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PayScale reveals which jobs are most common with Millennials, Gen Xers and Baby Boomers. 

Most Popular Jobs By Generation

What careers are most popular with each generation? PayScale pulled the data to find out which jobs Millennials, Gen Xers and Baby Boomers are most likely to hold compared to other generations. See which jobs make the list and what they say about each generation.

Gen Y #1: Mechanical Engineer


 
3.83x
More Likely to Hold Position

Call them lazy all you want, but a lot of Gen Yers were obviously paying attention in math class. Millennials are 3.83 times more likely to become mechanical engineers.

Gen Y #2: Aerospace Engineer


 
3.40x
More Likely to Hold Position

Millennials were raised to believe they were special snowflakes who could reach for the stars, so it's no surprise they are 3.40 times more likely to go into aerospace engineering.

Gen Y #3 (tie): Traffic Coordinator


 
3.10x
More Likely to Hold Position

Gen Y is the internet generation, so it stands to reason that quite a few would wander into the world wide web of marketing. Traffic coordinators keep track of website traffic – a natural gig for most millennials.

Gen Y #3 (tie): Marketing Administrator


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3.10x
More Likely to Hold Position

They're always being marketed to, so it makes sense that Gen Y is attracted to marketing as a career. Millennials are 3.10 times more likely to work as a marketing administrator.

Gen X #1 (tie): Senior Sales Engineer


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4.22x
More Likely to Hold Position

During their college years, many Gen Xers saw the value/dollar signs available in engineering gigs. Now that they have worked their way up the corporate ladder, they are 4.22 times more likely to work as a senior sales engineer.

Gen X #1 (tie): Storage Engineer


 
4.22x
More Likely to Hold Position

Gen X was into the internet back when the gigabyte was only a dream. All the time they spent building Geocities websites evidently got put to good use. Gen X workers are 4.22 times more likely to work as storage engineers, ensuring that all the data companies depend on is safe and secure.

Gen X #1 (tie): Vice President Software Development


 
4.22x
More Likely to Hold Position

The generation who grew up watching Bill Gates and Steve Jobs find major success in software development learned a valuable lesson about where the big bucks are after college. Gen X workers are 4.22 times more likely to be the Vice President of Software Development.

Boomers #1: Pharmacist in Charge


 
16.11x
More Likely to Hold Position

Pharmacies house thousands of medications, many worth hundreds of dollars. It takes someone experienced to keep track of everything, which could be why Baby Boomers are 16.11 times more likely than other generations to be the pharmacist in charge.

Boomers #2: Chaplain


 
13.59x
More Likely to Hold Position

Many of the best counselors draw on their own life experiences to help guide others through emotional distress. Boomers are 13.59 times more likely to become chaplains, likely using their years enrolled in the School of Life to aide their flocks.

Boomers #3: President and CEO


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12.25x
More Likely to Hold Position

It takes hard work and years of experience to sit at the helm of a company. Just ask Boomers, who are 12.25 times more likely to hold the title of President and CEO. Watch and learn, kids.

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