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47-4031.00 - Fence Erectors

Erect and repair fences and fence gates, using hand and power tools.

Sample of reported job titles: Fence Builder, Fence Contractor, Fence Erector, Fence Installer, Fence Laborer, Fence Mechanic, Fence Technician (Fence Tech), Gate Technician (Gate Tech), Wood Fence Erector

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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

  • Establish the location for a fence, and gather information needed to ensure that there are no electric cables or water lines in the area. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Set metal or wooden posts in upright positions in postholes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Measure and lay out fence lines and mark posthole positions, following instructions, drawings, or specifications. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Align posts, using lines or by sighting, and verify vertical alignment of posts, using plumb bobs or spirit levels. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Attach rails or tension wire along bottoms of posts to form fencing frames. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Dig postholes, using spades, posthole diggers, or power-driven augers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Attach fence rail supports to posts, using hammers and pliers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Assemble gates, and fasten gates into position, using hand tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Mix and pour concrete around bases of posts, or tamp soil into postholes to embed posts. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Make rails for fences, by sawing lumber or by cutting metal tubing to required lengths. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Nail top and bottom rails to fence posts, or insert them in slots on posts. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Discuss fencing needs with customers, and estimate and quote prices. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Stretch wire, wire mesh, or chain link fencing between posts, and attach fencing to frames. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Complete top fence rails of metal fences by connecting tube sections, using metal sleeves. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Erect alternate panel, basket weave, and louvered fences. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Insert metal tubing through rail supports. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Nail pointed slats to rails to construct picket fences. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Construct and repair barriers, retaining walls, trellises, and other types of fences, walls, and gates. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Weld metal parts together, using portable gas welding equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Blast rock formations and rocky areas with dynamite to facilitate posthole digging. See more occupations related to this task.

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Technology Skills

  • Computer aided design CAD software Hot technology — Autodesk AutoCAD Hot technology ; Cutlist Plus fx See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Project management software — Maxwell Systems American Contractor; Software Design Associates Computer Fencing System CFS See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel 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

  • Adjustable widemouth pliers — Automatic wire twisting pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Augers — Hand augers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Chucks — Clip tightening chucks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Claw hammer — Claw hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Conduit benders — Wire tie twisters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus — Portable gas operated arc welders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Grounding hardware — Electric fence grounding rods See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hammers — Steel post pounders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Jacks — Hand jacks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Levels — Spirit levels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Locking pliers — Locking jaw pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pipe or tube cutter — Pipe cutters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Plaster or mortar mixers — Cement mixers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Plumb bobs — Laser plumb bobs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Post hole digger — Post hole diggers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power drills — Portable drills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power saws — Circular saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pullers — Barbed wire unrollers; Comealongs; Post pullers; Wire stretchers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Security or access control systems — Remote opening systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spades — Digging spades See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Staple guns — Staple drivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tablet computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tape measures — Steel measuring tapes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Torque wrenches — Torque tensioning tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Voltage or current meters — Electric fence testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wire cutters — Hi-tensile wire cutters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wire lug crimping tool — Multi-crimp tools See more occupations related to this tool.

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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models. 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.
  • Education and Training — Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects. 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.
  • Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. 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.
  • Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services. 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.
  • 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.

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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dynamic Strength — The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue. 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.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath. 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.
  • 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.
  • Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. 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.
  • 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.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment — Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. 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.
  • Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients. 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.
  • 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.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Determine appropriate locations for operations or installations. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Position structural components. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Mark reference points on construction materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Measure work site dimensions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Verify alignment of structures or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Install fencing or other barriers. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Dig holes or trenches. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Install wooden structural components. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Mix substances or compounds needed for work activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Pour materials into or on designated areas. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Cut wood components for installation. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicate with clients about products, procedures, and policies. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Install metal structural components. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate detonation equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Weld metal components. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 99% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — 76% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 82% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 72% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 58% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 58% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 56% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 60% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 65% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 55% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 52% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 61% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 62% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 58% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 41% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 57% responded “Extremely serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 37% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 37% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 84% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 36% responded “About half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Walking and Running — 57% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to High Places — 48% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — 63% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 60% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Level of Competition — 12% responded “Moderately competitive.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 38% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — 53% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 31% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — 48% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 59% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 62% responded “Important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — 36% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 12% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Whole Body Vibration — 64% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 89% responded “40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations — 53% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 32% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 52% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Letters and Memos — 39% responded “Never.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Climbing Ladders, Scaffolds, or Poles — 48% responded “More 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 orderlies, counter and rental clerks, 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
48   High school diploma or equivalent Help
29   Less than high school diploma

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Credentials

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Interests

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. 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.
  • 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.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. 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.

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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.
  • Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2018) $16.73 hourly, $34,800 annual
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Employment (2018) 31,000 employees
Projected growth (2018-2028) Faster than average (7% to 10%) Faster than average (7% to 10%)
Projected job openings (2018-2028) 4,200
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Top industries (2018)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2018 wage data external site and 2018-2028 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2018-2028). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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