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Alabama Jobs and Career Information

RELATIVE POPULARITY

Top 100 Jobs Relatively More Common in Alabama Than Elsewhere

Whether you're looking for a career to pursue, or just want to get a feel for occupations in the state, the table below should be helpful. And we haven't seen anything like it from anyone else.

This table tells us which jobs are more common in Alabama, relative to the state population, compared to their popularity in every other US state. A Local Popularity Index of 1.0 matches the average across all US states; higher and lower numbers indicate the job is proportionally more or less popular here.

RankJobMean Local Salary .Local Jobs .Local Popularity Index
1Traffic technicians$41,73229012.7
2Precision instrument and equipment repairers$50,3834006.8
3Aerospace engineers$86,2902,3606.8
4Aerospace engineering and operations technicians$66,8601905.6
5Choreographers$32,0833905.3
6Logging equipment operators$28,2802504.3
7Metal-refining furnace operators and tenders$28,8853404.3
8Earth drillers, except oil and gas$27,8101403.4
9Drafters$37,4503303.2
10Pourers and casters, metal$28,8701903.1
11Meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers$18,1651,5703.1
12Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines$35,2833,3303.1
13Structural metal fabricators and fitters$26,8832,0302.7
14Farm equipment mechanics$28,3053002.7
15Electrical power-line installers and repairers$46,1901,5802.6
16Control and valve installers and repairers, except mechanical door$38,2064902.5
17Lay-out workers, metal and plastic$27,9701202.5
18Crane and tower operators$35,5908102.4
19Helpers--electricians$19,0461,8502.4
20Materials engineers$73,1903102.4
21Occupational health and safety technicians$57,2151002.3
22Pest control workers$24,9261,4202.3
23Engineering technicians, except drafters$49,4501,1902.1
24Engineers$76,8682,7202.1
25Legal support workers$38,5451,2202.1
26Cooks, institution and cafeteria$15,1137,1402.1
27Tire repairers and changers$21,4971,6402.1
28Excavating and loading machine and dragline operators$28,9369002.0
29Meter readers, utilities$28,9975602.0
30Sawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, wood$21,1255001.9
31Tool grinders, filers, and sharpeners$27,7751801.9
32Electrical and electronics drafters$52,6805101.9
33Electrical engineers$72,3502,7101.9
34Millwrights$37,8945501.9
35Painting, coating, and decorating workers$28,4372901.9
36Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators$28,9306,3201.9
37Pediatricians, general$137,7963001.9
38Education administrators, postsecondary$69,1301,5801.9
39Multiple machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic$25,4321,0901.8
40Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers$29,6675,6601.8
41Telecommunications line installers and repairers$30,9282,1001.8
42Coating, painting, and spraying machine setters, operators, and tenders$23,9241,4901.8
43Installation, maintenance, and repair workers$36,2712,2401.8
44Surveying and mapping technicians$25,1631,0401.8
45Private detectives and investigators$40,6102901.8
46Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers$20,3952,7501.8
47Medical and public health social workers$33,2201,8601.7
48Legislators$13,3505901.7
49Food cooking machine operators and tenders$21,0254101.7
50Dental laboratory technicians$27,6365901.7
51Cooks, short order$14,1002,8401.7
52Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive$24,35328,5501.7
53Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers$17,1819901.6
54Environmental scientists and specialists, including health$47,4731,1401.6
55Shampooers$16,1352301.6
56Education administrators$59,0483101.6
57Police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers$26,2751,1201.6
58Helpers--roofers$20,1101901.6
59First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers$45,6337,1101.6
60Parts salespersons$26,3093,4201.6
61Furnace, kiln, oven, drier, and kettle operators and tenders$25,7551701.6
62Sheet metal workers$28,8252,5401.6
63Insulation workers, mechanical$27,3201201.6
64Medical records and health information technicians$22,5682,4301.6
65Pharmacy technicians$21,9174,1101.5
66Computer, automated teller, and office machine repairers$32,0422,2501.5
67Pharmacists$83,6233,5501.5
68Couriers and messengers$17,5111,5801.5
69Forensic science technicians$43,4251001.5
70Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer$31,81922,0201.5
71Highway maintenance workers$23,9581,2701.5
72Computer hardware engineers$81,5359101.5
73Kindergarten teachers, except special education$37,5101,8501.5
74Cardiovascular technologists and technicians$36,9255401.5
75Forging machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic$33,3702901.5
76Occupational health and safety specialists$48,5344401.5
77Grinding, lapping, polishing, and buffing machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic$25,6111,2501.5
78Grinding and polishing workers, hand$22,7324901.5
79Structural iron and steel workers$36,1357901.5
80Judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates$48,9502101.5
81Helpers--production workers$21,5446,7701.4
82Paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators$27,1136101.4
83Insurance appraisers, auto damage$43,4001101.4
84First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers$44,1908,1501.4
85Counter and rental clerks$18,9906,7001.4
86First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators$44,8743,1501.4
87First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers$45,9019,1701.4
88Civil engineering technicians$30,1601,2301.4
89Healthcare practitioners and technical workers$44,3505501.4
90Motorcycle mechanics$29,4601001.4
91Construction managers$66,5762,8701.4
92Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses$28,8809,5301.4
93Computer systems analysts$59,9437,6301.4
94Rolling machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic$34,7533201.4
95Computer operators$30,2001,8901.4
96Reporters and correspondents$31,6405501.4
97Floral designers$20,4747801.4
98Helpers--pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters$22,1158801.4
99First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers$31,64415,0201.4
100Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers$31,3973,1801.4

ABSOLUTE POPULARITY

The Most Common Jobs in Alabama

Unlike the table above, which shows where jobs in Alabama are unusually common compared to other states, the table below lists jobs which are the most common in raw numbers in the state.

