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Conventional career interests, in The United States

occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Accountants and Auditors13-2011.00CEBachelor1.571,216,900$39,930$71,040
Actuaries15-2011.00CIEBachelor +2.6721,700$55,780$106,680
Air Traffic Controllers53-2021.00EClong OJT-0.2927,000$64,930$118,430
Appraisers and Assessors of Real Estate13-2021.00CE1,2 year0.7477,800$25,850$55,180
Audio and Video Equipment Technicians27-4011.00RIClong OJT1.3461,200$22,860$46,040
Audio-Visual and Multimedia Collections Specialists25-9011.00CRSmod. OJT1.278,400$23,590$45,820
Bill and Account Collectors43-3011.00CEshort OJT1.42401,700$21,850$34,320
Billing and Posting Clerks and Machine Operators43-3021.00CEmod. OJT1.97504,800$23,380$34,540
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks43-3031.00CEmod. OJT1.361,898,300$21,610$36,640
Brokerage Clerks43-4011.00CEmod. OJT0.5958,000$28,370$44,390
Budget Analysts13-2031.00CEIBachelor1.0462,100$45,720$72,100
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Cargo and Freight Agents43-5011.00CERmod. OJT2.9382,200$23,920$42,310
Cartographers and Photogrammetrists17-1021.00RICBachelor2.2213,800$34,850$61,640
Cashiers41-2011.00CEshort OJT0.743,362,600$16,410$20,370
Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators13-1031.00CEIlong OJT0.3280,100$36,950$61,530
Compliance Officers13-1041.00Clong OJT1.5216,600$35,730$64,960
Computer Operators43-9011.00CRmod. OJT-0.8686,400$23,200$39,720
Computer User Support Specialists15-1151.00RICAssociate**$27,620$50,130
Construction and Building Inspectors47-4011.00RCIwork exp.1.79102,400$32,050$55,230
Correspondence Clerks43-4021.00CEshort OJT-1.2110,200$24,870$36,920
Cost Estimators13-1051.00CEwork exp.3.64185,400$34,520$63,080
Counter and Rental Clerks41-2021.00CEshort OJT1.22419,500$17,160$26,900
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Court, Municipal, and License Clerks43-4031.00CEshort OJT0.8129,500$22,720$36,950
Credit Analysts13-2041.00CEBachelor1.9763,300$37,000$69,500
Credit Authorizers, Checkers, and Clerks43-4041.00CEshort OJT0.4854,300$23,740$35,680
Customer Service Representatives43-4051.00ESCmod. OJT1.552,187,300$19,500$33,110
Data Entry Keyers43-9021.00CREmod. OJT-0.68234,700$19,330$29,220
Dispatchers, Except Police, Fire, and Ambulance43-5032.00CREmod. OJT1.86185,200$21,430$38,450
Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs43-4061.00SCEmod. OJT0.31125,700$27,400$41,060
Executive Secretaries and Administrative Assistants43-6011.00CEmod. OJT1.261,236,100$31,310$50,220
File Clerks43-4071.00CREshort OJT-0.48185,000$17,930$28,030
Fire Inspectors and Investigators33-2021.00CRwork exp.0.9213,600$33,920$57,400
Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks43-4081.00CESshort OJT1.11227,500$16,590$21,960
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll and Timekeeping43-4161.00CESshort OJT1.12156,900$24,760$38,340
Insurance Appraisers, Auto Damage13-1032.00CRElong OJT-0.7510,600$42,260$60,230
Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks43-9041.00CEmod. OJT0.87248,100$25,180$37,300
Insurance Underwriters13-2053.00CEIBachelor0.59101,800$39,050$69,200
Interviewers, Except Eligibility and Loan43-4111.00CESshort OJT1.73213,500$19,410$31,270
Legal Secretaries43-6012.00CE1,2 year0.35233,200$26,250$44,380
Library Assistants, Clerical43-4121.00CRSshort OJT1.03116,100$17,080$25,680
Library Technicians25-4031.00CSEshort OJT0.89115,400$18,430$32,320
Loan Interviewers and Clerks43-4131.00CEshort OJT-0.31182,500$22,650$36,180
Log Graders and Scalers45-4023.00RCmod. OJT1.333,800$21,560$33,540
Mail Clerks and Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service43-9051.00CRshort OJT1.21126,300$18,020$28,140
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Management Analysts13-1111.00IECBachelor +2.19718,800$44,370$88,070
Medical Records and Health Information Technicians29-2071.00CEAssociate2.1179,500$22,250$36,770
Medical Secretaries43-6013.00CS1,2 year4.13508,700$21,890$32,670
Meter Readers, Utilities43-5041.00CRshort OJT0.1240,500$21,660$38,510
New Accounts Clerks43-4141.00CESwork exp.0.268,000$23,740$32,950
Office Clerks, General43-9061.00CERshort OJT1.662,950,700$17,860$29,270
Office Machine Operators, Except Computer43-9071.00RCshort OJT-0.9769,800$18,600$29,580
Order Clerks43-4151.00CESshort OJT0.74212,100$18,610$31,280
Parking Enforcement Workers33-3041.00RCshort OJT0.969,800$20,470$36,810
Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks43-3051.00CEmod. OJT1.46187,000$24,870$38,880
Pharmacy Technicians29-2052.00CRmod. OJT3.24334,400$20,580$30,430
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Postal Service Clerks43-5051.00CRshort OJT-4.8265,600$30,390$50,460
Postal Service Mail Carriers43-5052.00CRshort OJT-1.2316,700$40,470$52,220
Procurement Clerks43-3061.00CEshort OJT0.5776,900$24,420$38,340
Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks43-5061.00CEshort OJT0.66271,000$25,630$45,450
Proofreaders and Copy Markers43-9081.00CAshort OJT0.4814,000$20,100$35,110
Receptionists and Information Clerks43-4171.00CESshort OJT2.371,048,500$18,120$27,050
Reservation and Transportation Ticket Agents and Travel Clerks43-4181.00CESshort OJT0.58124,300$20,130$33,580
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive43-6014.00CEmod. OJT0.582,032,200$20,230$33,560
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks43-5071.00CREshort OJT0.03687,600$19,180$30,700
Social Science Research Assistants19-4061.00CIAssociate1.529,700$20,600$40,760
Statistical Assistants43-9111.00CImod. OJT0.616,600$24,100$41,010
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers43-5081.00CREshort OJT0.121,787,400$16,890$24,440
Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service43-2011.00CESshort OJT-2.33142,500$18,280$26,860
Tax Examiners, Collectors, and Revenue Agents13-2081.00CEBachelor0.7374,500$30,350$56,050
Tax Preparers13-2082.00CEmod. OJT0.9881,500$18,890$41,700
Telephone Operators43-2021.00CSRshort OJT-1.6618,500$19,100$34,670
Tellers43-3071.00CEshort OJT0.13560,000$19,630$25,790
Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers23-2093.00CERmod. OJT-0.1459,000$26,010$46,310
Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials27-2023.00REClong OJT1.9919,500$17,040$32,600
Weighers, Measurers, Checkers, and Samplers, Recordkeeping43-5111.00CRshort OJT1.266,900$18,440$29,750
Word Processors and Typists43-9022.00CEmod. OJT-1.15115,300$24,150$36,190

