What are the top occupations aligned to each career cluster?

Total High School Students Enrolled

1,557,100

Total High School CTE Concentrators

25,677

Occupation Employment
(2016)
Median Pay
(2017)
Projected Growth
(2016-26)
Electrical and Electronics Drafters 2,830 $57,520 17.3%
Mechanical Drafters 4,750 $58,760 18.7%
Drafters, All Other 1,930 $47,290 18.1%
Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians 1,180 $65,980 15.3%
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians 15,110 $67,160 11.2%
Electro-Mechanical Technicians 1,360 $51,840 15.4%
Industrial Engineering Technicians 3,260 $65,650 8.9%
Mechanical Engineering Technicians 4,860 $65,570 17.5%
Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other 6,900 $62,080 14.9%
Chemical Technicians 6,280 $56,510 12.7%
Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks 32,120 $46,060 15.2%
Weighers, Measurers, Checkers, and Samplers, Recordkeeping 7,430 $32,670 11.7%
First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 38,110 $64,720 16.8%
Computer, Automated Teller, and Office Machine Repairers 14,050 $36,400 16.4%
Electric Motor, Power Tool, and Related Repairers 1,770 $38,610 17.5%
Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment 6,510 $55,750 13.5%
Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation, and Relay 1,790 $71,110 11.7%
Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers 2,190 $33,460 16%
Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers 7,930 $45,640 22.8%
Outdoor Power Equipment and Other Small Engine Mechanics 3,380 $37,910 14.5%
Home Appliance Repairers 2,850 $39,930 10.2%
Industrial Machinery Mechanics 30,070 $53,550 18%
Maintenance Workers, Machinery 10,270 $42,420 17.5%
Medical Equipment Repairers 3,360 $45,780 18.8%
Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners 720 $37,380 5.6%
Precision Instrument and Equipment Repairers, All Other 890 $52,530 12.4%
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 113,450 $35,700 17.7%
Coin, Vending, and Amusement Machine Servicers and Repairers 1,740 $31,340 6.9%
Locksmiths and Safe Repairers 3,380 $39,500 4.4%
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers, All Other 12,820 $37,920 17.5%
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 47,330 $63,670 11.7%
Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging, and Systems Assemblers 3,230 $61,780 4.3%
Engine and Other Machine Assemblers 2,100 $35,480 14.8%
Fiberglass Laminators and Fabricators 1,780 $34,740 11.8%
Butchers and Meat Cutters 9,750 $24,370 19.6%
Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers 8,250 $26,750 10.2%
Food Batchmakers 8,670 $26,920 12.8%
Food Processing Workers, All Other 3,190 $25,510 13.8%
Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic 10,580 $39,800 14.9%
Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic 1,670 $54,510 33.5%
Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 5,120 $34,110 -2.1%
Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 1,690 $35,510 -9.5%
Rolling Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 910 $32,300 5.5%
Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 12,390 $31,940 3.6%
Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 770 $41,820 -5.2%
Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 3,770 $30,040 2.4%
Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 4,040 $36,540 6.4%
Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 1,550 $38,330 -5.8%
Machinists 25,560 $45,570 17.2%
Metal-Refining Furnace Operators and Tenders 560 $39,870 10.7%
Pourers and Casters, Metal 590 $37,720 -3.4%
Patternmakers, Metal and Plastic 210 $39,590 -9.5%
Foundry Mold and Coremakers 500 $28,430 -12%
Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 7,320 $27,960 -3.7%
Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 8,590 $31,020 10.2%
Tool and Die Makers 1,860 $48,990 9.1%
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 54,410 $43,400 17.9%
Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 2,800 $37,970 -0.7%
Heat Treating Equipment Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 1,690 $36,020 0%
Layout Workers, Metal and Plastic 550 $40,930 0%
Plating and Coating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 2,280 $30,490 0%
Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners 210 $39,600 14.3%
