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Table 3 Ten most frequent occupations among overeducated workers

From: The career prospects of overeducated Americans

  1980 Census code Occupation Required Edu. Observations
   Min. Max. OE Total
313 Secretaries 12 12 420 1525
274 Sales workers, other commodities 12 12 394 960
243 Supervisors and proprietors, sales occupations 12 12 323 772
337 Bookkeepers, accounting, and auditing clerks 12 12 243 649
19 Managers and administrators, n.e.c. 12 16 223 2290
156 Teachers, elementary school 16 16 197 318
389 Administrative support occupations, n.e.c. 12 12 163 415
276 Cashiers 12 12 121 675
433 Supervisors, food preparation and service occupations 12 12 117 254
376 Investigators and adjusters, except insurance 12 12 113 243
  1. The columns for required education correspond to the lowest (Min.) and highest (Max.) levels of education that we calculate from the CPS. Note that these values will differ if the mode and second largest observed levels of education are separated by fewer than 15 percentage points