What are the top occupations aligned to each career cluster?

Total High School Students Enrolled

394,600

Total High School CTE Concentrators

5,475

Occupation Employment
(2016)
Median Pay
(2017)
Projected Growth
(2016-26)
Electrical and Electronics Drafters 500 $58,210 8%
Mechanical Drafters 2,000 $57,540 5%
Drafters, All Other 330 $52,800 9.1%
Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians 150 $65,690 13.3%
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians 5,830 $69,850 9.4%
Electro-Mechanical Technicians 620 $52,900 4.8%
Industrial Engineering Technicians 890 $54,590 -1.1%
Mechanical Engineering Technicians 1,170 $56,760 1.7%
Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other 3,440 $78,260 9.3%
Chemical Technicians 1,250 $46,210 4%
Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks 8,650 $52,160 8.6%
Weighers, Measurers, Checkers, and Samplers, Recordkeeping 1,850 $33,110 7%
First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 13,940 $69,190 8.2%
Computer, Automated Teller, and Office Machine Repairers 4,120 $43,310 1%
Electric Motor, Power Tool, and Related Repairers 540 $44,640 5.6%
Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment 2,230 $58,610 8.5%
Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation, and Relay 840 $84,270 2.4%
Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers 440 $39,030 0%
Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers 3,020 $47,290 17.2%
Outdoor Power Equipment and Other Small Engine Mechanics 1,100 $34,940 10%
Industrial Machinery Mechanics 9,180 $50,940 6.9%
Maintenance Workers, Machinery 1,560 $48,290 5.1%
Medical Equipment Repairers 1,030 $50,740 4.9%
Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners 160 $37,450 -6.3%
Precision Instrument and Equipment Repairers, All Other 330 $55,040 3%
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 32,780 $39,080 9.8%
Coin, Vending, and Amusement Machine Servicers and Repairers 550 $38,730 0%
Locksmiths and Safe Repairers 890 $44,500 -1.1%
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers, All Other 4,430 $43,160 9.9%
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 12,640 $61,600 0%
Engine and Other Machine Assemblers 350 $29,180 -20%
Butchers and Meat Cutters 2,860 $34,580 12.6%
Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers 4,360 $27,700 -0.5%
Slaughterers and Meat Packers 1,500 $28,920 -0.7%
Food Batchmakers 3,360 $31,400 2.1%
Food Processing Workers, All Other 1,130 $26,530 7.1%
Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic 1,420 $39,910 2.1%
Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic 260 $49,830 15.4%
Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 1,110 $37,930 -17.1%
Rolling Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 480 $46,260 -14.6%
Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 2,200 $34,250 -9.1%
Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 260 $45,120 -19.2%
Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 790 $29,100 -8.9%
Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 210 $37,900 -9.5%
Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 290 $34,920 -20.7%
Machinists 6,460 $49,320 2.6%
Metal-Refining Furnace Operators and Tenders 190 $52,250 -5.3%
Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 2,650 $38,210 -16.2%
Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 1,320 $31,610 -4.5%
Tool and Die Makers 610 $55,750 -6.6%
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 7,670 $46,280 6.1%
Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 1,780 $40,060 -9.6%
Heat Treating Equipment Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 130 $39,900 -15.4%
Layout Workers, Metal and Plastic 560 $51,220 1.8%
Plating and Coating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 500 $34,330 -12%
Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners 150 $29,900 0%
Sewing Machine Operators 2,660 $24,420 -15%
Sewers, Hand 110 $26,180 0%
Textile Bleaching and Dyeing Machine Operators and Tenders 230 $29,200 -21.7%
Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 340 $26,830 -14.7%
Textile Knitting and Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 930 $28,350 -21.5%
Textile Winding, Twisting, and Drawing Out Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 1,290 $31,460 -20.9%
Extruding and Forming Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Synthetic and Glass Fibers 760 $37,020 -7.9%
Upholsterers 1,130 $25,430 0.9%
Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters 3,290 $34,190 2.1%
Furniture Finishers 500 $26,170 4%
Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood 2,410 $28,420 2.5%
Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing 1,940 $27,740 3.6%
Woodworkers, All Other 290 $43,730 10.3%
Power Distributors and Dispatchers 470 $75,530 -2.1%
Power Plant Operators 570 $56,200 1.8%
Gas Plant Operators 360 $68,120 2.8%
Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders 1,260 $38,640 -12.7%
Crushing, Grinding, and Polishing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 670 $32,110 -7.5%
Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand 460 $31,640 -19.6%
Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 1,930 $34,280 -7.8%
Cutters and Trimmers, Hand 130 $28,530 -7.7%
Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 2,030 $32,080 -10.8%
Furnace, Kiln, Oven, Drier, and Kettle Operators and Tenders 740 $34,400 -6.8%
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 9,060 $38,190 -11.7%
Dental Laboratory Technicians 980 $48,240 28.6%
Medical Appliance Technicians 320 $39,120 12.5%
Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians 650 $32,530 15.4%
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 6,550 $28,730 1.5%
Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 1,360 $35,050 0.7%
Painters, Transportation Equipment 2,200 $51,470 7.3%
Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers 220 $29,070 4.5%
Adhesive Bonding Machine Operators and Tenders 1,310 $32,400 -3.8%
Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders 290 $26,540 0%
Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders 130 $30,210 0%
Etchers and Engravers 270 $37,230 11.1%
Molders, Shapers, and Casters, Except Metal and Plastic 1,030 $32,940 -5.8%
Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 2,490 $41,240 -7.2%
Helpers--Production Workers 6,070 $26,660 10.5%
Production Workers, All Other 4,290 $24,200 5.4%
Machine Feeders and Offbearers 2,500 $29,810 -2.8%
Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators 1,340 $24,330 -22.4%
Metal Workers and Plastic Workers, All Other 280 $37,790 -3.6%
Shoe and Leather Workers and Repairers 260 $28,900 -11.5%
Plant and System Operators, All Other 120 $61,140 16.7%
Textile, Apparel, and Furnishings Workers, All Other 760 $31,490 1.3%
Nuclear Technicians 370 $57,250 -2.7%
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Sources: Burning Glass Technologies and state education agencies

Credential Explorer

Credential (Virginia) Credential Type Supply/Demand Category Credentials
Demanded Earned
PLTW Introduction to Engineering Design CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 499
NIMS Machining Certification Very Oversupplied 0 77
MSI Certified Manufacturing Technician Certification Moderately Oversupplied 11 17
MSI Certified Manufacturing Specialist Certification Very Oversupplied 0 14
PLTW Computer Integrated Manufacturing CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 12
Career Essentials - Robotics and Automation CTE Assessment Moderately Oversupplied 0 10
MSSC Certified Production Technician Certification Moderately Oversupplied 0 9
NOCTI Job Ready Assessment - Manufacturing Technology CTE Assessment Moderately Oversupplied 0 8
NOCTI Job Ready Assessment - Precision Machining CTE Assessment Supply meets demand 0 4
IPC-A-610 Certification Certification Very Undersupplied 15 0
MSSC Certified Logistics Associate Certification Supply meets demand 0 0
R410A Refrigerant Safety Certification Certification Moderately Undersupplied 5 0