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West Virginia Jobs and Career Information

RELATIVE POPULARITY

Top 100 Jobs Relatively More Common in West 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 West 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
1Roof bolters, mining$40,800630246.8
2Shuttle car operators$39,850450226.6
3Mine cutting and channeling machine operators$41,560140144.0
4Continuous mining machine operators$39,725400125.0
5Helpers--extraction workers$36,38595032.0
6Wellhead pumpers$26,10511017.2
7Tank car, truck, and ship loaders$28,11533013.4
8Foresters$44,92510011.1
9Earth drillers, except oil and gas$26,53514010.0
10Service unit operators, oil, gas, and mining$25,5302609.8
11Insulation workers, mechanical$49,7701907.2
12Postmasters and mail superintendents$52,6262306.9
13Gaming change persons and booth cashiers$16,2003806.4
14Crane and tower operators$31,5846305.5
15Psychiatric aides$17,1506004.9
16Chemical technicians$42,2356503.6
17Social scientists and related workers$44,8933103.3
18Water and liquid waste treatment plant and system operators$31,5527603.3
19Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators$34,1483,6703.2
20Roustabouts, oil and gas$24,6851903.1
21Geoscientists, except hydrologists and geographers$55,5662503.0
22Vocational education teachers, postsecondary$38,8308003.0
23Nuclear medicine technologists$56,9901503.0
24Eligibility interviewers, government programs$28,5554402.9
25Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines$35,4031,0302.8
26Funeral attendants$17,5331602.8
27Conveyor operators and tenders$37,8402302.8
28Control and valve installers and repairers, except mechanical door$37,1501802.7
29Medical transcriptionists$24,9087202.7
30Helpers--carpenters$20,4277502.6
31Elevator installers and repairers$59,6701402.6
32Industrial machinery mechanics$39,7801,7702.5
33Chemical engineers$78,8801902.5
34Chemical equipment operators and tenders$41,9302702.5
35Rolling machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic$32,0401902.5
36Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school$39,8051,4202.5
37Judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates$59,9601202.4
38Vocational education teachers, secondary school$41,5304902.4
39Coin, vending, and amusement machine servicers and repairers$26,5802702.4
40Education, training, and library workers$24,7843902.4
41Surveyors$37,4954102.4
42Electrical power-line installers and repairers$45,2274802.3
43Cooks, institution and cafeteria$18,7302,4002.1
44Excavating and loading machine and dragline operators$32,2183102.1
45Surgeons$182,6902302.0
46Child, family, and school social workers$29,0231,6002.0
47New accounts clerks$25,4354702.0
48Refuse and recyclable material collectors$23,4175601.9
49Surveying and mapping technicians$25,7253801.9
50Court, municipal, and license clerks$25,3904401.9
51Driver/sales workers$19,4862,5501.9
52Special education teachers, secondary school$40,5306101.9
53Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses$29,4664,3001.9
54Civil engineering technicians$34,2525501.9
55Respiratory therapists$40,4165201.8
56Tire repairers and changers$19,9444901.8
57Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers$16,8973701.8
58Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants$18,5407,9901.8
59Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists$42,0231,0801.7
60Education administrators, elementary and secondary school$60,3081,0601.7
61Internists, general$168,8361801.7
62Medical records and health information technicians$24,2939201.7
63Speech-language pathologists$46,9315201.7
64Structural iron and steel workers$42,3803101.7
65Mental health and substance abuse social workers$25,8906101.7
66Meter readers, utilities$29,3161601.7
67Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists$30,1961,3501.7
68Personal and home care aides$15,2802,8201.7
69Police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers$23,4173901.6
70Chemical plant and system operators$47,3601801.6
71Library technicians$22,3464701.6
72Emergency medical technicians and paramedics$22,4428101.6
73Pharmacy technicians$21,3561,4701.6
74Family and general practitioners$148,9175001.6
75Floral designers$18,3623101.6
76Tellers$18,2632,9501.6
77Billing and posting clerks and machine operators$23,4562,8901.6
78Medical and health services managers$63,2871,2301.6
79Social and human service assistants$18,9801,6101.6
80Surgical technologists$27,3263901.6
81Correctional officers and jailers$33,9351,2101.6
82Physical therapist assistants$37,3102901.6
83Kindergarten teachers, except special education$39,1836601.6
84Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers$31,1961,6201.5
85Physical therapist aides$20,1251901.5
86Bartenders$13,9502,4801.5
87Registered nurses$47,96312,2601.5
88Parts salespersons$22,1101,1301.5
89First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers$49,6362,3201.5
90Medical and public health social workers$35,8525601.5
91Electricians$41,3313,1801.5
92First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators$44,9751,1301.5
93Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer$31,2757,4701.5
94Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food$13,21811,6101.5
95Dental hygienists$42,7587601.5
96Cooks, fast food$13,2853,0401.5
97Home health aides$16,1503,1401.5
98Maintenance and repair workers, general$27,6216,3801.5
99Medical secretaries$23,5841,5801.4
100Paralegals and legal assistants$30,3861,1301.4

