Workers with a disability more concentrated in service occupations than those with no disability

October 10, 2017

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, which celebrates the work contributions of Americans with a disability and tries to raise public understanding about the employment difficulties people with a disability often face. In 2016, there were about 5.4 million people with a disability employed in the United States. People with a disability were more likely to work in service occupations than those with no disability (21.3 percent, compared with 17.6 percent).

 

 

Percent distribution of employed people by occupation, disability status, and sex, 2016 annual averages
Occupation With a disability, total With no disability, total With a disability, men With no disability, men With a disability, women With no disability, women

Total employed

100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%

Management, professional, and related occupations

31.7 39.5 29.3 36.1 34.6 43.5

Service occupations

21.3 17.6 18.0 14.3 25.3 21.3

Sales and office occupations

23.0 22.1 16.4 16.2 31.0 28.9

Natural resources, construction, and maintenance occupations

9.5 9.2 16.1 16.5 1.3 0.9

Production, transportation, and material moving occupations

14.6 11.6 20.1 17.0 7.8 5.4

Workers with a disability were more likely than those with no disability to work in production, transportation, and material moving occupations (14.6 percent, compared with 11.6 percent). People with a disability were less likely to work in management, professional, and related occupations than those without a disability (31.7 percent, compared with 39.5 percent).

These data are from the Current Population Survey. For more information, see "Persons with a Disability: Labor Force Characteristics — 2016" (HTML) (PDF). To learn more, see our page of data on people with a disability.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Workers with a disability more concentrated in service occupations than those with no disability on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2017/workers-with-a-disability-more-concentrated-in-service-occupations-than-those-with-no-disability.htm (visited December 15, 2017).

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