Sewing Machine Operators 8,990 $22,870 4.3%
Sewers, Hand 1,790 $27,070 0.6%
Textile Bleaching and Dyeing Machine Operators and Tenders 160 $19,710 0%
Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 1,260 $23,410 9.5%
Textile Knitting and Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 600 $23,930 -3.3%
Textile Winding, Twisting, and Drawing Out Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 300 $25,500 3.3%
Extruding and Forming Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Synthetic and Glass Fibers 980 $30,790 3.1%
Upholsterers 2,420 $32,590 9.9%
Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters 10,540 $29,980 14.2%
Furniture Finishers 1,570 $28,460 12.1%
Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood 2,250 $25,050 12%
Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing 3,820 $25,430 14.1%
Woodworkers, All Other 1,480 $36,160 14.2%
Power Distributors and Dispatchers 870 $65,670 5.7%
Power Plant Operators 2,930 $76,520 8.9%
Chemical Plant and System Operators 5,120 $71,290 -3.1%
Gas Plant Operators 2,720 $67,190 8.5%
Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers 10,350 $73,780 6.4%
Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders 14,730 $57,650 5.4%
Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 2,490 $39,710 8.8%
Crushing, Grinding, and Polishing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 2,400 $31,670 6.7%
Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand 1,570 $29,170 -8.9%
Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 9,130 $33,420 12.2%
Cutters and Trimmers, Hand 750 $27,690 4%
Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 4,020 $31,180 10.4%
Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 5,670 $29,920 11.6%
Furnace, Kiln, Oven, Drier, and Kettle Operators and Tenders 1,040 $37,790 10.6%
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 49,400 $38,510 1.7%
Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers 4,120 $38,200 3.2%
Dental Laboratory Technicians 2,310 $38,410 17.7%
Medical Appliance Technicians 510 $39,100 19.6%
Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians 2,650 $31,400 20%
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 21,830 $27,990 12.4%
Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 8,640 $36,680 12.6%
Painters, Transportation Equipment 5,270 $40,100 14.8%
Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers 1,330 $29,590 13.5%
Adhesive Bonding Machine Operators and Tenders 940 $37,980 6.4%
Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders 820 $31,460 8.5%
Etchers and Engravers 1,130 $25,290 14.2%
Molders, Shapers, and Casters, Except Metal and Plastic 3,410 $32,490 13.2%
Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 5,530 $28,650 7.6%
Helpers--Production Workers 42,380 $28,070 25.1%
Production Workers, All Other 6,500 $29,950 15.2%
Machine Feeders and Offbearers 4,820 $27,690 13.3%
Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators 1,170 $28,470 -17.9%
Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders 2,700 $26,050 13%
Model Makers, Metal and Plastic 190 $57,140 -5.3%
Metal Workers and Plastic Workers, All Other 1,180 $39,210 1.7%
Shoe and Leather Workers and Repairers 2,040 $25,840 0%
Semiconductor Processors 4,780 $34,670 4.6%
Textile, Apparel, and Furnishings Workers, All Other 410 $23,370 9.8%
Nuclear Technicians 270 $82,290 11.1%
Wind Turbine Service Technicians 1,650 $51,280 109.1%
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Sources: Burning Glass Technologies and state education agencies

Credential Explorer

Credential (Texas) Credential Type Supply/Demand Category Credentials
Demanded Earned
NIMS ITM - Basic Mechanical Systems Certification Very Oversupplied 0 194
NIMS Machining Certification Very Oversupplied 0 121
FANUC America - Handling Tool Operation and Programming Certification Very Oversupplied 0 34
MSSC Certified Production Technician Certification Very Oversupplied 0 3
IPC-A-610 Certification Certification Very Undersupplied 25 0
MSI Certified Manufacturing Technician Certification Moderately Undersupplied 5 0
MSSC Certified Logistics Associate Certification Very Undersupplied 21 0
NCCER - Industrial Maintenance Mechanic Certification Supply meets demand 2 0
R410A Refrigerant Safety Certification Certification Moderately Undersupplied 7 0