Which Professions Employ the Most, and the Fewest, Latinos in the US?

Almost two out of every 10 jobs in the United States is occupied by a Latino, but their representation is more scarce in science and the media

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November 04, 2022 | 12:29 PM

Bloomberg Línea — Eighteen percent of the US labor force is Latino or Hispanic, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics for 2021, collected by financial analysts of migrant information site Créditos en USA.

However, as has been the case for some time, the professions in which Latinos have a presence are mostly in trades related to construction and cleaning or domestic employment.

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More than eight million workers (38.9%) in construction are Hispanic Americans, although the largest percentage (72.5%) is found in tasks such as drywall and lighting installation, where a total of 155,000 people work.

In turn, Hispanic and Latino workers made up 40.5% of hairdressers in 2021 and 38.7% of translators and interpreters in the US.


There is a lack of, or lesser integration of Latino and Hispanic professionals, in sectors such as biological science, with only 2.4% of the total, or around 94,000 employees, while religious occupations also employ 96,000 people, 2.9% of whom belong to the group surveyed.

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Other scientific and healthcare occupations also are among those professions with the lowest representation: medical scientists (4.5%), veterinarians (4.7%), nurse practitioners (5.5%) and physiotherapists (5.3%).

Musical directors and composers have also been highlighted as one of the least diverse professions for the Hispanic and Latino population (in which there is only a 4.8% Latino participation), along with interior designers (4.1%) and writers and authors (3.7%).


One of the lowest representations is in the media industry. The Government Accountability Office says that Hispanic and Latino workers were underrepresented in that industry between 2010 and 2019.

Source: US Government Accountability Office

Only 3.1% of news analysts, reporters and journalists (79,000) were of Hispanic or Latino origin in 2021, while editors accounted for 3.2% (105,000) and writers and authors 3.7% (261,000).

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