|Title||Interest Area||Summary||Average Earnings||Growth||Education Needed|
Chemical engineers apply the principles of chemistry, biology, physics, and math to solve problems that involve the production or use of chemicals, fuel, drugs, food, and many other products. They design processes and equipment for large-scale safe and sustainable manufacturing, plan and test methods of manufacturing products and treating byproducts, and supervise production.
Chemical technicians use special instruments and techniques to help chemists and chemical engineers research, develop, and produce chemical products and processes.
|$42,040||7%||Vocational Training or Associate Degree|
|Chemist or Materials Scientist||Thinking||
Chemists and materials scientists study substances at the atomic and molecular levels and the ways in which substances react with each other. They use their knowledge to develop new and improved products and to test the quality of manufactured goods.
|Child Care Worker||Helping||
Childcare workers care for children when parents and other family members are unavailable. They care for children’s basic needs, such as bathing and feeding. In addition, some help children prepare for kindergarten or help older children with homework.
|$18,240||11%||High School Diploma|
Chiropractors treat patients with health problems of the neuromusculoskeletal system, which includes nerves, bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons.
Civil engineers design, construct, supervise, operate, and maintain large construction projects and systems, including roads, buildings, airports, tunnels, dams, bridges, and systems for water supply and sewage treatment.
|Civil Engineering Technician||Building||
Civil engineering technicians help civil engineers plan and design the construction of highways, bridges, utilities, and other major infrastructure projects. They also help with commercial, residential, and land development.
|$46,290||12%||Vocational Training or Associate Degree|
|Claims Adjuster, Appraiser, Examiner, or Investigator||Organizing||
Claims adjusters, appraisers, examiners, and investigators evaluate insurance claims. They decide whether an insurance company must pay a claim, and if so, how much.
|$54,600||7%||No Educational Requirements|
|Coach or Scout||Helping||
Coaches teach amateur or professional athletes the skills they need to succeed at their sport. Scouts look for new players and evaluate their skills and likelihood for success at the college, amateur, or professional level. Many coaches are also involved in scouting.
|Compensation or Benefits Manager||Persuading||
Compensation managers plan, direct, and coordinate how much an organization pays its employees and how employees are paid. Benefits managers plan, direct, and coordinate retirement plans, health insurance, and other benefits that an organization offers its employees.
|Compensation, Benefits, or Job Analysis Specialist||Organizing||
Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists help conduct an organization’s compensation and benefits programs. They also evaluate job positions to determine details such as classification and salary.
|Computer and IS Manager||Persuading||
Computer and information systems managers, often called information technology (IT) managers or IT project managers, plan, coordinate, and direct computer-related activities in an organization. They help determine the information technology goals of an organization and are responsible for implementing computer systems to meet those goals.
|Computer Hardware Engineer||Thinking||
Computer hardware engineers research, design, develop, and test computer systems and components such as processors, circuit boards, memory devices, networks, and routers. By creating new directions in computer hardware, these engineers create rapid advances in computer technology.
|Computer Network Architect||Organizing||
Computer network architects design and build data communication networks, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), and intranets. These networks range from a small connection between two offices to a multinational series of globally distributed communications systems.
|Computer or Information Research Scientist||Thinking||
Computer and information research scientists invent and design new approaches to computing technology and find innovative uses for existing technology. They study and solve complex problems in computing for business, medicine, science, and other fields.
Computer programmers write code to create software programs. They turn the program designs created by software developers and engineers into instructions that a computer can follow.
|Computer Support Specialist||Building||
Computer support specialists provide help and advice to people and organizations using computer software or equipment. Some, called computer network support specialists, support information technology (IT) employees within their organization. Others, called computer user support specialists, assist non-IT users who are having computer problems.
|$43,450||14%||Vocational Training or Associate Degree|
|Computer Systems Analyst||Thinking||
Computer systems analysts study an organization’s current computer systems and procedures and design information systems solutions to help the organization operate more efficiently and effectively. They bring business and information technology (IT) together by understanding the needs and limitations of both.
|Computer, ATM, or Office Machine Repairer||Building||
Computer, ATM, and office machine repairers install, fix, and maintain many of the machines that businesses, households, and other consumers use.
|$36,620||4%||Vocational Training or Associate Degree|
|Conservation Scientist or Forester||Building||
Conservation scientists and foresters manage overall land quality of forests, parks, rangelands, and other natural resources.
|Construction Equipment Operator||Building||
Construction equipment operators drive, maneuver, or control the heavy machinery used to construct roads, bridges, buildings, and other structures.
|$40,980||19%||High School Diploma|
|Construction Laborer or Helper||Building||
Construction laborers and helpers do many basic tasks that require physical labor on construction sites.
|$28,410||25%||No Educational Requirements|
Construction managers plan, coordinate, budget, and supervise construction projects from development to completion.
|Construction or Building Inspector||Building||
Construction and building inspectors ensure that construction meets local and national building codes and ordinances, zoning regulations, and contract specifications.
|$50,180||17%||High School Diploma|
Cooks prepare, season, and cook a wide range of foods. This may include soups, salads, entrees, and desserts.
|$20,507||6%||High School Diploma|
Correctional officers are responsible for overseeing individuals who have been arrested and are awaiting trial or who have been sentenced to serve time in a jail or prison.
|$38,380||9%||High School Diploma|
Cost estimators collect and analyze data in order to estimate the time, money, materials, and labor required to manufacture a product, construct a building, or provide a service. They generally specialize in a particular industry or type of product.
