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occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Adhesive Bonding Machine Operators and Tenders51-9191.00RCmod. OJT0.0616,800$20,720$33,860
Agricultural and Food Science Technicians19-4011.00RICAssociate0.2925,900$22,380$37,330
Agricultural Equipment Operators45-2091.00Rmod. OJT0.3959,000$17,950$28,490
Agricultural Inspectors45-2011.00RCIwork exp.-0.117,000$25,320$43,630
Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians49-3011.00RCI1,2 year0.24121,700$34,940$58,850
Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging, and Systems Assemblers51-2011.00Rlong OJT0.5841,500$30,810$50,810
Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers53-2011.00RCIBachelor-0.6666,400$64,780$131,760
Amusement and Recreation Attendants39-3091.00ECRshort OJT1.13267,100$16,570$20,590
Animal Breeders45-2021.00RImod. OJT-2.341,300$19,010$43,470
Architectural and Civil Drafters17-3011.00RI1,2 year0.0887,900$32,820$52,480
Assemblers and Fabricators, all other51-2099.00Rmod. OJT0.94277,700$17,940$28,730
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Automotive and Watercraft Service Attendants53-6031.00RCshort OJT1.81109,500$17,180$22,660
Automotive Body and Related Repairers49-3021.00Rlong OJT1.33154,200$24,640$43,870
Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers49-3022.00RCElong OJT1.3618,000$20,330$34,050
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics49-3023.00RI1,2 year0.86701,100$20,800$39,980
Avionics Technicians49-2091.00RIC1,2 year0.2917,100$35,260$58,460
Bakers51-3011.00RClong OJT0.56167,600$17,570$25,550
Barbers39-5011.00REC1,2 year1.1152,100$17,460$28,430
Bicycle Repairers49-3091.00RCImod. OJT2.5110,600$18,600$26,960
Biological Technicians19-4021.00RICAssociate180,200$26,300$44,610
Boilermakers47-2011.00RClong OJT0.3718,000$36,000$60,170
Brickmasons and Blockmasons47-2021.00RCIlong OJT3.5571,000$29,700$51,500
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Bridge and Lock Tenders53-6011.00RCEshort OJT-0.23,600$25,900$46,210
Broadcast Technicians27-4012.00RCIAssociate0.3236,700$18,610$42,310
Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists49-3031.00RC1,2 year0.86250,800$28,130$45,160
Bus Drivers, School or Special Client53-3022.00RCshort OJT0.85483,600$17,880$29,910
Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity53-3021.00RSmod. OJT0.98170,600$21,390$39,410
Butchers and Meat Cutters51-3021.00RCElong OJT0.48136,700$18,670$30,380
Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters51-7011.00RClong OJT0.4186,200$20,130$33,500
Camera and Photographic Equipment Repairers49-9061.00RCImod. OJT0.333,100$22,480$42,360
Carpenters47-2031.00RCIlong OJT2.42901,200$25,640$45,590
Carpet Installers47-2041.00REmod. OJT0.8736,700$20,580$41,660
Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers47-2051.00REmod. OJT2.91140,800$24,810$40,970
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders51-9011.00RCmod. OJT-0.8356,400$28,160$49,150
Chemical Plant and System Operators51-8091.00RClong OJT-1.1538,300$34,380$56,170
Chemical Technicians19-4031.00IRCAssociate0.9463,600$27,100$47,390
Civil Engineering Technicians17-3022.00RCIAssociate0.0673,100$31,060$50,290
Civil Engineers17-2051.00RICBachelor1.97272,900$52,570$87,130
Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment53-7061.00RCshort OJT1.11325,200$17,040$23,340
Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders51-9192.00RCmod. OJT-0.0616,000$18,650$28,750
Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders51-9121.00RCImod. OJT0.0583,800$20,640$32,890
Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers51-2021.00RCshort OJT-1.0514,400$20,760$33,530
Coin, Vending, and Amusement Machine Servicers and Repairers49-9091.00RCmod. OJT-0.2140,900$19,110$33,480
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food35-3021.00CREshort OJT1.422,969,300$16,290$19,110
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Commercial Divers49-9092.00Rmod. OJT2.943,600$29,270$51,070
Commercial Pilots53-2012.00RIE1,2 year0.9437,600$35,250$82,430
Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic51-4012.00CIRlong OJT2.7624,300$31,710$50,200
Computer, Automated Teller, and Office Machine Repairers49-2011.00RCI1,2 year0.38133,100$21,860$38,450
Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic51-4011.00RCmod. OJT1.45140,300$23,670$37,920
Construction and Related Workers, all other47-4099.00Rmod. OJT1.3436,100$22,380$38,560
Construction Laborers47-2061.00RCmod. OJT2.431,071,100$20,230$35,750
Continuous Mining Machine Operators47-5041.00RCImod. OJT-0.0614,300$31,420$48,670
Control and Valve Installers and Repairers, Except Mechanical Door49-9012.00RCImod. OJT-0.0541,000$30,210$54,750
Conveyor Operators and Tenders53-7011.00RCshort OJT0.3439,100$21,660$34,020
Cooks, Fast Food35-2011.00RCshort OJT-0.05516,900$16,290$19,030
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria35-2012.00RCmod. OJT1.32408,900$17,070$24,970
Cooks, Restaurant35-2014.00RElong OJT1.471,024,100$17,240$23,700
Cooks, Short Order35-2015.00RCshort OJT0.03166,100$16,610$21,430
Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders51-9193.00RCImod. OJT0.18,300$19,100$30,790
Correctional Officers and Jailers33-3012.00RECmod. OJT0.49452,800$27,280$44,910
Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop35-3022.00RSEshort OJT-0.05439,200$16,530$19,820
Couriers and Messengers43-5021.00RCEshort OJT-1.1198,200$18,070$28,360
Crane and Tower Operators53-7021.00RCImod. OJT1.6843,800$30,520$53,550
Crushing, Grinding, and Polishing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders51-9021.00RCImod. OJT-0.2330,200$20,720$34,700
Cutters and Trimmers, Hand51-9031.00RCshort OJT-1.5314,200$18,500$28,160
Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders51-9032.00RCmod. OJT-0.8458,300$20,660$32,970
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4031.00RCmod. OJT-0.89184,700$20,440$32,430
Dental Laboratory Technicians51-9081.00RIClong OJT0.2639,000$22,120$40,140
Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas47-5011.00RCImod. OJT1.8822,800$32,700$51,090
Desktop Publishers43-9031.00AIC1,2 year-0.5516,400$20,780$41,960
Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers35-9011.00RCSshort OJT0.8403,200$16,600$20,510
Dishwashers35-9021.00RCshort OJT0.62508,500$16,540$19,540
Dredge Operators53-7031.00Rmod. OJT1.332,000$25,540$45,640
Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4032.00RCImod. OJT-2.2520,900$21,940$36,280
Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers47-2081.00RCmod. OJT1.5994,800$25,360$43,820
Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas47-5021.00RICmod. OJT1.9219,700$28,450$50,790
Electric Motor, Power Tool, and Related Repairers49-2092.00RC1,2 year-0.4120,700$24,750$41,850
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians17-3023.00RIAssociate0146,500$35,880$60,330
Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers51-2022.00RCshort OJT-0.68198,300$19,510$32,070
Electrical and Electronics Drafters17-3012.00RCI1,2 year0.9629,600$36,130$62,040
Electrical and Electronics Installers and Repairers, Transportation Equipment49-2093.00RC1,2 year0.2315,900$34,690$55,430
Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment49-2094.00RIC1,2 year0.3469,000$34,110$55,610
Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation and Relay49-2095.00RC1,2 year-0.0224,500$49,800$70,110
Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers49-9051.00RIClong OJT0.89114,500$36,090$64,990
Electricians47-2111.00RIClong OJT1.97583,500$31,170$54,520
Electro-Mechanical Technicians17-3024.00RICAssociate0.3917,300$33,260$55,600
Electromechanical Equipment Assemblers51-2023.00RCIshort OJT-0.7150,500$21,710$34,330
Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers, Motor Vehicles49-2096.00RIC1,2 year-0.5914,600$18,330$32,920
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers49-2097.00RC1,2 year0.1231,300$21,690$38,140
Elevator Installers and Repairers47-4021.00RIClong OJT2.4619,700$41,930$76,490
Embalmers39-4011.00RCI1,2 year-1.55,100$24,080$42,100
Engine and Other Machine Assemblers51-2031.00RCshort OJT-0.1442,000$25,460$40,180
