What are the top occupations aligned to each career cluster?

Total High School Students Enrolled

463,300

Total High School CTE Concentrators

8,444

Occupation Employment
(2016)
Median Pay
(2017)
Projected Growth
(2016-26)
Medical and Health Services Managers 8,340 $101,020 19.3%
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists 3,330 $88,690 23.1%
Chiropractors 1,140 $78,300 14%
Dentists, General 4,000 $195,680 23.5%
Dietitians and Nutritionists 2,090 $54,620 14.8%
Optometrists 1,030 $116,520 19.4%
Pharmacists 9,730 $127,250 8.8%
Anesthesiologists 370 $208,000 16.2%
Family and General Practitioners 3,710 $204,930 13.2%
Internists, General 1,020 $208,000 12.7%
Obstetricians and Gynecologists 810 $208,000 13.6%
Pediatricians, General 950 $153,830 14.7%
Psychiatrists 620 $180,040 11.3%
Surgeons 1,380 $208,000 15.2%
Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 11,660 $196,670 12.4%
Physician Assistants 4,510 $102,180 37.7%
Podiatrists 250 $153,630 8%
Occupational Therapists 3,360 $84,700 18.8%
Physical Therapists 6,480 $86,600 23%
Radiation Therapists 570 $74,820 14%
Recreational Therapists 450 $44,960 0%
Respiratory Therapists 4,000 $56,410 26.3%
Speech-Language Pathologists 4,170 $73,250 18.2%
Exercise Physiologists 490 $46,200 14.3%
Therapists, All Other 570 $46,450 21.1%
Veterinarians 3,310 $91,550 28.7%
Registered Nurses 100,830 $62,940 15.7%
Nurse Anesthetists 2,540 $169,300 16.1%
Nurse Practitioners 4,440 $101,540 35.8%
Audiologists 470 $68,310 19.1%
Dental Hygienists 6,250 $70,720 24.3%
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians 1,250 $66,830 15.2%
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers 1,780 $66,930 27.5%
Nuclear Medicine Technologists 540 $69,060 13%
Radiologic Technologists 7,580 $57,180 16.2%
Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists 1,020 $67,140 17.6%
Dietetic Technicians 290 $27,970 10.3%
Pharmacy Technicians 14,380 $30,110 15.5%
Psychiatric Technicians 1,360 $33,330 5.9%
Surgical Technologists 2,810 $43,300 15.7%
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians 3,100 $32,600 30%
Ophthalmic Medical Technicians 2,470 $35,440 19.4%
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 18,110 $44,830 5%
Medical Records and Health Information Technicians 5,670 $36,930 13.6%
Opticians, Dispensing 1,690 $39,680 16.6%
Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other 5,310 $35,870 22.6%
Athletic Trainers 670 $44,720 25.4%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Workers, All Other 690 $49,290 11.6%
Home Health Aides 39,960 $20,390 18%
Psychiatric Aides 1,680 $27,810 1.8%
Nursing Assistants 63,490 $25,260 8.4%
Orderlies 960 $26,600 13.5%
Occupational Therapy Assistants 1,350 $64,890 25.2%
Physical Therapist Assistants 2,570 $60,100 25.3%
Physical Therapist Aides 810 $27,460 25.9%
Dental Assistants 8,970 $41,660 23.6%
Medical Assistants 16,310 $32,710 28.9%
Medical Equipment Preparers 1,560 $30,770 17.3%
Medical Transcriptionists 1,240 $33,550 0.8%
Pharmacy Aides 440 $22,550 -6.8%
Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers 2,950 $28,200 30.8%
Phlebotomists 5,800 $31,700 30.5%
Healthcare Support Workers, All Other 4,430 $32,640 16.3%
Medical Secretaries 13,260 $33,470 23.2%
Nurse Midwives 170 $101,080 17.6%
Occupational Therapy Aides 110 $28,210 18.2%
Biomedical Engineers 380 $87,320 13.2%
Epidemiologists 110 $76,900 9.1%
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners, All Other 960 $91,210 13.5%
Orthodontists 190 $208,000 26.3%
Orthotists and Prosthetists 450 $74,480 31.1%
Hearing Aid Specialists 150 $62,240 26.7%
Genetic Counselors 90 $72,030 33.3%
Dentists, All Other Specialists 190 $187,940 15.8%
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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
Certified Nursing Assistant Certification Very Oversupplied 0 1,782
EMT / Paramedic License License Very Undersupplied 3,226 192
Certified Pharmacy Technician Certification Very Undersupplied 3,512 35
North Carolina Geriatric Aide Certification Very Oversupplied 0 33
AMCA Clinical Medical Assistant Certification Certification Very Undersupplied 147 0
ARRT - Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Certification Very Undersupplied 30 0
ASPT - Certified Phlebotomy Technician Certification Very Undersupplied 32 0
Certified Clinical Medical Assistant Certification Very Undersupplied 414 0
Certified EEG/EKG/ECG Technician Certification Very Undersupplied 1,253 0
Certified Medical Assistant Certification Very Undersupplied 5,998 0
Certified Phlebotomy Technician Certification Very Undersupplied 37 0
Certified Registered Central Service Technician Certification Very Undersupplied 352 0
Certified Surgical Technologist Certification Very Undersupplied 356 0
Dental Assistant License Very Undersupplied 3,890 0
HIPAA Training and Certification Certification Very Undersupplied 1,065 0
Licensed Practical Nurse License Very Undersupplied 13,634 0
Medical Assistant Certification Very Undersupplied 2,807 0
NCCT Medical Assistant Certification Very Undersupplied 1,595 0
NCCT Medical Office Assistant Certification Supply meets demand 1 0
NCCT Phlebotomy Technician Certification Supply meets demand 1 0
NCLEX - Registered Nurse License Very Undersupplied 78,228 0
PLTW Principles of Biomedical Innovation CTE Assessment Supply meets demand 0 0
Radiation and Radiographer License License Very Undersupplied 2,081 0
Registered Phlebotomy Technician Certification Supply meets demand 3 0