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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. OJT0.4515,100$19,580$31,780
Agricultural and Food Science Technicians19-4011.00RICAssociate0.721,300$22,410$36,390
Agricultural Equipment Operators45-2091.00Rmod. OJT**$17,810$27,390
Agricultural Inspectors45-2011.00RCIwork exp.0.1519,300$24,640$42,460
Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians49-3011.00RCI1,2 year0.63123,800$35,190$55,690
Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging, and Systems Assemblers51-2011.00Rlong OJT1.4336,300$29,420$48,520
Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers53-2011.00RCIBachelor0.6470,800$66,970$128,760
Amusement and Recreation Attendants39-3091.00ECRshort OJT1.42261,300$16,260$20,020
Animal Breeders45-2021.00RImod. OJT-0.7511,500$18,110$37,230
Architectural and Civil Drafters17-3011.00RI1,2 year0.3292,700$31,840$50,550
Assemblers and Fabricators, all other51-2099.00Rmod. OJT1.13254,500$17,590$29,070
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Automotive and Watercraft Service Attendants53-6031.00RCshort OJT2.2286,300$16,620$21,600
Automotive Body and Related Repairers49-3021.00Rlong OJT1.84152,900$22,530$41,840
Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers49-3022.00RCElong OJT2.518,100$20,590$33,580
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics49-3023.00RI1,2 year1.72723,400$20,810$39,060
Avionics Technicians49-2091.00RIC1,2 year0.6918,600$39,150$55,440
Bakers51-3011.00RClong OJT0.23149,800$17,200$25,060
Barbers39-5011.00REC1,2 year0.7262,200$17,110$27,520
Bicycle Repairers49-3091.00RCImod. OJT3.769,900$17,560$25,250
Biological Technicians19-4021.00RICAssociate1.3580,200$25,280$42,600
Boilermakers47-2011.00RClong OJT2.1319,800$32,400$55,830
Brickmasons and Blockmasons47-2021.00RCIlong OJT4.0589,200$28,980$50,370
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Bridge and Lock Tenders53-6011.00RCEshort OJT*3,500$24,530$43,300
Broadcast Technicians27-4012.00RCIAssociate0.936,700$18,640$44,050
Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists49-3031.00RC1,2 year1.45242,200$26,820$43,660
Bus Drivers, School or Special Client53-3022.00RCshort OJT1.2460,900$17,610$29,150
Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity53-3021.00RSmod. OJT1.48186,300$21,320$38,470
Butchers and Meat Cutters51-3021.00RCElong OJT0.79126,800$18,150$30,000
Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters51-7011.00RClong OJT1.6897,000$19,930$32,940
Camera and Photographic Equipment Repairers49-9061.00RCImod. OJT1.033,300$25,340$41,750
Carpenters47-2031.00RCIlong OJT1.961,001,700$24,880$44,520
Carpet Installers47-2041.00REmod. OJT1.0447,500$21,350$40,930
Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers47-2051.00REmod. OJT3.46144,700$23,380$39,870
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders51-9011.00RCmod. OJT-0.7547,400$28,100$47,950
Chemical Plant and System Operators51-8091.00RClong OJT-1.2243,300$33,000$54,150
Chemical Technicians19-4031.00IRCAssociate0.6761,000$26,220$46,130
Civil Engineering Technicians17-3022.00RCIAssociate1.279,000$30,430$49,220
Civil Engineers17-2051.00RICBachelor1.94262,800$51,280$84,140
Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment53-7061.00RCshort OJT1.94310,600$16,640$22,620
Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders51-9192.00RCmod. OJT0.1117,700$17,950$28,280
Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders51-9121.00RCImod. OJT0.6183,600$20,290$31,870
Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers51-2021.00RCshort OJT-1.5915,100$20,240$32,000
Coin, Vending, and Amusement Machine Servicers and Repairers49-9091.00RCmod. OJT2.2139,100$19,150$32,700
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food35-3021.00CREshort OJT1.482,682,100$16,100$18,720
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Commercial Divers49-9092.00Rmod. OJT1.623,800$30,110$54,750
Commercial Pilots53-2012.00RIE1,2 year2.1232,700$38,520$80,140
Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic51-4012.00CIRlong OJT1.0816,600$30,860$48,640
Computer, Automated Teller, and Office Machine Repairers49-2011.00RCI1,2 year0.65146,200$22,490$38,550
Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic51-4011.00RCmod. OJT1.92125,100$23,340$36,810
Construction and Related Workers, all other47-4099.00Rmod. OJT**$21,990$38,380
Construction Laborers47-2061.00RCmod. OJT2.13998,800$19,040$34,490
Continuous Mining Machine Operators47-5041.00RCImod. OJT0.0413,900$33,150$50,940
Control and Valve Installers and Repairers, Except Mechanical Door49-9012.00RCImod. OJT*43,800$28,540$51,930
Conveyor Operators and Tenders53-7011.00RCshort OJT1.1536,300$20,600$31,360
Cooks, Fast Food35-2011.00RCshort OJT-0.36530,400$16,260$18,780
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria35-2012.00RCmod. OJT1.23405,300$16,890$24,340
Cooks, Restaurant35-2014.00RElong OJT1.29915,400$16,920$23,300
Cooks, Short Order35-2015.00RCshort OJT0.54174,200$16,390$21,240
Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders51-9193.00RCImod. OJT0.18,900$19,010$30,020
Correctional Officers and Jailers33-3012.00RECmod. OJT0.52475,300$27,000$43,550
Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop35-3022.00RSEshort OJT0.62445,500$16,210$19,430
Couriers and Messengers43-5021.00RCEshort OJT1.26116,200$17,650$27,020
Crane and Tower Operators53-7021.00RCImod. OJT1.5740,100$29,200$50,610
Crushing, Grinding, and Polishing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders51-9021.00RCImod. OJT0.5133,400$19,890$33,340
Cutters and Trimmers, Hand51-9031.00RCshort OJT-0.5717,400$17,830$26,650
Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders51-9032.00RCmod. OJT-0.0161,400$20,320$32,340
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. OJT0.25183,900$19,810$31,090
Dental Laboratory Technicians51-9081.00RIClong OJT0.0840,900$21,330$39,320
Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas47-5011.00RCImod. OJT0.9318,900$32,560$48,740
Desktop Publishers43-9031.00AIC1,2 year-1.4722,600$19,740$39,040
Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers35-9011.00RCSshort OJT0.45397,000$16,260$19,690
Dishwashers35-9021.00RCshort OJT0.7510,200$16,210$18,930
Dredge Operators53-7031.00Rmod. OJT1.482,100$23,440$43,120
Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4032.00RCImod. OJT-0.722,700$21,530$36,020
Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers47-2081.00RCmod. OJT2.75106,700$24,720$42,380
Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas47-5021.00RICmod. OJT1.3817,800$27,840$43,840
Electric Motor, Power Tool, and Related Repairers49-2092.00RC1,2 year0.4919,800$21,190$38,470
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians17-3023.00RIAssociate0.19151,100$34,560$58,070
Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers51-2022.00RCshort OJT-0.57182,900$19,150$30,970
Electrical and Electronics Drafters17-3012.00RCI1,2 year0.5429,200$34,860$58,490
Electrical and Electronics Installers and Repairers, Transportation Equipment49-2093.00RC1,2 year0.2112,700$34,040$52,850
Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment49-2094.00RIC1,2 year0.1169,100$32,770$52,940
Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation and Relay49-2095.00RC1,2 year0.4923,400$48,330$67,380
Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers49-9051.00RIClong OJT1.32108,400$36,500$62,280
Electricians47-2111.00RIClong OJT2.32577,000$30,420$53,030
Electro-Mechanical Technicians17-3024.00RICAssociate0.0516,400$33,360$53,480
Electromechanical Equipment Assemblers51-2023.00RCIshort OJT0.0849,400$21,350$32,950
Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers, Motor Vehicles49-2096.00RIC1,2 year0.2816,000$20,030$33,600
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers49-2097.00RC1,2 year1.3936,800$21,580$36,940
Elevator Installers and Repairers47-4021.00RIClong OJT1.1319,900$39,540$74,140
Embalmers39-4011.00RCI1,2 year0.537,100$26,030$43,680