Etchers and Engravers51-9194.00RClong OJT-0.389,700$18,530$31,240
Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators53-7032.00Rmod. OJT1.6250,700$26,800$44,160
Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters47-5031.00RICmod. OJT0.526,500$34,050$53,160
Extraction Workers, all other47-5099.00Rmod. OJT1.359,600$25,230$44,570
Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4021.00RCmod. OJT-1.5974,900$21,210$33,800
Extruding and Forming Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Synthetic and Glass Fibers51-6091.00Rmod. OJT-1.2218,000$21,460$34,090
Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders51-9041.00RCImod. OJT-0.3270,600$20,550$33,470
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers51-6092.00RAClong OJT-2.56,500$22,030$47,280
Fabric Menders, Except Garment49-9093.00Rmod. OJT-1.041,000$17,830$25,020
Fallers45-4021.00RCmod. OJT-4.336,600$21,760$39,240
Farm Equipment Mechanics and Service Technicians49-3041.00RCI1,2 year0.9535,800$23,260$37,320
Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse45-2092.00Rshort OJT-0.49596,800$17,280$20,820
Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals45-2093.00Rshort OJT0.2277,900$17,080$25,160
Fence Erectors47-4031.00RCmod. OJT324,900$20,540$33,490
Fiberglass Laminators and Fabricators51-2091.00RCImod. OJT-0.4118,200$20,060$30,300
Firefighters33-2011.00RSlong OJT0.66307,000$22,130$48,750
First-Line Supervisors of Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Workers45-1011.00ERCwork exp.-0.2545,900$26,060$47,540
First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers33-1021.00ERwork exp.0.6362,300$41,930$73,550
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Fish and Game Wardens33-3031.00RIAssociate0.126,600$32,660$53,260
Fishers and Related Fishing Workers45-3011.00Rmod. OJT-0.531,300$21,020$38,310
Floor Layers, Except Carpet, Wood, and Hard Tiles47-2042.00RCmod. OJT1.314,500$23,750$40,690
Floor Sanders and Finishers47-2043.00Rmod. OJT1.486,000$21,960$36,850
Food and Tobacco Roasting, Baking, and Drying Machine Operators and Tenders51-3091.00RCshort OJT0.0920,000$18,320$29,410
Food Batchmakers51-3092.00RCshort OJT-0.26105,200$18,100$28,790
Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders51-3093.00RCshort OJT-0.0633,400$18,250$29,250
Food Preparation Workers35-2021.00RCshort OJT0.36807,800$16,730$21,340
Forest and Conservation Workers45-4011.00RCImod. OJT0.4510,500$16,800$29,640
Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists33-2022.00RCEwork exp.0.281,900$24,550$43,230
Foresters19-1032.00RIEBachelor0.6112,000$37,680$60,070
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4022.00RCImod. OJT-1.2822,600$21,400$35,480
Foundry Mold and Coremakers51-4071.00RCmod. OJT-1.6212,400$21,350$32,510
Furnace, Kiln, Oven, Drier, and Kettle Operators and Tenders51-9051.00RCmod. OJT-0.4320,500$22,580$36,800
Furniture Finishers51-7021.00RAlong OJT0.3314,800$19,850$30,660
Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators53-7071.00RCmod. OJT-0.314,800$35,240$55,430
Gas Plant Operators51-8092.00RClong OJT-0.8812,500$41,460$63,400
Geological and Petroleum Technicians19-4041.00CRIAssociate1.5115,800$26,690$58,500
Glaziers47-2121.00RClong OJT1.7246,700$24,670$44,220
Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products45-2041.00RCwork exp.-0.249,200$17,330$22,320
Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand51-9022.00RCmod. OJT-0.1731,500$19,460$29,980
Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4033.00Rmod. OJT-1.2671,500$21,310$34,150
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Hazardous Materials Removal Workers47-4041.00RCmod. OJT1.4237,500$25,860$42,730
Heat Treating Equipment Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4191.00RCmod. OJT-0.1922,000$22,900$36,850
Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers49-9021.00RCIlong OJT2.09267,600$27,630$46,880
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers53-3032.00RCmod. OJT1.131,701,500$25,740$41,930
Helpers, Construction Trades, all other47-3019.00Rshort OJT2.4321,400$19,260$29,630