RankJob Local Jobs .Mean Local Salary .Local Popularity Index
1Retail salespersons48,160$21,3861.1
2Cashiers39,170$14,9161.1
3Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food30,850$13,2501.3
4Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand28,840$20,6501.2
5Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive28,550$24,3531.7
6Office clerks, general28,400$20,6090.9
7Registered nurses25,250$48,7311.1
8Waiters and waitresses23,950$12,8741.0
9Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer22,020$31,8191.5
10General and operations managers21,540$82,2781.3
11Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners20,180$16,9750.9
12Stock clerks and order fillers18,700$19,5251.1
13Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks18,270$26,2811.0
14First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers17,630$39,2911.2
15Customer service representatives16,770$25,2450.8
16First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers15,020$31,6441.4
17Maintenance and repair workers, general14,300$31,0741.1
18Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products14,080$48,3060.9
19Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants14,000$18,1021.1
20Team assemblers13,440$22,8701.3
21Elementary school teachers, except special education12,530$38,8461.0
22Construction laborers12,130$22,0121.3
23Teacher assistants11,830$15,1851.0
24Security guards11,110$19,4791.0
25Receptionists and information clerks10,670$19,3650.9
26Accountants and auditors10,470$49,8480.9
27First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers10,090$24,6691.3
28Truck drivers, light or delivery services9,790$26,4081.0
29Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses9,530$28,8801.4
30First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers9,170$45,9011.4
31First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers8,150$44,1901.4
32Maids and housekeeping cleaners7,930$14,5430.9
33Executive secretaries and administrative assistants7,890$37,5460.5
34Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education7,800$39,6810.9
35Computer systems analysts7,630$59,9431.4
36Automotive service technicians and mechanics7,630$29,6971.2
37Electricians7,560$34,3101.2
38Packers and packagers, hand7,390$16,5600.9
39Business operations specialists7,360$56,2900.8
40Cooks, restaurant7,280$17,3230.9
41Carpenters7,180$28,9210.8
42Cooks, institution and cafeteria7,140$15,1132.1
43Child care workers7,130$13,9501.3
44First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers7,110$45,6331.6
45Industrial truck and tractor operators7,100$25,4841.2
46Landscaping and groundskeeping workers6,890$19,7360.8
47Police and sheriff's patrol officers6,850$32,9341.4
48Cooks, fast food6,810$13,6801.1
49Helpers--production workers6,770$21,5441.4
50Counter and rental clerks6,700$18,9901.4
51Tellers6,640$20,3101.2
52Food preparation workers6,540$15,3300.7
53Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks6,500$25,1540.8
54Home health aides6,330$15,8211.0
55Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators6,320$28,9301.9
56Billing and posting clerks and machine operators5,900$24,8341.1
57Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers5,660$29,6671.8
58Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education5,420$38,7281.0
59Lawyers5,260$94,0270.9
60Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers5,030$30,3331.1
61Driver/sales workers5,010$24,1941.3
62Dishwashers4,470$14,0450.9
63Bill and account collectors4,450$25,8831.0
64Computer programmers4,380$59,0751.0
65Cleaners of vehicles and equipment4,350$17,4861.3
66Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters4,320$32,9871.0
67Pharmacy technicians4,110$21,9171.5
68Machinists4,070$33,7331.2
69Managers4,070$73,8811.2
70Financial managers4,030$76,7730.8
71Computer support specialists4,030$33,2310.8
72All other information and record clerks3,670$36,6951.2
73Postal service mail carriers3,660$42,8841.1
74Legal secretaries3,630$27,6601.3
75Pharmacists3,550$83,6231.5
76Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products3,530$47,4421.3
77Medical assistants3,460$21,4300.9
78Management analysts3,440$67,8410.7
79Parts salespersons3,420$26,3091.6
80Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines3,330$35,2833.1
81Computer software engineers, applications3,240$63,1500.6
82Loan officers3,210$54,4841.0
83Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers3,180$31,3971.4
84First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers3,170$56,6201.0
85First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators3,150$44,8741.4
86Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop3,020$14,3440.9
87Painters, construction and maintenance2,990$27,8961.1
88Data entry keyers2,960$21,2950.9
89Correctional officers and jailers2,940$29,7471.3
90Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic2,930$25,9541.3
91Laundry and dry-cleaning workers2,880$16,3931.3
92Preschool teachers, except special education2,880$20,4070.8
93Construction managers2,870$66,5761.4
94Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists2,870$32,2251.2
95Bus drivers, school2,870$13,4580.7
96Cooks, short order2,840$14,1001.7
97Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders2,800$23,6950.8
98Insurance sales agents2,790$44,4750.9
99Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers2,750$20,3951.8
100Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop2,740$14,0760.5

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