Nearly all H-2B workers are employed in a small number of occupations: Top 10 H-2B occupations by number of USCIS-approved petitions, fiscal year 2021
|H-2B Rank||Major group SOC code||Occupation||Initial approval||Continuing approval||Total approvals||Share of total H-2B approvals|
|1||37||Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations||56,388||6,960||63,348||48.0%|
|3||45||Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations||10,692||2,057||12,749||9.7%|
|4||35||Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations||6,744||3,262||10,006||7.6%|
|5||39||Personal Care and Service Occupations||8,785||1,149||9,934||7.5%|
|6||47||Construction and Extraction Occupations||7,270||1,052||8,322||6.3%|
|7||53||Transportation and Material-Moving Occupations||4,512||576||5,088||3.9%|
|9||49||Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations||512||101||613||0.5%|
|10||27||Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations||520||22||542||0.4%|
|Totals for the top 10||111,701||19,277||130,978||99.1%|
|Totals for top 10 occupations excluding N/A||108,510||17,853||126,363||95.7%|
|Total H-2B approvals, all occupations||112,546||19,555||132,101||100%|
Note: SOC stands for Standard Occupational Classification, which is a system of job classification created by the U.S. Department of Labor, see https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_stru.htm#47-0000. N/A stands for not available; these were individual records in the H-2B Employer Data Hub that had blank fields for the column listing the occupation in an H-2B petition.
Source: United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, H-2B Employer Data Hub, fiscal year 2021 data file.