Now You Know Why It’s So Hard to Find a Fabric Mender

Biggest occupations in US BLSOf all the occupations in the United States, which has so few practitioners that if you got them all together — a possibility since there are only 310 of them — they’d comfortably fit in a middle-school auditorium? (Maybe not in those eighth grader-sized seats, but they could all be accommodated.)

Need a hint? They comprise one of the nine specialties recognized by the American Dental Association, specializing in the restoration of natural teeth or replacing missing teeth or oral structures with artificial devices, such as dentures. These would be prosthodontists.

This is one of the little tidbits the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics tosses out every so often, just to make sure the world doesn’t think it’s only about the unemployment rate and how many jobs got added last month, which is how we mostly hear the Bureau’s name mentioned.

The fun little statistical compilation that got posted last week has numbers for the biggest and smallest occupations. Biggest? Why that would be retail sales clerks whose 4.34 million workers represent 3.3% of America’s labor force. Followed by the 3.31 million cashiers, accounting for 2.5 percent of workers, and 2.94 million fast-food workers, servers, and food-prep folks, which are 2.3 percent. It appears whoever said someday we’ll be working for Walmart or McDonald’s may have been on to something.

And now, to stir the pot of controversy: the American College of Prosthodontists says there are 3,200 prosthodontists, not 310.

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Having now clarified why it is so difficult to hire prosthodontists or fabric menders, here’s help understanding who’s who in talent acquisition. Yeow!

If nothing else, you have to give Headhunter Labs credit for sticking its neck out on this one. Without breaking a sweat, I came up with 10 or 11 vendors not on the list. And I know what happens if you fail to mention a vendor: they call, write, or comment.

PS: Feel free to post your missing company in the comments below. And, good luck to the Labs guys there in NYC.

John Zappe is the editor of and a contributing editor of John was a newspaper reporter and editor until his geek gene lead him to launch his first website in 1994. He developed and managed online newspaper employment sites and sold advertising services to recruiters and employers. Before joining ERE Media in 2006, John was a senior consultant and analyst with Advanced Interactive Media and previously was Vice President of Digital Media for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group.

Besides writing for ERE, John consults with staffing firms and employment agencies, providing content and managing their social media programs. He also works with organizations and businesses to assist with audience development and marketing. In his spare time  he can be found hiking in the California mountains or competing in canine agility and obedience competitions.

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