Engine and Other Machine Assemblers51-2031.00RCshort OJT0.5333,700$24,780$37,730
Etchers and Engravers51-9194.00RClong OJT-0.2710,900$18,780$30,230
Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators53-7032.00Rmod. OJT1.7361,500$25,740$41,850
Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters47-5031.00RICmod. OJT*6,800$32,510$49,380
Extraction Workers, all other47-5099.00Rmod. OJT-0.297,500$24,460$39,710
Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4021.00RCmod. OJT0.8376,500$20,860$34,060
Extruding and Forming Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Synthetic and Glass Fibers51-6091.00Rmod. OJT-0.1614,700$20,970$32,750
Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders51-9041.00RCImod. OJT0.1965,400$20,500$32,880
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers51-6092.00RAClong OJT-3.566,000$21,430$44,790
Fabric Menders, Except Garment49-9093.00Rmod. OJT-0.63800$17,690$28,540
Fallers45-4021.00RCmod. OJT0.339,600$23,250$40,860
Farm Equipment Mechanics and Service Technicians49-3041.00RCI1,2 year1.3432,900$22,560$35,680
Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse45-2092.00Rshort OJT**$17,050$19,990
Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals45-2093.00Rshort OJT**$16,690$24,040
Fence Erectors47-4031.00RCmod. OJT2.3832,100$20,080$32,410
Fiberglass Laminators and Fabricators51-2091.00RCImod. OJT-0.1819,400$19,590$29,960
Firefighters33-2011.00RSlong OJT0.86310,400$22,030$47,850
First-Line Supervisors of Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Workers45-1011.00ERCwork exp.-0.1547,000$25,320$46,410
First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers33-1021.00ERwork exp.0.8260,100$40,720$71,190
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Fish and Game Wardens33-3031.00RIAssociate0.477,600$31,870$49,400
Fishers and Related Fishing Workers45-3011.00Rmod. OJT-0.6332,000$24,130$36,900
Floor Layers, Except Carpet, Wood, and Hard Tiles47-2042.00RCmod. OJT0.6817,600$20,810$38,450
Floor Sanders and Finishers47-2043.00Rmod. OJT1.8210,700$21,820$35,640
Food and Tobacco Roasting, Baking, and Drying Machine Operators and Tenders51-3091.00RCshort OJT0.8118,400$18,210$29,580
Food Batchmakers51-3092.00RCshort OJT0.0798,700$17,900$28,340
Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders51-3093.00RCshort OJT0.5132,300$17,790$28,090
Food Preparation Workers35-2021.00RCshort OJT1.03813,700$16,470$20,910
Forest and Conservation Workers45-4011.00RCImod. OJT0.113,700$16,690$28,600
Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists33-2022.00RCEwork exp.0.581,600$20,560$41,860
Foresters19-1032.00RIEBachelor0.4711,500$36,380$57,140
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. OJT0.322,500$21,370$34,830
Foundry Mold and Coremakers51-4071.00RCmod. OJT1.1510,200$20,520$31,600
Furnace, Kiln, Oven, Drier, and Kettle Operators and Tenders51-9051.00RCmod. OJT0.1120,400$23,170$37,080
Furniture Finishers51-7021.00RAlong OJT0.5520,600$18,980$29,900
Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators53-7071.00RCmod. OJT-1.014,500$33,170$51,840
Gas Plant Operators51-8092.00RClong OJT-0.6513,700$40,800$61,090
Geological and Petroleum Technicians19-4041.00CRIAssociate1.4714,400$26,940$59,880
Glaziers47-2121.00RClong OJT4.2441,900$24,170$42,090
Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products45-2041.00RCwork exp.0.1248,200$16,950$20,870
Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand51-9022.00RCmod. OJT0.7727,900$19,280$29,250
Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4033.00Rmod. OJT0.1472,600$20,700$33,070
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Hazardous Materials Removal Workers47-4041.00RCmod. OJT2.3138,100$25,000$41,660
Heat Treating Equipment Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4191.00RCmod. OJT0.0818,600$22,070$35,380
Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers49-9021.00RCIlong OJT3.37267,800$27,330$45,830
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers53-3032.00RCmod. OJT2.061,604,800$25,110$40,360
