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Social career interests, in The United States

occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Adult Basic and Secondary Education and Literacy Teachers and Instructors25-3011.00SAEBachelor1.4686,900$27,460$52,130
Ambulance Drivers and Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians53-3011.00RSmod. OJT3.2119,600$17,220$24,900
Animal Control Workers33-9011.00RSCmod. OJT1.1715,500$19,730$33,470
Animal Trainers39-2011.00Rmod. OJT0.3245,800$17,580$30,340
Anthropology and Archeology Teachers, Postsecondary25-1061.00SIDoctorate**$41,840$82,860
Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary25-1062.00SIADoctorate**$32,720$77,690
Athletic Trainers29-9091.00SRIBachelor318,200$25,960$44,010
Audiologists29-1181.00ISMaster3.6813,000$43,820$72,890
Bailiffs33-3011.00RCEmod. OJT0.817,800$18,700$39,840
Career/Technical Education Teachers, Middle School25-2023.00SACBachelor +0.8914,400$38,230$56,270
Career/Technical Education Teachers, Secondary School25-2032.00SBachelor +0.1188,600$38,170$57,140
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Child, Family, and School Social Workers21-1021.00SEBachelor1.97295,700$26,720$45,300
Childcare Workers39-9011.00SAshort OJT2.041,282,300$16,340$21,310
Clergy21-2011.00SEAProfess.1.75230,800$22,370$47,880
Crossing Guards33-9091.00SERshort OJT0.1169,300$17,370$26,160
Dental Assistants31-9091.00CRSmod. OJT3.08297,200$23,550$35,080
Dental Hygienists29-2021.00SRCAssociate3.77181,800$46,540$70,700
Dietetic Technicians29-2051.00SIRmod. OJT1.624,200$18,070$28,680
Directors, Religious Activities and Education21-2021.00ESCBachelor1.68126,000$18,790$42,640
Economics Teachers, Postsecondary25-1063.00SIDoctorate**$44,070$97,770
Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School11-9032.00ESCBachelor +0.98236,100$58,530$90,800
Education Administrators, Preschool and Child Care Center/ Program11-9031.00SECBachelor +2.4963,600$27,930$51,060
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors21-1012.00SMaster1.9281,400$31,920$56,170
Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education25-2021.00SACBachelor1.681,476,500$35,630$56,130
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics29-2041.00SIR1,2 year3.33226,500$20,180$34,370
Farm and Home Management Advisors25-9021.00SREBachelor1.6613,000$25,750$48,730
Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors39-9031.00SRE1,2 year2.4251,400$17,630$36,900
Food Servers, Nonrestaurant35-3041.00SREshort OJT1.8208,900$16,500$22,010
Funeral Attendants39-4021.00SERshort OJT0.5231,000$16,960$24,250
Graduate Teaching Assistants25-1191.00SCBachelor**$17,490$33,030
Health Educators21-1091.00SEMaster3.6563,400$27,730$53,100
Healthcare Social Workers21-1022.00SIBachelor3.35152,700$31,410$51,460
History Teachers, Postsecondary25-1125.00SIADoctorate**$33,620$73,090
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Home Health Aides31-1011.00SRshort OJT6.941,017,700$16,600$21,830
Human Resources Specialists13-1071.00ESCBachelor**$32,770$60,660
Instructional Coordinators25-9031.00SIEMaster1.95139,700$34,370$62,420
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education25-2012.00SABachelor1.82179,200$32,450$53,030
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses29-2061.00SR1,2 year2.24752,300$30,970$42,400
Locker Room, Coatroom, and Dressing Room Attendants39-3093.00SECshort OJT1.4617,600$16,520$21,390
Medical Assistants31-9092.00SCRmod. OJT3.09527,600$21,080$30,550
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers21-1023.00SIAMaster3.13126,100$25,550$43,340
Mental Health Counselors21-1014.00SIAMaster3.63120,300$25,430$43,290
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education25-2022.00SABachelor1.69641,700$36,740$56,280
Nursing Assistants31-1014.00SRshort OJT**$18,300$25,620
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary25-1072.00SIDoctorate**$39,960$68,640
Occupational Health and Safety Specialists29-9011.00ICBachelor0.8558,700$40,080$67,960
Occupational Therapist Aides31-2012.00SRshort OJT3.37,500$18,030$29,870
Occupational Therapist Assistants31-2011.00SRAssociate4.3328,500$32,970$53,090
Occupational Therapists29-1122.00SIBachelor3.35108,800$50,500$76,400
Orthotists and Prosthetists29-2091.00SRIBachelor1.216,300$34,150$69,960
Personal Care Aides39-9021.00SRCshort OJT7.05861,000$16,330$20,830
Personal Financial Advisors13-2052.00ECSBachelor3.21206,800$32,280$90,820
Physical Therapist Aides31-2022.00SRshort OJT4.3147,000$17,540$25,410
Physical Therapist Assistants31-2021.00SRIAssociate4.5767,400$32,420$52,320
Physical Therapists29-1123.00SIRMaster3.9198,600$55,620$81,110
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Podiatrists29-1081.00ISRProfess.212,900$52,530$132,470
Police, Fire, and Ambulance Dispatchers43-5031.00CREmod. OJT1.17100,100$23,190$38,010
Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary25-1065.00SEADoctorate**$37,180$81,860
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education25-2011.00SA1,2 year2.49456,800$18,090$30,750
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists21-1092.00SECBachelor1.8493,200$31,590$52,380
Psychiatric Aides31-1013.00SRCshort OJT1.5167,700$16,960$26,680
Psychiatric Technicians29-2053.00SERmod. OJT1.5574,900$20,550$33,140
Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary25-1066.00SIADoctorate**$35,780$74,240
Public Address System and Other Announcers27-3012.00SEAlong OJT0.5211,700$17,370$40,070
Radiation Therapists29-1124.00SRCAssociate2.0316,900$51,720$80,410
Recreation Workers39-9032.00SEABachelor1.9339,100$16,900$25,430
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Recreational Therapists29-1125.00SABachelor1.7122,400$26,410$44,280
Registered Nurses29-1141.00SICAssociate**$45,040$67,930
Residential Advisors39-9041.00SECmod. OJT2.572,600$17,380$26,470
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education25-2031.00SAEBachelor0.691,037,600$36,930$57,770
Security Guards33-9032.00RCEshort OJT1.881,035,700$17,390$27,240
Self-Enrichment Education Teachers25-3021.00SAEwork exp.2.09252,800$18,410$40,360
Social and Community Service Managers11-9151.00ESBachelor2.67134,100$36,250$64,460
Social and Human Service Assistants21-1093.00CSEmod. OJT2.76384,200$19,430$30,880
Sociology Teachers, Postsecondary25-1067.00SIADoctorate**$35,400$73,080
Special Education Teachers, Middle School25-2053.00SABachelor2.0298,100$37,900$59,320
Special Education Teachers, Preschool25-2051.00SABachelor**$33,010$57,770
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Special Education Teachers, Secondary School25-2054.00SIBachelor0.73138,700$38,390$60,090
Speech-Language Pathologists29-1127.00SIAMaster2.34123,200$44,380$72,730
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors21-1011.00SAIMaster2.7385,500$25,140$40,920
Teacher Assistants25-9041.00SCshort OJT1.481,288,300$17,180$25,310
Tour Guides and Escorts39-7011.00SEmod. OJT1.7934,900$17,140$26,280
Training and Development Specialists13-1151.00SACBachelor2.83217,700$31,910$59,560
Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers39-3031.00SCEshort OJT1.02109,100$16,260$20,320
Vocational Education Teachers, Postsecondary25-1194.00SRwork exp.**$27,280$52,770
Waiters and Waitresses35-3031.00SECshort OJT0.872,260,300$16,210$20,710

