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RELATIVE POPULARITY

Top 100 Jobs Relatively More Common in Virginia 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 Virginia, 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 2006Local Jobs 2006Local Popularity Index
1Ship engineers$59,7301,48015.9
2Nuclear engineers$73,80054012.6
3Radio mechanics$38,57524011.9
4Marine engineers and naval architects$67,05061011.9
5Riggers$36,93088010.8
6Sailors and marine oilers$36,9602,3709.2
7Power distributors and dispatchers$52,7601007.4
8Embalmers$45,9762907.0
9Captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels$60,5901,3304.6
10First-line supervisors/managers of correctional officers$42,5539904.4
11Precision instrument and equipment repairers$42,8552903.6
12Real estate sales agents$37,8836,5003.5
13Broadcast news analysts$43,4751403.4
14Lay-out workers, metal and plastic$33,6902203.3
15Earth drillers, except oil and gas$33,9351803.1
16Electric motor, power tool, and related repairers$36,8264203.1
17Insulation workers, floor, ceiling, and wall$31,2208603.1
18Sawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, wood$23,0741,1003.0
19Radiation therapists$54,1762903.0
20Helpers--brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and tile and marble setters$23,0612,1003.0
21Helpers, construction trades$22,9558102.7
22Materials scientists$99,8901002.7
23Emergency management specialists$55,5102002.6
24First-line supervisors/managers of fire fighting and prevention workers$55,3861,0902.6
25Power plant operators$43,2034602.6
26Fence erectors$32,0401402.6
27Life scientists$58,4402702.5
28Engineering technicians, except drafters$57,0421,8502.4
29Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists$36,0901,7402.4
30Helpers--pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters$22,5152,1002.4
31Helpers--roofers$20,6503902.4
32Helpers--electricians$22,6532,4802.3
33Funeral attendants$20,5765402.3
34Conveyor operators and tenders$25,6347602.2
35Boilermakers$36,8602602.2
36Helpers--carpenters$22,9352,5402.2
37Eligibility interviewers, government programs$33,7761,3302.2
38Animal control workers$30,9052002.1
39Shampooers$15,1264202.1
40Millwrights$40,3408502.1
41Aerospace engineers$94,4201,0002.1
42Curators$49,4051502.0
43Farmworkers, farm and ranch animals$20,2745202.0
44Logging equipment operators$26,0151602.0
45Occupational health and safety specialists$50,3128202.0
46Tailors, dressmakers, and custom sewers$21,5155802.0
47Postmasters and mail superintendents$51,9902702.0
48Social scientists and related workers$72,5837301.9
49Painting, coating, and decorating workers$22,3024101.9
50Engineering teachers, postsecondary$76,1502701.9
51Helpers--painters, paperhangers, plasterers, and stucco masons$18,9703801.9
52Painters, transportation equipment$35,8401,0801.9
53Psychiatric technicians$23,5509501.8
54Cardiovascular technologists and technicians$36,5069101.8
55Brickmasons and blockmasons$40,3402,6501.8
56Crane and tower operators$33,6568301.8
57Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers$32,7335,6901.8
58Vocational education teachers, middle school$44,4331701.7
59Correctional officers and jailers$30,6435,4801.7
60Tour guides and escorts$19,8834201.7
61Biological science teachers, postsecondary$67,1805901.7
62Special education teachers, middle school$42,5241,7501.7
63Textile winding, twisting, and drawing out machine setters, operators, and tenders$21,5605401.7
64Crushing, grinding, and polishing machine setters, operators, and tenders$28,2665201.7
65Family and general practitioners$126,6302,1501.7
66Recreational therapists$33,6604501.7
67Environmental engineers$58,9051,0501.7
68Water and liquid waste treatment plant and system operators$32,4911,5701.7
69Separating, filtering, clarifying, precipitating, and still machine setters, operators, and tenders$38,6255301.7
70Locksmiths and safe repairers$31,6533101.6
71Electrical engineers$69,4683,2701.6
72Telecommunications line installers and repairers$44,9682,6301.6
73Security and fire alarm systems installers$33,6568801.6
74Medical equipment preparers$22,6357601.6
75Training and development specialists$44,7704,9201.6
76Maintenance workers, machinery$34,9621,4401.6
77Chemical engineers$87,6954901.6
78Furniture finishers$24,6123501.6
79Farm equipment mechanics$27,8772501.6
80Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters$33,6579,5001.6
81Welding, soldering, and brazing machine setters, operators, and tenders$33,9865001.6
82Museum technicians and conservators$33,0651401.6
83Sheet metal workers$29,2953,5701.6
84Production, planning, and expediting clerks$37,9876,1901.6
85Appraisers and assessors of real estate$51,2509101.6
86Lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers$16,1551,8001.6
87Philosophy and religion teachers, postsecondary$49,6302601.6
88Electrical power-line installers and repairers$42,6581,3101.5
89Procurement clerks$31,5441,4801.5
90Urban and regional planners$49,5035801.5
91Fire fighters$37,1953,7101.5
92Bus drivers, school$23,3528,2401.5
93Structural iron and steel workers$34,4861,1401.5
94Hazardous materials removal workers$29,2257101.5
95Special education teachers, secondary school$44,0951,9801.5
96Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks$17,6243,8501.5
97Adult literacy, remedial education, and GED teachers and instructors$45,0838201.5
98Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists$49,3283,7301.5
99Molders, shapers, and casters, except metal and plastic$19,5904001.5
100Physicists$85,8502001.5

