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North Carolina Jobs and Career Information

RELATIVE POPULARITY

Top 100 Jobs Relatively More Common in North Carolina 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 North Carolina, 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
1Model makers, wood$25,42521028.5
2Models$21,30012026.2
3Textile winding, twisting, and drawing out machine setters, operators, and tenders$21,3906,06012.5
4Textile knitting and weaving machine setters, operators, and tenders$24,0704,88011.7
5Textile bleaching and dyeing machine operators and tenders$24,2362,70010.8
6Upholsterers$32,7224,7709.4
7Real estate brokers$35,9954,2507.9
8Life scientists$57,2851,1406.9
9Furniture finishers$24,3002,1906.5
10Vocational education teachers, middle school$40,9857805.2
11Fabric and apparel patternmakers$30,9406604.7
12Health specialties teachers, postsecondary$64,9864,4904.7
13Broadcast news analysts$76,3952904.6
14Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers$21,1229204.5
15Cutters and trimmers, hand$26,3501,8404.4
16Textile cutting machine setters, operators, and tenders$23,6521,2404.1
17Criminal justice and law enforcement teachers, postsecondary$46,7023003.9
18Cementing and gluing machine operators and tenders$27,5129503.5
19Logging equipment operators$28,9504303.5
20Woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders, except sawing$21,7914,1403.5
21Paperhangers$30,0701603.1
22Extruding and forming machine setters, operators, and tenders, synthetic and glass fibers$25,9802803.1
23Sawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, wood$24,2511,5802.8
24Law teachers, postsecondary$90,2503202.8
25Athletes and sports competitors$168,3703202.5
26Sewing machine operators$20,30710,1802.4
27Helpers--electricians$21,5983,7702.3
28Eligibility interviewers, government programs$29,9832,1502.3
29Biological technicians$33,1302,5002.3
30Pipelayers$24,6612,1502.2
31Surveying and mapping technicians$28,9312,6302.1
32Preschool teachers, except special education$18,63515,2202.1
33Recreation and fitness studies teachers, postsecondary$49,0803202.0
34Home health aides$17,99526,4302.0
35Team assemblers$23,83644,9602.0
36Electrical power-line installers and repairers$44,2652,4901.9
37Computer science teachers, postsecondary$59,1381,1001.9
38Coating, painting, and spraying machine setters, operators, and tenders$28,7053,2801.9
39Natural sciences managers$103,8201,4501.9
40Curators$38,1122101.9
41Education teachers, postsecondary$53,4011,1601.8
42Motor vehicle operators$26,5062,3901.8
43Physician assistants$74,2152,0901.8
44Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters$25,3304,0201.8
45Political science teachers, postsecondary$78,0453001.8
46Lodging managers$45,6229001.8
47Business teachers, postsecondary$63,0181,9001.8
48Environmental engineers$64,4081,6801.7
49Chemists$55,4902,8001.7
50Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products$52,79013,7701.7
51Separating, filtering, clarifying, precipitating, and still machine setters, operators, and tenders$40,4808301.7
52Helpers--pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters$23,2872,3001.7
53Tire repairers and changers$21,1872,8401.7
54Veterinary technologists and technicians$24,1512,0701.7
55Economics teachers, postsecondary$86,7532501.6
56Rehabilitation counselors$30,7783,3501.6
57Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers$28,30416,5501.6
58English language and literature teachers, postsecondary$49,8331,4201.6
59Paper goods machine setters, operators, and tenders$29,1562,6501.6
60Purchasing agents and buyers, farm products$57,9562301.6
61Helpers--roofers$20,8234101.6
62Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders$26,33112,6201.6
63Philosophy and religion teachers, postsecondary$59,8904101.6
64Veterinarians$76,4781,4501.6
65Civil engineering technicians$37,8552,9201.6
66Cleaning, washing, and metal pickling equipment operators and tenders$21,6602001.6
67Pressers, textile, garment, and related materials$17,5032,3801.6
68Machine feeders and offbearers$21,2913,4301.6
69Family and general practitioners$161,7023,0001.5
70Fire inspectors and investigators$39,7542501.5
71Engine and other machine assemblers$31,1404001.5
72Healthcare practitioners and technical workers$40,7511,2501.5
73Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers$21,2815,0201.5
74First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers$44,72718,1801.5
75History teachers, postsecondary$57,5904101.5
76Construction managers$72,5106,4301.5
77Helpers--production workers$22,37714,8201.5
78Environmental scientists and specialists, including health$46,9552,2001.5
79Forensic science technicians$42,9652101.5
80First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers$46,14920,1901.5
81Sales managers$86,82510,8701.5
82Nursing instructors and teachers, postsecondary$53,8758001.5
83Education administrators, postsecondary$65,7642,6401.5
84Special education teachers, middle school$37,6372,2701.4
85Physics teachers, postsecondary$69,8062101.4
86Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists$33,3031,6201.4
87Tool grinders, filers, and sharpeners$29,9102901.4
88Chemical technicians$39,2161,6301.4
89Health and safety engineers, except mining safety engineers and inspectors$70,4166601.4
90Sociology teachers, postsecondary$58,9202701.4
91First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators$44,5836,7101.4
92Grinding and polishing workers, hand$24,5561,0201.4
93Pest control workers$26,0821,8901.4
94Biological scientists$70,1406001.4
95First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers$58,8859,4701.4
96Insurance appraisers, auto damage$46,5552301.4
97Industrial machinery mechanics$38,8266,1201.4
98First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers$50,37213,4401.4
99Brickmasons and blockmasons$33,0713,1801.4
100Foreign language and literature teachers, postsecondary$50,6084501.4

