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Realistic career interests, in The United States of America

occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Hunters and Trappers45-3021.00Rmod. OJT****
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food35-3021.00CREshort OJT1.093,159,700$16,810$20,460
Cooks, Fast Food35-2011.00RCshort OJT-1.53524,400$16,850$20,570
Dishwashers35-9021.00RCshort OJT-0.38507,400$17,310$21,260
Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop35-3022.00RSEshort OJT0.6481,200$17,230$21,380
Amusement and Recreation Attendants39-3091.00ECRshort OJT0.77288,600$17,190$22,000
Pressers, Textile, Garment, and Related Materials51-6021.00RCshort OJT-0.6651,500$17,360$22,270
Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers35-9011.00RCSshort OJT0.61415,300$17,280$22,340
Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers33-9092.00RSshort OJT0.67141,300$17,070$22,640
Food Preparation Workers35-2021.00RCshort OJT0.63873,900$17,420$22,920
Cooks, Short Order35-2015.00RCshort OJT-0.51181,600$17,520$23,130
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers51-6011.00RCmod. OJT0.18208,200$17,580$23,210
Parking Lot Attendants53-6021.00RCshort OJT0.42135,600$17,820$23,250
Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse45-2092.00Rshort OJT-0.91470,200$19,450$23,820
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners37-2012.00RCshort OJT0.771,457,700$17,370$23,830
Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products45-2041.00RCwork exp.-0.7753,000$18,260$24,280
Automotive and Watercraft Service Attendants53-6031.00RCshort OJT1.12105,800$17,900$24,280
Nonfarm Animal Caretakers39-2021.00RCshort OJT1.05204,800$17,550$24,420
Packers and Packagers, Hand53-7064.00RCshort OJT0.17695,400$17,810$24,430
Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment53-7061.00RCshort OJT0.95346,900$17,700$24,660
Motion Picture Projectionists39-3021.00RCshort OJT-1.796,700$17,660$24,750
Cooks, Restaurant35-2014.00RElong OJT1.431,109,700$18,170$25,430
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers51-3022.00Rshort OJT-0.01152,400$19,220$25,510
Sewers, Hand51-6051.00RACshort OJT-112,000$18,760$25,630
Sewing Machine Operators51-6031.00RCmod. OJT-2.71153,900$18,500$25,830
Shoe and Leather Workers and Repairers51-6041.00RCAlong OJT-1.559,700$18,000$26,040
Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria35-2012.00RCmod. OJT0.63417,600$17,840$26,370
Shoe Machine Operators and Tenders51-6042.00RCmod. OJT-2.863,500$17,790$26,530
Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs53-3041.00REshort OJT1.31233,700$18,250$26,790
Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers31-9096.00RSIshort OJT0.973,400$18,540$26,810
Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals45-2093.00Rshort OJT-0.32216,100$17,940$26,840
Helpers--Production Workers51-9198.00RCshort OJT-0.38419,200$18,510$26,930
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners37-2011.00RCshort OJT0.582,360,600$18,000$27,030
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Slaughterers and Meat Packers51-3023.00RCmod. OJT-0.0686,400$20,020$27,040
Bakers51-3011.00RClong OJT0.7185,300$18,640$27,110
Tire Repairers and Changers49-3093.00RCshort OJT0.42105,500$18,610$27,150
Fabric Menders, Except Garment49-9093.00Rmod. OJT-1.25800$20,270$27,670
Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders51-6062.00RCmod. OJT-2.5914,300$19,060$27,860
Textile Winding, Twisting, and Drawing Out Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders51-6064.00RCmod. OJT-2.1926,000$20,230$28,110
Textile Knitting and Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders51-6063.00RClong OJT-2.6227,900$19,740$28,380
Textile Bleaching and Dyeing Machine Operators and Tenders51-6061.00Rmod. OJT-2.3911,700$20,810$28,480
Bicycle Repairers49-3091.00RCImod. OJT2.2210,800$19,180$28,520
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers37-3011.00RCshort OJT0.611,167,800$19,160$28,560
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand53-7062.00Rshort OJT0.512,441,300$19,000$28,720
