What are the top occupations aligned to each career cluster?

Total High School Students Enrolled

294,000

Total High School CTE Concentrators

1,705

Occupation Employment
(2016)
Median Pay
(2017)
Projected Growth
(2016-26)
Electrical and Electronics Drafters 420 $61,850 16.7%
Mechanical Drafters 1,280 $56,620 14.1%
Drafters, All Other 290 $49,030 20.7%
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians 2,490 $55,910 13.3%
Electro-Mechanical Technicians 360 $52,430 11.1%
Industrial Engineering Technicians 4,460 $47,250 9.2%
Mechanical Engineering Technicians 1,290 $52,640 10.1%
Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other 1,190 $56,390 6.7%
Chemical Technicians 1,600 $45,720 5.6%
Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks 8,070 $44,490 13.3%
Weighers, Measurers, Checkers, and Samplers, Recordkeeping 2,790 $34,600 1.8%
First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 10,910 $62,670 12.6%
Computer, Automated Teller, and Office Machine Repairers 2,120 $35,460 17.9%
Electric Motor, Power Tool, and Related Repairers 240 $34,800 12.5%
Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment 1,550 $52,840 6.5%
Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation, and Relay 580 $71,190 3.4%
Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers 460 $35,740 23.9%
Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers 1,770 $49,670 24.9%
Outdoor Power Equipment and Other Small Engine Mechanics 1,020 $30,030 21.6%
Home Appliance Repairers 600 $36,790 18.3%
Industrial Machinery Mechanics 8,830 $48,660 12.7%
Maintenance Workers, Machinery 4,580 $47,270 18.6%
Medical Equipment Repairers 1,170 $39,030 12%
Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners 130 $35,110 7.7%
Precision Instrument and Equipment Repairers, All Other 240 $60,610 8.3%
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 31,310 $36,780 12.5%
Coin, Vending, and Amusement Machine Servicers and Repairers 780 $31,560 -11.5%
Locksmiths and Safe Repairers 390 $31,180 5.1%
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers, All Other 4,820 $35,590 11.2%
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 16,700 $55,500 8.3%
Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers 620 $36,700 -11.3%
Engine and Other Machine Assemblers 1,260 $29,300 -15.1%
Fiberglass Laminators and Fabricators 520 $35,800 15.4%
Butchers and Meat Cutters 2,890 $31,120 4.5%
Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers 2,540 $25,240 0%
Slaughterers and Meat Packers 1,830 $24,360 1.6%
Food Batchmakers 5,250 $32,960 5.7%
Food Processing Workers, All Other 950 $26,070 6.3%
Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic 2,140 $37,460 4.7%
Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic 490 $53,910 20.4%
Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 2,000 $33,690 -11%
Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 2,450 $52,240 4.9%
Rolling Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 720 $39,110 -2.8%
Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 6,530 $33,150 -2.6%
Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 240 $35,720 -12.5%
Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 1,900 $35,460 -3.2%
Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 830 $34,960 0%
Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 490 $51,990 -14.3%
Machinists 7,690 $43,110 8.2%
Metal-Refining Furnace Operators and Tenders 460 $40,960 4.3%
Pourers and Casters, Metal 70 $43,710 0%
Patternmakers, Metal and Plastic 30 $50,520 0%
Foundry Mold and Coremakers 310 $32,340 -3.2%
Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 3,270 $32,330 -6.1%
Tool and Die Makers 2,720 $46,920 4%
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 6,920 $39,220 9.5%
Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 3,330 $39,490 -6.9%
Heat Treating Equipment Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 420 $31,370 -4.8%
Layout Workers, Metal and Plastic 180 $45,590 0%
Plating and Coating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 520 $32,870 -7.7%
Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners 140 $37,410 0%
Sewing Machine Operators 3,980 $23,430 4%
Textile Bleaching and Dyeing Machine Operators and Tenders 60 $30,710 -16.7%
Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 390 $25,010 0%
Textile Knitting and Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 460 $25,680 -28.3%
Extruding and Forming Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Synthetic and Glass Fibers 690 $38,840 2.9%
Upholsterers 1,180 $28,550 9.3%
Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters 1,840 $30,270 3.8%
Furniture Finishers 240 $31,940 -4.2%
Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood 1,710 $27,510 4.1%
Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing 1,850 $28,030 5.9%
Woodworkers, All Other 900 $28,210 11.1%
Power Distributors and Dispatchers 130 $71,960 7.7%
Power Plant Operators 540 $80,970 3.7%
Chemical Plant and System Operators 590 $0 0%
Gas Plant Operators 200 $49,770 5%
Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers 220 $49,550 4.5%
Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders 2,750 $58,510 -10.2%
Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 710 $36,020 11.3%
Crushing, Grinding, and Polishing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 560 $34,730 0%
Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand 310 $25,610 -12.9%
Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 3,080 $35,520 2.9%
Cutters and Trimmers, Hand 430 $32,310 -2.3%
Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 1,800 $33,550 3.3%
Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 2,670 $30,080 4.5%
Furnace, Kiln, Oven, Drier, and Kettle Operators and Tenders 1,060 $38,590 0.9%
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 13,780 $34,460 -3.3%
Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers 170 $38,000 -23.5%
Dental Laboratory Technicians 490 $37,820 16.3%
Medical Appliance Technicians 1,900 $33,500 33.7%
Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians 680 $31,320 14.7%
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 9,290 $28,450 6.4%
Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 2,460 $33,000 7.3%
Painters, Transportation Equipment 530 $42,360 9.4%
Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers 210 $30,460 4.8%
Adhesive Bonding Machine Operators and Tenders 420 $31,220 9.5%
Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders 690 $32,380 5.8%
Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders 50 $35,350 0%
Etchers and Engravers 80 $23,820 0%
Molders, Shapers, and Casters, Except Metal and Plastic 1,110 $30,310 7.2%
Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 2,010 $30,910 -1%
Tire Builders 490 $52,990 2%
Helpers--Production Workers 21,030 $29,050 35.1%
Production Workers, All Other 7,380 $27,330 8.7%
Machine Feeders and Offbearers 1,530 $30,800 7.2%
Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators 1,950 $24,280 -7.7%
Food and Tobacco Roasting, Baking, and Drying Machine Operators and Tenders 240 $36,970 0%
Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders 350 $28,770 2.9%
Metal Workers and Plastic Workers, All Other 640 $32,410 -1.6%
Shoe and Leather Workers and Repairers 260 $27,760 0%
Plant and System Operators, All Other 430 $56,970 4.7%
Textile, Apparel, and Furnishings Workers, All Other 770 $37,410 7.8%
Nuclear Technicians 250 $76,960 8%
Nuclear Power Reactor Operators 530 $88,770 -5.7%
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Sources: Burning Glass Technologies and state education agencies

Credential Explorer

Credential (Tennessee) Credential Type Supply/Demand Category Credentials
Demanded Earned
MSSC Certified Production Technician Certification Very Oversupplied 0 30
NIMS Machining Certification Very Oversupplied 0 25
MSSC Certified Logistics Associate Certification Supply meets demand 2 0
NCCER - Industrial Maintenance Mechanic Certification Supply meets demand 0 0
R410A Refrigerant Safety Certification Certification Very Undersupplied 12 0