A new online career website has released a list of the most searched job in every state in the U.S. While Indiana and Illinois have results that make sense, our neighbors south of the Ohio River had a rather peculiar result, that I'm not even sure qualifies as a "job".

By searching hundreds of jobs using Google Trends, the website, Zippia determined each state's result by the number of hits that state had on a particular search. Using that methodology, Indiana's most searched job was "carpenter", a result that makes sense to me. As a Hoosier, I know that we are very much a blue collar state with a long history of agriculture and manufacturing. Building stuff as it was needed is very much in our blood, so this sounds right.

The most popular job search in Illinois is "video editor". The only thing I figure here is that Chicago might skew the results a bit seeing that it's not only the biggest city in the state, but the third largest in the country. People in that area could be a bit more tech-savvy with a desire to work in that type of industry. I don't know that for a fact, just spit-balling here.

Now then, Kentucky is the head-scratcher.

According to their research, the most searched job in Kentucky is "tree hugger". I was unaware this was an actual job. I've always thought of it as more of a lifestyle or political view. Unless there is a company somewhere that hires people to physically hug trees because they believe it helps them grow bigger, faster, and stronger. I mean, some people believe talking to plants, or playing classical music helps them grow, so why not literally show them some love every once a while.

For what it's worth, I went to Google Trends and searched the words "tree hugger" to verify Zippia's findings. Setting the date range for 2004 to the present, my search brought up exactly zero hits for the state of Kentucky.

Maybe I did something wrong, or I'm misunderstanding the method by which Zippia did their research. Whatever the case, I have a hard time believing that a state I feel to be more on the conservative side of things would have a large number of people trying to find out if there's a way to make money by literally hugging trees. If that's what they came up with for California, it would be a bit more believable. But Kentucky? Come on, there's a better chance I'll win the Nobel Peace Prize in Chemistry.

See the results for all 50 states at Zippia's website.

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