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      The following pages contain a sampling of the smorgasbord of jobs available to you, job descriptions and wages. Keep in mind that wages stated are average hourly wages; entry level wages are lower. For more information on wages or an occupation not listed in the Career Menu, contact the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) unit at Research & Planning - (307) 473-3805 or visit our website .

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Accountant & Auditor
Average Hourly Wage = $20.12
Examines, analyzes and interprets accounting records for the purpose of giving advice or preparing statements and installing or advising on systems of recording costs or other financial and budgetary data.

Agricultural/Food Scientist
Average Hourly Wage = $22.79
Researches problems related to agriculture, animal husbandry and horticulture, including the development of improved methods of cultivation, the processing, handling, and storing of products, and related activities.

Air Traffic Controller
Average Hourly Wage = $28.51*
Controls air traffic on and within vicinity of airport and movement of air traffic between altitude sectors and control centers. Authorizes, regulates, and controls airline flights to expedite and insure safety of flight.

Aircraft Mechanic
Average Hourly Wage = $16.07
Repairs and maintains the operating condition of aircraft assemblies, such as hydraulic and pneumatic systems, landing gear, propeller, fuel tanks, and airframe. Inspects, tests, modifies, and installs equipment using tools.

Aircraft Pilot
Average Hourly Wage = $25.44
Pilots and navigates flight of private or commercial aircraft for the transportation of passengers, freight, mail, or other purposes. Must be Federally licensed. Includes occupations concerned with flight operations and maintenance; i.e. test pilots, helicopter pilots, and others.

Amusement & Recreation Attendant
Average Hourly Wage = $7.53
Performs a variety of attending duties at an amusement or recreation facility. Schedules use of recreation facilities, allocates equipment, collects fees for games played, or operates carnival rides and concessions.

Announcer, Radio & TV
Average Hourly Wage = $9.70
Introduces radio or television programs, interviews or questions guests, or acts as master of ceremonies. Reads news flashes and identifies station.

Average Hourly Wage = $16.90
Engages in research concerned with human society and its characteristic elements, such as origin, race, or state. Collects, interprets, and applies scientific data relating to human behavior and mental processes.

Average Hourly Wage = $19.41
Plans and designs structures, such as private residences, office buildings, theaters, factories, and other structural property.

Artist/Commercial Artist
Average Hourly Wage = $11.91
Designs and executes artwork to illustrate subject matter or promote public consumption of materials, products, or services and to influence others in their opinions of individuals or organizations.

Assembler & Fabricator
Average Hourly Wage = $9.64

Workers engage in production assembly or fabrication, generally found in manufacturing industries doing non-precision assembly work.

Average Hourly Wage = $16.83
Examines and provides remedial services for persons with hearing disorders.

Automotive Mechanic
Average Hourly Wage = $12.25

Adjusts, repairs, and overhauls automotive vehicles. May be designated according to specialties, such as Brake Repairers, Transmission Mechanics, or Front-end Mechanics. May estimate damage for customer and negotiate repair costs. May use computerized diagnostic equipment.

Average Hourly Wage = $8.73
Mixes and bakes ingredients according to recipes to produce small quantities of breads, pastries, and other baked goods for consumption on premises or for sale as specialty baked goods.

Bank Teller
Average Hourly Wage = $7.42
Receives and pays out money. Keeps records of money and negotiable instruments involved in a financial institutions’ various transactions.

Average Hourly Wage = $10.05*
Provides customers with barbering services, including cutting, trimming, shampooing, and styling hair. Gives shaves and shapes contour of hair line. May sell lotions, tonics, and other cosmetic supplies.

Bill & Account Collector
Average Hourly Wage = $10.42
Locates and notifies customers of delinquent accounts to solicit payment. Receives and posts payments; prepares statements to credit department; initiates repossession procedures, if necessary.

Billings Clerk
Average Hourly Wage = $10.10
Compiles data, computes fees and charges, and prepares invoices for billing purposes. Posts data and keeps other relevant records. Uses business machines such as computers and calculators.

