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Realistic career interests, in The United States

occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Civil Engineers17-2051.00RICBachelor0.84281,400$52,900$87,940
Marine Engineers and Naval Architects17-2121.00IRBachelor0.848,300$61,110$100,090
Mechanical Engineers17-2141.00IRCBachelor0.53277,500$53,640$88,190
Petroleum Engineers17-2171.00IRCBachelor0.9735,100$74,880$149,590
Architectural and Civil Drafters17-3011.00RI1,2 year-0.394,000$33,260$53,470
Electrical and Electronics Drafters17-3012.00RCI1,2 year0.5330,100$36,140$62,890
Mechanical Drafters17-3013.00RCI1,2 year-0.6865,700$34,030$56,610
Civil Engineering Technicians17-3022.00RCIAssociate0.4974,000$31,400$51,330
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians17-3023.00RIAssociate-0.2139,400$36,170$61,870
Electro-Mechanical Technicians17-3024.00RICAssociate0.0714,700$33,580$56,320
Mechanical Engineering Technicians17-3027.00RIAssociate0.1948,400$33,830$56,390
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Surveying and Mapping Technicians17-3031.00RCmod. OJT-0.7757,300$26,060$44,800
Foresters19-1032.00RIEBachelor0.8415,500$38,660$60,650
Agricultural and Food Science Technicians19-4011.00RICAssociate0.5233,000$23,450$39,000
Biological Technicians19-4021.00RICAssociate0.5379,300$26,610$45,230
Chemical Technicians19-4031.00IRCAssociate0.1866,500$27,260$48,730
Geological and Petroleum Technicians19-4041.00CRIAssociate1.2116,500$24,840$60,710
Nuclear Technicians19-4051.00RCIAssociate-0.596,800$47,730$78,850
Broadcast Technicians27-4012.00RCIAssociate-0.6330,100$19,030$44,050
Radio Operators27-4013.00RCmod. OJT01,200$18,750$47,200
Sound Engineering Technicians27-4014.00RA1,2 year0.8116,100$22,510$63,340
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians29-2012.00RICAssociate1.77163,400$25,890$41,420
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Radiologic Technologists29-2034.00RSAssociate0.87197,000$38,110$58,520
Surgical Technologists29-2055.00RSC1,2 year1.4799,800$31,410$45,940
Medical Equipment Preparers31-9093.00RCIshort OJT1.452,000$23,030$34,950
Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers31-9096.00RSIshort OJT0.973,400$18,060$25,940
First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers33-1021.00ERwork exp.0.5263,500$41,790$74,970
Firefighters33-2011.00RSlong OJT0.53327,300$23,010$49,330
Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists33-2022.00RCEwork exp.1.761,700$24,500$44,740
Correctional Officers and Jailers33-3012.00RECmod. OJT0.37457,600$27,830$45,320
Fish and Game Wardens33-3031.00RIAssociate0.166,200$34,620$54,970
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers33-3051.00RElong OJT0.5680,000$33,430$61,270
Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers33-9092.00RSshort OJT0.67141,300$16,770$21,930
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Cooks, Fast Food35-2011.00RCshort OJT-1.53524,400$16,510$19,610
Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria35-2012.00RCmod. OJT0.63417,600$17,400$25,560
Cooks, Restaurant35-2014.00RElong OJT1.431,109,700$17,680$24,430
Cooks, Short Order35-2015.00RCshort OJT-0.51181,600$17,000$21,940
Food Preparation Workers35-2021.00RCshort OJT0.63873,900$17,060$22,050
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food35-3021.00CREshort OJT1.093,159,700$16,570$19,710
Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop35-3022.00RSEshort OJT0.6481,200$16,890$20,590
Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers35-9011.00RCSshort OJT0.61415,300$16,950$21,400
Dishwashers35-9021.00RCshort OJT-0.38507,400$16,920$20,360
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners37-2011.00RCshort OJT0.582,360,600$17,550$26,180
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners37-2012.00RCshort OJT0.771,457,700$17,020$22,990
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Pest Control Workers37-2021.00RCmod. OJT-0.1274,100$21,270$34,080
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers37-3011.00RCshort OJT0.611,167,800$18,460$27,460
Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation37-3012.00RCmod. OJT0.3836,400$22,720$34,570
Tree Trimmers and Pruners37-3013.00Rshort OJT0.5653,200$21,660$36,030
Nonfarm Animal Caretakers39-2021.00RCshort OJT1.05204,800$17,160$23,630
Motion Picture Projectionists39-3021.00RCshort OJT-1.796,700$17,360$24,540
Amusement and Recreation Attendants39-3091.00ECRshort OJT0.77288,600$16,870$21,360
Embalmers39-4011.00RCI1,2 year-0.533,800$23,550$41,490
Barbers39-5011.00REC1,2 year159,200$17,940$29,140
Couriers and Messengers43-5021.00RCEshort OJT0.5292,900$18,880$29,130
Desktop Publishers43-9031.00AIC1,2 year-2.0914,800$23,150$43,900
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
First-Line Supervisors of Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Workers45-1011.00ERCwork exp.-0.8147,100$26,190$48,290
Agricultural Inspectors45-2011.00RCIwork exp.-0.0714,200$26,440$43,810
Animal Breeders45-2021.00RImod. OJT-0.147,000$20,430$44,650
Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products45-2041.00RCwork exp.-0.7753,000$18,040$23,260
Agricultural Equipment Operators45-2091.00Rmod. OJT0.5457,800$18,900$29,380
Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse45-2092.00Rshort OJT-0.91470,200$18,710$22,130
Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals45-2093.00Rshort OJT-0.32216,100$17,510$26,160
Fishers and Related Fishing Workers45-3011.00Rmod. OJT**$18,760$29,970
Hunters and Trappers45-3021.00Rmod. OJT****
Forest and Conservation Workers45-4011.00RCImod. OJT0.4314,000$18,870$29,860
Fallers45-4021.00RCmod. OJT-1.718,200$22,150$41,750
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Logging Equipment Operators45-4022.00RICmod. OJT-0.0537,300$22,720$36,930
Boilermakers47-2011.00RClong OJT0.9217,400$36,810$60,660
Brickmasons and Blockmasons47-2021.00RCIlong OJT1.8678,100$29,800$51,750
Stonemasons47-2022.00Rlong OJT1.4814,900$22,350$42,970
Carpenters47-2031.00RCIlong OJT0.64945,400$26,220$46,780
Carpet Installers47-2041.00REmod. OJT-0.0445,300$21,020$43,210
Floor Layers, Except Carpet, Wood, and Hard Tiles47-2042.00RCmod. OJT1.2317,100$23,190$42,520
Floor Sanders and Finishers47-2043.00Rmod. OJT0.637,900$21,420$38,160
Tile and Marble Setters47-2044.00RCAlong OJT0.6555,100$23,890$44,010
Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers47-2051.00REmod. OJT1.31155,200$25,550$42,080
Terrazzo Workers and Finishers47-2053.00Rlong OJT0.593,400$26,460$46,050
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Construction Laborers47-2061.00RCmod. OJT1.271,159,100$20,640$36,550
Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators47-2071.00RCmod. OJT0.9257,700$25,540$43,020
Pile-Driver Operators47-2072.00RCImod. OJT1.623,700$28,400$55,150
Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators47-2073.00RCImod. OJT1.02363,400$28,980$49,110
Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers47-2081.00RCmod. OJT0.52106,000$26,250$45,510
Tapers47-2082.00Rmod. OJT0.5221,000$29,140$53,080
Electricians47-2111.00RIClong OJT1.37628,800$31,410$55,590
Glaziers47-2121.00RClong OJT0.4245,300$25,550$45,420
Insulation Workers, Floor, Ceiling, and Wall47-2131.00Rmod. OJT0.5925,600$23,140$38,810
Insulation Workers, Mechanical47-2132.00RCImod. OJT1.9330,100$27,640$49,970
Painters, Construction and Maintenance47-2141.00RCmod. OJT0.74360,500$23,900$40,540
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Paperhangers47-2142.00RCmod. OJT0.316,400$21,230$36,610
Pipelayers47-2151.00Rmod. OJT1.1645,700$25,640$41,910
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters47-2152.00RClong OJT1.16425,000$29,680$55,100
Plasterers and Stucco Masons47-2161.00Rlong OJT0.727,000$25,640$42,070
Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers47-2171.00RCIlong OJT2.3518,700$27,760$54,030
Roofers47-2181.00RCmod. OJT1.29123,400$24,560$40,630
Sheet Metal Workers47-2211.00Rmod. OJT0.67141,000$25,760$49,810
Structural Iron and Steel Workers47-2221.00RIClong OJT0.4661,400$29,770$54,750
Helpers--Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, and Tile and Marble Setters47-3011.00Rshort OJT2.2623,500$20,770$32,090