Helpers--Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, and Tile and Marble Setters47-3011.00Rshort OJT4.324,400$20,230$31,450
Helpers--Carpenters47-3012.00RCshort OJT2.9636,400$18,640$27,870
Helpers--Electricians47-3013.00RCshort OJT3.6960,800$19,040$29,110
Helpers--Extraction Workers47-5081.00RCshort OJT1.6626,400$23,440$36,100
Helpers--Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers49-9098.00RCIshort OJT1.37127,500$17,780$27,720
Helpers--Painters, Paperhangers, Plasterers, and Stucco Masons47-3014.00RCshort OJT1.0211,100$18,410$26,810
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Helpers--Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters47-3015.00Rshort OJT2.7947,400$19,160$28,940
Helpers--Production Workers51-9198.00RCshort OJT0.71419,900$17,470$25,600
Helpers--Roofers47-3016.00RCshort OJT1.7312,000$18,640$27,010
Highway Maintenance Workers47-4051.00RCmod. OJT0.57147,600$23,120$37,910
Hoist and Winch Operators53-7041.00RECmod. OJT0.273,100$25,970$48,820
Home Appliance Repairers49-9031.00RCIlong OJT0.0743,700$20,840$37,720
Hunters and Trappers45-3021.00Rmod. OJT****
Industrial Machinery Mechanics49-9041.00RIClong OJT1.89319,300$31,410$50,440
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators53-7051.00RCshort OJT-0.27508,600$21,010$33,320
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers51-9061.00CRmod. OJT0.55464,300$20,820$38,400
Insulation Workers, Floor, Ceiling, and Wall47-2131.00Rmod. OJT2.6223,300$22,000$37,540
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Insulation Workers, Mechanical47-2132.00RCImod. OJT4.6728,900$27,000$50,160
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners37-2011.00RCshort OJT1.212,324,000$17,110$25,460
Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers51-9071.00RA1,2 year-0.9832,700$21,130$40,350
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand53-7062.00Rshort OJT1.12,197,300$17,700$27,180
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers37-3011.00RCshort OJT1.241,124,900$17,830$26,720
Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4034.00RICmod. OJT-1.438,600$23,070$37,360
Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers51-6011.00RCmod. OJT0.97210,700$16,910$22,170
Lay-Out Workers, Metal and Plastic51-4192.00RCImod. OJT-0.312,700$27,000$46,290
Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers33-9092.00RSshort OJT1.02130,100$16,460$21,030
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers53-3033.00RCshort OJT0.38841,600$18,460$33,870
Loading Machine Operators, Underground Mining53-7033.00RCmod. OJT-0.063,300$27,680$47,500
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Locksmiths and Safe Repairers49-9094.00RCmod. OJT0.7422,300$23,220$40,620
Locomotive Engineers53-4011.00RCwork exp.-0.3938,000$39,580$57,000
Locomotive Firers53-4012.00RCwork exp.-4.21,600$36,840$53,690
Logging Equipment Operators45-4022.00RICmod. OJT0.230,000$22,220$35,830
Machine Feeders and Offbearers53-7063.00RCshort OJT0.2106,100$19,040$30,630
Machinists51-4041.00RCIlong OJT0.88397,500$24,620$41,540
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners37-2012.00RCshort OJT1.281,434,600$16,700$22,500
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General49-9071.00RCImod. OJT0.941,325,100$21,370$38,390
Maintenance Workers, Machinery49-9043.00RCIshort OJT1.1189,000$26,450$44,050
Manufactured Building and Mobile Home Installers49-9095.00RCmod. OJT-1.515,300$19,050$31,930
Marine Engineers and Naval Architects17-2121.00IRBachelor1.037,300$59,110$99,160
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Material Moving Workers, all other53-7199.00Rmod. OJT0.5328,700$18,530$37,840
Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers51-3022.00Rshort OJT0.53163,400$17,650$24,190
Mechanical Door Repairers49-9011.00Rmod. OJT2.3815,800$24,870$39,250
Mechanical Drafters17-3013.00RCI1,2 year-0.4966,700$33,510$55,260
Mechanical Engineering Technicians17-3027.00RIAssociate0.4747,500$33,920$55,470
Mechanical Engineers17-2141.00IRCBachelor0.45258,100$53,210$87,140
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians29-2012.00RICAssociate2.97161,500$25,500$40,750
