What are the top occupations aligned to each career cluster?

Total High School Students Enrolled

15,222,100

Total High School CTE Concentrators

378,316

Occupation Employment
(2016)
Median Pay
(2017)
Projected Growth
(2016-26)
Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers 1,028,700 $69,620 -0.8%
Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse 503,700 $23,380 1.1%
Farmworkers, farm, ranch, and aquacultural animals 268,100 $25,470 -3.8%
Nonfarm animal caretakers 241,500 $22,950 24.2%
Refuse and recyclable material collectors 136,000 $36,160 13.2%
Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators 119,200 $46,150 -3.2%
Biological technicians 82,100 $43,800 10.2%
Pest control workers 78,900 $34,370 8.2%
Agricultural equipment operators 63,900 $30,110 5.5%
Natural sciences managers 56,700 $118,970 9.9%
Tree trimmers and pruners 54,500 $36,460 11.7%
Environmental engineers 53,800 $86,800 8.3%
First-line supervisors of farming, fishing, and forestry workers 48,700 $46,570 1.9%
Hazardous materials removal workers 46,200 $41,400 17.2%
Graders and sorters, agricultural products 42,900 $23,340 -0.9%
Farm equipment mechanics and service technicians 42,500 $39,340 7.6%
Logging equipment operators 39,100 $38,390 -12.6%
Pesticide handlers, sprayers, and applicators, vegetation 38,000 $34,830 7.8%
Environmental science and protection technicians, including health 34,600 $45,490 12.1%
Forest and conservation technicians 33,200 $36,130 3.8%
Agricultural and food science technicians 27,500 $39,910 6.3%
Soil and plant scientists 19,900 $62,430 8.8%
Zoologists and wildlife biologists 19,400 $62,290 7.6%
Environmental engineering technicians 17,000 $50,230 12.9%
Food scientists and technologists 17,000 $63,660 5.7%
Geological and petroleum technicians 15,000 $54,190 16.4%
Forest and conservation workers 14,300 $27,650 -2.4%
Foresters 12,300 $60,120 5%
Agricultural workers, all other 11,600 $30,600 4.4%
Animal breeders 9,000 $37,560 2%
Fallers 7,500 $40,690 -16.2%
Animal scientists 6,100 $60,760 5.9%
Logging workers, all other 4,500 $39,740 -14.7%
Log graders and scalers 4,200 $37,880 -3%
Farm labor contractors 3,000 $35,660 8%
Agricultural engineers 2,700 $74,780 8.2%
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Sources: Burning Glass Technologies and state education agencies

