Foreign-born workers by occupation, 2006

May 01, 2007

In 2006, a smaller proportion of foreign-born than native-born workers was employed in management, professional, and related occupations, 26.4 versus 36.4 percent.

Percent distribution of employed foreign-born and native-born persons, by occupation, 2006
[Chart data—TXT]

Foreign-born workers were more likely than their native-born counterparts to be employed in service occupations (22.5 versus 15.4 percent); these included food preparation and serving related occupations and building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations.

More than one in four of all native-born workers were employed in sales and office occupations; the proportion of foreign-born workers in these occupations was 17.9 percent.

Foreign-born workers were more likely than native-born workers to be employed in natural resources, construction, and maintenance occupations (16.5 versus 10.0 percent), and in production, transportation, and material moving occupations (16.7 versus 11.9 percent).

These data are from the Current Population Survey. For more information, see "Foreign-Born Workers: Labor Force Characteristics in 2006" (PDF) (TXT), news release USDL 07-0603.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Foreign-born workers by occupation, 2006 on the Internet at (visited September 27, 2016).


Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics

  • A look at healthcare spending, employment, pay, benefits, and prices
    As one of the largest U.S. industries, healthcare is steadily growing to meet the needs of an increasing population with an increasing life expectancy. This Spotlight looks at how much people spend on healthcare, current and projected employment in the industry, employer-provided healthcare benefits, healthcare prices, and pay for workers in healthcare occupations.

  • Employment and Wages in Healthcare Occupations
    Healthcare occupations are a significant percentage of U.S. employment. Some of the largest and highest paying occupations are in healthcare. This Spotlight examines employment and wages for healthcare occupations.

  • Fifty years of looking at changes in peoples lives
    Longitudinal surveys help us understand long-term changes, such as how events that happened when a person was in high school affect labor market success as an adult.