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Movie jobs versus real ones

Movie jobs versus real ones -- Comparing the most popular occupations for men as portrayed in movies versus reality

Labor Day: a holiday when Americans celebrate their jobs by staying away from them. Hey, we know work isn’t glamorous. But does Hollywood? Just compare the most popular occupations for men as portrayed in movies (measured by the decade’s highest-grossing films) with mundane reality (according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).

1920s
The Movies:
1. Entertainer
2. Soldier
3. Student
Real life:
1. Farm owner or tenant
2. Manufacturing employee
3. Manager, official, or proprietor

1930s
The Movies:
1. Musical imressario
2. Playboy
3. Soldier
Real Life:
1. Farm Owner or tenant
2. Manufacturing employee
3. Manager, official, or proprietor

1940s
The Movies:
1. Soldier
2. Priest
3. Farmer
Real Life:
1. Manufacturing employee
2. Farm owner or tenant
3. Manager, official, or proprietor

1950s
The Movies:
1. Soldier
2. Member of royalty
3. Biblical figure
Real life:
1. Manufacturing employee
2. Manager, official, or proprietor
3. Farm owner or tenant

1960s
The Movies:
1. Doctor
2. Bank or train robber
3. Secret agent
Real Life:
1. Manager, official, or proprietor
2. Clerical worker
3. Retail salesperson

1970
The Movies:
1. Outer space voyager
2. College student
3. High school student
Real Life:
1. Clerical worker
2. Salesperson
3. Manager, official, or proprietor

1980s
The Movies:
1. Archeologist
2. Outer space voyager
3. Police officer
Real life:
1. Mechanic or repairman
2. Construction worker
3. Motor vehicle operator