Credential Explorer

Credential (National) Credential Type Supply/Demand Category Credentials
Demanded Earned
Beef Quality Assurance Certification Certification Very Oversupplied 13 7,366
Agricultural Associate Certification Certification Very Oversupplied 0 4,712
Missouri Agriculture Skill & Knowledge Assessment Certification Very Oversupplied 0 3,310
ACT - Certified Veterinary Assistant Certification Very Oversupplied 0 2,356
Agricultural System Associate Certification Certification Very Oversupplied 0 1,623
North Carolina Hunter Safety Course Certification Very Oversupplied 0 1,416
Precision Exams - Agricultural Science I CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 1,106
Agritechnology Certification Certification Very Oversupplied 0 1,089
Florida Certified Veterinary Assistant Certification Very Oversupplied 0 656
iCEV - Elanco Fundamentals of Animal Science Certification Very Oversupplied 0 587
Animal Science Certification Certification Very Oversupplied 409 573
Precision Exams - Animal Science II CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 556
Pesticide Applicator License License Very Oversupplied 0 540
AAFCS Pre-PAC - Nutrition CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 491
NOCTI State Collaboration Assessment - Plant Science/Horticulture CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 475
NOCTI Job Ready Assessment - Small Animal Science and Technology CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 454
Youth Pork Quality Assurance Plus Certificate Certification Very Oversupplied 0 442
Precision Exams - Agricultural Science II CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 429
NOCTI Job Ready Assessment - Agriculture Mechanics CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 428
Alabama Forestry Worker Certification Certification Very Oversupplied 0 403
Oklahoma CareerTech - Communications in Agriculture CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 387
Wisconsin Youth Apprenticeship - Animals Certification Very Oversupplied 0 322
Oklahoma CareerTech - Introduction to Agriscience (Ag I) CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 318
AMSA Meat Industry Certification Certification Very Oversupplied 0 315
Precision Exams - Agricultural Systems Technology II CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 262
Youth for the Quality Care of Animals Certification Certification Very Oversupplied 0 241
National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operator Certification Very Oversupplied 0 200
Pork Quality Assurance Plus Certificate Certification Very Oversupplied 43 193
Precision Exams - Agricultural Systems Technology I CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 193
Alabama Turfgrass Management Certification Certification Very Oversupplied 0 190
Game of Logging Chainsaw Safety Training Certification Very Oversupplied 0 172
NOCTI Job Ready Assessment - Forest Products and Processing CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 169
Florida Certified Horticulture Professional Certification Very Oversupplied 1 163
Louisiana Agritechnology Certification Very Oversupplied 0 161
NAVTA - Approved Veterinary Assistant Certification Very Oversupplied 71 160
Bayer Crop Science Plant Science Certification Certification Very Oversupplied 0 145
Agricultural Mechanics Certification Certification Very Oversupplied 1 139
Ohio Agribusiness and Production Systems Certification Certification Very Oversupplied 0 137
Agricultural Biotechnology Certification Certification Very Oversupplied 0 121
Pennsylvania Environment Agricultural Conservation Certification of Excellence Certification Very Oversupplied 0 120
Precision Exams - Natural Resource Science II CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 107
Colorado CTE Agriculture CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 2 105
Oklahoma CareerTech - Veterinary Assistant CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 99
Game of Logging Chainsaw Safety Training Level 1 Certification Very Oversupplied 0 97
Certified Dietary Manager Certification Very Oversupplied 0 92
Oklahoma CareerTech - Animal Science CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 92
Agricultural Communications Certification Certification Very Oversupplied 3 86
Plant Science Certification Certification Very Oversupplied 2 85
Dairy Leaders of Tomorrow Certification Very Oversupplied 0 81
NOCTI Pathway Assessment - Natural Resource Systems CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 80
Precision Exams - Floriculture and Greenhouse Management CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 64
AAFCS Pre-PAC - Food Science Fundamentals CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 60
COBA/Select Sires - Artificial Insemination Training Certification Very Oversupplied 0 59
Unmanned Aircraft System Certification Certification Very Oversupplied 0 59
AVMA Veterinary Assistant Certification Certification Very Oversupplied 0 57
Integrated Pest Management Certification Very Oversupplied 10 57
Oregon Statewide Agriculture Portfolio Certification Very Oversupplied 0 51
Energy Industry Fundamentals Certificate Certification Very Oversupplied 0 50
Continental Kennel Club Canine Care and Training Level 1 Certification Very Oversupplied 0 49
Feedyard Machinery Operation, Repair & Maintenance Technician Certification Very Oversupplied 0 46
NOCTI Pathway Assessment - Animal Systems CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 43
