Great America Job

As the United States celebrates another birthday, and American workers enjoy a day off from work, hereꞌs a look at some of the essential jobs that have made our country what it is today.

“While every job plays an important role in making America a successful, thriving nation, our study focuses on 12 careers that provide for our most basic needs: food, clean water, health, shelter, safety and communication,” Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer at CareerBuilder, said in a statement. “These workers impact our lives every day.”

The 12 occupations that CareerBuilder identified as vital to keeping our country running are:

1. Farmers, ranchers and other agricultural managers

Number employed: 494,879
Median income: $30,597
Why we canꞌt live without them: Farms produce the crops and livestock that represent most, if not all, of the food found in our pantries and refrigerators.
2. Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators

Number employed: 113,370
Median income: $45,968
Why we canꞌt live without them: Water and wastewater workers are responsible for the constant monitoring, cleaning and frequent testing of water samples. Without these workers, we wouldn’t have the easy access to fresh water that we all enjoy.
3. Teachers

Number employed: 4,031,658
Median income: $55,557
Why we canꞌt live without them: Teachers play a vital role of giving our children knowledge, while also preparing them to become successful adults.
4. Construction laborers

Number employed: 1,335,944
Median income: $31,658
Why we canꞌt live without them: Construction workers are responsible for building our cities and communities. They build bridges, skyscrapers, houses and just about everything else.
5. Electrical and telecommunications line installers and repairers

Number employed: 238,922
Median income: $60,965
Why we canꞌt live without them: We rely on electronic devices today more than ever. These workers are responsible for maintaining the cable lines that keep our electricity and phone lines up and running.
6. Refuse and recyclable material collectors

Number employed: 134,250
Median income: $34,258
Why we canꞌt live without them: Without these workers, our streets and neighborhoods would be overrun with garbage. Research from Yale University revealed that Americans throw out 5 pounds of trash per person, every day.
7. Police and sheriffꞌs patrol officers

Number employed: 675,939
Median income: $60,466
Why we canꞌt live without them: Police officers help keep us safe. They maintain order and respond to emergency situations whenever they are called upon.
8. Firefighters

Number employed: 314,928
Median income: $48,859
Why we canꞌt live without them: Firefighters keep communities safe from one of the most vicious natural forces on the planet. Research from the National Fire Protection Association discovered that fires were responsible for 3,275 civilian deaths and $11.5 billion in property damage in 2014.

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