What are the top occupations aligned to each career cluster?

Total High School Students Enrolled

15,222,100

Total High School CTE Concentrators

213,122

Occupation Employment
(2016)
Median Pay
(2017)
Projected Growth
(2016-26)
Construction laborers 1,216,700 $34,530 12.4%
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 1,197,900 $27,670 11.3%
Carpenters 1,025,600 $45,170 8.2%
Electricians 666,900 $54,110 8.9%
First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers 602,500 $64,070 12.6%
Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 480,600 $52,590 15.6%
Construction managers 403,800 $91,370 11.1%
Painters, construction and maintenance 381,500 $37,960 5.7%
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 371,100 $47,040 12.3%
Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 332,900 $47,080 14.7%
Civil engineers 303,500 $84,770 10.6%
Cost estimators 217,900 $63,110 10.5%
Cement masons and concrete finishers 178,900 $40,650 12.6%
First-line supervisors of landscaping, lawn service, and groundskeeping workers 178,300 $47,030 11.4%
Highway maintenance workers 149,900 $38,700 6.9%
Roofers 146,200 $38,970 11.1%
Sheet metal workers 138,900 $47,990 8.7%
Architects, except landscape and naval 128,800 $78,470 4.2%
Electrical power-line installers and repairers 120,900 $69,380 13.9%
Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers 120,200 $28,490 11.1%
Drywall and ceiling tile installers 119,500 $42,860 1%
Architectural and civil drafters 99,600 $52,870 8.1%
Brickmasons and blockmasons 91,100 $49,770 10.3%
Structural metal fabricators and fitters 77,000 $38,450 -15.3%
Civil engineering technicians 74,500 $51,620 8.8%
Helpers--electricians 73,200 $30,540 10.6%
Structural iron and steel workers 70,200 $52,610 12.8%
Interior designers 66,500 $51,500 4.4%
Surveying and mapping technicians 60,200 $43,340 10.6%
Tile and marble setters 58,300 $41,680 9.7%
Helpers--pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 55,500 $29,890 18.6%
Paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators 51,900 $39,120 12.1%
Excavating and loading machine and dragline operators 50,600 $42,500 8.1%
Glaziers 50,100 $42,580 10.5%
Roustabouts, oil and gas 50,000 $36,960 24.8%
Control and valve installers and repairers, except mechanical door 46,900 $55,850 4.9%
Crane and tower operators 46,000 $52,200 8.6%
Surveyors 44,800 $61,140 11.2%
Pipelayers 44,100 $38,400 17.2%
Service unit operators, oil, gas, and mining 41,400 $48,290 23.4%
Carpet installers 40,400 $38,830 9.4%
Millwrights 39,500 $53,980 9.8%
Helpers--carpenters 36,700 $29,860 12.8%
Stationary engineers and boiler operators 35,700 $59,890 4.8%
Insulation workers, floor, ceiling, and wall 30,900 $37,050 1.3%
Insulation workers, mechanical 28,600 $45,550 9.7%
Septic tank servicers and sewer pipe cleaners 28,500 $37,950 17.2%
Conveyor operators and tenders 28,100 $32,300 -1.2%
Plasterers and stucco masons 27,700 $40,750 3.9%
Fence erectors 25,100 $33,320 10.8%
Landscape architects 24,700 $65,760 6.4%
Helpers--brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and tile and marble setters 24,100 $31,710 12.1%
Tapers 23,700 $51,620 0.3%
Helpers, construction trades, all other 22,100 $29,660 12.1%
Elevator installers and repairers 22,100 $79,480 12.1%
Riggers 20,900 $48,580 9.8%
Mechanical door repairers 20,400 $39,510 10.2%
Reinforcing iron and rebar workers 20,100 $46,850 12.1%
Earth drillers, except oil and gas 19,600 $43,850 19.6%
Grounds maintenance workers, all other 18,900 $30,060 9.2%
Stonemasons 18,900 $38,940 9.5%
Boilermakers 17,200 $62,260 9%
Helpers--extraction workers 17,000 $35,710 19.7%
Rotary drill operators, oil and gas 16,700 $53,980 24.2%
Floor layers, except carpet, wood, and hard tiles 16,300 $40,040 9.7%
Continuous mining machine operators 12,300 $54,620 -3.7%
Solar photovoltaic installers 11,300 $39,490 104.9%
Derrick operators, oil and gas 11,100 $46,140 25.7%
Helpers--painters, paperhangers, plasterers, and stucco masons 10,900 $28,760 4.1%
Helpers--roofers 10,200 $28,500 12.4%
Floor sanders and finishers 7,300 $36,950 9.5%
Explosives workers, ordnance handling experts, and blasters 6,300 $49,650 7.1%
Mine cutting and channeling machine operators 6,100 $52,270 -4.5%
Paperhangers 5,700 $37,030 4.6%
Manufactured building and mobile home installers 4,300 $30,960 -8.9%
Extraction workers, all other 4,200 $49,230 15.9%
Commercial divers 4,100 $47,210 10.8%
Pile-driver operators 3,700 $57,650 14.6%
Rock splitters, quarry 3,700 $34,350 -6.3%
Roof bolters, mining 3,700 $58,450 -5.2%
Terrazzo workers and finishers 3,600 $40,590 12.3%
Hoist and winch operators 2,900 $43,210 -0.7%
Loading machine operators, underground mining 2,600 $52,420 -3.5%
Mining machine operators, all other 2,200 $48,850 0.2%
Dredge operators 1,800 $43,230 5%
Refractory materials repairers, except brickmasons 1,600 $48,570 -3.5%
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Sources: Burning Glass Technologies and state education agencies