ABSOLUTE POPULARITY

The Most Common Jobs in Virginia

Unlike the table above, which shows where jobs in Virginia 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 2006Mean Local Salary 2006Local Popularity Index
1Retail salespersons67,730$21,9501.1
2Office clerks, general60,550$23,6501.4
3Cashiers58,120$15,6171.2
4Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food38,660$15,0071.2
5Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand33,490$21,8421.0
6Waiters and waitresses33,330$14,8701.0
7Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners32,500$18,6961.1
8Customer service representatives30,960$26,3151.0
9Registered nurses27,430$49,4880.8
10Stock clerks and order fillers25,180$21,1051.1
11Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks24,270$28,2671.0
12Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer20,460$32,4441.0
13Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products20,110$50,1871.0
14Maintenance and repair workers, general18,860$31,5001.1
15Elementary school teachers, except special education18,620$45,8041.0
16Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants17,940$20,4481.0
17First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers17,440$44,4630.9
18First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers16,350$36,0861.1
19Accountants and auditors15,800$53,7201.0
20Maids and housekeeping cleaners15,630$16,3041.3
21General and operations managers15,050$90,8520.6
22Carpenters14,970$31,4501.2
23Receptionists and information clerks14,690$20,8470.9
24Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education14,310$46,3351.2
25Truck drivers, light or delivery services14,310$24,0511.1
26Teacher assistants14,000$19,3450.9
27Landscaping and groundskeeping workers13,520$20,7451.1
28Security guards13,070$22,9650.9
29Construction laborers12,740$21,9431.0
30Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive11,840$28,1200.5
31Automotive service technicians and mechanics11,820$32,5201.3
32First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers11,430$27,4931.1
33Cooks, restaurant11,360$19,3371.0
34Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses11,270$33,5811.2
35Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks11,240$25,0311.0
36Industrial truck and tractor operators11,180$26,8961.3
37First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers11,150$50,2201.4
38Packers and packagers, hand10,800$19,3200.9
39Business operations specialists10,690$50,0520.8
40Electricians10,470$35,9071.2
41Food preparation workers10,400$16,5880.8
42Executive secretaries and administrative assistants9,730$34,9860.5
43Management analysts9,630$67,6661.4
44Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education9,570$46,5801.3
45Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters9,500$33,6571.6
46First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers9,200$49,5061.0
47Police and sheriff's patrol officers8,620$37,8251.2
48Computer systems analysts8,470$63,0201.1
49Cooks, fast food8,390$14,9851.0
50Team assemblers8,340$25,2280.6
51Bus drivers, school8,240$23,3521.5
52Sales representatives, services8,080$48,5171.3
53Bill and account collectors7,980$27,8111.3
54Tellers7,970$21,1581.1
55Child care workers7,730$17,1431.0
56Counter and rental clerks7,660$22,1631.2
57Billing and posting clerks and machine operators7,500$26,8721.0
58Computer support specialists7,390$39,4981.0
59First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers7,230$51,2041.2
60Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers7,120$14,4011.2
61Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers7,020$30,8721.1
62Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders6,740$26,6411.3
63Computer software engineers, applications6,740$69,4411.0
64Driver/sales workers6,640$24,3381.2
65Teachers and instructors6,580$33,8401.1
66Dishwashers6,550$15,1020.9
67Real estate sales agents6,500$37,8833.5
68Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators6,430$30,7761.4
69Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists6,310$22,8231.3
70Production, planning, and expediting clerks6,190$37,9871.6
71Helpers--production workers6,170$21,9980.9
72Loan officers6,000$48,5251.3
73Home health aides5,980$18,2400.7
74Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers5,690$32,7331.8
75Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products5,620$47,5161.4
76All other information and record clerks5,550$34,3381.3
77Telemarketers5,490$21,3861.1
78Correctional officers and jailers5,480$30,6431.7
79Preschool teachers, except special education5,340$23,7371.1
80Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop5,290$14,7001.1
81Cleaners of vehicles and equipment5,210$19,8251.1
82Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers5,160$30,1441.2
83Machinists5,130$34,1671.1
84Insurance sales agents5,070$47,2281.2
85Training and development specialists4,920$44,7701.6
86Lawyers4,900$108,2170.6
87Painters, construction and maintenance4,820$27,2981.3
88Computer programmers4,680$56,9540.8
89Recreation workers4,610$24,1221.3
90Financial managers4,410$89,1700.6
91Order clerks4,390$25,2881.3
92Postal service mail carriers4,330$43,0050.9
93Mechanical engineers4,260$66,0771.4
94Managers4,260$76,2230.9
95Network and computer systems administrators4,250$56,0861.0
96Computer software engineers, systems software4,210$75,4401.0
97Cooks, institution and cafeteria4,170$19,8330.9
98Industrial machinery mechanics4,040$39,8031.4
99Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products4,040$67,6000.8
100Civil engineers4,030$65,4771.2

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