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49-3093.00 - Tire Repairers and Changers

Repair and replace tires.

Sample of reported job titles: Alignment Technician, Lube Technician, Service Technician, Tire Buster, Tire Center Supervisor, Tire Changer, Tire Installer, Tire Repairer, Tire Shop Mechanic, Tire Technician

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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

Tasks

  • Raise vehicles, using hydraulic jacks. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Remount wheels onto vehicles. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Unbolt and remove wheels from vehicles, using lug wrenches or other hand or power tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Place wheels on balancing machines to determine counterweights required to balance wheels. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Identify tire size and ply and inflate tires accordingly. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Replace valve stems and remove puncturing objects. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Hammer required counterweights onto rims of wheels. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Reassemble tires onto wheels. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Seal punctures in tubeless tires by inserting adhesive material and expanding rubber plugs into punctures, using hand tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Inspect tire casings for defects, such as holes or tears. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Locate punctures in tubeless tires by visual inspection or by immersing inflated tires in water baths and observing air bubbles. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Glue tire patches over ruptures in tire casings, using rubber cement. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Assist mechanics and perform various mechanical duties, such as changing oil or checking and replacing batteries. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Rotate tires to different positions on vehicles, using hand tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean and tidy up the shop. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Buff defective areas of inner tubes, using scrapers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Order replacements for tires or tubes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Separate tubed tires from wheels, using rubber mallets and metal bars or mechanical tire changers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Inflate inner tubes and immerse them in water to locate leaks. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean sides of whitewall tires. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Roll new rubber treads, known as camelbacks, over tire casings and mold the semi-raw rubber treads onto the buffed casings. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare rims and wheel drums for reassembly by scraping, grinding, or sandblasting. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Apply rubber cement to buffed tire casings prior to vulcanization process. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Patch tubes with adhesive rubber patches or seal rubber patches to tubes, using hot vulcanizing plates. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Place tire casings and tread rubber assemblies in tire molds for the vulcanization process and exert pressure to ensure good adhesion. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Drive automobile or service trucks to industrial sites to provide services or respond to emergency calls. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Adhesive rollers — Hand rollers for adhesives See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Air bags for loading — Air/steam bags See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Awls — Heavy duty awls; Pricking awls; Tire probing awls See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Compressed air gun — Air spray guns; Tire plug guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Deburring tool — Deburring tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Engine or vehicle stands — Tire stands See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Expanders — Bead expanders; Power tire spreaders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Extruders — Handheld extruders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hammers — Tire hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hand reamer — Heavy duty T-handle reamers; Tire reamers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hand sprayers — Airless spray guns; Rubber patch guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Heater elements — Electric knife heaters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Height gauges — Tire tread depth gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hoists — Power hoists See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hold down clamps — Holding clamps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hydraulic pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Insertion tool — Heavy duty T-handle spiral probe cement tools; Insertion tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Jacks — Hydraulic jacks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Knife blades — Cutting blades See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mallets — Tire knockers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pneumatic drill — Air drills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pneumatic impact wrenches — Pneumatic wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power buffers — Buffers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power grinders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power routers — Regroovers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Protective gloves — Safety gloves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pry bars — Bead seaters; Tire irons; Truck tire spoons See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pullers — Hub-cap pullers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rasps — Hand rasps; Stickleback rasps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Razor knives — Bail cutting knives; Curved-point scalpel knives; Taper point knives; Thermocutters (see all 10 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Respirators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Retaining ring pliers — Truck lock ring removers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rubber or plastic presses — Mold presses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety glasses — Eye protection See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety shoes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scrapers — Inner-liner scrapers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shears — Scissors; Trimmer shears See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Specialty wrenches — 4-way tire valve tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tire changing machines — Mechanical tire changers; Rim clamp tire changers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Torque wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Utility knives See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vulcanizing machines — Hot vulcanizing plates See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wedges — Bead breakers; Duck-billed bead-breaking wedges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wheel balancing equipment — Balancing machines; Computerized tire/wheel balancing equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wheel nut or lug wrench — Lug wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wire brushes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Workshop cranes See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Accounting software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base user interface and query software — Recordkeeping software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Project management software — Project estimation software See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

  • Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. 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.
  • 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.
  • Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. 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.
  • Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects. 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.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). 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.
  • 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.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. 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.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. 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.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills. 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.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Order materials, supplies, or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Test mechanical equipment to ensure proper functioning. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate cranes, hoists, or other moving or lifting equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean equipment, parts, or tools to repair or maintain them in good working order. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Install vehicle parts or accessories. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect mechanical components of vehicles to identify problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Reassemble equipment after repair. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean work areas. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Disassemble equipment for maintenance or repair. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Remove parts or components from vehicles. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Service vehicles to maintain functionality. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Drive trucks or other vehicles to or at work sites. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assemble mechanical components or machine parts. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Smooth surfaces of objects or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Repair tires. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 89% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 83% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 89% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 73% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 74% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 64% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 64% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 75% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 65% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 48% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 77% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 69% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 56% responded “Continually or almost continually.” 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.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 41% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Walking and Running — 51% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 60% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 41% responded “Very important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 55% responded “Continually or almost continually.” 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 — 67% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — 52% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 57% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 42% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 64% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 44% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — 59% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 48% responded “Extremely serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 32% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 43% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 33% responded “Slightly close (e.g., shared office).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — 39% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 43% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 36% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — 48% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations — 28% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Level of Competition — 37% responded “Extremely competitive.” 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
41   High school diploma or equivalent Help
27   Less than high school diploma
26   Post-secondary certificate Help

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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

  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. 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.
  • 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.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. 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.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. 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.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. 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) $11.41 hourly, $23,730 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 98,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Average (8% to 14%) Average (8% to 14%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 42,900
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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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