Credential Explorer

Credential (National) Credential Type Supply/Demand Category Credentials
Demanded Earned
NCCER - Core Curriculum Certification Very Oversupplied 388 96,767
NCCER - Carpentry Certification Very Oversupplied 89 32,757
AWS Certified Welder Certification Moderately Oversupplied 26,804 24,036
Autodesk Certified User Software Very Undersupplied 68,861 15,535
NCCER - Electrical Certification Very Oversupplied 692 9,133
NCCER - Masonry Certification Very Oversupplied 3 8,919
NCCER - Your Role in the Green Environment Certification Very Oversupplied 6 7,058
NCCER - Welding Certification Very Oversupplied 120 4,941
NCCER - Weatherization Technician Certification Very Oversupplied 0 2,335
Certified Solidworks Associate - Academic Software Very Oversupplied 0 2,070
EPA HVAC Certification Certification Very Undersupplied 16,850 1,104
EPA Section 608 Technician Certification Certification Very Oversupplied 795 1,008
NCCER - General Credential Certification Very Oversupplied 0 777
Oklahoma Welder Certification Certification Very Oversupplied 8 714
Ladder Safety Training Certification Very Oversupplied 134 692
NCCER - Plumbing Certification Very Oversupplied 17 692
Certified Solidworks Associate Software Very Oversupplied 0 675
Autodesk Certified Professional Software Very Undersupplied 68,861 536
Pennsylvania Builders Association Skills Certificate Certification Very Oversupplied 0 527
Career Essentials - Carpentry CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 484
NCCER - HVAC Certification Very Oversupplied 37 479
NCCER - Construction Technology Certification Very Oversupplied 6 464
Electrician License License Very Undersupplied 267,885 458
Career Connection Certificates - Level 1 Certification Very Oversupplied 0 446
Plumber License License Very Undersupplied 138,943 437
IEC Electrical Apprenticeship CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 4 436
Kentucky TRACK Pre-Apprenticeship Certification Very Oversupplied 0 419
Career Connection Certificates - Level 2 Certification Very Oversupplied 0 418
HBI Building Construction Technology Certification Very Oversupplied 37 398
API - Welding Inspection and Metallurgy Certification Very Oversupplied 2 383
EPA Section 609 Technician Certification Certification Very Oversupplied 87 374
NCCER - Electronic Systems Technician Certification Very Oversupplied 0 332
S/P2 - Construction Certification Very Oversupplied 16 327
ALCA Certified Landscape Technician Certification Very Oversupplied 12 322
Career Essentials - Welding CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 306
Oklahoma CareerTech - Construction Trainee CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 292
NCCER - Pipefitting Certification Very Oversupplied 0 288
Career Connection Certificates - Level 3 Certification Very Oversupplied 0 287
ICC Certificate of Achievement Certification Very Oversupplied 131 216
HVAC Excellence Employment Ready Certification Very Oversupplied 4 211
NOCTI Job Ready Assessment - Architectural Drafting CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 200
Wisconsin Youth Apprenticeship - Construction Certification Very Oversupplied 0 179
NOCTI Job Ready Assessment - Fundamentals of Construction CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 178
Oklahoma CareerTech - Residential Electrician's Assistant CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 145
Ohio Pre-Apprenticeship Program Certificate of Completion Certification Very Oversupplied 0 143
C-Tech Network Cabling Certificate Certification Very Oversupplied 0 141
Certified Drafter Certification Very Oversupplied 15 141
United Brotherhood of Carpenters - Career Connections Certification Very Oversupplied 0 141
NOCTI Job Ready Assessment - Technical Drafting CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 132
PLTW Civil Engineering and Architecture CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 122
HBI Carpentry Certification Very Oversupplied 0 120
EPA Painters, Repair, and Renovation Certificate Certification Supply meets demand 109 117
Oklahoma CareerTech - HVACR Technician CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 110