Helpers--Carpenters47-3012.00RCshort OJT0.7639,700$19,280$29,200
Helpers--Electricians47-3013.00RCshort OJT1.8169,000$19,680$30,000
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Helpers--Painters, Paperhangers, Plasterers, and Stucco Masons47-3014.00RCshort OJT1.0111,900$19,220$27,690
Helpers--Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters47-3015.00Rshort OJT1.3452,400$20,050$29,950
Helpers--Roofers47-3016.00RCshort OJT1.511,300$19,680$27,820
Helpers, Construction Trades, all other47-3019.00Rshort OJT1.0319,500$19,690$30,500
Elevator Installers and Repairers47-4021.00RIClong OJT1.320,700$40,140$77,350
Fence Erectors47-4031.00RCmod. OJT0.8224,400$21,230$34,840
Hazardous Materials Removal Workers47-4041.00RCmod. OJT0.7643,700$26,170$44,150
Highway Maintenance Workers47-4051.00RCmod. OJT0.48151,300$23,600$38,200
Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators47-4061.00Rmod. OJT0.915,600$31,100$51,340
Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners47-4071.00Rmod. OJT1.6224,700$22,020$37,880
Segmental Pavers47-4091.00RCmod. OJT0.771,300$21,260$31,820
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Construction and Related Workers, all other47-4099.00Rmod. OJT0.6835,400$23,200$39,500
Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas47-5011.00RCImod. OJT1.3421,700$33,280$50,710
Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas47-5012.00RECmod. OJT1.2627,700$30,360$60,380
Service Unit Operators, Oil, Gas, and Mining47-5013.00RCImod. OJT0.7264,900$29,790$50,150
Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas47-5021.00RICmod. OJT1.3520,000$28,370$51,840
Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters47-5031.00RICmod. OJT0.378,100$33,050$52,580
Continuous Mining Machine Operators47-5041.00RCImod. OJT-0.5712,300$32,480$50,660
Mine Cutting and Channeling Machine Operators47-5042.00Rmod. OJT-0.147,400$30,400$50,720
Mining Machine Operators, all other47-5049.00Rmod. OJT02,600$30,880$49,270
Rock Splitters, Quarry47-5051.00RCmod. OJT0.543,700$21,670$34,870
Roof Bolters, Mining47-5061.00RC*-1.176,000$42,920$55,500
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Roustabouts, Oil and Gas47-5071.00Rmod. OJT0.8276,400$25,160$38,700
Helpers--Extraction Workers47-5081.00RCshort OJT1.2425,800$24,700$37,080
Extraction Workers, all other47-5099.00Rmod. OJT1.055,700$26,000$49,140
Computer, Automated Teller, and Office Machine Repairers49-2011.00RCI1,2 year0.24131,600$22,230$38,990
Radio Mechanics49-2021.00RIC1,2 year0.5913,600$30,490$52,940
Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers49-2022.00RIClong OJT-0.36218,600$30,210$54,510
Avionics Technicians49-2091.00RIC1,2 year0.0617,400$36,960$60,200
Electric Motor, Power Tool, and Related Repairers49-2092.00RC1,2 year0.3619,300$24,780$43,760
Electrical and Electronics Installers and Repairers, Transportation Equipment49-2093.00RC1,2 year0.4114,800$36,860$59,080
Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment49-2094.00RIC1,2 year067,800$34,570$56,670
Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation and Relay49-2095.00RC1,2 year-0.4422,700$49,800$72,450
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers, Motor Vehicles49-2096.00RIC1,2 year-4.9611,500$19,310$33,500
Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers49-2097.00RC1,2 year0.2429,600$22,440$39,670
Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers49-2098.00RC1,2 year1.364,000$27,310$44,860
Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians49-3011.00RCI1,2 year0.13119,900$34,770$60,160
Automotive Body and Related Repairers49-3021.00Rlong OJT0.92149,700$25,030$44,590
Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers49-3022.00RCElong OJT0.7819,300$20,390$35,210
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics49-3023.00RI1,2 year0.53739,900$21,020$40,720
Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists49-3031.00RC1,2 year1.2263,900$28,680$46,110
Farm Equipment Mechanics and Service Technicians49-3041.00RCI1,2 year0.7240,300$23,870$38,510
Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines49-3042.00RC1,2 year0.53124,700$32,160$50,080
