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43-5111.00 - Weighers, Measurers, Checkers, and Samplers, Recordkeeping

Weigh, measure, and check materials, supplies, and equipment for the purpose of keeping relevant records. Duties are primarily clerical by nature. Includes workers who collect and keep record of samples of products or materials.

Sample of reported job titles: Cycle Counter, Fluid Operator, Inventory Specialist, Material Control Manager, Quality Assurance Inspector (QA Inspector), Quality Assurance Lab Technician, Quality Control Technician, Scale Operator, Supply Clerk, Temperature Taker

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Tasks  |  Technology Skills  |  Tools Used  |  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

  • Document quantity, quality, type, weight, test result data, and value of materials or products to maintain shipping, receiving, and production records and files. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Weigh or measure materials, equipment, or products to maintain relevant records, using volume meters, scales, rules, or calipers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Collect or prepare measurement, weight, or identification labels and attach them to products. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Examine products or materials, parts, subassemblies, and packaging for damage, defects, or shortages, using specification sheets, gauges, and standards charts. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Signal or instruct other workers to weigh, move, or check products. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Collect product samples and prepare them for laboratory analysis or testing. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Maintain, monitor, and clean work areas, such as recycling collection sites, drop boxes, counters and windows, and areas around scale houses. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Compare product labels, tags, or tickets, shipping manifests, purchase orders, and bills of lading to verify accuracy of shipment contents, quality specifications, or weights. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Remove from stock products or loads not meeting quality standards, and notify supervisors or appropriate departments of discrepancies or shortages. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Inspect products and examination records to determine the number of defects per worker and the reasons for examiners' rejections. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Store samples of finished products in labeled cartons and record their location. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Maintain financial records, such as accounts of daily collections and billings, and records of receipts issued. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Inspect incoming loads of waste to identify contents and to screen for the presence of specific regulated or hazardous wastes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Count or estimate quantities of materials, parts, or products received or shipped. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Communicate with customers and vendors to exchange information regarding products, materials, and services. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Compute product totals and charges for shipments. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Fill orders for products and samples, following order tickets, and forward or mail items. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate scalehouse computers to obtain weight information about incoming shipments such as those from waste haulers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Sort products or materials into predetermined sequences or groupings for display, packing, shipping, or storage. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Transport materials, products, or samples to processing, shipping, or storage areas, manually or using conveyors, pumps, or hand trucks. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare measurement tables and conversion charts, using standard formulas. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Unload or unpack incoming shipments. See more occupations related to this task.

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Technology Skills

  • Analytical or scientific software — Root cause analysis software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base user interface and query software — Microsoft Access Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Electronic mail software — Email software; IBM Notes Hot technology ; Microsoft Outlook Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software Hot technology — Infor ERP Baan; Microsoft Dynamics AX; Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Hot technology ; SAP Hot technology (see all 5 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Inventory management software — Inventory software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software — Materials resource planning MRP software; Warehouse management system WMS See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.

Hot technology Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.

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Tools Used

  • Animal weighing scales — Livestock scales See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Articulating boom lift — Cherry pickers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Automatic selective scale — Automatic bulk weighing systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Axle load scales See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bar code printer — Label printers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bench scales — Computerized scales See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Conveyor weighting scale — Belt conveyor scales See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Crane scale — Crane scales See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop calculator — Calculators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Distance meters — Cordage measurers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Facial shields See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flowmeters — Mass flow meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Forklifts — Warehouse forklifts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Grain analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hand trucks or accessories — Industrial trucks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hoists See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hopper scale — Hopper scales See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mainframe console or dumb terminals — Computer terminals See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Manlift or personnel lift — High lifts; Order selectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Moisture meters — Grain moisture meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Overhead crane — Electric overhead traveling crane EOT See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pallet trucks — Pallet jacks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Protective coveralls See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Radio frequency identification devices — Radio frequency RF scanners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety glasses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety shoes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scissor lift or lift table — Scissor lifts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tablet computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Triple beam balances — Beam scales See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Truck or rail scales — Monorail scales; Railway track scales See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Two way radios — Two-way radios See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Water meters — Milk meters; Vehicle tank meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wire cutters See more occupations related to this tool.

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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.
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. 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.
  • 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.
  • Clerical — Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • 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.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. 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.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • 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.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. 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.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. 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.
  • Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. 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.
  • Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material. 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.
  • Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance. 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.
  • Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly. 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

  • 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.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. 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.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. 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.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used. 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.
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Inspect shipments to ensure correct order fulfillment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Record production information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Attach identification information to products, items or containers. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Provide information to coworkers. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect items for damage or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Store items. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain financial or account records. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Calculate costs of goods or services. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Calculate shipping costs. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Discuss goods or services information with customers or patrons. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Package objects for shipping. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Send information, materials or documentation. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate computers or computerized equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Sort materials or products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Deliver items. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean facilities or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare informational or reference materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Unload materials or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 82% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 72% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 66% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 49% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 53% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 51% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 56% responded “Extremely important.” 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 — 75% responded “Every day.” 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.
  • Spend Time Standing — 45% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — 32% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 18% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 58% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 22% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 44% responded “More than 40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 28% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 28% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 45% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 39% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 43% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 28% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 36% responded “Slightly close (e.g., shared office).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 40% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Electronic Mail — 43% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 27% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 43% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 31% responded “Moderate results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 38% responded “Limited responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 24% responded “Extremely serious.” 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 orderlies, forest firefighters, customer service representatives, security guards, upholsterers, and tellers.
SVP Range (4.0 to < 6.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
50   High school diploma or equivalent Help
22   Less than high school diploma
19   Some college, no degree

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Credentials

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Interests

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  • 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.
  • 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.

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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. 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.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. 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.
  • 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.

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Work Values

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 (2018) $15.53 hourly, $32,310 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2016) 76,000 employees
Projected growth (2016-2026) Slower than average (2% to 4%) Slower than average (2% to 4%)
Projected job openings (2016-2026) 7,600
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2016)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2018 wage data external site and 2016-2026 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2016-2026). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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