Court reporters create word-for-word transcriptions at trials, depositions, and other legal proceedings. Some court reporters provide captioning for television and real-time translation for deaf or hard-of-hearing people at public events, at business meetings, or in classrooms.
|$49,710||18%||Vocational Training or Associate Degree|
|Craft or Fine Artist||Creating||
Craft and fine artists use a variety of materials and techniques to create art for sale and exhibition. Craft artists create handmade objects, such as pottery, glassware, textiles or other objects that are designed to be functional. Fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators, create original works of art for their aesthetic value, rather than for a functional one.
|$29,080||7%||Vocational Training or Associate Degree|
|Customer Service Representative||Persuading||
Customer service representatives handle customer complaints, process orders, and provide information about an organization’s products and services.
|$28,720||18%||High School Diploma|
|Dancer or Choreographer||Creating||
Dancers and choreographers express ideas and stories, using dance. There are many types of dance such as ballet, tango, modern dance, tap, and jazz.
|$24,440||6%||Vocational Training or Associate Degree|
Database administrators (DBAs) use specialized software to store and organize data, such as financial information and customer shipping records. They make sure that data are available to users and are secure from unauthorized access.
|Delivery Truck Driver or Driver/Sales Worker||Building||
Delivery truck drivers and driver/sales workers pick up, transport, and drop off packages and small shipments within a local region or urban area. They drive trucks with a 26,000-pound gross vehicle weight (GVW) capacity or less. Most of the time, they transport merchandise from a distribution center to businesses and households.
|$27,530||5%||High School Diploma|
Dental assistants have many tasks, ranging from providing patient care and taking x rays to recordkeeping and scheduling appointments. Their duties vary by state and by the dentists’ offices where they work.
|$32,380||36%||High School Diploma|
Dental hygienists clean teeth, examine patients for signs of oral diseases such as gingivitis, and provide other preventative dental care. They also educate patients on ways to improve and maintain good oral health.
|$66,570||36%||Vocational Training or Associate Degree|
|Dental or Ophthalmic Laboratory Technician or Medical Appliance Technician||Building||
Dental and ophthalmic laboratory technicians and medical appliance technicians construct, fit, or repair devices that increase function in the lives of patients. These devices include dentures, eyeglasses, and prosthetics.
|$33,070||7%||High School Diploma|
Dentists diagnose and treat problems with a patient’s teeth, gums, and related parts of the mouth. They provide advice and instruction on taking care of teeth and gums and on diet choices that affect oral health.
Desktop publishers use computer software to design page layouts for newspapers, books, brochures, and other items that are printed or put online. They collect the text, graphics, and other materials they will need and format them into a finished product.
|$36,600||-23%||No Educational Requirements|
|Diagnostic Medical Sonographer or Cardiovascular Technologist or Technician, Including Vascular Technologist||Building||
Diagnostic medical sonographers and cardiovascular technologists and technicians, including vascular technologists, operate special imaging equipment to create images or conduct tests. The images and test results help physicians assess and diagnose medical conditions. Some technologists assist physicians and surgeons during surgical procedures.
|$47,010||24%||Vocational Training or Associate Degree|
|Diesel Service Technician or Mechanic||Building||
Diesel service technicians and mechanics inspect, repair, or overhaul buses, trucks, and anything else with a diesel engine.
|$40,850||15%||High School Diploma|
|Dietitian or Nutritionist||Thinking||
Dietitians and nutritionists are experts in food and nutrition. They advise people on what to eat in order to lead a healthy lifestyle or achieve a specific health-related goal.
Dispensing opticians help fit eyeglasses and contact lenses, following prescriptions from ophthalmologists and optometrists. They also help customers decide which eyeglass frames or contact lenses to buy.
|$32,810||13%||Vocational Training or Associate Degree|
Drafters use software to convert the designs of engineers and architects into technical drawings and plans. Workers specialize in architectural, civil, electrical, or mechanical drafting and use technical drawings to help design everything from microchips to skyscrapers.
|$47,483||4%||Vocational Training or Associate Degree|
|Drywall or Ceiling Tile Installer, and Taper||Building||
Drywall and ceiling tile installers hang wallboards to walls and ceilings and install ceiling tile inside buildings. Tapers prepare the wallboards for painting, using tape and other materials. Many workers do both installing and taping.
|$38,106||12%||High School Diploma|
Economists study the production and distribution of resources, goods, and services by collecting and analyzing data, researching trends, and evaluating economic issues.
Editors plan, review, and revise content for publication.
|Electrical or Electronic Engineering Technician||Building||
Electrical or electronic engineering technicians help engineers design and develop computers, communications equipment, medical monitoring devices, navigational equipment, and other electrical and electronic equipment. They often work in product evaluation and testing, using measuring and diagnostic devices to adjust, test, and repair equipment.
|$56,040||2%||Vocational Training or Associate Degree|
|Electrical or Electronics Engineer||Building||
Electrical engineers design, develop, test, and supervise the manufacturing of electrical equipment, such as electric motors, radar and navigation systems, communications systems, and power generation equipment. Electronics engineers design and develop electronic equipment, such as broadcast and communications systems—from portable music players to global positioning systems (GPS).
|Electrical or Electronics Installer or Repairer||Building||
Electrical and electronics installers and repairers install, repair, or replace a variety of electrical equipment in telecommunications, transportation, utilities, and other industries.
Electricians install and maintain electrical power, communications, lighting, and control systems in homes, businesses, and factories.
|$44,640||12%||Vocational Training or Associate Degree|