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Footnotes


SOC Codes

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system classifies all careers and assigns a unique number to each. This SOC number can be used to follow up with other career databases.


Career Interests

Interests are the likes and dislikes of people who work in each career. Matching your interests can help you find a career that will be more satisfying and rewarding for you than occupations that do not meet your interests. Knowing your work interests can help you decide what kinds of jobs and careers you want to explore.

People and work environments can be classified into these six different groups:

Take an Career Interest Assessment to discover your interests.


Minimum Postsecondary Education Required

Minimum education is the usual minimum level of postsecondary (after high school) education required for each career.

Some careers have on-the-job training (OJT), which means that you go straight to the job and learn while you work.

Some careers require further education after high school before starting the career.


Growth Outlook

Growth outlook is the projected growth of the number of career openings per year from 2010 to 2020. High growth means that the number of openings are increasing, so the likelihood of getting a job in this career is good. Low growth means that there may not be any openings, so the likelihood of getting a job in this career is not very good.

White background indicates that growth outlook information is not available.


Number of Current Workers

Current workers is the number of people in The United States in 2010 who were full-time and part-time employees, workers on paid vacation or other type of paid leave, workers assigned temporarily to other units and paid owners, officers and staff of incorporated firms. This excludes proprietors, owners and partners of unincorporated firms, unpaid family workers, workers on unpaid leave and contractors and temporary agency employees not on the company payroll.


Average Entry-Level Salaries

Salary entry is the estimated average salary for all entry-level (first-year) workers in this occupation in The United States in 2012. Technically it is the annual 10th percentile wage.

Salary includes straight time, gross pay, exclusive of premium pay. Base rate, cost-of-living allowances, tips, guaranteed pay, hazardous-duty pay, incentive pay, commissions, production bonuses and on-call pay are included. Excluded is back pay, jury duty pay, overtime pay, severance pay, shift differentials, non-production bonuses and tuition reimbursements.

Salaries over $187,200 are sometimes shown as >$187,200 rather than the actual salary.


Average Salaries

Salary all is the estimated average salary for all workers in this occupation in The United States in 2012. Technically it is the mean annual wage.

Salaries over $187,200 are sometimes shown as >$187,200 rather than the actual salary.


This research was compiled, analyzed, and posted by Emil Barnabas.

The data come from multiple data tables from the US Department of Labor. Blanks in this table represent missing data, some due to confidentiality because of small numbers of workers in an occupation.




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