The Most Googled Dream Jobs in America

Looking for your dream job? You're not alone. Check out the most-searched-for dream jobs across America, brought to you by Business.CenturyLink.com.

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.

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

All 50 States Most Googled Dream Job


Alabama

Alaska

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinios

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

Lawyer

Stay at Home Parent

Video Game Developer

Police Officer

Pilot

Comedian

Psychologist

Farmer

Musician

Veterinarian

Firefighter

Teacher

Mechanic

Veterinarian

Doctor

Astronaut

Military Personnel

Nurse

Police Officer

Singer

Architect

Politician

Video Game Developer

Teacher

Baseball Player

Zoologist

President

Actor

Stay at Home Parent

Artist

Writer

Engineer

Director

IT Specialist

Veteranarian

Pilot

Comedian

Photographer

Engineer

Actor

Teacher

Scientist

Military Personnel

Teacher

Archaeologist

Lawyer

Comedian

Farmer

Police Officer

Zoologist

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