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47-2071.00 - Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators

Operate equipment used for applying concrete, asphalt, or other materials to road beds, parking lots, or airport runways and taxiways, or equipment used for tamping gravel, dirt, or other materials. Includes concrete and asphalt paving machine operators, form tampers, tamping machine operators, and stone spreader operators.

Sample of reported job titles: Asphalt Paver Operator, Asphalt Raker, Equipment Operator (EO), Heavy Equipment Operator, Maintenance Equipment Operator (MEO), Operator, Paver Operator, Roller Operator, Screed Operator, Truck Driver

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Tasks  |  Tools & Technology  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Education  |  Credentials  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Related Occupations  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings  |  Additional Information

Tasks

  • Operate machines to spread, smooth, level, or steel-reinforce stone, concrete, or asphalt on road beds. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Observe distribution of paving material to adjust machine settings or material flow, and indicate low spots for workers to add material. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Control traffic. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Light burners or start heating units of machines, and regulate screed temperatures and asphalt flow rates. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Inspect, clean, maintain, and repair equipment, using mechanics' hand tools, or report malfunctions to supervisors. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate tamping machines or manually roll surfaces to compact earth fills, foundation forms, and finished road materials, according to grade specifications. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Start machine, engage clutch, and push and move levers to guide machine along forms or guidelines and to control the operation of machine attachments. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Fill tanks, hoppers, or machines with paving materials. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Set up and tear down equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Coordinate truck dumping. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Drive machines onto truck trailers, and drive trucks to transport machines and material to and from job sites. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Shovel blacktop. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Control paving machines to push dump trucks and to maintain a constant flow of asphalt or other material into hoppers or screeds. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate oil distributors, loaders, chip spreaders, dump trucks, and snow plows. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Set up forms and lay out guidelines for curbs, according to written specifications, using string, spray paint, and concrete/water mixes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Place strips of material such as cork, asphalt, or steel into joints, or place rolls of expansion-joint material on machines that automatically insert material. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate machines that clean or cut expansion joints in concrete or asphalt and that rout out cracks in pavement. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Cut or break up pavement and drive guardrail posts, using machines equipped with interchangeable hammers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Install dies, cutters, and extensions to screeds onto machines, using hand tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Drive and operate curbing machines to extrude concrete or asphalt curbing. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Adjustable wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Asphalt finishers — Paving finishing machines; Power extendable screeds See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bituminous material distributors — Asphalt distributor trucks; Liquid asphalt storage equipment; Oil distributors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Chip Spreaders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Claw hammer — Claw hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cold planers — Cold in-place recyclers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Compactors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Concrete paving strike offs — Vibrating concrete screeds See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Curbing machines — Paving curbing machines; Slip form machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dump trucks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flatbed trailers — Flatbed truck trailers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Graders — Motor graders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Kettle exchangers — Asphalt heating equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Level sensors or transmitters — Transit levels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Levels — Laser levels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Locking pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Measuring tapes — Surveying tapes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Milling machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Non contact sensors — Profiling equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Nut drivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Paint sprayers — Pavement marking machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Paving breakers — Pneumatic paving breakers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Paving material mixers — Asphalt mixing equipment; Hot mix material transfer devices; Self-propelled material transfer devices; Windrow pickup machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pneumatic hammer — Jackhammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power saws — Concrete saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rakes — Asphalt rakes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Respiration air supplying self contained breathing apparatus or accessories — Self-contained breathing apparatus See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Respirators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Road pavers — Automatic paving control systems; Concrete paving machines; Robotic paving machines; Rubber-track asphalt pavers (see all 6 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Road surface heater planers — Road heater-planers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rollers — Manual rollers; Pneumatic rollers; Static rollers; Vibratory rollers (see all 5 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Screwdrivers — Straight screwdrivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Skid steer loaders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Snowplow attachments — Snowplows See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Straight edges — Straightedges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • String or twine — String lines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tampers — Tamping machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Two way radios See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wheel loaders See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Computer aided design CAD software — Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Electronic mail software — Email software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Project management software — HCSS HeavyBid See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Time accounting software — Time report software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

  • Public Safety and Security — Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Building and Construction — Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Administration and Management — Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Rate Control — The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Depth Perception — The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Trunk Strength — The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles). See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment — Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Direct vehicle traffic. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Cut tile, stone, or other masonry materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Direct construction or extraction personnel. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Install equipment attachments or components. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect equipment or tools to be used in construction or excavation. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Mark reference points on construction materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean equipment or facilities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Spread sand, dirt or other loose materials onto surfaces. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Load materials into construction equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Drive trucks or truck-mounted equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate road-surfacing equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Apply material to fill gaps in surfaces. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Compact materials to create level bases. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Spread concrete or other aggregate mixtures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assemble temporary equipment or structures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate heavy-duty construction or installation equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor construction operations. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coordinate construction project activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain construction tools or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate equipment or vehicles to clear construction sites or move materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Dismantle equipment or temporary structures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Build construction forms or molds. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Break up rock, asphalt, or concrete. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — 88% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 77% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 72% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 83% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 76% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 75% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 65% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — 74% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 75% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 66% responded “More than 40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 19% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 44% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 66% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 64% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Whole Body Vibration — 62% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — 46% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 59% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 24% responded “Occasional contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 40% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — 57% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 17% responded “Never.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 39% responded “Very important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 36% responded “About half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 45% responded “Limited freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 27% responded “Extremely serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 30% responded “About half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 32% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 39% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 32% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work Schedules — 80% responded “Irregular (changes with weather conditions, production demands, or contract duration).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 40% responded “Less than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 46% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 34% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — 34% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 40% responded “Never.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Level of Competition — 40% responded “Highly competitive.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Sitting — 40% responded “Less than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
Education These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
Related Experience Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
Job Training Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include sheet metal workers, forest fire fighters, customer service representatives, physical therapist aides, salespersons (retail), and tellers.
SVP Range (4.0 to < 6.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
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Not available Less than high school diploma
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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: RC

  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $18.59 hourly, $38,660 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 55,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Faster than average (15% to 21%) Faster than average (15% to 21%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 18,700
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Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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