Medical Appliance Technicians51-9082.00RISlong OJT0.6412,900$22,590$39,000
Medical Equipment Preparers31-9093.00RCIshort OJT2.0351,600$22,290$33,850
Medical Equipment Repairers49-9062.00RICAssociate3.0342,300$27,660$48,540
Metal Workers and Plastic Workers, all other51-4199.00RCmod. OJT0.2926,300$19,740$35,340
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Metal-Refining Furnace Operators and Tenders51-4051.00RICmod. OJT-1.0920,800$27,210$41,260
Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4035.00RCmod. OJT-1.2623,100$23,390$38,830
Millwrights49-9044.00RCIlong OJT1.8439,400$31,280$51,520
Mine Cutting and Channeling Machine Operators47-5042.00Rmod. OJT0.277,100$30,130$48,900
Mine Shuttle Car Operators53-7111.00Rshort OJT-0.373,000$43,560$54,830
Mining Machine Operators, all other47-5049.00Rmod. OJT0.273,100$31,170$48,870
Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders51-9023.00RCImod. OJT-0.31120,100$21,260$35,950
Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines49-3042.00RC1,2 year1.03119,300$31,780$48,720
Model Makers, Metal and Plastic51-4061.00RICmod. OJT0.226,100$25,570$48,370
Model Makers, Wood51-7031.00RAClong OJT0.551,300$19,930$34,570
Molders, Shapers, and Casters, Except Metal and Plastic51-9195.00RAmod. OJT0.7542,000$19,340$31,700
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4072.00RCImod. OJT-1.54125,000$19,490$30,600
Motion Picture Projectionists39-3021.00RCshort OJT-2.658,000$16,950$23,260
Motor Vehicle Operators, all other53-3099.00Rshort OJT1.1564,100$17,630$33,320
Motorboat Mechanics and Service Technicians49-3051.00RCIlong OJT0.5520,800$22,260$38,600
Motorboat Operators53-5022.00RCEmod. OJT0.573,400$19,230$41,130
Motorcycle Mechanics49-3052.00Rlong OJT0.6116,800$21,270$35,810
Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4081.00Rmod. OJT-1.3285,900$21,980$35,290
Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners49-9063.00RAIlong OJT0.628,200$19,540$36,200
Nonfarm Animal Caretakers39-2021.00RCshort OJT1.53190,600$16,750$22,970
Nuclear Power Reactor Operators51-8011.00RCElong OJT0.057,200$62,890$82,270
Nuclear Technicians19-4051.00RCIAssociate1.498,100$46,430$75,960
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators47-2073.00RCImod. OJT1.89351,200$28,180$48,020
Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians51-9083.00RCmod. OJT1.2131,000$19,930$31,100
Outdoor Power Equipment and Other Small Engine Mechanics49-3053.00RCmod. OJT0.5530,500$20,640$33,730
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders51-9111.00RCshort OJT0.06369,200$18,040$28,940
Packers and Packagers, Hand53-7064.00RCshort OJT0.6666,900$17,040$23,040
Painters, Construction and Maintenance47-2141.00RCmod. OJT1.98316,200$23,730$39,780
Painters, Transportation Equipment51-9122.00RCmod. OJT1.0448,900$25,730$44,580
Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers51-9123.00Rshort OJT0.0217,000$18,960$30,540
Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders51-9196.00RCmod. OJT-0.895,000$20,820$36,550
Paperhangers47-2142.00RCmod. OJT-0.053,500$21,040$37,240
Parking Lot Attendants53-6021.00RCshort OJT0.73128,300$17,070$21,610
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Patternmakers, Metal and Plastic51-4062.00RCImod. OJT0.64,400$22,360$41,670
Patternmakers, Wood51-7032.00RIAlong OJT0.02800$21,710$39,870
Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators47-2071.00RCmod. OJT1.9754,700$25,180$42,460
Pest Control Workers37-2021.00RCmod. OJT1.9765,400$20,100$32,850
Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation37-3012.00RCmod. OJT1.1229,600$21,790$33,070
Petroleum Engineers17-2171.00IRCBachelor2.5538,500$73,990$147,520
Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers51-8093.00RClong OJT-0.5141,900$38,320$63,160
Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators51-9151.00RCmod. OJT0.0247,100$17,840$28,460
Pile-Driver Operators47-2072.00RCImod. OJT2.753,800$28,460$56,200
Pipelayers47-2151.00Rmod. OJT2.0848,500$24,830$40,730
Plant and System Operators, all other51-8099.00RClong OJT0.0711,900$32,130$55,240
