Slideshow Serve a niche market: the most unique job in each state

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  • November 06 2014, 10:18am EST
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Looking for a jump-start in establishing a specialty client base in your firm’s home state or satellite offices across the country? Using a measurement called location quotient (LQ) — the percentage share of a state’s workforce in a given occupation versus the percentage share of the nationwide workforce in that occupation — Mentalfloss and Economic Modeling Specialists Intl., a CareerBuilder company, have determined which jobs are “most unique” in each state.

Alabama: Tire builders

LQ = 7.75

No. of jobs in 2013 = 1,900

Median hourly earnings = $24.53

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Alaska: Fishers and related fishing workers

LQ = 33.56

No. of jobs in 2013 = 2,901

Median hourly earnings = $16.85

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Arizona: Semiconductor processors

LQ = 4.19

No. of jobs in 2013 = 1,640

Median hourly earnings = $15.32

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Arkansas: Food processing workers

LQ = 6.78

No. of jobs in 2013 = 2,303

Median hourly earnings = $10.59

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California: Actors

LQ = 3.19

No. of jobs in 2013 = 33,328

Median hourly earnings = $29.23

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Colorado: Atmospheric and space scientists

LQ = 7.76

No. of jobs in 2013 = 1,510

Median hourly earnings = $49.34

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Connecticut: Actuaries

LQ = 4.16

No. of jobs in 2013 = 1,141

Median hourly earnings = $51.22

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District of Columbia: Political scientist

LQ = 86.61

No. of jobs in 2013 = 3,197

Median hourly earnings = $55.64

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Delaware: Chemists

LQ = 11.65

No. of jobs in 2013 = 3,050

Median hourly earnings = $41.45

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Florida: Motorboat operators

LQ = 5.92

No. of jobs in 2013 = 1,315

Median hourly earnings = $14.17

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Georgia: Textile winding, twisting and drawing out machine setters and operators

LQ = 10.52

No. of jobs in 2013 = 8,607

Median hourly earnings = $13.03

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Hawaii: Tour guides and escorts

LQ = 8.55

No. of jobs in 2013 = 1,687

Median hourly earnings = $12.82

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Idaho: Forest and conservation technicians

LQ = 14.2

No. of jobs in 2013 = 2,273

Median hourly earnings = $15.06

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Illinois: Correspondence clerks

LQ = 3.93

No. of jobs in 2013 = 1,727

Median hourly earnings = $19.88

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Indiana: Boilermakers

LQ = 7.03

No. of jobs in 2013 = 2,686

Median hourly earnings = $31.66

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Iowa: Soil and plant scientists

LQ = 8.94

No. of jobs in 2013 = 1,574

Median hourly earnings = $30.05

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Kansas: Umpires, referees, other sports officials

LQ = 5.42

No. of jobs in 2013 = 1,216

Median hourly earnings = $11.16

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Kentucky: Mining roof bolters

LQ = 14.14

No. of jobs in 2013 = 1,184

Median hourly earnings = $25.65

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Louisiana: Captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels

LQ = 17.2

No. of jobs in 2013 = 8,857

Median hourly earnings = $34.88

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Maine: Fishers and related fishing workers

LQ = 27.31

No. of jobs in 2013 = 4,070

Median hourly earnings = $17.52

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Maryland: Subway and streetcar operators

LQ = 10.41

No. of jobs in 2013 = 1,884

Median hourly earnings = $25.43

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Massachusetts: Psychiatric technicians

LQ = 4.86

No. of jobs in 2013 = 8,202

Median hourly earnings = $17.52

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Michigan: Metal and plastic model makers

LQ = 6.23

No. of jobs in 2013 = 1,095

Median hourly earnings = $24.72

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Minnesota: Slaughterers and meat packers

LQ = 4.82

No. of jobs in 2013 = 7,619

Median hourly earnings = $12.80

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Mississippi: Coil winders, tapers and finishers

LQ = 11.18

No. of jobs in 2013 = 1,340

Median hourly earnings = $18.87

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