Blaster & Explosives Worker

Average Hourly Wage = $24.90
Places explosives in holes or other spots and detonates the explosives to demolish structures or to loosen, remove, or displace earth, rock, or other materials.

Bookkeeping, Accounting, & Audit Clerk
Average Hourly Wage = $
Computes, classifies, and records numerical data to complete financial records. Performs  routine calculating, posting, and verifying duties of financial data for use in maintaining accounting records.

Brick Mason
Average Hourly Wage = $17.18
Lays building materials, such as brick, structural tile, concrete, cinder, glass, gypsum, and terra cotta block (except stone), to construct or repair walls, partitions, arches, sewers, and other structures.

Brokerage Clerk
Average Hourly Wage = $12.38
Performs clerical duties involving the purchase or sale of securities. Duties include writing orders to buy and sell stocks, computing transfer taxes and equity, distributing dividends, and tracking price fluctuations.

Budget Analyst
Average Hourly Wage = $21.63
Examines budget estimates. Examines requests for budget revisions, recommends approval or denial, and drafts correspondence. Analyzes monthly department budgeting and accounting reports.

Building & Construction Inspector
Average Hourly Wage = $13.21
Inspects new or remodeled construction to determine its soundness and compliance to specifications, building codes, and other regulations.

Bus Driver
Average Hourly Wage = $9.31
Drives bus to transport passengers or students over specified routes. May assist passengers with luggage and collect tickets. Maintains order during school trips and adheres to safety rules.

Cabinet Maker
Average Hourly Wage = $12.24
Cuts, shapes, and assembles wooden articles, such as store furniture. Sets up and operates a variety of machinery, such as power saws, jointers, mortises, tenorers, molders, and shapers.

Camera Operator, TV
Average Hourly Wage = $7.92
Operates television or motion picture camera to photograph scenes for television broadcasts, advertising, or motion pictures.

Average Hourly Wage = $16.02
Performs carpentry duties necessary to make or repair wooden structures, structural members, and fixtures and equipment using carpentry tools and woodworking machines. Studies blueprints, sketches, or building plans.

Carpet Installer
Average Hourly Wage = $10.75
Lay carpets or rugs in homes or buildings.

Average Hourly Wage = $7.32
Receives and disburses money in establishments other than financial institutions. Usually involves use of adding machines, cash registers, and change makers.

Central Office & PBX Installer
Average Hourly Wage = $20.42
Tests, analyzes, and repairs telephone or telegraph circuits and equipment at a central office location or on customers' premises. May install equipment.

Chemical Equipment Controller & Operator
Average Hourly Wage = $15.97
Operates equipment to control chemical changes or reactions in the processing of industrial or consumer products.

Chemical Plant & Systems Operator
Average Hourly Wage = $20.78
Controls or operates an entire chemical process or system of machines such as reduction pots and heated air towers, through the use of panelboards, control boards, or semi-automatic equipment.

Child Care Worker
Average Hourly Wage = $7.01
Attends children at school, businesses, and institutions performing a variety of tasks, such as dressing, feeding, bathing, and overseeing play.

Average Hourly Wage = $24.55
Adjusts spinal column and other articulations of the body to prevent disease and correct abnormalities of the human body believed to be caused by interference with the nervous system. Examines patients to determine nature and extent of disorder.

Average Hourly Wage = $19.51
Conducts religious worship and performs other spiritual functions associated with beliefs and practices of religious faith or denomination. Provides spiritual and moral guidance and assistance to members.

Clerical Supervisor
Average Hourly Wage = $13.44
Directly supervises and coordinates activities of clerical and administrative support workers. May also engage in the same clerical work as those they supervise, such as accounting, marketing, and personnel work.

Average Hourly Wage = $11.45
Instructs or coaches groups or individuals in the fundamentals of sports. Demonstrates techniques and methods of participation. Observes and informs participants of measures necessary to improve their skills.

Compliance Officer & Enforcement Inspector, Except Const.
Average Hourly Wage = $18.53
Enforces adherence to policies, procedures, or regulations and advises on standards. May inspect and enforce regulations on such matters as health, safety, food, immigration, licensing, or interstate commerce.