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Plasterers and Stucco Masons47-2161.00Rlong OJT1.522,800$24,940$43,000
Plating and Coating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4193.00RCmod. OJT-0.8635,000$20,270$32,330
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters47-2152.00RClong OJT2.13386,900$29,470$54,620
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers33-3051.00RElong OJT0.59653,800$33,030$59,560
Pourers and Casters, Metal51-4052.00RCmod. OJT-1.8710,700$21,790$34,430
Power Distributors and Dispatchers51-8012.00RIClong OJT-0.0911,700$51,450$78,170
Power Plant Operators51-8013.00RClong OJT-1.0841,800$44,130$69,220
Precision Instrument and Equipment Repairers, all other49-9069.00Rlong OJT0.4513,800$30,570$52,120
Prepress Technicians and Workers51-5111.00RClong OJT-1.2942,700$22,060$39,000
Pressers, Textile, Garment, and Related Materials51-6021.00RCshort OJT0.2654,300$16,820$21,260
Print Binding and Finishing Workers51-5113.00RCmod. OJT-0.3754,900$19,130$31,420
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Printing Machine Operators51-5112.00RCmod. OJT-0.39178,400$20,490$36,700
Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers53-7072.00RCImod. OJT1.0813,200$25,410$46,700
Radio Mechanics49-2021.00RIC1,2 year0.6616,400$27,880$49,880
Radio Operators27-4013.00RCmod. OJT0.121,400$18,650$45,740
Radiologic Technologists29-2034.00RSAssociate2.08199,200$37,610$57,510
Rail Car Repairers49-3043.00RCIlong OJT0.2521,200$33,010$52,570
Rail Transportation Workers, all other53-4099.00Rmod. OJT0.223,100$32,360$59,950
Rail Yard Engineers, Dinkey Operators, and Hostlers53-4013.00RCIwork exp.0.245,300$31,710$44,810
Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators47-4061.00Rmod. OJT0.5217,300$31,850$50,740
Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators53-4021.00RCwork exp.-0.2625,000$38,540$52,280
Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters53-4031.00ERCwork exp.-0.2943,800$38,220$55,820
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Recreational Vehicle Service Technicians49-3092.00RIClong OJT0.8711,100$22,710$37,030
Refractory Materials Repairers, Except Brickmasons49-9045.00RCImod. OJT0.042,100$31,510$45,760
Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors53-7081.00RCshort OJT1.62133,200$19,480$36,030
Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers47-2171.00RCIlong OJT2.3115,500$27,920$54,810
Riggers49-9096.00RCIshort OJT2.3315,200$26,640$46,900
Rock Splitters, Quarry47-5051.00RCmod. OJT1.744,600$21,040$34,340
Rolling Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4023.00RCmod. OJT-0.9936,400$24,160$40,230
Roof Bolters, Mining47-5061.00RC*-0.426,700$42,660$54,880
Roofers47-2181.00RCmod. OJT1.14132,700$23,410$39,600
Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas47-5012.00RECmod. OJT1.8626,000$30,580$61,070
Roustabouts, Oil and Gas47-5071.00Rmod. OJT1.9261,100$23,900$37,700
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Sailors and Marine Oilers53-5011.00RCshort OJT1.5531,900$21,480$40,970
Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood51-7041.00RCImod. OJT1.3540,200$18,390$28,410
Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers49-2098.00RC1,2 year1.5958,000$26,710$43,910
Segmental Pavers47-4091.00RCmod. OJT3.811,800$18,120$34,750
Semiconductor Processors51-9141.00RCIAssociate-2.7121,300$24,520$36,770
Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders51-9012.00RCImod. OJT-0.2941,300$23,150$41,150
Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners47-4071.00Rmod. OJT2.5825,400$21,330$37,010
Service Unit Operators, Oil, Gas, and Mining47-5013.00RCImod. OJT2.0959,300$29,980$51,540
Sewers, Hand51-6051.00RACshort OJT-0.9311,100$17,770$24,980
Sewing Machine Operators51-6031.00RCmod. OJT-2.58161,400$17,330$23,990
Sheet Metal Workers47-2211.00Rmod. OJT1.55142,300$25,590$48,700
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Ship Engineers53-5031.00RCE1,2 year0.7810,800$36,950$74,600
Shoe and Leather Workers and Repairers51-6041.00RCAlong OJT-1.48,700$17,350$25,840
Shoe Machine Operators and Tenders51-6042.00RCmod. OJT-3.533,500$17,230$26,390