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$20,370$28,760
Helpers--Roofers47-3016.00RCshort OJT1.511,300$20,330$28,890
Helpers--Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers49-9098.00RCIshort OJT0.95129,000$18,720$29,370
Cutters and Trimmers, Hand51-9031.00RCshort OJT-1.7715,800$20,060$29,580
Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing51-7042.00RCImod. OJT-0.2472,100$20,160$29,850
Barbers39-5011.00REC1,2 year159,200$18,210$29,900
Couriers and Messengers43-5021.00RCEshort OJT0.5292,900$19,260$29,920
Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood51-7041.00RCImod. OJT-0.150,000$19,660$29,960
Food Batchmakers51-3092.00RCshort OJT-0.04122,500$19,310$30,130
Helpers--Carpenters47-3012.00RCshort OJT0.7639,700$19,690$30,200
Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders51-3093.00RCshort OJT0.1337,500$19,210$30,330
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Agricultural Equipment Operators45-2091.00Rmod. OJT0.5457,800$19,540$30,430
Machine Feeders and Offbearers53-7063.00RCshort OJT-0.34104,200$19,880$30,490
Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders51-9192.00RCmod. OJT0.0518,500$20,710$30,590
Helpers--Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters47-3015.00Rshort OJT1.3452,400$20,570$30,640
Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers51-6052.00RAElong OJT-0.8640,500$19,170$30,670
Fishers and Related Fishing Workers45-3011.00Rmod. OJT**$17,660$30,740
Textile, Apparel, and Furnishings Workers, all other51-6099.00Rshort OJT-1.1716,200$19,130$30,830
Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand51-9022.00RCmod. OJT-0.8729,900$20,730$30,860
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders51-9111.00RCshort OJT0.1378,400$19,720$30,910
Food and Tobacco Roasting, Baking, and Drying Machine Operators and Tenders51-3091.00RCshort OJT0.1118,500$19,220$30,970
Helpers--Electricians47-3013.00RCshort OJT1.8169,000$20,110$30,980
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Manufactured Building and Mobile Home Installers49-9095.00RCmod. OJT-34,000$20,330$31,030
Assemblers and Fabricators, all other51-2099.00Rmod. OJT0.48240,700$19,210$31,050
Bus Drivers, School or Special Client53-3022.00RCshort OJT0.55497,300$18,470$31,110
Forest and Conservation Workers45-4011.00RCImod. OJT0.4314,000$19,100$31,200
Helpers, Construction Trades, all other47-3019.00Rshort OJT1.0319,500$20,000$31,450
Butchers and Meat Cutters51-3021.00RCElong OJT0.5139,000$19,750$31,740
Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators51-9151.00RCmod. OJT-3.2628,800$19,790$31,740
Woodworkers, all other51-7099.00Rmod. OJT012,900$18,930$31,780
Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers51-9123.00Rshort OJT-0.1717,500$20,010$32,040
Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders51-9193.00RCImod. OJT-0.118,800$20,170$32,100
Furniture Finishers51-7021.00RAlong OJT-0.2317,100$20,810$32,330
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Team Assemblers51-2092.00RCEmod. OJT-0.061,144,200$20,200$32,550
Molders, Shapers, and Casters, Except Metal and Plastic51-9195.00RAmod. OJT-0.641,400$20,810$32,590
Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4072.00RCImod. OJT-2.49129,500$20,930$32,660
Motor Vehicle Operators, all other53-3099.00Rshort OJT0.8562,000$18,100$32,930
Fiberglass Laminators and Fabricators51-2091.00RCImod. OJT-0.3119,200$21,790$33,020
Print Binding and Finishing Workers51-5113.00RCmod. OJT-1.3751,200$20,610$33,270
Helpers--Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, and Tile and Marble Setters47-3011.00Rshort OJT2.2623,500$21,360$33,610
Plating and Coating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4193.00RCmod. OJT-1.8636,100$21,620$33,690
Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers51-2022.00RCshort OJT-0.49207,200$20,970$33,700
Conveyor Operators and Tenders53-7011.00RCshort OJT-0.0339,700$21,970$33,870
Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders51-9032.00RCmod. OJT-0.8263,600$21,640$34,000