Computer Programmer
Average Hourly Wage = $18.30
Converts symbolic statements of administrative data, business, scientific, engineering, and other technical problem formulations for coding into computer language. Develops and writes computer programs.

Computer Programmer Aid
Average Hourly Wage = $9.52
Assists computer programmers or systems analysts by performing tasks such as entering computed programs for conversion to machine instructions and writing simple programs. 

Computer Support Specialist
Average Hourly Wage = $12.24
Provides technical assistance to computer system users. Answers questions or resolves computer problems for clients. Provides assistance concerning the use of computer hardware and software.

Concrete and Terrazzo Finisher
Average Hourly Wage = $11.33
Applies cement, sand, pigment, and marble chips to floors, stairways, and cabinet fixtures to  attain durable and decorative surfaces. Finishes surfaces of concrete walls, roads, walkways, and ornamental stone faces.

Construction & Building Inspector
Average Hourly Wage = $17.28
Inspects new or remodeled construction to determine its soundness and compliance to specifications, building codes, and other regulations.

Cook, Fast Foods
Average Hourly Wage = $6.16
Prepares and cooks food in a fast food restaurant with a limited menu. Duties are limited to preparation of a few basic items and normally involve operating large-volume single-purpose cooking equipment.

Cook, Restaurant
Average Hourly Wage = $8.05
Prepares, seasons, and cook soups, meats, vegetables, desserts, and other foodstuffs in restaurants. May order supplies, keep records and accounts, price items on menu, or plan menu.

Correction Officer
Average Hourly Wage = $10.94
Guards inmates in penal or rehabilitative institution. May guard prisoners in transit between jail, courtroom, prison, or other points, traveling by car or public transportation. Includes Deputy Sheriffs.

Cost Estimator
Average Hourly Wage = $22.72
Prepares costs estimates for product manufacturing, construction projects, or services, to aid management in bidding on or determining price of product or service.

Counselor, Vocational or Educational
Average Hourly Wage = $17.13
Counsels individuals and provides group educational and vocational guidance services. Collects, organizes and analyzes information about individuals through records, tests, and interviews to appraise their abilities, aptitudes, personality, and interests for vocational or educational planning.

Average Hourly Wages = $7.69
Runs errands. Sorts and delivers messages, documents, packages, and other items, traveling by foot, bicycle, motorcycle, automobile, or public conveyance. May use telephone to complete assigned tasks.

Crane & Tower Operator
Average Hourly Wage = $18.02
Operates mechanical boom and cable or tower and cable equipment to lift and move materials, machines, or products in many directions.

Credit Checker
Average Hourly Wage = $11.29
Investigates history and credit standing of individuals or businesses applying for credit.

Crushing & Related Machine Operator
Average Hourly Wage = $18.91
Operates or tends machines to crush or grind materials, such as coal, glass, or food; or machines that buff and polish materials, such as stone, or eyeglasses; or machines to blend or mix materials, such as dough.

Curator, Archivist & Conservator
Average Hourly Wage = $14.43
Administers affairs of museum and conducts scientific research programs. Directs instructional, research, and public service activities of institution. Appraises, edits, and directs safekeeping of permanent records and historically valuable documents. Prepares specimens and restores items.

Average Hourly Wage = $12.17*
Performs dance solos or dances with partners or groups to entertain audiences. May also sing or act. Creates and teaches original dance for ballet, musical, or review. May direct and stage presentations.

Data Base Administrator
Average Hourly Wage = $20.25
Coordinates changes to computer data bases. Designs, codes, tests, and implements data bases.

Dental Assistant
Average Hourly Wage = $10.74
Assists Dentist at chair. Sets up patient and equipment. Provides diagnostic aids including exposing radiographs, recording medical histories, and making preliminary impressions and occlusion registrations.

Dental Hygienist
Average Hourly Wage = $23.84

Performs dental prophylactic treatments and gives instructions in the care of the teeth and mouth. Removes stains and tartar from teeth and beneath margin of gums. Charts conditions of tooth decay and disease.

Average Hourly Wage = $54.23
Diagnoses and treats diseases, injuries, and malformations of teeth or gums and related oral structures. Examines patients and X-rays to diagnose maladies. Cleans, fills, extracts, and replaces teeth using rotary and hand instruments, dental appliances, and surgical implants.

Average Hourly Wage = $11.29
Designs or arranges objects and materials to achieve artistic or decorative affects. May also create or draw designs for items, such as furniture and machinery. Includes art director, layout artist, creative designers.

Dietitian & Nutritionist
Average Hourly Wage = $18.86
Organizes, plans, and conducts food service or nutritional program to assist in promotion of health and control of disease. May administer activities of department providing quantity food service.

Dietetic Technician
Average Hourly Wage = $12.50
Under direct supervision of Dietitians, or following established nutritional guidelines, advises on food or nutrition.

Dispatcher, Police/Fire/Ambulance
Average Hourly Wage = $12.38
Schedules and dispatches police, fire, or ambulance crews to scenes of crime, accidents, and destruction. Keeps in contact with officials at site and directs back-up help where needed. Duties may include transmitting assignments and compiling statistics and reports.

Average Hourly Wage = $19.95
Prepares clear, complete, and accurate working plans and detail drawings. Utilizes knowledge of various machines, mathematics, and other physical sciences.

Dragline Operator
Average Hourly Wage = $20.32
Operates power-driven crane equipment with dragline bucket to excavate or move sand, gravel, mud, or other materials.

Dry Cleaner & Laundry Machine Operator
Average Hourly Wage = $6.98
Operates dry cleaning or washing machines to dry-clean or wash commercial, industrial, or household articles, such as cloth garments, suede, leather, furs, blankets, draperies, fine linens, rugs, and carpets.

Drywall Installer
Average Hourly Wage = $14.26
Applies plasterboard or other wallboard to ceilings and interior walls of buildings.

Education Administrator
Average Hourly Wage = $33.83
Plans, organizes, directs, controls, or coordinates the education activities of colleges and universities, elementary, secondary, or post-secondary schools, vocational or technical schools, or training and instructional organizations for private business or other agencies.

Electrical Power-Line Installer & Repairer
Average Hourly Wage = $18.41
Installs and repairs cables or wires used in electrical power or distribution systems. Installs insulators. Erects wooden poles and transmission towers.

Average Hourly Wage = $17.98
Installs, maintains, and repairs wiring, electrical equipment, and fixtures in accordance with relevant codes. May read blueprints. Measures, cuts, bends, threads, assembles, and installs electrical conduit.

Electrician, Powerhouse, Substation, & Relay
Average Hourly Wage = $23.19
Inspects, repairs, and maintains electrical equipment in generating stations or powerhouses; substation equipment, such as oil circuit breakers and transformers; and in-service relays.

Electro and Biomedical Equipment Repairer
Average Hourly Wage = $16.82
Test, adjust, and repair electromedical equipment.

Electronics Repairer, Commercial and Industrial Equipment
Average Hourly Wage = $19.76
Repairs electronic equipment such as industrial controls, telemetering and missile control systems, radar systems, transmitters, and antennae.

Engineering Technician
Average Hourly Wage = $17.60
Under the direction of trained engineers, applies engineering principles in planning, designing, and overseeing construction projects, electrical equipment, machinery, or surveying, depending on field of engineering. 

Engineer, Aeronautical
Average Hourly Wage = $30.26*
Designs, constructs, and tests aircraft, missiles, and spacecraft. May apply research to evaluate adaptability of materials and equipment to aircraft design and manufacture.

Engineer, Chemical
Average Hourly Wage = $31.69
Designs chemical plant equipment and devises processes for manufacturing chemicals and products such as gasoline, synthetic rubber, plastics, detergents, cement, paper, and pulp by applying principles and technology of chemistry, physics, and engineering.

Engineer, Civil
Average Hourly Wage = $21.46

Plans, designs, and oversees construction and maintenance of structures and facilities such as roads, railroads, airports, dams, bridges, and pipelines. Includes traffic engineers.

Engineer, Computer
Average Hourly Wage = $23.21
Analyzes data processing requirements for projected work loads. Plans and installs new systems or modifies existing systems. May set up and control analog or hybrid computer systems to solve problems.

Engineer, Electric/Electronics
Average Hourly Wage = $23.83
Designs, develops, tests, and supervises the manufacture and installation of electrical and electronic equipment, components or systems, computers and related equipment and systems.

Engineer, Industrial (except safety)
Average Hourly Wage = $29.66
Plans and oversees the utilization of production facilities and personnel in industrial establishments. Plans equipment layout, work flow, accident prevention, and quality and inventory control.

Engineer, Mechanical
Average Hourly Wage = $24.63
Plans and designs tools, engines, machines, and other mechanically functioning equipment. Oversees installation, operation, maintenance, and repair of such equipment.

Engineer, Mining (Including Safety)
Average Hourly Wage = $28.79
Determines the location and plans the extraction of coal, metallic ores, nonmetallic minerals, and building materials. Conducts preliminary surveys of deposits and plans their development; examines deposits or mines to determine whether they can be worked at a profit.

Engineer, Petroleum
Average Hourly Wage = $31.23
Devises methods to improve oil and gas well production and determines the need for new or modified tool designs. Oversees drilling and offers technical advice to achieve economical and satisfactory progress.

Engineer, Safety (Except Mining)
Average Hourly Wage = $28.85
Applies knowledge of industrial processes, mechanics, chemistry, psychology, and industrial health and safety laws to prevent or correct injurious products or environmental conditions and minimizes effects that create hazards to life and property or reduce worker morale or efficiency.

Engineer, Stationary
Average Hourly Wage = $17.19
Operates and maintains stationary engines and mechanical equipment to provide utilities for buildings or industrial processes. Operates equipment such as steam engines, generators, motors, turbines, and steam boilers.

Estimator & Drafter, Utilities
Average Hourly Wage = $25.43
Develops specifications and instructions for installation of voltage transformers, overhead or underground cables, and related electrical equipment used to conduct electrical energy to consumers.

Faller & Bucker
Average Hourly Wage = $12.67
Cuts down trees and saws them into specified log lengths, working alone or as a member of a team.

Farm Worker (Farm & Ranch Animals)
Average Hourly Wage = $10.16
Plows, plants, cultivates, sprays, and harvests crops. Operates and maintains farm machinery and repairs farm structures. Tends livestock and poultry. Hauls feed to livestock during winter. 

File Clerk
Average Hourly Wage = $6.75
Files correspondence, cards, invoices, receipts, and other records in alphabetical or numerical order or according to the filing system used. Locates and removes material from file when requested. 

First Line Supervisor, Production/Construction/Maintenance
Average Hourly Wage = $23.55
Directly supervises and coordinates activities of production, construction, extraction, transportation, maintenance, and related workers and their helpers. Performs other duties such as accounting, marketing, and personnel duties.

Fish & Game Warden
Average Hourly Wage = $16.30
Patrols assigned area to prevent game law violations. Investigates reports of damage to crops and property by wildlife. Compiles biological data.

Food Preparation Worker
Average Hourly Wage = $6.39
Prepares cold foods and maintains and cleans kitchen work areas, equipment, and utensils. Performs simple tasks such as preparing shellfish or slicing meat. May brew coffee and tea or make sandwiches.

Forester/Conservation Scientist
Average Hourly Wage = $21.37
Plans, develops, and controls environmental factors affecting forests, range, and farm land  through activities such as researching soil erosion, fire prevention, reforestation, and preservation of natural resources.

Foundry Mold Assembly & Shake-out Worker
Average Hourly Wage = $11.05
Prepares molds for pouring. Duties include cleaning and assembling foundry molds, and tending machine that bonds cope and drag together to form completed shell mold.

Funeral Director & Mortician
Average Hourly Wage = $21.76
Arranges and directs funeral services. Coordinates transportation of body to mortuary, interviews family or other persons to arrange details, selects pallbearers, and procures official for religious rites.

Furnace, Kiln, Oven, Drier or Kettle Operator
Average Hourly Wage = $14.68
Operates heating equipment other than the basic metal or plastic processing equipment to bake fiberglass or painted products, carbonize coal, roast sulfur, process petroleum, boil soap, dry lumber, or bake clay products.

Average Hourly Wage = $23.15
Gauges and tests oil in storage tanks. Regulates flow of oil into pipelines at wells, tank farms, refineries, and marine and rail terminals, following prescribed standards and regulations.

General Office Clerk
Average Hourly Wage = $8.66
Performs duties too varied and diverse to be classified in any specific office clerical occupation. Clerical duties may include bookkeeping, typing, office machine operation, and filing.

Geologist, Geophysicist, & Oceanographer
Average Hourly Wage =$28.50
Studies composition, structure, and history of the earth’s crust. Examines rocks, minerals, and fossil remains to identify and determine the sequence of processes affecting the development of the earth. Locates mineral and petroleum deposits and underground water resources.

Grader/Dozer/Scraper Operator
Average Hourly Wage = $15.28
Operates machinery or vehicles equipped with blades to remove, distribute, level, or grade earth.

Average Hourly Wage = $8.43
Stands guard at entrance or patrols premises to prevent theft, violence, or infractions of rules.

Hairdresser, Hairstylist & Cosmetologist
Average Hourly Wage = $8.69
Provides beauty services for customers, such as suggesting best hair style, cutting and treating hair and scalp, applying make-up.

Health Practitioner
Average Hourly Wage = $36.05
Other health diagnosing and treating practitioners that are not classified separately.

Helper and Laborer
Average Hourly Wage = $8.49
May include any type of labor that requires lesser skills and minimal training. May involve holding equipment and tools, moving or stacking heavy loads or crates, and clean up of work area when project is finished.

Hoist & Winch Operator
Average Hourly Wage = $21.26
Operates and tends hoists or winches to lift and pull loads using power-operated cable equipment.

Home Entertainment Equipment Repairer
Average Hourly Wage = $14.08
Adjusts and repairs radios, televisions, stereo systems, recorders, video systems, or other electronic home entertainment equipment.

Home Health Aide
Average Hourly Wage = $7.63
Cares for elderly, convalescent, or handicapped person in home of patient. Changes bed linen, prepares meals, assists in and out of bed, bathing, dressing, grooming, and administers  medications under doctor’s orders.

Hotel Desk Clerk
Average Hourly Wage = $6.78
Registers and assigns rooms to guests, transmits and receives messages, keeps records of occupied rooms and guests’ accounts, makes reservations, and collects payment from guests.

Human Service Worker
Average Hourly Wage = $8.63
Assists Social Group Workers and Caseworkers with developing, organizing, and conducting programs to prevent and resolve problems relevant to substance abuse and human relationships. Aids families and clients in obtaining information on the use of social and community services.

Industrial Truck & Tractor Operator
Average Hourly Wage = $16.75
Operates gasoline or electric-powered industrial trucks or tractors equipped with fork lift, elevated platform, or trailer hitch to move materials around a warehouse, storage yard, factory, construction site, or similar location.

Insulation Worker
Average Hourly Wage = $10.96
Covers and lines structures with insulation using saws, knives, rasps, trowels, and other tools and implements. May also specialize in providing blown-in insulation.

Insurance Adjuster, Examiner, & Inspector
Average Hourly Wage = $20.95
Reviews settled insurance claims to verify that payments and settlements have been made in accordance with company practices and procedures. Reports overpayments, underpayments, and other irregularities.

Insurance Claims Clerk
Average Hourly Wage = $10.15
Obtains information from insured persons for purpose of settling claim with insurance carrier.

Insurance Policy Processing Clerk
Average Hourly Wage = $9.07
Processes applications for, changes to, and cancellation of insurance policies.

Insurance Sales Agent
Average Hourly Wage = $18.37
Sells or advises clients on life, endowments, fire, accident, and other types of insurance. May refer clients to independent brokers, work as independent brokers, or be employed by an insurance company.

Interior Designer
Average Hourly Wage = $11.66
Plans, designs, and furnishes interiors of residential, commercial, or industrial buildings. Formulates design which is practical, aesthetic and conducive to intended purposes, such as raising productivity, selling merchandise, or improving life style.

Janitor & Cleaner
Average Hourly Wage = $7.82
Keeps buildings in clean and orderly condition. Performs heavy cleaning duties, such as motor-driven cleaning equipment, mopping floors, washing walls and glass, and removing rubbish. May have additional duties such as repairs, general maintenance, and shoveling snow.

Landscape Architect
Average Hourly Wage = $24.13
Plans and designs land areas for such projects as parks and other recreational facilities, airports, highways, hospitals, schools, land subdivisions, and commercial, industrial, and residential sites.

Law Clerk
Average Hourly Wage = $12.36
Researches legal records and documents to obtain data applicable to cases under consideration. Prepares rough drafts of briefs or arguments. Files pleadings. Maintains case files.

Average Hourly Wage = $22.64
Conducts criminal and civil lawsuits, draws up legal documents, advises clients as to legal rights, and practices other phases of law. May represent client in court, or before quasi-judicial or administrative government agencies. May specialize in single area such as patent or criminal law.

Legal Secretary
Average Hourly Wage = $10.16
Prepares legal papers and correspondence, such as summonses, complaints, motions, and subpoenas. May review law journals and other legal publications to identify court decisions pertinent to pending cases. Must know legal terminology, procedures, and documents.

Average Hourly Wage = $17.79
Administers libraries and performs related library services including selecting, acquiring, cataloging, classifying, circulating, and maintaining library materials or furnishes references, bibliographies, and advisory services. May select music, films, or other audio-visual materials.

Library Assistant & Bookmobile Driver
Average Hourly Wage = $7.66
Compiles records, sorts, shelves, issues and receives library materials. Locates materials for loan and replaces materials on shelves or files according to identification number and title. Registers patrons. Drivers operate a vehicle to specific locations and assists with providing services.

Licensed Practical Nurse
Average Hourly Wage = $10.99
Cares for ill, injured, convalescent, and handicapped persons in hospitals, clinics, private homes, sanitariums, and similar institutions. Dresses wounds, takes temperature, pulse, blood pressure, and respiration. Assembles and uses equipment such as catheters and oxygen suppliers.

Loan & Credit Clerk
Average Hourly Wage = $9.12
Processes applications of individuals applying for loans and credit. Reviews documents and financial statements. Acts as liaison between financial institution and borrower.

Loan Officer and Counselor
Average Hourly Wage = $17.44
Evaluates, authorizes, or recommends approval of commercial, real estate, or credit loans. Advises borrowers on financial status and methods of payments. May analyze financial problems of borrower and adjust loan agreement. May testify at legal proceedings and handle foreclosures.

Machinery Maintenance Worker
Average Hourly Wage = $19.42
Changes parts, lubricates machinery, and performs other routine machinery maintenance. Excludes workers who repair machines.

Average Hourly Wage = $15.06
Sets up and operates a variety of machine tools. Fits and assembles parts to make or repair machine tools and maintains industrial machines, applying knowledge of mechanics, shop mathematics, metal properties, layout, and machining procedures. Studies specifications.

Maid & Housekeeping Cleaner
Average Hourly Wage = $6.74
Performs any combination of tasks to maintain commercial establishments, such as hotels, restaurants, and hospitals, in a clean and orderly manner. Duties include making beds, replenishing linens, cleaning rooms and halls, and arranging furniture.

Maintenance Repairer
Average Hourly Wage = $12.49

Performs work involving two or more maintenance skills to keep the machines, mechanical equipment and/or structure of an establishment in repair. May involve pipefitting, boiler making, insulating, welding, machining, equipment repairs, carpentry, and electrical work.