Helpers, Construction Trades, all other47-3019.00Rshort OJT2.8719,600$17,620$27,420
Helpers--Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, and Tile and Marble Setters47-3011.00Rshort OJT6.0129,400$19,260$31,100
Helpers--Carpenters47-3012.00RCshort OJT5.5746,500$18,130$27,230
Helpers--Electricians47-3013.00RCshort OJT3.0673,500$19,020$28,840
Helpers--Extraction Workers47-5081.00RCshort OJT0.5524,600$21,550$33,660
Helpers--Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers49-9098.00RCIshort OJT1.84125,000$17,340$26,780
Helpers--Painters, Paperhangers, Plasterers, and Stucco Masons47-3014.00RCshort OJT2.211,900$17,710$26,360
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Helpers--Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters47-3015.00Rshort OJT4.5457,900$18,010$28,380
Helpers--Production Workers51-9198.00RCshort OJT0.87395,100$17,100$24,620
Helpers--Roofers47-3016.00RCshort OJT0.9612,700$17,380$25,030
Highway Maintenance Workers47-4051.00RCmod. OJT0.82148,500$22,220$36,240
Hoist and Winch Operators53-7041.00RECmod. OJT0.652,800$25,090$47,710
Home Appliance Repairers49-9031.00RCIlong OJT0.6547,700$19,610$37,270
Industrial Machinery Mechanics49-9041.00RIClong OJT2.16287,100$30,850$48,690
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators53-7051.00RCshort OJT1.18522,200$20,390$32,090
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers51-9061.00CRmod. OJT0.8416,100$20,460$37,240
Insulation Workers, Floor, Ceiling, and Wall47-2131.00Rmod. OJT2.3423,200$20,990$36,390
Insulation Workers, Mechanical47-2132.00RCImod. OJT3.1828,300$25,630$44,680
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners37-2011.00RCshort OJT1.072,310,400$16,820$24,850
Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers51-9071.00RA1,2 year-0.5239,200$19,600$38,840
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand53-7062.00Rshort OJT1.542,068,200$17,300$26,410
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers37-3011.00RCshort OJT2.091,151,500$17,330$25,870
Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4034.00RICmod. OJT-0.4741,900$23,480$37,600
Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers51-6011.00RCmod. OJT0.07225,200$16,540$21,540
Lay-Out Workers, Metal and Plastic51-4192.00RCImod. OJT1.378,900$23,870$42,330
Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers33-9092.00RSshort OJT1.23121,500$16,250$20,720
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers53-3033.00RCshort OJT1.47856,000$18,190$33,940
Loading Machine Operators, Underground Mining53-7033.00RCmod. OJT-0.243,900$34,710$48,060
Locksmiths and Safe Repairers49-9094.00RCmod. OJT1.7725,700$22,060$39,160
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Locomotive Engineers53-4011.00RCwork exp.0.4438,700$37,520$54,830
Locomotive Firers53-4012.00RCwork exp.-0.511,100$38,860$48,550
Logging Equipment Operators45-4022.00RICmod. OJT0.3735,100$21,110$34,130
Machine Feeders and Offbearers53-7063.00RCshort OJT0.01119,400$18,200$28,680
Machinists51-4041.00RCIlong OJT0.85370,400$24,340$40,860
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners37-2012.00RCshort OJT0.781,427,300$16,430$21,820
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General49-9071.00RCImod. OJT1.11,289,000$20,920$37,190
Maintenance Workers, Machinery49-9043.00RCIshort OJT0.6569,900$25,130$42,190
Manufactured Building and Mobile Home Installers49-9095.00RCmod. OJT1.397,800$18,630$30,160
Marine Engineers and Naval Architects17-2121.00IRBachelor1.755,900$54,260$96,140
Material Moving Workers, all other53-7199.00Rmod. OJT1.1429,800$19,550$41,040
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers51-3022.00Rshort OJT1.55166,100$17,380$23,690
Mechanical Door Repairers49-9011.00Rmod. OJT2.4612,800$24,000$38,590
Mechanical Drafters17-3013.00RCI1,2 year1.1167,400$32,690$53,270
Mechanical Engineering Technicians17-3027.00RIAssociate0.3944,900$33,370$53,830
Mechanical Engineers17-2141.00IRCBachelor0.88243,200$52,030$84,770
