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Friday, December 7, 2007

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Carlisle harbors unusual talents
Do you have an unusual livelihood? Many residents do. As Carlisle has evolved from a rural village into a 21st century upscale suburb, jobs have diversified tremendously. The town's annual census provides a glimpse at the occupations pursued by residents today and the information is published in the booklet, "Town of Carlisle, January 1, 2007, Street List." A sampling of data from the past is available from lists of jurors printed in the old Annual Reports.
Engineers top list
The large range of present day occupations is influenced by Carlisle's proximity to Boston and Route 128/I95. By far the most popular field is engineering, with over 270 listed. Specialties include applied, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, mechanical and patent engineers. Software engineers, grouped with computer programmers, account for another hundred residents.
After engineers, the most popular occupations are manager, educator and consultant. The town is home to over seven dozen attorneys and six dozen physicians. Medical fields include: cardiology, obstetrics, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pediatrics, podiatry, psychiatry, radiology and surgery. The roughly ninety scientists listed work in areas including: archaeology, astronomy, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, genetics, geology and physics.
The trades are represented in much lower numbers. For instance, there are about ten carpenters, slightly fewer mechanics and electricians, a couple of painters and plumbers and one barber, an iron worker and one truck driver.
On the other hand, there are over three dozen residents listed as chief executives (CEO/Chairman/President), including five concentrated on Kimball Road. About another 40 are listed as vice presidents or general managers.
The data in the census is approximate and is self-reported, but probably gives a reasonable picture of the proportions of various occupations.
Almost 500 adults are listed simply as "At home." Irene Blake, Assistant Town Clerk, explained that this designation is used when a new resident is added to the database. When the next town census is distributed, he or she has the chance to specify a job, but many do not. "At home" may also be used intentionally by those who are retired, homemakers,self-employed, unemployed or who prefer privacy.
Children are not listed, but the data includes a very large number of students 18 and older (about 610). Blake noted that grown children may continue to be included on the rolls for many years before they are removed from the database.
There were also roughly 270 listed retirees and 160 who stated their occupation as homemaker or housewife. (There were no listed househusbands in 2007.) Not all the occupations in the census are included in the tables. Many times, similar jobs have been grouped together.

Do people in town really have all these occupations? Those filling out the census forms may have occasionally added a little creativity or humor, but many unusual occupations are in fact genuine. For instance, Carlisle really does have a massage therapist, a zoo keeper and a professional glass blower.


Carlisle occupations change with the decades

20 Most Common Occupations
1. Engineer
2. Manager
3. Teacher/Professor
4. Consultant
5. Programmer/SW/
Engineer
6. Attorney
7. Scientist
8. Sales/Retail
9. Physician
10. Banker/Finance/
CFO
11. Nurse/Nurse Pract
12. Marketing
13. CEO/Chairman/
President
14. VicePres./GenMgr.
15. Self Employed
16. Accountant
17. Artist
18. Executive
19. Writer
20. Builder/Contractor
More Common Occupations
Administrative Asst.
Administrator
Analyst
Architect
Business Owner
Carpenter
Dentist
Designer
Director
Economist
Editor
Electrician
Farmer/Farm Worker
Food Service/Chef/
Caterer
Human Resources
Insurance
Investor
Librarian
Mechanic
Musician
Photographer
Psychologist
Physical Therapist
Publishing
Real Estate
School/Univ. Admin.
Secretary
Social Worker
Teaching Assist.
Technician
Theologian
Veterinarian

Less Common Occupations
Advertising
Counselor
Corp.Technology Off.
Dental Hygienist/Asst.
Hygienist
Disabled
Entrepreneur
Film Maker/Director
Fire Fighter/EMT
Fundraiser
Hairstylist
Home Health Aide/CAN
Horticulture/Floriculturist
Interior Design
Landscape Design
Landscaper
Legal, Para/Assist.
Linguist
Manufacturing
Mathematician
Merchant
Military
Mother
Nanny
Non-Profit
Office Manager
Optometrist/Optician
Occupational Therapist
Public Relations
Property Management
Purchasing
Scientist - Biochemist
Tennis Pro
Travel Agent
TV Production
Venture Capitalist
Least Common Occupations
[This list includes a selection, but is not complete.]
Actor
Actuary
Advocate
Airlines
Appraiser
Arborist
Archive Specialist
Art Dealer
Art Director
Au Pair
Audiologist
Auditor
Auto Tech
Barber
Bookkeeper
Cabinet Maker
CAD Designer
Camp Asst. Dir.
Cartographer
Choreographer
Clockmaker
Coach
Conservation
Administrator
Cosmetologist
Creative
Credit Mgr.
Curator/C.Aide
Daycare Prvd
Decorator
Dietitian

Diplomat
Direct Marketing
DPW
Epidemiologist
Equip. Operator
Estimator
Federal Work
Financial Planner
Florist
Flutemaker
Foreman
Funeral Director
Gallerist
Gemologist
Groomer
Healer
Historian
Home Inspector
Hospitality
Hotel Management
House Manager
HVAC Technician
Hvy Equip Operator
Indexer
Innkeeper
International Mktg
Iron Worker
Judge
Laborer
Legal Clerk
Massage Therapist
Mkt Direct
Mortgage Broker
Museum Currator
Nurseryman
Nursing Home Admin
Operator
Outreach Coord
Painter
Patent Agent
Patient Rep
Personal Trainer
Pet Detective
Pet Sitter
Pharmacist
Private Detective
Piano Tech
Plumber
Probation Officer
Producer
Real Estate Appriaser
Radar Analysis
Safety Supervisor
Salon Manager
Security
Semi-Retired
Sexton
Sheet Metal Mechanic
Ski Instructor
Ski Manufacturer
Skipper
Speech Pathologist
Spiritual Consulting
Surgical Assistant
Tax Examiner
Telecommunications
Tennis coach
Therapist
Town Clerk
Treasurer
Truck Driver
Trustee
Veterinary Technician
Wait Staff
Web Designer
Web Master
Woodworker
X-ray Technician
Yoga Instructor
Zoo Keeper



Historical Occupation Data

The Mosquito did not have access to complete historical data, but a sample was available from Juror lists which were compiled prior to the late 1970s and published in the Carlisle Annual Reports:

1910
Farmer 6
Carpenter 1
Clerk 1
1920
Farmer 6
Clerk 1
Laborer 1
Teamster 1
1930
Farmer 4
Caretaker 1
Foreman 1
Janitor 1
Laborer 1
Painter 1
Printer 1
1940
Mechanic 2
Assistant Chef 1
Dairy Specialist 1
Dealer 1
Painter 1
Poultryman 1
Retired 1
Salesman 1
Superintendent 1
1950
Farmer 2
Brick Mason 1
Carpenter 1
Insurance 1
Machinist 1
Poultryman 1
Retired 1
Salesman 1
1960
Engineer 3
Banker 1
Bank Investor 1
Buyer 1
Chemist 1
Driver - Salesman1
Insurance 1
Manager 1
Pattern Maker 1
Printer 1
Weaver 1
Welder 1
1970
Engineer 7
Housewife 6
Farmer 2
Machinist 2
Nurse 2
Physicist 2
Salesman 2
Banker 1
Bank Teller 1
Consultant 1
Custodian 1
Marketing 1
Housekeeper 1
Installer 1
Kitchen Helper 1
Manager 1
Rater 1
Representative 1


2007 The Carlisle Mosquito