Chances are your customers work in management, professional and related occupations. If that was you gut feeling, a report from the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau confirms it. Whatís more, a study of the 2000 census findings by Peter Fronczek and Patricia Johnson, also shows that this group earns the most when comparing median incomes among six broad occupational groups that also include sales, service, production and construction jobs.
About one in three Americans 16 years and older who had jobs were working in management and professional occupations, the report states. Slightly more than one in four (26.7 percent) were in sales and office occupations.
Separated by gender, the report finds that 31.4 percent of all employed men worked in management and professional occupations, while 36.2 percent of all employed women did. The contrast is much greater when it comes to sales and office jobs where only 17.9 percent of men worked but 36.7 percent of women did.
While management and professional jobs paid the most for men and women, the second highest paying occupation for men was sales and office. For women, the second highest paying occupational group was construction and maintenance.
In all six broad occupational groups the median earnings of women were less than that of men. Women come closest to earning the same median income as men in construction and maintenance occupations (earning 90.6 percent of menís median earnings) and in farming and fishing occupations (80 percent).
The study of occupations is important, the report states, because if facilitates a better understanding of the economy by tracking labor force trends and identifying new and emerging occupations such as those related to computers or the Internet.