NATE Certification Certification Very Undersupplied 4,234 109
Solid Edge Certified Professional Certification Very Oversupplied 1 108
Oklahoma CareerTech - Drafting Technician CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 107
NOCTI Job Ready Assessment - Welding CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 2 106
NOCTI Job Ready Assessment - Electrical Occupations CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 104
Oklahoma CareerTech - Process Piping Technician CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 101
NOCTI Job Ready Assessment - Carpentry CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 2 94
HBI Residential Construction Academy Series Certification Very Oversupplied 0 92
NOCTI Job Ready Assessment - Mechanical Drafting and Design CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 88
Woodwork Career Alliance - Sawblade Certificate Certification Very Oversupplied 0 85
Hilti Adhesive Anchor Installer Certification Program (HAAICP) Certification Very Oversupplied 0 82
NOCTI Job Ready Assessment - CAD CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 77
Career Essentials - Electrical Construction Wiring CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 74
NOCTI Job Ready Assessment - Interior Decorating and Design CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 71
Certified Nursery Technician Certification Very Oversupplied 0 70
Electrical Training Alliance - Interim Credential Certification Very Oversupplied 0 69
Career Essentials - Technical Drafting CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 68
Colorado CTE Drafting and Design CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 65
Colorado CTE Architechture and Construction CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 61
Precision Exams - Landscape Management CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 59
Certified Apprentice Drafter Certification Very Oversupplied 0 56
Oklahoma CareerTech - Refrigeration Technician CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 55
NOCTI Job Ready Assessment - Electrical Construction Technology CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 51
NCCER - Construction Site Safety Orientation Certification Very Oversupplied 2 48
Woodwork Career Alliance - Passport Certification Very Oversupplied 0 47
Chief Architect Certified Apprentice Certification Very Oversupplied 0 46
NCCER - Heavy Equipment Operations Certification Moderately Undersupplied 106 45
NCCER - Millwright Certification Very Oversupplied 0 44
Oklahoma CareerTech - Heating and Air Conditioning Technician CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 40
Hot Work Safety Certification Very Oversupplied 0 38
NOCTI Job Ready Assessment - CAD-CAM CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 36
Massachusetts Apprentice Sheet Metal Worker License License Very Oversupplied 0 35
Brainbench AutoCAD Certification Software Very Undersupplied 58,732 34
Oklahoma CareerTech - Frame Carpenter CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 34
Woodwork Career Alliance - Green Credential Certification Very Oversupplied 0 32
ETA Associate Certified Electronics Technician Certification Very Oversupplied 11 31
Sheet Metal License License Very Oversupplied 0 28
AAFCS Pre-PAC - Interior Design Fundamentals CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 27
NCCER - Painting Certification Very Oversupplied 0 27
HBI House Wiring Certification Very Oversupplied 0 26
Vermont Electrician Apprenticeship Certification Very Oversupplied 0 26
NOCTI Job Ready Assessment - Masonry (Brick) CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 25
Oregon Construction Pre-Apprenticeship Certification Supply meets demand 20 25
AAFCS Pre-PAC - Housing and Furnishings CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 24
Career Essentials - Architectural Drafting CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 24
NOCTI Job Ready Assessment - Cabinetmaking CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 1 24
