Foreign workers, by country and occupation

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NY Times immigration and jobs explorer map

I've been enjoying playing with "Immigration and Jobs: Where U.S. Workers Come From," an interactive feature in The New York Times, based on the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. It lets you select countries of birth and see the most common occupations for those immigrants, or choose occupations, and see which country's immigrants have the highest numbers in that sector.

I was particularly interested in seeing what professions are overwhelmingly and uniquely linked to certain national origins--a function of immigration trends, labor markets, geography, and chance. These included:

  • Mexico: sales-related professions; clerical and administrative staff; policemen and other protective workers; most hospitality, maintenance, and personal service professions; all construction, manufacturing, and other labor
  • Philippines: nurses
  • India: computer software developers, doctors
  • Vietnam: hairdressers

Some breakdowns by occupation...

Top origins of foreign-born managers and administrators

  1. Mexico
  2. India
  3. Britain
  4. Canada
  5. Germany

Top origins of foreign-born accountants and other financial specialists

  1. Philippines
  2. China
  3. India
  4. Mexico
  5. North and South Korea

Top origins of foreign-born hairdressers and other grooming services

  1. Vietnam
  2. Mexico
  3. North and South Korea
  4. Dominican Republic
  5. China

And some breakdowns by country of birth...

Top 5 occupations for those born in India

  1. Computer software developers
  2. Managers and administrators
  3. Scientists and quantitative analysts
  4. Sales-related occupations
  5. Engineers and architects

Top 5 occupations for those born in Germany

  1. Clerical and administrative staff
  2. Managers and administrators
  3. Sales-related occupations
  4. Teachers
  5. Mechanics and equipment repairers

Top 5 occupations for those born in Mexico

  1. Skilled construction workers
  2. Industrial equipment operators
  3. Cooks and other food preparers
  4. Construction laborers
  5. Clerical and administrative staff

More at The New York Times interactive tool.

(via Partha S. Banerjee)

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