Friday, December 7, 2007
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
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:
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