ABSOLUTE POPULARITY

The Most Common Jobs in West Virginia

Unlike the table above, which shows where jobs in West 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 salespersons17,140$18,7601.1
2Cashiers16,060$14,3381.4
3Registered nurses12,260$47,9631.5
4Office clerks, general12,090$21,0801.2
5Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food11,610$13,2181.5
6Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners8,960$19,0231.2
7Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand8,530$19,7411.0
8Waiters and waitresses8,220$13,8801.0
9Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive8,140$23,2231.4
10Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants7,990$18,5401.8
11Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer7,470$31,2751.5
12Maintenance and repair workers, general6,380$27,6211.5
13Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks5,880$25,1080.9
14Customer service representatives5,670$22,7770.8
15General and operations managers5,590$72,4451.0
16Stock clerks and order fillers5,550$19,4481.0
17First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers4,660$31,5131.2
18First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers4,660$37,9331.0
19Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses4,300$29,4661.9
20Elementary school teachers, except special education4,300$39,7881.0
21Truck drivers, light or delivery services4,090$22,6751.2
22Construction laborers3,990$28,5151.2
23Carpenters3,940$32,1311.2
24Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education3,820$41,7061.3
25Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products3,760$45,6100.7
26Executive secretaries and administrative assistants3,760$31,2280.7
27Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators3,670$34,1483.2
28Security guards3,660$17,6661.0
29Maids and housekeeping cleaners3,640$15,8511.2
30Accountants and auditors3,610$46,7660.9
31First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers3,370$23,4481.3
32Cooks, restaurant3,350$17,1681.2
33Food preparation workers3,250$15,8981.1
34Receptionists and information clerks3,220$18,8360.8
35Electricians3,180$41,3311.5
36Home health aides3,140$16,1501.5
37Cooks, fast food3,040$13,2851.5
38Tellers2,950$18,2631.6
39Billing and posting clerks and machine operators2,890$23,4561.6
40Automotive service technicians and mechanics2,850$24,5061.3
41Personal and home care aides2,820$15,2801.7
42First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers2,770$49,1301.3
43Teacher assistants2,640$20,0180.7
44Driver/sales workers2,550$19,4861.9
45Landscaping and groundskeeping workers2,550$17,6700.8
46Bartenders2,480$13,9501.5
47Cooks, institution and cafeteria2,400$18,7302.1
48First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers2,320$49,6361.5
49First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers2,310$54,9381.2
50Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education2,240$39,9701.2
51Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters1,860$41,4721.3
52Police and sheriff's patrol officers1,830$34,5161.1
53Business operations specialists1,820$45,8800.5
54Packers and packagers, hand1,790$18,0930.6
55Industrial machinery mechanics1,770$39,7802.5
56Helpers--production workers1,740$20,6961.1
57Medical assistants1,710$21,2511.2
58Bus drivers, school1,700$21,9321.3
59Industrial truck and tractor operators1,690$26,2650.8
60Lawyers1,670$91,3530.8
61Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists1,660$19,0711.4
62Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers1,620$31,1961.5
63Social and human service assistants1,610$18,9801.6
64Child, family, and school social workers1,600$29,0232.0
65Medical secretaries1,580$23,5841.4
66Dishwashers1,540$13,5600.9
67Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks1,520$23,7780.6
68Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers1,500$28,3950.9
69Pharmacy technicians1,470$21,3561.6
70Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school1,420$39,8052.5
71Counter and rental clerks1,420$17,7530.9
72Financial managers1,390$65,9860.8
73Postal service mail carriers1,370$43,3831.2
74Team assemblers1,370$22,2480.4
75Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists1,350$30,1961.7
76Insurance sales agents1,320$36,9171.3
77Cleaners of vehicles and equipment1,290$16,0751.1
78Medical and health services managers1,230$63,2871.6
79Correctional officers and jailers1,210$33,9351.6
80Chief executives1,160$113,2051.0
81Child care workers1,160$14,9280.6
82Data entry keyers1,140$22,0531.1
83Parts salespersons1,130$22,1101.5
84First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators1,130$44,9751.5
85Paralegals and legal assistants1,130$30,3861.4
86Pharmacists1,130$90,1431.4
87Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists1,080$42,0231.7
88Legal secretaries1,080$28,1641.2
89Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop1,070$13,8130.9
90Education administrators, elementary and secondary school1,060$60,3081.7
91Machinists1,040$32,7260.9
92Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines1,030$35,4032.8
93Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers980$13,5530.7
94Computer support specialists960$30,5110.5
95Helpers--extraction workers950$36,38532.0
96All other information and record clerks930$36,8910.9
97First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers930$62,8010.9
98Medical records and health information technicians920$24,2931.7
99Civil engineers870$61,7651.0
100Educational, vocational, and school counselors860$43,3951.2

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