Wisconsin Youth Apprenticeship - Plants Certification Very Oversupplied 0 43
Oklahoma CareerTech - Environmental Science and Natural Resources CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 42
Oklahoma CareerTech - Introduction to Horticulture CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 41
Alaska Basic Hunter Education Certification Certification Very Oversupplied 0 38
Fear Free - Animal Trainer Certification Very Oversupplied 0 37
PLTW Environmental Sustainability CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 37
Florida Aquaculture Industry Certification Certification Very Oversupplied 0 36
Oklahoma CareerTech - General Equine Assistant CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 35
Principles of Livestock Selection & Evaluation Certification Certification Very Oversupplied 0 35
NOCTI Job Ready Assessment - Horticulture Landscaping CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 34
Oklahoma CareerTech - Nursery Technician CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 34
Precision Exams - Agricultural Business & Management CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 33
Feedyard Cattle Care & Handling Technician Certification Very Oversupplied 0 31
Oklahoma CareerTech - Introduction to Agricultural Power & Technology CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 30
NOCTI Job Ready Assessment - Production Agriculture CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 29
Career Pathways - Comprehensive Agriculture Assessment CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 28
Virginia Greenhouse Operators Certification Certification Very Oversupplied 0 28
Kansas Agriculture Skills and Competencies Certificate Certification Very Oversupplied 0 26
cPass Consortium of Agriculture Partners CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 26
EPA Certified Pesticide Applicator Certification Very Oversupplied 0 24
NOCTI Job Ready Assessment - Floriculture CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 23
AAH Veterinary Assistant Certification Very Oversupplied 0 22
Veterinary Medical Applications Certification Certification Very Oversupplied 0 22
NOCTI Pathway Assessment - Agricultural Biotechnology CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 21
Wisconsin Youth Apprenticeship - Power, Structural, and Technical Systems, Agriculture Mechanics Certification Very Oversupplied 0 21
Precision Exams - Natural Resource Science I CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 20
EPA Agricultural Worker Protection Standard Certification Very Oversupplied 0 18
Oklahoma CareerTech - Agricultural Safety CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 18
Natural Resources Certification Certification Very Oversupplied 0 16
Oil and Gas Orientation Certification Very Oversupplied 0 15
Precision Exams - Animal Science I CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 15
NOFA Organic Land Care Professional Certification Moderately Oversupplied 20 14
Career Pathways - Plant Systems Qualifications CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 12
Career Pathways - Animal Systems Qualifications CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 11
Kentucky CTE - Agricultural Power, Structural, Technical Systems CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 11
Wisconsin Youth Apprenticeship - Environmental Systems Certification Very Oversupplied 0 11
AAFCS Pre-PAC - Nutrition, Food, and Wellness CTE Assessment Moderately Oversupplied 0 10
ArkPro Qualified Logging Professional Certificate Certification Moderately Oversupplied 0 10
Oklahoma CareerTech - Agriscience II (Ag II) CTE Assessment Moderately Oversupplied 0 9
Sheep Safety and Quality Assurance Certificate Certification Moderately Oversupplied 0 9
TVMA - Certified Veterinary Assistant Certification Very Oversupplied 8 9
Wisconsin Cooperative Education Skill Standards - Animal Systems Certification Moderately Oversupplied 0 9
North Carolina Certified Plant Professional Certification Very Undersupplied 340 8
Precision Exams - Agricultural Communication & Leadership CTE Assessment Moderately Oversupplied 0 8
Precision Exams - Equine Science CTE Assessment Moderately Oversupplied 0 8
Veterinary Technician License License Very Undersupplied 25,727 8
Water Treatment Plant Operator Level C Certification Moderately Oversupplied 0 8
FEMA Animals in Disasters Certification Moderately Oversupplied 0 7
FEMA Livestock in Disasters Certification Moderately Oversupplied 0 7
Forestry Certification Certification Moderately Oversupplied 0 6
NOCTI Job Ready Assessment - Floriculture Greenhouse CTE Assessment Moderately Oversupplied 0 6
CIFT Food Industry Associate Certification Supply meets demand 0 5
CIFT Food Industry Specialist Certification Supply meets demand 0 5
Career Pathways - Power, Structural and Technical System CTE Assessment Supply meets demand 0 5
NASOE Third Class Power Engineer License Certification Supply meets demand 0 5
Tennessee Animal Science Certification CTE Assessment Supply meets demand 0 5
NOCTI Job Ready Assessment - Electric Power and Distribution CTE Assessment Supply meets demand 0 4
Wisconsin Cooperative Education Skill Standards - Plant Systems Certification Supply meets demand 0 2
Maryland Certified Professional Horticulturist Program (CPH) Certification Very Undersupplied 12 1
Massachusetts Timber Harvesting License Program License Supply meets demand 0 1