Rail Car Repairers49-3043.00RCIlong OJT0.2321,500$32,210$54,130
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Motorboat Mechanics and Service Technicians49-3051.00RCIlong OJT0.2722,500$22,820$39,500
Motorcycle Mechanics49-3052.00Rlong OJT0.5917,000$21,770$36,240
Outdoor Power Equipment and Other Small Engine Mechanics49-3053.00RCmod. OJT0.4632,300$21,090$34,520
Bicycle Repairers49-3091.00RCImod. OJT2.2210,800$19,060$27,900
Recreational Vehicle Service Technicians49-3092.00RIClong OJT0.3511,400$23,010$37,380
Tire Repairers and Changers49-3093.00RCshort OJT0.42105,500$18,240$26,310
Mechanical Door Repairers49-9011.00Rmod. OJT1.0917,400$25,300$39,900
Control and Valve Installers and Repairers, Except Mechanical Door49-9012.00RCImod. OJT0.0542,400$30,720$55,760
Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers49-9021.00RCIlong OJT1.36292,000$27,790$47,380
Home Appliance Repairers49-9031.00RCIlong OJT-0.3446,400$21,650$38,820
Industrial Machinery Mechanics49-9041.00RIClong OJT1.8332,200$31,870$51,470
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Maintenance Workers, Machinery49-9043.00RCIshort OJT0.8291,200$26,650$44,540
Millwrights49-9044.00RCIlong OJT1.5240,900$32,210$52,650
Refractory Materials Repairers, Except Brickmasons49-9045.00RCImod. OJT01,800$32,630$48,920
Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers49-9051.00RIClong OJT1.1118,600$36,000$65,650
Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers49-9052.00RElong OJT0.06118,000$28,360$54,200
Camera and Photographic Equipment Repairers49-9061.00RCImod. OJT0.273,700$21,920$42,510
Medical Equipment Repairers49-9062.00RICAssociate0.648,000$28,290$49,400
Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners49-9063.00RAIlong OJT0.358,600$19,960$38,590
Watch Repairers49-9064.00RCIlong OJT-2.592,700$19,320$37,110
Precision Instrument and Equipment Repairers, all other49-9069.00Rlong OJT0.1612,800$30,020$54,110
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General49-9071.00RCImod. OJT0.611,374,700$21,700$38,950
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Coin, Vending, and Amusement Machine Servicers and Repairers49-9091.00RCmod. OJT-0.8634,900$19,720$34,260
Commercial Divers49-9092.00Rmod. OJT3.644,400$30,320$54,640
Fabric Menders, Except Garment49-9093.00Rmod. OJT-1.25800$19,290$25,840
Locksmiths and Safe Repairers49-9094.00RCmod. OJT-1.4820,900$22,770$41,270
Manufactured Building and Mobile Home Installers49-9095.00RCmod. OJT-34,000$19,640$33,150
Riggers49-9096.00RCIshort OJT0.8720,800$26,880$47,770
Signal and Track Switch Repairers49-9097.00RCmod. OJT09,500$43,070$62,650
Helpers--Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers49-9098.00RCIshort OJT0.95129,000$18,320$28,530
Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging, and Systems Assemblers51-2011.00Rlong OJT-0.4940,600$30,930$51,040
Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers51-2021.00RCshort OJT-0.5414,900$20,390$32,990
Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers51-2022.00RCshort OJT-0.49207,200$20,240$33,260
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Electromechanical Equipment Assemblers51-2023.00RCIshort OJT-0.5347,200$21,880$35,140
Engine and Other Machine Assemblers51-2031.00RCshort OJT039,000$25,790$41,750
Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters51-2041.00RCmod. OJT0.279,200$24,620$39,040
Fiberglass Laminators and Fabricators51-2091.00RCImod. OJT-0.3119,200$20,380$30,760
Team Assemblers51-2092.00RCEmod. OJT-0.061,144,200$19,240$31,560
Timing Device Assemblers and Adjusters51-2093.00RCmod. OJT-0.591,700$24,480$41,510
Assemblers and Fabricators, all other51-2099.00Rmod. OJT0.48240,700$18,740$29,920
Bakers51-3011.00RClong OJT0.7185,300$18,140$26,270
Butchers and Meat Cutters51-3021.00RCElong OJT0.5139,000$19,200$30,940
Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers51-3022.00Rshort OJT-0.01152,400$18,330$24,810
Slaughterers and Meat Packers51-3023.00RCmod. OJT-0.0686,400$19,110$26,420
