Immigrants come from all over the world to the United States, and they are a hugely important part of our economy. The types of jobs immigrants take varies from place to place.
The American Community Survey is run annually by the Census Bureau and asks about many aspects of American life. We took a look at the interaction between two questions from the survey: a question asking where respondents were born, and a question on what occupation the respondent has.
We worked with individual level responses from 2013, assembled and processed by the Minnesota Population Center’s Integrated Public Use Microdata Series program. We found the most commonly held occupation among people who responded that they were born in a country other than the United States: