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America at Work: Your Photos

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As a follow-up to my photo collection published in The Atlantic's January 2012 issue (and online), I put out a call for reader photographs with the theme of "America at Work." The response was fantastic. People sent in images from Guam to Massachusetts, and from Florida to California. The photos depict a wide range of jobs, giving a glimpse of what it means to be employed in 21st century America. Many, many thanks to the contributing photographers, and to those who helped spread the word. Both the images and captions come from the photographers. [37 photos]

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Workers at Gardiner Farms in Bakersfield, California shake hands on August 31, 2011. Behind them, an almond harvest is separated and loaded into trucks. Matt Johnson)
Workers at Gardiner Farms in Bakersfield, California shake hands on August 31, 2011. Behind them, an almond harvest is separated and loaded into trucks. Matt Johnson)
A worker cleaning a walkway at Liberty Island as dark clouds cover the skyline of Manhattan, New York, on May 18, 2011. Kamal Sellehuddin)#
A trapeze artist who has rented ceiling space in a warehouse in Oakland, California, practices her routine on November 30, 2011. Matt Johnson)#
Steam. Charter Weeks)#
Marking Roosters at JPS Farms, Community Supported Agriculture in Center City, Minnesota, in May of 2011. Natalie Jennings)#
Geeks at the coffee bar in the KAYAK office in Concord, Massachusetts, October 2011. Greg Premru)#
A security worker making his rounds on top of the Rockefeller Center Building in New York City after a rain, on March 31, 2010. Kamal Sellehuddin)#
A carpenter in Oakland, California sits in the storage area of his micro-home-in-progress on December 5, 2011. Matt Johnson)#
Minas Dimitri fixes a watch in his store Thrift and New at the corner of Ninth Avenue and 43rd Street in New York City, on October 19, 2011. Anna Irrera)#
Billy Kurtz unloads the boat, Juliett, after pulling up traps in Cohasset, Massachusetts, on November 25, 2011. When asked how the day was he replied "Not good but at least I woke up." Alyssa Stone)#
On December 5, 2011, an artist at the American Steel Studios in Oakland, California, works on a sculpture for an upcoming show. Matt Johnson)#
Lili Fable at Poseidon Bakery, her family's shop, on September 27, 2011. The bakery, at 629 9th Ave, New York, has been in Hell's Kitchen for 88 years. Anna Irrera)#
Airman Shepherd, representing Iowa, stationed at Andersen AFB in Guam, on June 23, 2007. (© Lucas Shepherd)#
A young man takes a break from planting trees on a privately owned plot of land near the Jacksonville Airport, on January 5, 2012. The crew he works with is headed by Bubba Goodman, who has been planting trees across the southeast for over thirty years. The planting season is between December and April, when the trees are dormant and during which the crew lives a nomadic lifestyle. Becky Harlan)#
With a pen and a pad, a reporter gathers information at an Occupy protest in Washington, D.C. Joe Flood)#
A banquet server at the Ritz-Carlton, Chicago presents a plate of sliders on October 24, 2011. Matt Johnson)#
Workmen repairing a ship at Bay Shipbuilding Co., in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. The shipyard is the busiest during winter when ships are out of water, being prepared for the following season. February 9, 2010. Pavel Farkas)#
Now Hiring Charter Weeks)#
Cop Pop. Photo taken outside the White House on July 5th 2011. (© Samik Kharel)#
At work on the high seas! My global office en route to Bermuda, in September of 2011. Angela Petitt)#
The driest California winter since 1883 has allowed this Dean Hall construction crew to continue building shirtless, in 65 degree weather, well into January. Last January, over 10 feet of snow covered the ground here. Photo taken January 13, 2012 in Squaw Valley, California. Matt McDonald)#
A street vendors walks International Boulevard in Oakland, California with a tower of cotton candy on January 26, 2011. Matt Johnson)#
Night Paving Charter Weeks)#
A shop assistant threads wrapping paper into a salt water taffy machine in Provincetown, Massachusetts, on July 3, 2011. Pavel Farkas)#
A fisherman from above. Charter Weeks)#
An eco-friendly tourist taxi at work, in Manhattan, New York, on June 18, 2011. Ed Pouso)#
Making the hitch. Charter Weeks)#
A long work day at the Seafood Market, in Pensacola, Florida, on October 12. 2011. Kristina Krause)#
Rick, an employee at Maryland Metals. Mark Burton)#
Commuters and tourists flood New York City's Grand Central Station in the morning of March 30, 2010. Kamal Sellehuddin)#
Harvesting soybeans in Western Iowa, on October 26. Carla Bentley)#
Welding on BNSF Railway track on March 20. 2010 in Drake, Arizona. (© Gary Gromer)#
October 8th 2011, Officers from the Chicago Police Department escort Occupy Chicago protesters down Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago during the third week of the Occupy Chicago Movement. Rebecca Sims)#
A worker salvages what he can from junkyard cars on March 19, 2010, in Woodstock, Illinois. Charisse Kennedy)#
Andrew Conner, carpenter, photographed on September 11, 2011, in Johnson City, Tennessee. (© Allie Word)#
Mike Niemann repairs yacht engines on Catalina Island in Southern California, on January 28, 2012. (© Dan Manross)#
Iowan. June 7th, 2011 in Leighton, Iowa. Brittany Rempe)#

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