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Food and Tobacco Roasting, Baking, and Drying Machine Operators and Tenders51-3091.00RCshort OJT0.1118,500$19,140$30,320
Food Batchmakers51-3092.00RCshort OJT-0.04122,500$18,740$29,210
Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders51-3093.00RCshort OJT0.1337,500$18,720$29,430
Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic51-4011.00RCmod. OJT1.75148,800$24,410$38,720
Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic51-4012.00CIRlong OJT1.9125,100$32,330$51,630
Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4021.00RCmod. OJT-2.4473,400$21,580$34,580
Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4022.00RCImod. OJT-2.1321,600$22,250$36,910
Rolling Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4023.00RCmod. OJT-1.3633,700$25,060$41,200
Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4031.00RCmod. OJT-2.06192,200$20,800$33,030
Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4032.00RCImod. OJT-2.0817,800$22,790$37,660
Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4033.00Rmod. OJT-2.1871,400$21,280$34,560
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4034.00RICmod. OJT-242,900$23,520$38,080
Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4035.00RCmod. OJT-2.0522,400$23,830$39,620
Machinists51-4041.00RCIlong OJT0.98399,700$25,230$42,120
Metal-Refining Furnace Operators and Tenders51-4051.00RICmod. OJT-0.4721,200$27,700$42,790
Pourers and Casters, Metal51-4052.00RCmod. OJT-2.659,800$22,030$35,390
Model Makers, Metal and Plastic51-4061.00RICmod. OJT-2.16,200$25,610$48,210
Patternmakers, Metal and Plastic51-4062.00RCImod. OJT-2.373,800$22,930$41,500
Foundry Mold and Coremakers51-4071.00RCmod. OJT-2.7512,000$22,370$33,930
Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4072.00RCImod. OJT-2.49129,500$20,000$31,510
Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4081.00Rmod. OJT-0.2599,800$22,040$35,380
Tool and Die Makers51-4111.00RIClong OJT-1.377,800$32,010$51,130
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers51-4121.00RClong OJT0.36397,900$25,940$40,970
Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders51-4122.00RCmod. OJT-1.859,500$23,950$37,590
Heat Treating Equipment Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4191.00RCmod. OJT-1.9221,300$23,780$38,420
Lay-Out Workers, Metal and Plastic51-4192.00RCImod. OJT-2.0113,400$28,410$46,430
Plating and Coating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4193.00RCmod. OJT-1.8636,100$20,730$32,930
Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners51-4194.00RCmod. OJT-1.7411,500$22,310$37,590
Metal Workers and Plastic Workers, all other51-4199.00RCmod. OJT-1.6522,400$19,840$35,910
Prepress Technicians and Workers51-5111.00RClong OJT-2.4736,500$22,710$40,060
Printing Machine Operators51-5112.00RCmod. OJT-1.25173,000$20,460$37,020
Print Binding and Finishing Workers51-5113.00RCmod. OJT-1.3751,200$19,590$32,170
Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers51-6011.00RCmod. OJT0.18208,200$17,260$22,660
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Pressers, Textile, Garment, and Related Materials51-6021.00RCshort OJT-0.6651,500$17,090$21,640
Sewing Machine Operators51-6031.00RCmod. OJT-2.71153,900$18,060$24,680
Shoe and Leather Workers and Repairers51-6041.00RCAlong OJT-1.559,700$17,780$25,570
Shoe Machine Operators and Tenders51-6042.00RCmod. OJT-2.863,500$17,680$25,560
Sewers, Hand51-6051.00RACshort OJT-112,000$18,240$24,980
Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers51-6052.00RAElong OJT-0.8640,500$18,520$28,630
Textile Bleaching and Dyeing Machine Operators and Tenders51-6061.00Rmod. OJT-2.3911,700$19,450$27,660
Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders51-6062.00RCmod. OJT-2.5914,300$18,630$26,950
Textile Knitting and Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders51-6063.00RClong OJT-2.6227,900$19,110$28,150
Textile Winding, Twisting, and Drawing Out Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders51-6064.00RCmod. OJT-2.1926,000$20,110$27,580
Extruding and Forming Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Synthetic and Glass Fibers51-6091.00Rmod. OJT-1.3920,100$21,380$34,190
