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

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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 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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