What are the top occupations aligned to each career cluster?

Total High School Students Enrolled

463,300

Total High School CTE Concentrators

2,081

Occupation Employment
(2016)
Median Pay
(2017)
Projected Growth
(2016-26)
Electrical and Electronics Drafters 680 $44,740 13.2%
Mechanical Drafters 1,560 $51,910 10.9%
Drafters, All Other 180 $45,870 11.1%
Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians 90 $0 11.1%
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians 2,770 $60,450 7.2%
Electro-Mechanical Technicians 140 $59,720 14.3%
Industrial Engineering Technicians 2,940 $46,470 5.8%
Mechanical Engineering Technicians 1,010 $53,480 9.9%
Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other 860 $65,420 9.3%
Chemical Technicians 2,140 $49,840 7%
Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks 8,230 $44,210 7.2%
Weighers, Measurers, Checkers, and Samplers, Recordkeeping 2,920 $30,420 2.4%
First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 16,180 $63,620 10.3%
Computer, Automated Teller, and Office Machine Repairers 4,310 $40,920 4.2%
Electric Motor, Power Tool, and Related Repairers 480 $44,980 10.4%
Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment 2,490 $54,040 6.4%
Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation, and Relay 1,160 $74,760 4.3%
Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers 810 $30,880 7.4%
Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers 2,820 $44,230 17.4%
Outdoor Power Equipment and Other Small Engine Mechanics 940 $34,890 11.7%
Home Appliance Repairers 880 $35,470 -2.3%
Industrial Machinery Mechanics 10,910 $49,600 6.6%
Maintenance Workers, Machinery 4,110 $42,390 6.6%
Medical Equipment Repairers 1,910 $53,760 16.2%
Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners 110 $35,620 0%
Precision Instrument and Equipment Repairers, All Other 630 $55,590 9.5%
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 42,530 $37,890 10.9%
Coin, Vending, and Amusement Machine Servicers and Repairers 1,250 $33,730 -20%
Locksmiths and Safe Repairers 600 $33,160 0%
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers, All Other 4,290 $37,030 11.2%
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 21,200 $58,560 2.9%
Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers 1,320 $31,670 -9.8%
Engine and Other Machine Assemblers 850 $35,610 -5.9%
Fiberglass Laminators and Fabricators 550 $32,270 1.8%
Butchers and Meat Cutters 4,420 $31,750 9.5%
Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers 8,810 $25,990 5.4%
Slaughterers and Meat Packers 7,400 $28,990 6.8%
Food Batchmakers 2,460 $25,390 9.8%
Food Processing Workers, All Other 1,230 $27,730 13.8%
Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic 5,250 $37,890 9.3%
Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic 840 $46,150 19%
Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 4,330 $39,850 -1.8%
Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 920 $36,500 -13%
Rolling Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 550 $36,060 -3.6%
Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 6,800 $29,990 -3.7%
Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 290 $32,620 -13.8%
Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 2,060 $37,720 -3.4%
Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 1,110 $46,150 -5.4%
Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 620 $35,620 -17.7%
Machinists 11,060 $40,890 6.8%
Metal-Refining Furnace Operators and Tenders 770 $52,630 -9.1%
Pourers and Casters, Metal 200 $35,910 -15%
Patternmakers, Metal and Plastic 60 $33,820 -16.7%
Foundry Mold and Coremakers 210 $25,630 -4.8%
Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 7,570 $30,570 0.5%
Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 3,810 $33,080 -0.3%
Tool and Die Makers 1,650 $48,970 3%
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 9,710 $39,610 10.1%
Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 1,190 $40,990 -4.2%
Heat Treating Equipment Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 550 $42,920 -5.5%
Layout Workers, Metal and Plastic 70 $39,490 -14.3%
Plating and Coating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 910 $32,060 -8.8%
Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners 310 $42,850 -3.2%