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers51-6092.00RAClong OJT-2.595,400$21,270$49,040
Upholsterers51-6093.00Rlong OJT-0.4342,200$19,940$33,550
Textile, Apparel, and Furnishings Workers, all other51-6099.00Rshort OJT-1.1716,200$18,850$29,720
Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters51-7011.00RClong OJT0.1298,100$20,550$33,980
Furniture Finishers51-7021.00RAlong OJT-0.2317,100$19,840$30,920
Model Makers, Wood51-7031.00RAClong OJT02,600$21,330$38,330
Patternmakers, Wood51-7032.00RIAlong OJT01,800$22,540$41,550
Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood51-7041.00RCImod. OJT-0.150,000$19,020$29,190
Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing51-7042.00RCImod. OJT-0.2472,100$19,380$29,090
Woodworkers, all other51-7099.00Rmod. OJT012,900$18,800$32,130
Nuclear Power Reactor Operators51-8011.00RCElong OJT-0.137,500$66,520$88,820
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Power Distributors and Dispatchers51-8012.00RIClong OJT-0.5311,400$53,370$80,400
Power Plant Operators51-8013.00RClong OJT-0.6641,100$43,930$71,070
Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators51-8021.00RIClong OJT0.1539,100$35,400$60,480
Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators51-8031.00RClong OJT0.6117,000$27,120$46,790
Chemical Plant and System Operators51-8091.00RClong OJT-0.9238,100$36,090$59,070
Gas Plant Operators51-8092.00RClong OJT-0.3616,700$43,460$65,830
Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers51-8093.00RClong OJT0.2442,400$39,120$66,020
Plant and System Operators, all other51-8099.00RClong OJT-0.3411,900$31,900$55,530
Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders51-9011.00RCmod. OJT-0.8366,300$27,390$49,640
Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders51-9012.00RCImod. OJT-0.1143,800$23,150$41,210
Crushing, Grinding, and Polishing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders51-9021.00RCImod. OJT-0.7630,200$21,440$35,560
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand51-9022.00RCmod. OJT-0.8729,900$19,800$30,370
Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders51-9023.00RCImod. OJT-0.47125,100$21,730$36,410
Cutters and Trimmers, Hand51-9031.00RCshort OJT-1.7715,800$19,120$28,850
Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders51-9032.00RCmod. OJT-0.8263,600$21,010$33,250
Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders51-9041.00RCImod. OJT-1.3568,200$21,040$34,030
Furnace, Kiln, Oven, Drier, and Kettle Operators and Tenders51-9051.00RCmod. OJT-0.9620,900$22,620$36,970
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers51-9061.00CRmod. OJT-0.02496,600$21,140$39,410
Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers51-9071.00RA1,2 year-1.1339,800$21,640$42,380
Dental Laboratory Technicians51-9081.00RIClong OJT1.0938,700$22,220$40,520
Medical Appliance Technicians51-9082.00RISlong OJT1.0314,600$22,400$39,020
Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians51-9083.00RCmod. OJT0.9930,200$20,610$32,970
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders51-9111.00RCshort OJT0.1378,400$18,860$29,770
Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders51-9121.00RCImod. OJT-0.0797,700$21,400$33,610
Painters, Transportation Equipment51-9122.00RCmod. OJT0.5954,300$25,790$44,920
Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers51-9123.00Rshort OJT-0.1717,500$19,390$31,210
Semiconductor Processors51-9141.00RCIAssociate-0.8325,300$25,310$37,600
Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators51-9151.00RCmod. OJT-3.2628,800$19,170$30,720
Adhesive Bonding Machine Operators and Tenders51-9191.00RCmod. OJT-0.7118,400$21,040$33,750
Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders51-9192.00RCmod. OJT0.0518,500$19,770$29,910
Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders51-9193.00RCImod. OJT-0.118,800$19,690$31,490
Etchers and Engravers51-9194.00RClong OJT-0.219,700$19,680$31,880
Molders, Shapers, and Casters, Except Metal and Plastic51-9195.00RAmod. OJT-0.641,400$19,800$31,690