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians29-2012.00RICAssociate1.47161,200$24,790$39,340
Medical Appliance Technicians51-9082.00RISlong OJT0.3714,200$22,890$38,200
Medical Equipment Preparers31-9093.00RCIshort OJT1.7549,200$21,200$32,260
Medical Equipment Repairers49-9062.00RICAssociate3.1537,900$26,550$46,910
Metal Workers and Plastic Workers, all other51-4199.00RCmod. OJT0.1626,800$19,240$34,280
Metal-Refining Furnace Operators and Tenders51-4051.00RICmod. OJT1.6315,600$25,420$40,060
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4035.00RCmod. OJT0.3620,800$22,110$37,460
Millwrights49-9044.00RCIlong OJT-0.4836,500$30,170$50,730
Mine Cutting and Channeling Machine Operators47-5042.00Rmod. OJT0.217,000$28,570$46,540
Mine Shuttle Car Operators53-7111.00Rshort OJT-0.623,100$41,620$51,310
Mining Machine Operators, all other47-5049.00Rmod. OJT*3,400$31,450$46,590
Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders51-9023.00RCImod. OJT-0.22124,600$20,500$35,200
Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines49-3042.00RC1,2 year1.62124,600$31,070$47,140
Model Makers, Metal and Plastic51-4061.00RICmod. OJT-0.826,200$26,850$46,970
Model Makers, Wood51-7031.00RAClong OJT1.131,600$17,930$31,740
Molders, Shapers, and Casters, Except Metal and Plastic51-9195.00RAmod. OJT0.843,400$19,070$30,770
Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4072.00RCImod. OJT0.51115,200$19,190$30,400
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Motion Picture Projectionists39-3021.00RCshort OJT-1.1110,400$16,500$21,600
Motor Vehicle Operators, all other53-3099.00Rshort OJT1.1164,600$17,150$31,510
Motorboat Mechanics and Service Technicians49-3051.00RCIlong OJT2.0620,800$21,530$37,140
Motorboat Operators53-5022.00RCEmod. OJT1.493,100$18,800$38,560
Motorcycle Mechanics49-3052.00Rlong OJT2.3618,000$21,030$34,910
Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4081.00Rmod. OJT0.3870,400$21,680$35,060
Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners49-9063.00RAIlong OJT0.196,300$19,430$33,620
Nonfarm Animal Caretakers39-2021.00RCshort OJT2.78189,100$16,490$22,370
Nuclear Power Reactor Operators51-8011.00RCElong OJT0.365,200$55,060$76,020
Nuclear Technicians19-4051.00RCIAssociate1.357,100$42,270$69,720
Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators47-2073.00RCImod. OJT2.35349,100$27,080$46,270
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians51-9083.00RCmod. OJT1.2829,800$18,860$29,850
Outdoor Power Equipment and Other Small Engine Mechanics49-3053.00RCmod. OJT1.9130,100$19,940$31,820
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders51-9111.00RCshort OJT0.38337,200$17,660$28,160
Packers and Packagers, Hand53-7064.00RCshort OJT0.86677,300$16,720$22,470
Painters, Construction and Maintenance47-2141.00RCmod. OJT1.85390,500$22,980$38,590
Painters, Transportation Equipment51-9122.00RCmod. OJT0.9446,200$25,380$43,600
Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers51-9123.00Rshort OJT1.7225,300$18,550$29,270
Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders51-9196.00RCmod. OJT-0.6190,900$20,680$35,660
Paperhangers47-2142.00RCmod. OJT1.039,100$23,580$38,630
Parking Lot Attendants53-6021.00RCshort OJT-0.17125,100$16,620$21,540
Patternmakers, Metal and Plastic51-4062.00RCImod. OJT-0.194,500$25,160$43,400
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Patternmakers, Wood51-7032.00RIAlong OJT0.431,200$24,910$41,030
Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators47-2071.00RCmod. OJT2.2151,600$23,940$40,170
Pest Control Workers37-2021.00RCmod. OJT2.6168,400$19,540$32,190
Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation37-3012.00RCmod. OJT1.0229,500$20,460$32,000
Petroleum Engineers17-2171.00IRCBachelor1.730,200$75,030$147,470
Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers51-8093.00RClong OJT-1.444,200$38,820$60,730
Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators51-9151.00RCmod. OJT-0.7758,700$17,180$26,140
Pile-Driver Operators47-2072.00RCImod. OJT3.64,100$28,810$55,480