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Footnotes


SOC Codes

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system classifies all careers and assigns a unique number to each. This SOC number can be used to follow up with other career databases.


Career Interests

Interests are the likes and dislikes of people who work in each career. Matching your interests can help you find a career that will be more satisfying and rewarding for you than occupations that do not meet your interests. Knowing your work interests can help you decide what kinds of jobs and careers you want to explore.

People and work environments can be classified into these six different groups:

Take an Career Interest Assessment to discover your interests.


Minimum Postsecondary Education Required

Minimum education is the usual minimum level of postsecondary (after high school) education required for each career.

Some careers have on-the-job training (OJT), which means that you go straight to the job and learn while you work.

Some careers require further education after high school before starting the career.


Growth Outlook

Growth outlook is the projected growth of the number of career openings per year from 2010 to 2020. High growth means that the number of openings are increasing, so the likelihood of getting a job in this career is good. Low growth means that there may not be any openings, so the likelihood of getting a job in this career is not very good.

White background indicates that growth outlook information is not available.


Number of Current Workers

Current workers is the number of people in The United States in 2010 who were full-time and part-time employees, workers on paid vacation or other type of paid leave, workers assigned temporarily to other units and paid owners, officers and staff of incorporated firms. This excludes proprietors, owners and partners of unincorporated firms, unpaid family workers, workers on unpaid leave and contractors and temporary agency employees not on the company payroll.


Average Entry-Level Salaries

Salary entry is the estimated average salary for all entry-level (first-year) workers in this occupation in The United States in 2012. Technically it is the annual 10th percentile wage.

Salary includes straight time, gross pay, exclusive of premium pay. Base rate, cost-of-living allowances, tips, guaranteed pay, hazardous-duty pay, incentive pay, commissions, production bonuses and on-call pay are included. Excluded is back pay, jury duty pay, overtime pay, severance pay, shift differentials, non-production bonuses and tuition reimbursements.

Salaries over $187,200 are sometimes shown as >$187,200 rather than the actual salary.


Average Salaries

Salary all is the estimated average salary for all workers in this occupation in The United States in 2012. Technically it is the mean annual wage.

Salaries over $187,200 are sometimes shown as >$187,200 rather than the actual salary.


This research was compiled, analyzed, and posted by Emil Barnabas.

The data come from multiple data tables from the US Department of Labor. Blanks in this table represent missing data, some due to confidentiality because of small numbers of workers in an occupation.




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