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Segmental Pavers47-4091.00RCmod. OJT0.771,300$21,820$34,160
Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers, Motor Vehicles49-2096.00RIC1,2 year-4.9611,500$20,810$34,200
Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4031.00RCmod. OJT-2.06192,200$21,630$34,210
Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians51-9083.00RCmod. OJT0.9930,200$20,990$34,220
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators53-7051.00RCshort OJT0.24530,900$22,570$34,260
Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders51-9041.00RCImod. OJT-1.3568,200$21,580$34,370
Etchers and Engravers51-9194.00RClong OJT-0.219,700$20,820$34,390
Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders51-9121.00RCImod. OJT-0.0797,700$22,280$34,460
Material Moving Workers, all other53-7199.00Rmod. OJT0.4723,600$20,810$34,540
Adhesive Bonding Machine Operators and Tenders51-9191.00RCmod. OJT-0.7118,400$21,280$34,610
Upholsterers51-6093.00Rlong OJT-0.4342,200$20,860$34,640
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$19,200$34,790
Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters51-7011.00RClong OJT0.1298,100$21,280$34,800
Rock Splitters, Quarry47-5051.00RCmod. OJT0.543,700$21,900$34,860
Coin, Vending, and Amusement Machine Servicers and Repairers49-9091.00RCmod. OJT-0.8634,900$20,080$34,860
Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4033.00Rmod. OJT-2.1871,400$21,960$34,920
Pest Control Workers37-2021.00RCmod. OJT-0.1274,100$21,630$35,020
Outdoor Power Equipment and Other Small Engine Mechanics49-3053.00RCmod. OJT0.4632,300$21,680$35,320
Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers51-2021.00RCshort OJT-0.5414,900$22,030$35,340
Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4021.00RCmod. OJT-2.4473,400$22,440$35,340
Electromechanical Equipment Assemblers51-2023.00RCIshort OJT-0.5347,200$22,320$35,410
Extruding and Forming Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Synthetic and Glass Fibers51-6091.00Rmod. OJT-1.3920,100$22,310$35,420
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation37-3012.00RCmod. OJT0.3836,400$23,130$35,720
Metal Workers and Plastic Workers, all other51-4199.00RCmod. OJT-1.6522,400$20,810$35,780
Medical Equipment Preparers31-9093.00RCIshort OJT1.452,000$23,610$35,960
Foundry Mold and Coremakers51-4071.00RCmod. OJT-2.7512,000$23,910$36,030
Crushing, Grinding, and Polishing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders51-9021.00RCImod. OJT-0.7630,200$22,060$36,050
Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers49-3022.00RCElong OJT0.7819,300$22,480$36,140
Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4081.00Rmod. OJT-0.2599,800$22,360$36,190
Fence Erectors47-4031.00RCmod. OJT0.8224,400$21,800$36,380
Paperhangers47-2142.00RCmod. OJT0.316,400$24,250$36,470
Motorcycle Mechanics49-3052.00Rlong OJT0.5917,000$22,370$37,040
Helpers--Extraction Workers47-5081.00RCshort OJT1.2425,800$24,140$37,160
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Pourers and Casters, Metal51-4052.00RCmod. OJT-2.659,800$23,570$37,300
Tree Trimmers and Pruners37-3013.00Rshort OJT0.5653,200$22,950$37,310
Printing Machine Operators51-5112.00RCmod. OJT-1.25173,000$21,120$37,460
Furnace, Kiln, Oven, Drier, and Kettle Operators and Tenders51-9051.00RCmod. OJT-0.9620,900$22,790$37,600
Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders51-9023.00RCImod. OJT-0.47125,100$22,590$37,630
Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners49-9063.00RAIlong OJT0.358,600$20,570$37,690
Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors53-7081.00RCshort OJT0.71131,500$20,650$37,690
Construction Laborers47-2061.00RCmod. OJT1.271,159,100$21,510$37,890
Semiconductor Processors51-9141.00RCIAssociate-0.8325,300$25,840$37,890
Recreational Vehicle Service Technicians49-3092.00RIClong OJT0.3511,400$23,430$38,040
Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders51-4122.00RCmod. OJT-1.859,500$25,070$38,380
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$22,200$38,570
Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4022.00RCImod. OJT-2.1321,600$22,740$38,710
Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners51-4194.00RCmod. OJT-1.7411,500$23,320$38,860
Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners47-4071.00Rmod. OJT1.6224,700$23,150$38,870
Logging Equipment Operators45-4022.00RICmod. OJT-0.0537,300$23,680$38,880
Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4032.00RCImod. OJT-2.0817,800$23,450$38,880
Floor Sanders and Finishers47-2043.00Rmod. OJT0.637,900$22,470$38,890
Heat Treating Equipment Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4191.00RCmod. OJT-1.9221,300$24,580$39,010
Farm Equipment Mechanics and Service Technicians49-3041.00RCI1,2 year0.7240,300$24,690$39,310
Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers49-2097.00RC1,2 year0.2429,600$23,050$39,340
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General49-9071.00RCImod. OJT0.611,374,700$22,010$39,360
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Computer, Automated Teller, and Office Machine Repairers49-2011.00RCI1,2 year0.24131,600$22,770$39,410
Insulation Workers, Floor, Ceiling, and Wall47-2131.00Rmod. OJT0.5925,600$23,380$39,490
Highway Maintenance Workers47-4051.00RCmod. OJT0.48151,300$24,470$39,540
Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic51-4011.00RCmod. OJT1.75148,800$25,180$39,590
Tank Car, Truck, and Ship Loaders53-7121.00RCmod. OJT0.3813,000$22,510$39,590
Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4034.00RICmod. OJT-242,900$24,930$39,630
Watch Repairers49-9064.00RCIlong OJT-2.592,700$20,810$39,720
Medical Appliance Technicians51-9082.00RISlong OJT1.0314,600$23,070$39,880
Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters51-2041.00RCmod. OJT0.279,200$25,410$40,000
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers51-9061.00CRmod. OJT-0.02496,600$21,880$40,340
Home Appliance Repairers49-9031.00RCIlong OJT-0.3446,400$22,260$40,390
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Mechanical Door Repairers49-9011.00Rmod. OJT1.0917,400$25,960$40,420
Agricultural and Food Science Technicians19-4011.00RICAssociate0.5233,000$23,930$40,470
Construction and Related Workers, all other47-4099.00Rmod. OJT0.6835,400$24,340$40,480
Roustabouts, Oil and Gas47-5071.00Rmod. OJT0.8276,400$26,060$40,480
Prepress Technicians and Workers51-5111.00RClong OJT-2.4736,500$23,650$40,640
Dental Laboratory Technicians51-9081.00RIClong OJT1.0938,700$22,540$40,760
Motorboat Mechanics and Service Technicians49-3051.00RCIlong OJT0.2722,500$23,650$40,860
Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4035.00RCmod. OJT-2.0522,400$24,370$41,180
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics49-3023.00RI1,2 year0.53739,900$21,470$41,400
Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders51-9012.00RCImod. OJT-0.1143,800$23,780$41,450
Painters, Construction and Maintenance47-2141.00RCmod. OJT0.74360,500$24,860$41,510
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians29-2012.00RICAssociate1.77163,400$26,010$41,700
Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity53-3021.00RSmod. OJT0.58167,800$23,840$41,780
Metal-Refining Furnace Operators and Tenders51-4051.00RICmod. OJT-0.4721,200$24,700$41,840
Rolling Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4023.00RCmod. OJT-1.3633,700$26,040$41,900
Roofers47-2181.00RCmod. OJT1.29123,400$25,040$42,080
Locksmiths and Safe Repairers49-9094.00RCmod. OJT-1.4820,900$22,320$42,180
Tire Builders51-9197.00RCmod. OJT-1.3818,100$25,460$42,230
Embalmers39-4011.00RCI1,2 year-0.533,800$24,970$42,260
Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers51-9071.00RA1,2 year-1.1339,800$22,060$42,310
Animal Breeders45-2021.00RImod. OJT-0.147,000$22,730$42,340
Floor Layers, Except Carpet, Wood, and Hard Tiles47-2042.00RCmod. OJT1.2317,100$23,260$42,370
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers51-4121.00RClong OJT0.36397,900$26,800$42,450
Timing Device Assemblers and Adjusters51-2093.00RCmod. OJT-0.591,700$24,710$42,470
Pipelayers47-2151.00Rmod. OJT1.1645,700$26,320$42,860
