cleveland-Elyria, OH: Metal and plastic rolling machine setters, operators, and tenders

Cleveland-Elyria, OH: Metal and plastic rolling machine setters, operators, and tenders
flywish/Shutterstock

Number employed: 1,290

Employment per 1,000 workers: 1.335

Location quotient: 5.94

Median salary: $47,840

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN: Musicians and singers

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN: Musicians and singers
Hinterhaus Productions/Getty Images

Number employed: 1,010

Employment per 1,000 workers: 1.029

Location quotient: 6.02

Median salary: $38,750*

*Median salary estimated using median hourly wage.

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA: Computer hardware engineers

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA: Computer hardware engineers
vm/Getty Images

Number employed: 7,550

Employment per 1,000 workers: 7.069

Location quotient: 13.50

Median salary: $179,230

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC: Ship engineers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC: Ship engineers
Monty Rakusen/Getty Images

Number employed: 1,540

Employment per 1,000 workers: 2.167

Location quotient: 39.90

Median salary: $80,010

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA: School bus monitors

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA: School bus monitors
SDI Productions/Getty Images

Number employed: 1,390

Employment per 1,000 workers: 2.602

Location quotient: 6.63

Median salary: $36,060

Jacksonville, FL: Aircraft mechanics and service technicians

Jacksonville, FL: Aircraft mechanics and service technicians
Hinterhaus Productions/Getty Images

Number employed: 2,050

Employment per 1,000 workers: 2.995

Location quotient: 3.36

Median salary: $60,460

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI: Print binding and finishing workers

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI: Print binding and finishing workers
Aldo Belvedere / EyeEm/Getty Images

Number employed: 1,700

Employment per 1,000 workers: 2.166

Location quotient: 7.48

Median salary: $37,960

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