Pipelayers47-2151.00Rmod. OJT2.5353,100$23,340$39,970
Plant and System Operators, all other51-8099.00RClong OJT*11,300$28,890$52,660
Plasterers and Stucco Masons47-2161.00Rlong OJT1.7127,900$23,880$41,860
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Plating and Coating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4193.00RCmod. OJT0.9331,200$19,830$31,830
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters47-2152.00RClong OJT2.56419,900$29,020$52,950
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers33-3051.00RElong OJT0.82663,900$32,350$57,770
Pourers and Casters, Metal51-4052.00RCmod. OJT0.4511,500$22,970$35,750
Power Distributors and Dispatchers51-8012.00RIClong OJT-0.310,300$48,400$73,710
Power Plant Operators51-8013.00RClong OJT-0.2540,500$41,460$65,080
Precision Instrument and Equipment Repairers, all other49-9069.00Rlong OJT0.9315,000$33,370$52,880
Prepress Technicians and Workers51-5111.00RClong OJT-1.5950,800$22,140$39,020
Pressers, Textile, Garment, and Related Materials51-6021.00RCshort OJT-1.1857,800$16,500$20,730
Print Binding and Finishing Workers51-5113.00RCmod. OJT-0.3153,700$19,340$31,560
Printing Machine Operators51-5112.00RCmod. OJT-0.15200,100$20,550$36,090
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers53-7072.00RCImod. OJT0.3710,800$25,300$47,590
Radio Mechanics49-2021.00RIC1,2 year2.949,900$26,300$46,260
Radio Operators27-4013.00RCmod. OJT0.71,200$18,780$43,240
Radiologic Technologists29-2034.00RSAssociate**$37,060$56,450
Rail Car Repairers49-3043.00RCIlong OJT1.6921,700$28,680$47,430
Rail Transportation Workers, all other53-4099.00Rmod. OJT*3,100$30,180$54,930
Rail Yard Engineers, Dinkey Operators, and Hostlers53-4013.00RCIwork exp.-0.365,600$28,510$43,450
Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators47-4061.00Rmod. OJT0.1915,000$30,500$46,200
Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators53-4021.00RCwork exp.-0.4221,700$29,360$50,260
Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters53-4031.00ERCwork exp.0.4740,800$39,970$56,770
Recreational Vehicle Service Technicians49-3092.00RIClong OJT2.239,900$21,770$36,120
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Refractory Materials Repairers, Except Brickmasons49-9045.00RCImod. OJT0.862,100$26,960$41,870
Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors53-7081.00RCshort OJT2.02139,900$18,770$35,230
Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers47-2171.00RCIlong OJT4.8619,100$25,560$51,140
Riggers49-9096.00RCIshort OJT1.0615,200$26,470$44,590
Rock Splitters, Quarry47-5051.00RCmod. OJT1.173,500$20,300$33,870
Rolling Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4023.00RCmod. OJT0.8232,200$22,980$38,160
Roof Bolters, Mining47-5061.00RC*0.25,700$44,260$54,240
Roofers47-2181.00RCmod. OJT1.78136,700$22,350$38,760
Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas47-5012.00RECmod. OJT0.7222,500$30,990$56,540
Roustabouts, Oil and Gas47-5071.00Rmod. OJT0.8352,700$22,720$35,800
Sailors and Marine Oilers53-5011.00RCshort OJT2.1333,400$22,170$39,760
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood51-7041.00RCImod. OJT2.4739,000$17,820$27,520
Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers49-2098.00RC1,2 year3.363,800$26,370$43,210
Segmental Pavers47-4091.00RCmod. OJT3.311,300$18,300$35,740
Semiconductor Processors51-9141.00RCIAssociate-1.7921,100$22,820$34,780
Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders51-9012.00RCImod. OJT0.5138,400$22,770$40,340
Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners47-4071.00Rmod. OJT2.0725,300$21,270$35,970
Service Unit Operators, Oil, Gas, and Mining47-5013.00RCImod. OJT0.8640,700$28,190$47,540
Sewers, Hand51-6051.00RACshort OJT-0.5410,400$17,380$25,390
Sewing Machine Operators51-6031.00RCmod. OJT-2.58163,200$17,020$23,110
Sheet Metal Workers47-2211.00Rmod. OJT1.75136,100$25,310$46,870
Ship Engineers53-5031.00RCE1,2 year1.810,100$40,370$75,480
