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Government and Public Administration
Construction and building inspectors make sure that construction meets local and national building codes and ordinances, zoning regulations, and contract specifications.
Annual Median Wage
$ 53,780
$34,610 range bar $78,080
Annual NC Wage Range
Growth Rate
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Fast Growing
Education Level
  • High school diploma or equivalent
Education programs to prepare for this occupation
Human Services
Child, family, and school social workers provide social services and assistance to improve the social and psychological functioning of children and their families. They also work to maximize family well-being and to help children do well in school.
Annual Median Wage
$ 46,240
$33,030 range bar $62,890
Annual NC Wage Range
Growth Rate
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Very Fast Growing
Education Level
  • Bachelor's degree
Education programs to prepare for this occupation
  • Social Work
Middle School Teachers
Education and Training
Middle school teachers typically educate students in sixth through eighth grades. They help students build on elementary school fundamentals and prepare them for the more difficult curriculum they will face in high school.
Annual Median Wage
$ 46,290
$34,310 range bar $62,030
Annual NC Wage Range
Growth Rate
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Slow Growing
Education Level
  • Bachelor's degree
Education programs to prepare for this occupation
  • Middle Grades (6-9)
  • Art Education
  • English Education
  • Health Teacher Education
  • Family & Consumer Sciences Education
  • Technology Education
  • Elementary Math
  • Vocal Pedagogy
  • Physical Education
  • Reading
  • Licensure Science
  • Geography, Secondary Education
  • Social Studies Education
  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Dance Education
  • History, Social Studies Education
  • Spanish Teaching
Arts, Audio/Video Technology and Communications
Multimedia artists and animators create special effects, animation and visual images for television, movies, video games, and other media. They may make two- and three-dimensional models and animation, showing objects in motion or illustrating a process.
Annual Median Wage
$ 71,270
$43,130 range bar $111,230
Annual NC Wage Range
Growth Rate
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Fast Growing
Education Level
  • Bachelor's degree
Education programs to prepare for this occupation
  • Digital Effects & Animation Technology
  • New Media
  • Graphic Arts & Imaging Technology
  • Simulation & Game Development
Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
Environmental engineers use the principles of engineering, soil science, biology, and chemistry to create solutions to environmental problems. They may also focus on global issues such as unsafe drinking water, climate change, and environmental sustainability.
Annual Median Wage
$ 74,900
$54,740 range bar $118,780
Annual NC Wage Range
Growth Rate
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Moderately Growing
Education Level
  • Bachelor's degree
Education programs to prepare for this occupation
  • Environmental Engineering
Architecture and Construction
Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers, often called HVACR technicians, work on heating, ventilation, cooling, and refrigeration systems that control the temperature and air quality in buildings.
Annual Median Wage
$ 41,820
$27,090 range bar $62,140
Annual NC Wage Range
Growth Rate
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Fast Growing
Education Level
  • Postsecondary nondegree award
Education programs to prepare for this occupation
  • Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Technology
Chefs and Head Cooks
Hospitality and Tourism
Chefs and head cooks direct and may participate in preparing, seasoning, and cooking salads, soups, fish, meats, vegetables, desserts, or other foods. They may plan and price menu items, order supplies, and keep records and accounts.
Annual Median Wage
$ 47,070
$31,450 range bar $78,190
Annual NC Wage Range
Growth Rate
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Fast Growing
Education Level
  • High school diploma or equivalent
Education programs to prepare for this occupation
  • Baking & Pastry Arts
  • Culinary Arts
Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security
Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics care for the sick or injured in emergencies. Their quick reaction and competent care can save people's lives. At the emergency scene, they often work with police and firefighters.
Annual Median Wage
$ 35,280
$25,120 range bar $49,440
Annual NC Wage Range
Growth Rate
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Fast Growing
Education Level
  • Postsecondary nondegree award
Education programs to prepare for this occupation
  • Emergency Medical Science
Finance
Accountants and auditors prepare and examine financial records. They ensure that taxes are paid properly and on time. Accountants and auditors assess financial operations and work to help ensure that organizations run efficiently.
Annual Median Wage
$ 69,840
$46,110 range bar $117,850
Annual NC Wage Range
Growth Rate
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Fast Growing
Education Level
  • Bachelor's degree
Education programs to prepare for this occupation
  • Financial Forensics & Fraud Investigation
  • Accounting
  • Auditing
  • Accounting & Finance
Marketing
Market research analysts and marketing specialists research market conditions in local, regional, or national areas. They gather information to predict product or service sales or to create a marketing campaign.
Annual Median Wage
$ 62,370
$36,150 range bar $114,630
Annual NC Wage Range
Growth Rate
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Very Fast Growing
Education Level
  • Bachelor's degree
Education programs to prepare for this occupation
  • Business Administration Marketing & Retailing
Registered Nurses
Health Science
Registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members.
Annual Median Wage
$ 62,940
$46,130 range bar $86,650
Annual NC Wage Range
Growth Rate
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Very Fast Growing
Education Level
  • Bachelor's degree
Education programs to prepare for this occupation
  • Registered Nursing
  • Nursing Administration
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Practice Nursing
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • Nursing
  • Pediatric Nurse/Nursing
  • Critical Care Nursing
  • Nursing Practice
Business, Management and Administration
Human resources managers plan, direct, and coordinate an organization’s administrative functions. They oversee recruiting, interviewing, and hiring of new staff; consult with executives on strategic planning; serve as a link between management and its employees.
Annual Median Wage
$ 112,520
$71,700 range bar $197,300
Annual NC Wage Range
Growth Rate
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Fast Growing
Education Level
  • Bachelor's degree
Education programs to prepare for this occupation
  • Human Resources Management
Manufacturing
Industrial machinery mechanics maintain and repair factory equipment and other industrial machinery like conveying systems, production machinery, and packaging equipment.
Annual Median Wage
$ 49,600
$31,470 range bar $73,030
Annual NC Wage Range
Growth Rate
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Moderately Growing
Education Level
  • High school diploma or equivalent
Education programs to prepare for this occupation
Web Developers
Information Technology
Web developers design and create websites. They are responsible for the website's design and technical aspects like its speed and the amount of traffic it can handle. They may also create content for the site.
Annual Median Wage
$ 68,520
$40,680 range bar $118,710
Annual NC Wage Range
Growth Rate
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Very Fast Growing
Education Level
  • Associate's degree
Education programs to prepare for this occupation
  • Computer Programming
  • Computer Science
  • Computing & Information Systems
  • Geospatial Technology
  • Web Technologies
  • Information Technology Project Management
  • Bioinformatics
  • Data Science
Statisticians
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Statisticians use statistical methods to collect and analyze data and help solve real-world problems in business, engineering, the sciences, or other fields.
Annual Median Wage
$ 96,290
$62,660 range bar $150,530
Annual NC Wage Range
Growth Rate
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Very Fast Growing
Education Level
  • Master's degree
Education programs to prepare for this occupation
  • Biostatistics
  • Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Statistics & Operations Research
Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics
Automotive service technicians and mechanics, often called service technicians or service techs, inspect, maintain, and repair cars and light trucks.
Annual Median Wage
$ 39,390
$21,270 range bar $63,250
Annual NC Wage Range
Growth Rate
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Moderately Growing
Education Level
  • Postsecondary nondegree award
Education programs to prepare for this occupation
  • Automotive Systems Technology
  • Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technology

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