Fallers45-4021.00RCmod. OJT-1.718,200$24,090$42,900
Engine and Other Machine Assemblers51-2031.00RCshort OJT039,000$26,700$43,090
Machinists51-4041.00RCIlong OJT0.98399,700$25,900$43,220
Motorboat Operators53-5022.00RCEmod. OJT0.644,700$19,460$43,340
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers53-3032.00RCmod. OJT0.551,797,700$26,920$43,590
Stonemasons47-2022.00Rlong OJT1.4814,900$23,650$43,650
Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers47-2051.00REmod. OJT1.31155,200$26,590$43,720
Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators47-2071.00RCmod. OJT0.9257,700$26,150$43,800
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Camera and Photographic Equipment Repairers49-9061.00RCImod. OJT0.273,700$24,730$43,920
Plasterers and Stucco Masons47-2161.00Rlong OJT0.727,000$26,820$44,070
Agricultural Inspectors45-2011.00RCIwork exp.-0.0714,200$26,580$44,260
Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists33-2022.00RCEwork exp.1.761,700$24,700$44,300
Carpet Installers47-2041.00REmod. OJT-0.0445,300$20,810$44,310
Desktop Publishers43-9031.00AIC1,2 year-2.0914,800$23,230$44,380
Patternmakers, Metal and Plastic51-4062.00RCImod. OJT-2.373,800$26,510$44,490
Electric Motor, Power Tool, and Related Repairers49-2092.00RC1,2 year0.3619,300$25,040$44,720
Tile and Marble Setters47-2044.00RCAlong OJT0.6555,100$24,200$44,770
Automotive Body and Related Repairers49-3021.00Rlong OJT0.92149,700$24,880$45,180
Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators53-7032.00Rmod. OJT0.6353,900$27,220$45,230
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Broadcast Technicians27-4012.00RCIAssociate-0.6330,100$19,460$45,430
Surveying and Mapping Technicians17-3031.00RCmod. OJT-0.7757,300$26,030$45,490
Hazardous Materials Removal Workers47-4041.00RCmod. OJT0.7643,700$26,630$45,500
Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers49-2098.00RC1,2 year1.364,000$27,610$45,660
Terrazzo Workers and Finishers47-2053.00Rlong OJT0.593,400$25,980$45,990
Maintenance Workers, Machinery49-9043.00RCIshort OJT0.8291,200$27,440$46,000
Biological Technicians19-4021.00RICAssociate0.5379,300$27,660$46,130
Sailors and Marine Oilers53-5011.00RCshort OJT0.9228,300$22,940$46,170
Painters, Transportation Equipment51-9122.00RCmod. OJT0.5954,300$26,300$46,270
Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers53-7072.00RCImod. OJT0.8413,100$26,600$46,270
Dredge Operators53-7031.00Rmod. OJT0.452,200$28,230$46,530
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Bridge and Lock Tenders53-6011.00RCEshort OJT-0.293,500$25,420$46,680
Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists49-3031.00RC1,2 year1.2263,900$29,070$46,710
Correctional Officers and Jailers33-3012.00RECmod. OJT0.37457,600$28,500$46,750
Radio Operators27-4013.00RCmod. OJT01,200$19,740$46,780
Surgical Technologists29-2055.00RSC1,2 year1.4799,800$31,720$46,800
Refractory Materials Repairers, Except Brickmasons49-9045.00RCImod. OJT01,800$29,310$47,000
Glaziers47-2121.00RClong OJT0.4245,300$26,820$47,260
Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers47-2081.00RCmod. OJT0.52106,000$26,830$47,400
Model Makers, Wood51-7031.00RAClong OJT02,600$23,910$47,480
Lay-Out Workers, Metal and Plastic51-4192.00RCImod. OJT-2.0113,400$29,260$47,720
Patternmakers, Wood51-7032.00RIAlong OJT01,800$27,120$47,850
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators51-8031.00RClong OJT0.6117,000$27,550$47,930
Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers49-9021.00RCIlong OJT1.36292,000$28,440$48,320
Carpenters47-2031.00RCIlong OJT0.64945,400$27,070$48,340
Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers51-6092.00RAClong OJT-2.595,400$23,670$48,460
Traffic Technicians53-6041.00RIEshort OJT0.596,800$27,180$48,650
First-Line Supervisors of Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Workers45-1011.00ERCwork exp.-0.8147,100$26,570$48,820
Riggers49-9096.00RCIshort OJT0.8720,800$27,820$49,030
Chemical Technicians19-4031.00IRCAssociate0.1866,500$27,730$49,770
Hoist and Winch Operators53-7041.00RECmod. OJT02,900$26,200$50,020
