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47-4051.00 - Highway Maintenance Workers

Maintain highways, municipal and rural roads, airport runways, and rights-of-way. Duties include patching broken or eroded pavement, repairing guard rails, highway markers, and snow fences. May also mow or clear brush from along road or plow snow from roadway.

Sample of reported job titles: Equipment Operator (EO), Highway Maintainer, Highway Maintenance Crew Worker, Highway Maintenance Technician, Highway Maintenance Worker, Maintenance Technician, Maintenance Worker, Transportation Maintenance Operator, Transportation Maintenance Specialist (TMS), Transportation Worker

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Tasks

  • Set out signs and cones around work areas to divert traffic.
  • Flag motorists to warn them of obstacles or repair work ahead.
  • Perform preventative maintenance on vehicles and heavy equipment.
  • Drive trucks to transport crews and equipment to work sites.
  • Erect, install, or repair guardrails, road shoulders, berms, highway markers, warning signals, and highway lighting, using hand tools and power tools.
  • Clean and clear debris from culverts, catch basins, drop inlets, ditches, and other drain structures.
  • Drive heavy equipment and vehicles with adjustable attachments to sweep debris from paved surfaces, mow grass and weeds, remove snow and ice, and spread salt and sand.
  • Haul and spread sand, gravel, and clay to fill washouts and repair road shoulders.
  • Inspect, clean, and repair drainage systems, bridges, tunnels, and other structures.
  • Remove litter and debris from roadways, including debris from rock and mud slides.
  • Dump, spread, and tamp asphalt, using pneumatic tampers, to repair joints and patch broken pavement.
  • Perform roadside landscaping work, such as clearing weeds and brush, and planting and trimming trees.
  • Apply poisons along roadsides and in animal burrows to eliminate unwanted roadside vegetation and rodents.
  • Measure and mark locations for installation of markers, using tape, string, or chalk.
  • Paint traffic control lines and place pavement traffic messages, by hand or using machines.
  • Apply oil to road surfaces, using sprayers.
  • Inspect markers to verify accurate installation.
  • Place and remove snow fences used to prevent the accumulation of drifting snow on highways.

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Technology Skills

  • Data base user interface and query software — Database software
  • Electronic mail software — Microsoft Outlook Hot technology
  • Internet browser software — Web browser software
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office
  • Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint Hot technology
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel Hot technology
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word

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

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Tools Used

  • Adjustable widemouth pliers
  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Aggregate spreaders — Hydraulic spreaders; Sand spreaders; Stone box spreaders
  • Agricultural tractors — Berm drag tractors
  • Air compressors
  • All terrain cranes — 10-ton crawlers; Self-propelled cranes
  • Articulating boom lift — Bucket trucks; Cherry pickers
  • Axes — Bush axes
  • Barricades — Towable barricades
  • Bituminous material distributors — Bituminous pavers; Tar distributors; Windrow loaders
  • Blades or tooth or other cutting edges — Stump cutters
  • Bridge cranes — Snoopers
  • Burners — Oil heating burners
  • Cargo trucks — Gas transporters
  • Chip Spreaders
  • Circuit tester — Circuit testing equipment
  • Cold planers
  • Compactors
  • Concrete mixers or plants — Concrete mixers
  • Concrete spreaders — Power screeds
  • Conventional truck cranes — Boom trucks; Truck mounted cranes
  • Delivery trucks — Heavy trucks; Transport trucks
  • Derricks — Digger derricks
  • Desktop computers
  • Disks — Tractor disc attachments
  • Ditchers
  • Draglines
  • Drain or pipe cleaning equipment — Catch basin vacuum cleaners; Culvert cleaners; Sewer cleaners; Sewer eels
  • Dump trucks — 10-ton tandem-axle dump trucks; 8-ton dump trucks; Belly dump tractor trailers
  • Earthmoving buckets or its parts or accessories — 30-ton clam buckets
  • Flatbed trailers — Low boys
  • Forklifts
  • Front end loaders — Four-wheel drive front end loaders; Two-wheel drive front end loaders
  • Gas generators — Generators
  • Graders — 13000-23000 pound graders
  • Grouting machines — Pavement joint sealers
  • Hammers — Swiss hammers
  • Hand held rock drills — Rock drills
  • Hand sprayers — Epoxy guns
  • Harrows
  • Hydraulic pumps — High-pressure hydraulic pumps; Medium pressure hydraulic pumps; Paint transfer pumps
  • Hydraulic truck cranes — Wheeled hydraulic booms
  • Impact wrenches
  • Kettle exchangers — Tar kettles
  • Laser printers
  • Lasers — Graffiti removing lasers
  • Lawnmowers — Push mowers
  • Light trucks or sport utility vehicles — Light trucks
  • Low cab forward tractors — Truck low-bed trailer combos
  • Machetes
  • Measuring wheels for distance — Measuring wheels
  • Minivans or vans — Vans
  • Mobile excavators — Truck mounted excavators
  • Mowers — Rear brush hog mowers; Rear flail mowers; Side-mount rotary mowers; Tractor-mounted mowers
  • Mud pumps — Mud jacks
  • Non temperature controlled tanker trailers — Tanker trucks
  • Paint mixers
  • Paint sprayers — Paint guns; Thermoplastic applicators; Truck-mounted pavement striping machines
  • Paving breaker tools or accessories — Mounted pavement breakers
  • Paving breakers — Pavement grinders; Pothole excavation milling machines
  • Personal computers
  • Picks
  • Pile drivers
  • Platform lift — Platform trucks
  • Pneumatic hammer — Jackhammers
  • Pneumatic sanding machines — Sandblasters
  • Post hole digger — Hole diggers/augers
  • Power chippers — Brush chippers
  • Power saws — Chain saws; Concrete saws
  • Pressure or steam cleaners — Pressure washers; Steam cleaning equipment
  • Rakes
  • Road pavers — Laydown machines; Pull type pavers
  • Road rooters — Concrete groovers
  • Road surface heater planers — Asphalt reclaimers
  • Road wideners — Self-propelled road wideners
  • Rock cutters
  • Rollers — 4-6 ton roller patchers; Patch rollers less than 9 tons; Pavement rollers
  • Safety chains — Tire chains
  • Scaffolding — Swinging stages
  • Scissor lift or lift table — Scissor trucks
  • Screwdrivers
  • Scrubbing machines — Power broom street sweepers; Self-propelled sweepers; Tow brooms
  • Seeder attachment — Seeders
  • Shovels
  • Snow blowers
  • Snowplow attachments — Rotary snowplows; Snowplows
  • Spades
  • Spot welding machine — Portable welding equipment
  • Sprayers — Chemical sprayers; Computerized weed spray trucks
  • Tampers — Pneumatic tampers
  • Theodolites
  • Track bulldozers — Side dozers
  • Track excavators — Gradalls; Hydraulic excavators
  • Two way radios
  • Vacuum cleaners — Multipurpose vacuum street sweepers
  • Vibratory plates — Concrete paving vibrators
  • Water pumps
  • Water trucks
  • Weeders — Weedeaters
  • Wheel bulldozers — Bulldozers
  • Wheel loaders — Athey loaders