Sewing Machine Operators 10,440 $25,890 -9.2%
Sewers, Hand 350 $24,540 0%
Textile Bleaching and Dyeing Machine Operators and Tenders 2,570 $28,530 -21.4%
Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 960 $28,490 -8.3%
Textile Knitting and Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 4,440 $26,980 -22.5%
Textile Winding, Twisting, and Drawing Out Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 7,590 $26,260 -18.7%
Extruding and Forming Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Synthetic and Glass Fibers 2,580 $33,580 -16.7%
Upholsterers 7,100 $38,270 1.3%
Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters 4,110 $29,270 1.9%
Furniture Finishers 1,470 $30,010 0%
Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood 3,150 $29,210 -1.6%
Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing 7,330 $28,220 -3.3%
Woodworkers, All Other 80 $31,940 12.5%
Power Distributors and Dispatchers 180 $79,450 0%
Power Plant Operators 940 $85,980 3.2%
Chemical Plant and System Operators 710 $47,580 -4.2%
Gas Plant Operators 90 $59,910 11.1%
Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers 150 $55,800 0%
Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders 3,450 $46,830 1.2%
Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 2,600 $47,090 -1.9%
Crushing, Grinding, and Polishing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 630 $32,270 -4.8%
Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand 1,130 $27,170 -18.6%
Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 5,670 $34,770 3%
Cutters and Trimmers, Hand 1,060 $35,850 -17.9%
Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 3,460 $33,650 4.3%
Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 3,110 $37,060 -5.1%
Furnace, Kiln, Oven, Drier, and Kettle Operators and Tenders 2,130 $40,980 -7.5%
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 19,440 $34,540 -9.7%
Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers 600 $38,210 -5%
Dental Laboratory Technicians 1,160 $42,680 19.8%
Medical Appliance Technicians 300 $38,220 23.3%
Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians 390 $30,060 15.4%
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 16,030 $29,580 5.1%
Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 3,630 $32,250 2.8%
Painters, Transportation Equipment 1,710 $42,640 11.1%
Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers 480 $28,790 2.1%
Adhesive Bonding Machine Operators and Tenders 1,050 $29,260 8.6%
Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders 310 $30,000 0%
Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders 220 $28,480 4.5%
Molders, Shapers, and Casters, Except Metal and Plastic 900 $30,960 -5.6%
Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 4,970 $35,600 0.8%
Tire Builders 2,140 $36,870 -15%
Helpers--Production Workers 18,270 $25,600 16.8%
Production Workers, All Other 4,120 $28,450 8.7%
Machine Feeders and Offbearers 3,190 $26,530 4.4%
Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators 800 $29,060 -23.8%
Food and Tobacco Roasting, Baking, and Drying Machine Operators and Tenders 1,170 $43,050 -10.3%
Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders 680 $30,140 13.2%
Model Makers, Metal and Plastic 130 $35,150 -7.7%
Metal Workers and Plastic Workers, All Other 340 $39,030 0%
Shoe and Leather Workers and Repairers 420 $24,410 -4.8%
Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers 300 $43,470 -10%
Plant and System Operators, All Other 60 $55,360 0%
Textile, Apparel, and Furnishings Workers, All Other 1,280 $24,770 -5.5%
Nuclear Power Reactor Operators 430 $98,330 -11.6%
Patternmakers, Wood 60 $52,480 16.7%
Fabric Menders, Except Garment 80 $25,950 -12.5%
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Sources: Burning Glass Technologies and state education agencies

Credential Explorer

Credential (North Carolina) Credential Type Supply/Demand Category Credentials
Demanded Earned
MSSC Certified Production Technician Certification Very Oversupplied 1 239
NIMS Machining Certification Very Oversupplied 0 62
IPC-A-610 Certification Certification Supply meets demand 1 0
MSSC Certified Logistics Associate Certification Very Undersupplied 32 0
MSSC Certified Logistics Technician Certification Supply meets demand 3 0