Mining Machine Operators, all other47-5049.00Rmod. OJT02,600$32,830$50,220
Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders51-9011.00RCmod. OJT-0.8366,300$27,840$50,300
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$25,590$50,360
Firefighters33-2011.00RSlong OJT0.53327,300$23,700$50,520
Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators47-2073.00RCImod. OJT1.02363,400$29,730$50,560
Mine Cutting and Channeling Machine Operators47-5042.00Rmod. OJT-0.147,400$28,980$50,670
Wellhead Pumpers53-7073.00RCImod. OJT1.3713,900$27,940$50,730
Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines49-3042.00RC1,2 year0.53124,700$32,610$50,810
Medical Equipment Repairers49-9062.00RICAssociate0.648,000$29,130$50,910
Sheet Metal Workers47-2211.00Rmod. OJT0.67141,000$26,640$51,080
Insulation Workers, Mechanical47-2132.00RCImod. OJT1.9330,100$28,920$51,100
Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas47-5011.00RCImod. OJT1.3421,700$33,790$51,140
Extraction Workers, all other47-5099.00Rmod. OJT1.055,700$27,100$51,170
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas47-5021.00RICmod. OJT1.3520,000$29,480$51,240
Loading Machine Operators, Underground Mining53-7033.00RCmod. OJT04,800$31,470$51,260
Tool and Die Makers51-4111.00RIClong OJT-1.377,800$31,790$51,610
Industrial Machinery Mechanics49-9041.00RIClong OJT1.8332,200$32,290$51,890
Civil Engineering Technicians17-3022.00RCIAssociate0.4974,000$31,100$52,120
Rail Yard Engineers, Dinkey Operators, and Hostlers53-4013.00RCIwork exp.0.254,000$25,780$52,320
Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging, and Systems Assemblers51-2011.00Rlong OJT-0.4940,600$32,460$52,530
Continuous Mining Machine Operators47-5041.00RCImod. OJT-0.5712,300$34,500$52,650
Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators47-4061.00Rmod. OJT0.915,600$32,500$52,810
Brickmasons and Blockmasons47-2021.00RCIlong OJT1.8678,100$30,070$53,440
Service Unit Operators, Oil, Gas, and Mining47-5013.00RCImod. OJT0.7264,900$31,950$53,520
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic51-4012.00CIRlong OJT1.9125,100$32,860$53,560
Rail Car Repairers49-3043.00RCIlong OJT0.2321,500$31,390$53,590
Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers47-2171.00RCIlong OJT2.3518,700$29,720$53,600
Radio Mechanics49-2021.00RIC1,2 year0.5913,600$31,190$53,620
Tapers47-2082.00Rmod. OJT0.5221,000$29,320$53,790
Millwrights49-9044.00RCIlong OJT1.5240,900$32,680$53,950
Commercial Divers49-9092.00Rmod. OJT3.644,400$30,700$53,990
Architectural and Civil Drafters17-3011.00RI1,2 year-0.394,000$33,570$54,290
Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers49-2022.00RIClong OJT-0.36218,600$30,370$54,520
Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters47-5031.00RICmod. OJT0.378,100$34,630$54,580
Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers49-9052.00RElong OJT0.06118,000$28,010$54,700
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Fish and Game Wardens33-3031.00RIAssociate0.166,200$34,360$54,760
Crane and Tower Operators53-7021.00RCImod. OJT0.7745,500$31,570$55,280
Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators53-4021.00RCwork exp.-0.1822,100$35,150$55,320
Plant and System Operators, all other51-8099.00RClong OJT-0.3411,900$31,970$55,340
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters47-2152.00RClong OJT1.16425,000$30,430$56,030
Structural Iron and Steel Workers47-2221.00RIClong OJT0.4661,400$30,440$56,040
Control and Valve Installers and Repairers, Except Mechanical Door49-9012.00RCImod. OJT0.0542,400$31,180$56,180
Mine Shuttle Car Operators53-7111.00Rshort OJT-0.372,700$44,120$56,370
Precision Instrument and Equipment Repairers, all other49-9069.00Rlong OJT0.1612,800$32,650$56,570
Electricians47-2111.00RIClong OJT1.37628,800$31,800$56,650
Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment49-2094.00RIC1,2 year067,800$34,650$56,990
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$31,140$57,140
Mechanical Engineering Technicians17-3027.00RIAssociate0.1948,400$34,030$57,180
