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