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Knowledge

  • Public Safety and Security — Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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Skills

  • Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • 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.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Abilities

  • Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • 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.
  • Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
  • Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
  • 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.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
  • Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
  • Response Orientation — The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
  • 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.
  • Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
  • Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • 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.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • 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.
  • Rate Control — The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Time Sharing — The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).

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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.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
  • 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.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
  • Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
  • Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.
  • 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.
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • 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.
  • Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
  • 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.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
  • Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
  • Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
  • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Direct vehicle traffic.
  • Maintain mechanical equipment.
  • Drive trucks or truck-mounted equipment.
  • Install fencing or other barriers.
  • Remove debris or vegetation from work sites.
  • Move construction or extraction materials to locations where they are needed.
  • Operate equipment or vehicles to clear construction sites or move materials.
  • Spread sand, dirt or other loose materials onto surfaces.
  • Clean equipment or facilities.
  • Compact materials to create level bases.
  • Inspect industrial or commercial equipment to ensure proper operation.
  • Maintain plumbing structures or fixtures.
  • Pour materials into or on designated areas.
  • Spread concrete or other aggregate mixtures.
  • Mark reference points on construction materials.
  • Measure work site dimensions.
  • Apply paint to surfaces.
  • Operate road-surfacing equipment.
  • Dismantle equipment or temporary structures.
  • Inspect completed work to ensure proper installation.
  • Mix substances or compounds needed for work activities.

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Work Context

  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — 94% responded “Every day.”
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 86% responded “Every day.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 86% responded “Every day.”
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 76% responded “Every day.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 69% responded “Every day.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 84% responded “Extremely important.”
  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — 53% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 50% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 50% responded “Every day.”
  • Contact With Others — 68% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 60% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 51% responded “More than half the time.”
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 55% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Consequence of Error — 55% responded “Extremely serious.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 40% responded “Very important.”
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 46% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Exposed to Whole Body Vibration — 65% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 46% responded “High responsibility.”
  • Spend Time Standing — 24% responded “About half the time.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 38% responded “Very high responsibility.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 68% responded “Important results.”
  • Deal With External Customers — 54% responded “Very important.”
  • Physical Proximity — 56% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).”
  • Time Pressure — 34% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 49% responded “Every day.”
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations — 33% responded “Every day.”
  • In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — 62% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — 38% responded “Every day.”
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 46% responded “Every day.”
  • Telephone — 30% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 58% responded “Very important.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 47% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 39% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 21% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.”
  • Spend Time Walking and Running — 28% responded “Less than half the time.”
  • Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — 27% responded “Very important.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 39% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Level of Competition — 26% responded “Slightly competitive.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 99% responded “40 hours.”

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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
88   High school diploma or equivalent Help
5   Less than high school diploma
5   Associate's degree

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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.
  • 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.

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Work Styles

  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
  • 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.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.

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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2016) $18.33 hourly, $38,130 annual
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Employment (2016) 150,000 employees
Projected growth (2016-2026) Average (5% to 9%) Average (5% to 9%)
Projected job openings (2016-2026) 16,500
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Top industries (2016)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016 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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