Over a quarter of Americans plan to leave their job after the pandemic, resulting in a phenomenon known as "The Great Resignation." Employees want new jobs with more flexibility, remote work options, and occupations better-aligned with their values. As the employment landscape shifts, Google is rife with questions from people hoping to move on to their dream career.

With that in mind, the team at Business.CenturyLink.com took to the internet to find out what jobs Americans are dreaming about. We first scanned the responses on a wide range of online forums to get a general understanding of the landscape. We then used Google Trends to dig into the top 55 jobs from our list and narrowed down their search volume by state over the last year. Finally, we ranked the jobs that had the most Google searches in each state to determine the top dream job in each state and the top 10 dream jobs talked about on social media nationwide.

Most Googled Dream Job Map

Additional Dream Job Data

  • Social Media Influencer, Model, Entrepreneur, Bartender, and Streamer ranked high in many states across the country, despite not being the top jobs in any state.
  • Superhero popped up as a dream job in the forums we reviewed—talk about dreaming big!
  • Teacher is a top dream job across America and was the #1 dream job in Idaho. Unfortunately, the statewide average salary for teachers in Idaho is also on a downward trend.
  • Marylanders hope to become singers for a living, which is no surprise since Maryland has given the world legends like Billie Holiday, Logic, and Frank Zappa.
  • Nebraskans are ambitious with their career goals—the most googled job role is President, following right in Nebraska native Gerald Ford’s footsteps.

The Top 10 Dream Jobs Across America, According to Social Media

With more opportunities than ever to jump into your dream role, check out the most sought after jobs across the country, regardless of state of residence. The Business.CenturyLink.com team used Brandwatch, a social listening and analytics tool, to find the top 10 dream jobs in America. For the purposes of the dream jobs project, we collected geotagged Twitter data from the past 5 years (June 2016 - June 2021) that mentioned "dream job" or "dream career" keywords as well as a specific job title.

  1. Writer
  2. Teacher
  3. Director
  4. Engineer
  5. Nurse
  6. Artist
  7. Professor
  8. Recruiter
  9. Doctor
  10. Sales Professional

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All 50 States Most Googled Dream Job

StateMost Googled Dream Job
AlabamaLawyer
AlaskaStay at Home Parent
ArizonaVideo Game Developer
ArkansasPolice Officer
CaliforniaPilot
ColoradoComedian
ConnecticutPsychologist
DelawareFarmer
FloridaMusician
GeorgiaVeterinarian
HawaiiFirefighter
IdahoTeacher
IllinoisMechanic
IndianaVeterinarian
IowaDoctor
KansasAstronaut
KentuckyMillitary Personnel
LouisianaNurse
MainePolice Officer
MarylandSinger
MassachusettsArchitect
MichiganPolitician
MinnesotaVideo Game Developer
MississippiTeacher
MissouriBaseball Player
MontanaZoologist
NebraksaPresident
NevadaActor
New HampshireStay at Home Parent
New JerseyArtist
New MexicoWriter
New YorkEngineer
North CarolinaDirector
North DakotaIT Specialist
OhioVeteranarian
OklahomaPilot
OregonComedian
PennsylvaniaPhotographer
Rhode IslandEngineer
South CarolinaActor
South DakotaTeacher
TennesseeScientist
TexasMilitary Personnel
UtahTeacher
VermontArchaeologist
VirginiaLawyer
WashingtonComedian
West VirginiaFarmer
WisconsinPolice Officer
WyomingZoologist