Signal and Track Switch Repairers49-9097.00RCmod. OJT-0.128,800$40,700$59,920
Slaughterers and Meat Packers51-3023.00RCmod. OJT-0.2480,700$18,570$25,880
Sound Engineering Technicians27-4014.00RA1,2 year0.0717,000$22,820$58,670
Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators51-8021.00RIClong OJT0.3137,900$35,110$58,070
Stonemasons47-2022.00Rlong OJT2.9214,100$23,630$42,130
Structural Iron and Steel Workers47-2221.00RIClong OJT2.1858,100$29,000$53,140
Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters51-2041.00RCmod. OJT0.7779,700$24,690$38,160
Subway and Streetcar Operators53-4041.00RC*0.659,000$40,690$59,230
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Surgical Technologists29-2055.00RSC1,2 year2.9898,500$30,780$45,010
Surveying and Mapping Technicians17-3031.00RCmod. OJT1.3554,000$25,270$43,870
Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers51-6052.00RAElong OJT-0.1849,900$18,150$29,170
Tank Car, Truck, and Ship Loaders53-7121.00RCmod. OJT0.2712,500$22,920$44,540
Tapers47-2082.00Rmod. OJT1.4819,200$28,750$51,490
Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs53-3041.00REshort OJT1.55233,000$17,470$25,690
Team Assemblers51-2092.00RCEmod. OJT0.481,031,800$18,590$30,740
Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers49-2022.00RIClong OJT0.39217,200$30,610$54,630
Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers49-9052.00RElong OJT0.6134,900$28,530$54,430
Terrazzo Workers and Finishers47-2053.00Rlong OJT1.983,500$25,190$43,270
Textile Bleaching and Dyeing Machine Operators and Tenders51-6061.00Rmod. OJT-2.411,400$18,160$26,410
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders51-6062.00RCmod. OJT-2.7115,500$18,040$26,760
Textile Knitting and Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders51-6063.00RClong OJT-2.4521,900$18,760$27,890
Textile Winding, Twisting, and Drawing Out Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders51-6064.00RCmod. OJT-2.0527,500$19,670$26,680
Textile, Apparel, and Furnishings Workers, all other51-6099.00Rshort OJT-0.8216,400$17,980$29,010
Tile and Marble Setters47-2044.00RCAlong OJT1.539,200$23,570$44,160
Timing Device Assemblers and Adjusters51-2093.00RCmod. OJT-0.261,200$21,150$35,230
Tire Builders51-9197.00RCmod. OJT-0.8817,400$25,030$41,960
Tire Repairers and Changers49-3093.00RCshort OJT0.8798,400$17,740$25,610
Tool and Die Makers51-4111.00RIClong OJT-0.1478,600$31,310$50,090
Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners51-4194.00RCmod. OJT0.0412,600$22,250$37,380
Traffic Technicians53-6041.00RIEshort OJT1.176,600$27,220$46,540
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Transportation Inspectors53-6051.00RCIwork exp.1.1226,200$32,820$70,820
Tree Trimmers and Pruners37-3013.00Rshort OJT1.8553,200$21,070$35,150
Upholsterers51-6093.00Rlong OJT0.0740,900$19,940$33,280
Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers31-9096.00RSIshort OJT0.9574,600$17,500$25,370
Watch Repairers49-9064.00RCIlong OJT0.193,200$20,010$38,240
Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators51-8031.00RClong OJT0.77111,000$26,640$46,140
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers51-4121.00RClong OJT0.58357,400$25,510$40,040
Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders51-4122.00RCmod. OJT1.9853,500$23,290$36,450
Wellhead Pumpers53-7073.00RCImod. OJT1.4816,200$27,440$48,590
Woodworkers, all other51-7099.00Rmod. OJT0.517,500$18,300$31,410
Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing51-7042.00RCImod. OJT1.0261,500$18,900$28,580

* data not available



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 2012 to 2022. 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.

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Number of Current Workers

Current workers is the number of people in The United States in 2012 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 2014. 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 2014. 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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