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders51-9196.00RCmod. OJT-1.0891,900$21,140$37,160
Tire Builders51-9197.00RCmod. OJT-1.3818,100$24,950$40,230
Helpers--Production Workers51-9198.00RCshort OJT-0.38419,200$17,930$26,010
Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers53-2011.00RCIBachelor0.1175,700$60,770$136,400
Commercial Pilots53-2012.00RIE1,2 year1.0343,500$34,800$84,510
Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity53-3021.00RSmod. OJT0.58167,800$22,310$40,160
Bus Drivers, School or Special Client53-3022.00RCshort OJT0.55497,300$18,210$30,580
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers53-3032.00RCmod. OJT0.551,797,700$26,240$42,500
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers53-3033.00RCshort OJT0.31884,700$18,860$34,080
Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs53-3041.00REshort OJT1.31233,700$17,830$26,070
Motor Vehicle Operators, all other53-3099.00Rshort OJT0.8562,000$17,830$33,430
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Locomotive Engineers53-4011.00RCwork exp.-0.2240,400$40,490$59,360
Locomotive Firers53-4012.00RCwork exp.-7.061,700$35,840$54,540
Rail Yard Engineers, Dinkey Operators, and Hostlers53-4013.00RCIwork exp.0.254,000$24,720$47,600
Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators53-4021.00RCwork exp.-0.1822,100$38,230$53,990
Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters53-4031.00ERCwork exp.-0.1845,100$38,450$56,760
Subway and Streetcar Operators53-4041.00RC*0.4212,000$42,120$60,580
Rail Transportation Workers, all other53-4099.00Rmod. OJT0.263,800$28,240$58,760
Sailors and Marine Oilers53-5011.00RCshort OJT0.9228,300$22,440$42,910
Motorboat Operators53-5022.00RCEmod. OJT0.644,700$19,390$41,350
Ship Engineers53-5031.00RCE1,2 year0.7810,300$38,570$78,970
Bridge and Lock Tenders53-6011.00RCEshort OJT-0.293,500$26,400$45,980
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Parking Lot Attendants53-6021.00RCshort OJT0.42135,600$17,550$22,520
Automotive and Watercraft Service Attendants53-6031.00RCshort OJT1.12105,800$17,550$23,440
Traffic Technicians53-6041.00RIEshort OJT0.596,800$27,360$47,660
Transportation Inspectors53-6051.00RCIwork exp.0.1126,400$34,420$72,220
Conveyor Operators and Tenders53-7011.00RCshort OJT-0.0339,700$21,770$35,100
Crane and Tower Operators53-7021.00RCImod. OJT0.7745,500$31,410$54,560
Dredge Operators53-7031.00Rmod. OJT0.452,200$25,760$44,040
Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators53-7032.00Rmod. OJT0.6353,900$26,670$44,520
Loading Machine Operators, Underground Mining53-7033.00RCmod. OJT04,800$28,820$49,740
Hoist and Winch Operators53-7041.00RECmod. OJT02,900$26,720$50,680
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators53-7051.00RCshort OJT0.24530,900$21,640$34,090
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment53-7061.00RCshort OJT0.95346,900$17,400$23,940
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand53-7062.00Rshort OJT0.512,441,300$18,280$27,840
Machine Feeders and Offbearers53-7063.00RCshort OJT-0.34104,200$19,350$30,960
Packers and Packagers, Hand53-7064.00RCshort OJT0.17695,400$17,440$23,710
Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators53-7071.00RCmod. OJT0.395,100$37,010$57,510
Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers53-7072.00RCImod. OJT0.8413,100$26,200$46,200
Wellhead Pumpers53-7073.00RCImod. OJT1.3713,900$27,680$48,180
Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors53-7081.00RCshort OJT0.71131,500$19,860$36,370
Mine Shuttle Car Operators53-7111.00Rshort OJT-0.372,700$43,230$55,120
Tank Car, Truck, and Ship Loaders53-7121.00RCmod. OJT0.3813,000$22,370$41,010
Material Moving Workers, all other53-7199.00Rmod. OJT0.4723,600$19,340$37,060

* 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 2014 to 2024. 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 2014 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 2016. 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 2016. 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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