Oklahoma CareerTech - Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning Repair Technician (MHT) CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 24
Onshape Fundamentals - CAD Software Very Oversupplied 0 24
Broadband Premises Installer Certification Very Oversupplied 0 22
Brainbench 3D Studio Max Software Very Oversupplied 0 20
ETA Student Electronics Technician Certification Very Oversupplied 0 19
Oklahoma CareerTech - Cabinetmaker Trainee CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 18
Career Essentials - Masonry CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 17
NOCTI Job Ready Assessment - Building Construction Occupations CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 17
Oklahoma CareerTech - Architectural Drafter CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 17
HBI HVAC Certification Very Oversupplied 0 16
Oklahoma CareerTech - Finish Carpenter CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 16
Air Conditioning Service Certification Certification Very Oversupplied 6 15
NOCTI Pathway Assessment - Design and Pre-Construction Assessment CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 15
Air Conditioning Installation Specialization Certification Very Oversupplied 10 14
Air to Air Heat Pump Installation Certification Certification Very Oversupplied 1 14
Industry Competency Exams Certification Very Oversupplied 0 14
Career Essentials - Plumbing CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 2 12
HVAC Excellence HEAT Certification Very Oversupplied 0 12
NCCER - Sheet Metal Certification Very Oversupplied 0 12
Louisiana Nursery & Landscape Student Certification Certification Very Oversupplied 0 11
NOCTI Job Ready Assessment - Building Trades Maintenance CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 11
Oklahoma CareerTech - Mechanical Drafter CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 11
AHRI Light Commercial Air Conditioning and Heating Certification Moderately Oversupplied 0 10
AHRI Residential Air Conditioning and Heating Certification Moderately Oversupplied 0 10
ETA Fiber Optics Installer Certification Certification Very Oversupplied 3 10
NCCER - Construction Craft Laborer Certification Very Oversupplied 11 10
Oklahoma CareerTech - Heavy Equipment Operator CTE Assessment Moderately Oversupplied 0 10
cPass Consortium of Skilled Trade Partners CTE Assessment Moderately Oversupplied 0 10
ETA Data Cabling Installer Certification Certification Moderately Oversupplied 0 9
Landscape Management Certification Certification Very Oversupplied 8 8
Basic Access Industrial Scaffold Certification Certification Moderately Oversupplied 0 7
NCCER - Insulating Certification Moderately Oversupplied 0 6
NOCTI Job Ready Assessment - HVAC/R CTE Assessment Moderately Oversupplied 0 6
AHRI Commercial Refrigeration Certification Supply meets demand 0 5
Bronze Oilheat Technician Certification Certification Very Oversupplied 1 5
Certified Fiber Optic Technician Certification Very Oversupplied 25 5
Certified Solidworks Professional Software Supply meets demand 0 5
EPA PM Tech Certification Certification Supply meets demand 0 5
Vermont Plumber Apprenticeship Certification Supply meets demand 0 5
Career Essentials - Cabinetmaking CTE Assessment Supply meets demand 0 3
Junior Master Gardener Certificate Certification Supply meets demand 0 3
LEED Green Associate Certification Very Undersupplied 485 3
NOCTI Job Ready Assessment - Masonry (Block) CTE Assessment Supply meets demand 0 3
Wisconsin Youth Apprenticeship - Design/Pre-Construction Certification Supply meets demand 0 3
Colorado Apprenticeship Carpenter Certification Very Undersupplied 102 2
EEI - Construction and Skilled Trades Assessment Certification Very Oversupplied 278 2
EPA Indoor Air Quality Certification Certification Very Oversupplied 2 2
ETA Network Computer Technician Certification Supply meets demand 0 2
HBI Basic Principles of Construction Certification Supply meets demand 0 2
NCCER - Cabinetmaking Certification Supply meets demand 0 2
Massachusetts Hoisting License License Supply meets demand 0 1
NCCER - Rigger Certification Very Undersupplied 2 1