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Shoe and Leather Workers and Repairers51-6041.00RCAlong OJT-1.3610,200$17,460$26,050
Shoe Machine Operators and Tenders51-6042.00RCmod. OJT-5.343,200$16,900$25,600
Signal and Track Switch Repairers49-9097.00RCmod. OJT-0.27,100$38,520$55,390
Slaughterers and Meat Packers51-3023.00RCmod. OJT0.8389,100$18,210$24,930
Sound Engineering Technicians27-4014.00RA1,2 year0.0619,000$22,810$55,340
Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators51-8021.00RIClong OJT0.6237,600$33,600$54,860
Stonemasons47-2022.00Rlong OJT3.6515,600$22,210$40,120
Structural Iron and Steel Workers47-2221.00RIClong OJT2.1959,800$26,970$50,740
Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters51-2041.00RCmod. OJT1.5780,900$24,550$37,260
Subway and Streetcar Operators53-4041.00RC*0.986,500$38,960$58,220
Surgical Technologists29-2055.00RSC1,2 year1.8993,600$29,710$43,480
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Surveying and Mapping Technicians17-3031.00RCmod. OJT1.5956,900$24,180$42,680
Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers51-6052.00RAElong OJT0.247,200$17,830$29,170
Tank Car, Truck, and Ship Loaders53-7121.00RCmod. OJT0.2110,400$23,900$46,400
Tapers47-2082.00Rmod. OJT3.4722,900$27,340$49,940
Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs53-3041.00REshort OJT1.96239,900$17,050$25,140
Team Assemblers51-2092.00RCEmod. OJT0.55952,600$18,150$29,910
Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers49-2022.00RIClong OJT1.46194,900$30,840$53,710
Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers49-9052.00RElong OJT1.36160,600$27,620$51,920
Terrazzo Workers and Finishers47-2053.00Rlong OJT1.53,700$23,050$42,440
Textile Bleaching and Dyeing Machine Operators and Tenders51-6061.00Rmod. OJT-1.5213,900$17,950$25,520
Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders51-6062.00RCmod. OJT-2.1814,900$17,590$25,460
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Textile Knitting and Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders51-6063.00RClong OJT-1.8222,500$18,400$26,950
Textile Winding, Twisting, and Drawing Out Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders51-6064.00RCmod. OJT-1.2429,000$19,340$26,010
Textile, Apparel, and Furnishings Workers, all other51-6099.00Rshort OJT-1.2116,700$17,860$28,970
Tile and Marble Setters47-2044.00RCAlong OJT2.5458,700$21,450$41,820
Timing Device Assemblers and Adjusters51-2093.00RCmod. OJT*1,600$20,190$29,080
Tire Builders51-9197.00RCmod. OJT-0.5715,500$21,630$39,340
Tire Repairers and Changers49-3093.00RCshort OJT1.8599,000$17,350$25,440
Tool and Die Makers51-4111.00RIClong OJT-0.2367,700$31,530$48,490
Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners51-4194.00RCmod. OJT0.713,100$21,190$35,560
Traffic Technicians53-6041.00RIEshort OJT1.126,900$24,790$42,480
Transportation Inspectors53-6051.00RCIwork exp.1.4427,400$31,760$66,470
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Tree Trimmers and Pruners37-3013.00Rshort OJT1.7950,600$20,370$33,850
Upholsterers51-6093.00Rlong OJT0.4246,900$19,420$31,750
Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers31-9096.00RSIshort OJT1.4273,200$17,150$24,740
Watch Repairers49-9064.00RCIlong OJT0.592,500$20,630$39,570
Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators51-8031.00RClong OJT1.16110,700$25,850$44,630
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers51-4121.00RClong OJT1.5337,300$24,720$38,410
Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders51-4122.00RCmod. OJT0.6641,500$22,880$36,060
Wellhead Pumpers53-7073.00RCImod. OJT0.4615,100$26,930$46,140
Woodworkers, all other51-7099.00Rmod. OJT0.4414,900$17,660$30,150
Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing51-7042.00RCImod. OJT2.0260,600$18,450$28,100

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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.

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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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