ABSOLUTE POPULARITY

The Most Common Jobs in North Carolina

Unlike the table above, which shows where jobs in North Carolina 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 salespersons94,490$22,0531.0
2Cashiers77,020$15,6351.0
3Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food65,580$14,2341.3
4Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand59,720$21,2511.2
5Office clerks, general52,920$22,7180.8
6Customer service representatives51,780$26,8371.1
7Registered nurses51,740$51,9671.0
8Waiters and waitresses50,390$15,1351.0
9General and operations managers46,160$93,3451.3
10Team assemblers44,960$23,8362.0
11Executive secretaries and administrative assistants41,180$32,8501.3
12Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks38,350$28,3231.0
13Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer37,260$32,7881.2
14Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners37,040$18,5080.8
15Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive36,450$25,5531.0
16Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products34,060$47,1031.0
17First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers32,330$33,2331.4
18Maintenance and repair workers, general32,170$31,9201.2
19Stock clerks and order fillers31,440$20,8720.9
20First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers30,770$40,9061.0
21Home health aides26,430$17,9952.0
22Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants24,650$20,6370.9
23Teacher assistants24,000$18,1491.0
24Truck drivers, light or delivery services23,410$26,7601.1
25Elementary school teachers, except special education22,580$37,5560.8
26Packers and packagers, hand21,700$18,0841.2
27Maids and housekeeping cleaners21,210$16,0931.2
28First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers20,720$26,9451.3
29Receptionists and information clerks20,440$21,2070.9
30First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers20,190$46,1491.5
31Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks19,510$24,6551.2
32Security guards19,000$22,4070.8
33Landscaping and groundskeeping workers18,980$20,3921.0
34Accountants and auditors18,400$51,8780.7
35First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers18,180$44,7271.5
36Construction laborers17,420$21,9240.9
37Food preparation workers17,220$16,8590.9
38Industrial truck and tractor operators17,100$25,9031.3
39Business operations specialists16,780$53,4760.8
40Cooks, restaurant16,750$18,1811.0
41Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers16,550$28,3041.6
42Carpenters16,400$29,2430.8
43Preschool teachers, except special education15,220$18,6352.1
44Helpers--production workers14,820$22,3771.5
45Automotive service technicians and mechanics14,810$35,8671.1
46Financial managers14,580$77,8071.3
47Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products13,770$52,7901.7
48First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers13,440$50,3721.4
49Computer systems analysts12,710$62,6221.1
50Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders12,620$26,3311.6
51Electricians12,600$33,0121.0
52Computer support specialists11,650$38,9461.0
53Billing and posting clerks and machine operators11,500$26,8761.0
54Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education11,370$37,5111.0
55Driver/sales workers11,340$23,4911.3
56Police and sheriff's patrol officers10,970$35,4261.0
57Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses10,940$35,2110.8
58Sales managers10,870$86,8251.5
59Tellers10,820$22,1160.9
60Sewing machine operators10,180$20,3072.4
61Personal and home care aides10,120$17,9740.9
62Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education10,110$39,0220.5
63First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers9,470$58,8851.4
64Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop9,400$14,7751.3
65Sales representatives, services9,390$46,8041.0
66Computer programmers9,260$60,9621.0
67Dishwashers9,240$15,0540.9
68Machinists8,910$31,6931.2
69Counter and rental clerks8,800$22,2110.9
70Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators8,740$29,5581.2
71Cooks, fast food8,730$15,3260.7
72Computer software engineers, applications8,530$76,6840.8
73Medical secretaries8,520$25,5501.2
74Lawyers8,270$94,1000.7
75Loan officers8,190$48,1601.1
76Child care workers8,180$17,3760.7
77Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters7,890$34,2010.9
78Medical assistants7,880$24,5700.9
79Computer and information systems managers7,320$87,1601.2
80Bill and account collectors7,260$28,0160.8
81Postal service mail carriers7,250$42,6801.0
82Managers6,980$73,7280.9
83Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers6,760$14,5260.8
84First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators6,710$44,5831.4
85Bartenders6,580$17,3050.6
86Social and human service assistants6,560$24,7031.0
87Construction managers6,430$72,5101.5
88Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop6,400$14,5930.6
89Correctional officers and jailers6,360$28,7481.3
90Pharmacy technicians6,260$22,9581.1
91Production, planning, and expediting clerks6,230$36,4331.0
92Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers6,190$32,2691.2
93Insurance sales agents6,150$48,6341.0
94Industrial machinery mechanics6,120$38,8261.4
95Textile winding, twisting, and drawing out machine setters, operators, and tenders6,060$21,39012.5
96Management analysts5,960$71,0040.6
97Cleaners of vehicles and equipment5,940$17,9250.8
98Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products5,920$47,2551.0
99Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers5,770$31,0470.9
100Cooks, institution and cafeteria5,680$19,0970.8

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