Have You Considered a Career in Municipal Clerking?

The kind folks at Business Insider have mined data from the Department of Labor database, aka the “Occupational Information Network (O*NET),” and published it in a convenient list: the 10 most competitive jobs in America.

The jobs are rated based on the following prompt, “To what extent does this job require the worker to compete or to be aware of competitive pressures?

Topping the list at most competitive are choreographers, closely followed by “Poets, Lyricists, and Creative Writers” which seem like three very different jobs but what do I know, then “Athletes and Sports Competitors” (henceforth going to refer to athletes as Sports Competitors).

What I am personally much more interested in are jobs that don’t make you feel competitive and twitchy and side-eye-y at all.

So here is a little copy-and-pasting of my own: below are, according to O*NET, the least competitive jobs in the U.S.:

10. Crossing Guard
9. Municipal Clerk
8. Bus Drivers, School or Special Client
7. Conveyor Operators and Tenders
6. Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators
5. Teacher Assistants
4. Directors, Religious Activities and Education
3. Kindergarten Teachers, Not Including Special Ed
2. Locker Room, Coatroom, and Dressing Room Attendants
1. Library Technicians

Photo: Seattle Municipal Archives

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7 Comments / Post A Comment

Library assistants, yeah, sure. Actual librarian jobs, not so much.

Meaghano (#529)

@wallsdonotfall Yeah I was surprised to see that!

Christy (#3,892)

@wallsdonotfall My girlfriend is a library assistant (who has an MLS), and while she never has to compete with her coworkers, the librarians generally treat them like shit and they get no money and less respect.

The Mole (#2,633)

Not a coincidence that the least competitive jobs are also some of the least-well paying, huh.

WayDownSouth (#3,431)

@The Mole very true. I was surprised to see that being a poet is a competitive job. I assume that poets would make very little.

gyip (#4,192)

@WayDownSouth I feel like part of it has to be supply and demand too … too many poets, not enough “poet positions.”

Meaghano (#529)

@gyip yeah — basically there are more people writing poetry than reading it.

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