Rovva (virtual offices provider) analyzed the most popular US TV shows to find out what careers were most represented on screen.

Top 10 careers featured in US TV shows

school student

School Student

The top TV career is... no career: over 1 in 6 TV characters attends school.

Number of Shows: 135

All professions

Rank Career No. of shows
1 School Student 135
2 Law Enforcement 107
3 Criminal 38
4 Spy/Intelligence 31
5 Lawyer 29
6 Medical Doctor 29
7 University/College Student 19
8 Scientist 18
9 Store Owner/Manager 18
10 Military 17
11 Actor 16
12 Prisoner 15
13 Housewife/Husband 14
14 IT/Tech 14
15 Psychiatrist/Psychotherapist/Psychologist 13
16 Restaurant/Bar/Club Owner 13
17 Mafia/Gangster 12
18 Civil Servant 11
19 Editor/Journalist 11
20 PA/Receptionist/Secretary 10
21 Teacher 10
22 Politician 9
23 Advertising Exec 8
24 Bookkeeper/Accountant 7
25 Martial Artist 7
26 Nurse 7
27 Unemployed 7
28 Office Worker 6
29 Salesperson 6
30 Show Biz Agent 5
31 Political Staff 5
32 Realtor 5
33 TV Producer 5
34 TV/Radio Host 5
35 Writer 5
36 Bodyguard 4
37 Mechanic 4
38 Musician/Dj 4
39 University/College Staff 4
40 Art Gallery Manager/Owner 3
41 Bartender 3
42 Cook/Chef 3
43 Hotel Worker 3
44 Nuclear Power Plant Worker 3
45 PR 3
46 Private Detective 3
47 TV Writer 3
48 Undertaker 3
49 Waiter/Waitress 3
50 Architect 2
51 Bounty Hunter/Bondsperson 2
52 Butler 2
53 Childcare 2
54 Comedian 2
55 Conman 2
56 Construction 2
57 Driver 2
58 Farmer 2
59 Fashion 2
60 Finance 2
61 Forensics 2
62 Hacker 2
63 Manager 2
64 Massage Therapist 2
65 Model 2
66 Other TV Job 2
67 Prison Guard 2
68 Retired 2
69 TV Exec 2
70 Waitress 2
71 Writer 2
72 Nursing Home Worker 2
73 Advertising 1
74 Art Dealer 1
75 Brewery Shipping Clerk 1
76 Brothel Ownel 1
77 Chiropractor 1
78 Councilwoman 1
79 Dance Studio Owner 1
80 Event Planner 1
81 Fake Psychic 1
82 Fast Food 1
83 Florist 1
84 Furniture Maker 1
85 Groundskeeper 1
86 Hotel Owner 1
87 Housekeeper 1
88 Human Guinea Pig 1
89 Hunter 1
90 Indepedent Wealth 1
91 Insurance Investigator 1
92 Janitor 1
93 Lecturer 1
94 Librarian 1
95 Locksmith 1
96 Magician 1
97 Maid 1
98 Marketing 1
99 Minimum Wage Jobs 1
100 Musician 1
101 Newspaper 1
102 Pathologist 1
103 Peace Corps 1
104 Personal Trainer 1
105 Pharmacist 1
106 Philanthropist 1
107 Photographer 1
108 Playboy 1
109 Plumber 1
110 Postman 1
111 Quality Assurance 1
112 Radiographer 1
113 Real Estate Developler 1
114 Singer 1
115 Ski-jumper 1
116 Social Worker 1
117 Statistician 1
118 Stripper 1
119 Tattoo Artist 1
120 Vet 1
121 Vicar 1
122 Yoga Teacher 1
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