Mechanical Drafters17-3013.00RCI1,2 year-0.6865,700$34,490$57,480
Electro-Mechanical Technicians17-3024.00RICAssociate0.0714,700$34,820$57,860
Roof Bolters, Mining47-5061.00RC*-1.176,000$43,760$58,110
Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters53-4031.00ERCwork exp.-0.1845,100$39,180$58,220
Radiologic Technologists29-2034.00RSAssociate0.87197,000$38,660$59,260
Chemical Plant and System Operators51-8091.00RClong OJT-0.9238,100$35,050$59,430
Rail Transportation Workers, all other53-4099.00Rmod. OJT0.263,800$30,160$59,480
Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators53-7071.00RCmod. OJT0.395,100$38,420$59,620
Electrical and Electronics Installers and Repairers, Transportation Equipment49-2093.00RC1,2 year0.4114,800$37,210$59,840
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Foresters19-1032.00RIEBachelor0.8415,500$39,100$60,300
Locomotive Engineers53-4011.00RCwork exp.-0.2240,400$41,720$61,020
Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians49-3011.00RCI1,2 year0.13119,900$35,960$61,190
Avionics Technicians49-2091.00RIC1,2 year0.0617,400$39,510$61,390
Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators51-8021.00RIClong OJT0.1539,100$35,150$61,410
Pile-Driver Operators47-2072.00RCImod. OJT1.623,700$31,740$61,740
Boilermakers47-2011.00RClong OJT0.9217,400$37,690$62,200
Geological and Petroleum Technicians19-4041.00CRIAssociate1.2116,500$25,350$62,240
Subway and Streetcar Operators53-4041.00RC*0.4212,000$42,870$62,380
Signal and Track Switch Repairers49-9097.00RCmod. OJT09,500$36,110$62,710
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers33-3051.00RElong OJT0.5680,000$34,230$62,760
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians17-3023.00RIAssociate-0.2139,400$36,850$62,950
Electrical and Electronics Drafters17-3012.00RCI1,2 year0.5330,100$35,780$63,390
Locomotive Firers53-4012.00RCwork exp.-7.061,700$43,090$63,750
Sound Engineering Technicians27-4014.00RA1,2 year0.8116,100$24,440$65,240
Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers49-9051.00RIClong OJT1.1118,600$36,610$67,160
Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers51-8093.00RClong OJT0.2442,400$41,960$67,870
Gas Plant Operators51-8092.00RClong OJT-0.3616,700$44,340$67,980
Transportation Inspectors53-6051.00RCIwork exp.0.1126,400$31,170$72,650
Power Plant Operators51-8013.00RClong OJT-0.6641,100$44,270$73,800
Ship Engineers53-5031.00RCE1,2 year0.7810,300$37,390$74,120
Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation and Relay49-2095.00RC1,2 year-0.4422,700$50,900$74,540
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Elevator Installers and Repairers47-4021.00RIClong OJT1.320,700$37,890$76,860
First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers33-1021.00ERwork exp.0.5263,500$42,070$77,050
Nuclear Technicians19-4051.00RCIAssociate-0.596,800$45,850$77,820
Power Distributors and Dispatchers51-8012.00RIClong OJT-0.5311,400$52,900$81,500
Commercial Pilots53-2012.00RIE1,2 year1.0343,500$39,430$86,260
Civil Engineers17-2051.00RICBachelor0.84281,400$53,470$89,730
Mechanical Engineers17-2141.00IRCBachelor0.53277,500$54,420$89,800
Nuclear Power Reactor Operators51-8011.00RCElong OJT-0.137,500$66,350$91,370
Marine Engineers and Naval Architects17-2121.00IRBachelor0.848,300$58,580$99,860
Petroleum Engineers17-2171.00IRCBachelor0.9735,100$73,000$147,030
Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers53-2011.00RCIBachelor0.1175,700$65,000$152,770

* 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 of America 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 of America 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 $208,000 are sometimes shown as >$208,000 rather than the actual salary.


Average Salaries

Salary all is the estimated average salary for all workers in this occupation in The United States of America in 2016. Technically it is the mean annual wage.

Salaries over $208,000 are sometimes shown as >$208,000 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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