Manager, Administrative
Average Hourly Wage = $19.60
Plans, organizes, directs, controls, or coordinates the supportive services department of a business, agency, or organization.

Manager, Communications, Transportation, & Utilities
Average Hourly Wage = $27.64
Plans, organizes, directs, controls, or coordinates activities related to communications by telephone, telegraph, radio, or television; transporting goods or people by air, highway, rail, water, or pipeline; managing transportation facilities, such as airports; or supplying electricity, gas, water, and sanitation services. 

Manager, Construction Trades
Average Hourly Wage = $20.02
Plans, organizes, directs, controls, or coordinates, usually through subordinate supervisory personnel, activities concerned with the construction and maintenance of structures, facilities, and systems. 

Manager, Engineering & Natural Sciences
Average Hourly Wage = $33.96
Plans, organizes, directs, or coordinates activities in such fields as architecture, engineering, life sciences, physical sciences, statistics, and systems analysis. 

Manager, Financial
Average Hourly Wage = $24.79
Plans, organizes, directs, controls, or coordinates the financial activities of an organization. Includes manager in a bank who advises on credit and investment policy.

Manager, Food Service & Lodging
Average Hourly Wage = $11.05
Plans, organizes, directs, controls, or coordinates activities of an organization or department that serves food and beverages and/or provides lodging and other accommodations. Allocates funds, authorizes expenditures and plans budgets. Involved with hotel setting practices.

Manager, General & Top Executive
Average Hourly Wage = $ 27.04
Top or middle manager whose duties and responsibilities are too diverse and general in nature to be classified in any functional or line area of management and administration.

Manager, Medicine & Health Services
Average Hourly Wage = $23.38
Plans, organizes, directs, controls, or coordinates medicine and health services in establishments such as hospitals or clinics.

Manager, Mining (& Related Occupations)
Average Hourly Wage = $32.12
Plans, organizes, directs, controls, or coordinates, usually through subordinate supervisory personnel, the operations of mines, quarries, oil or gas wells, or other similar operations that extract natural deposits.

Manager, Personnel, Training, & Labor Relations
Average Hourly Wage = $23.83
Plans, organizes, directs, controls, or coordinates the personnel, training, or labor relations activities of an organization. Work may involve establishing policies, evaluating employees, and administering benefits.

Average Hourly Wage = $7.60*
Cleans, shapes, and polishes customers' fingernails and toenails. Removes previously applied nail polish. Softens, pushes back, and trims nail cuticles. Applies polishes and buffers.

Marketing/Sales Supervisor
Average Hourly Wage = $13.60
Directly supervises and coordinates activities of marketing, sales, and related workers. May perform management functions, such as budgeting, accounting, marketing, and personnel work.

Mechanic, Machinery Maintenance
Average Hourly Wage = $16.10
Repairs and maintains the operating condition of industrial production and processing machinery, printing machinery, and refinery and pipeline distribution systems. Repairs machinery and mechanical equipment such as pumps, conveyor systems, and motors in accordance with manuals.

Mechanic, Mobile Heavy Equipment
Average Hourly Wage = $19.45
Repairs and maintains mobile mechanical, hydraulic, and pneumatic equipment, such as cranes, bulldozers, graders, and conveyers, used in construction, logging, and surface mining.

Mechanic, Radio
Average Hourly Wage = $11.88
Tests and repairs stationary, mobile, and portable radio transmitting and receiving equipment and two-way radio communication systems. Examines equipment for damage and replaces defective parts.

Medical Assistant
Average Hourly Wage = $8.40
Performs various duties under the direction of a physician. Prepares treatment room, inventories supplies and instruments, and sets up patient for attention of physician. May perform receptionist duties.

Medical Secretary
Average Hourly Wage = $9.07
Performs secretarial duties utilizing specific knowledge of medical terminology and hospital, clinic, or laboratory procedures. Duties include taking dictation, compiling and recording medical charts, reports and correspondence, and preparing and sending bills to patients.

Medical/Clinical Laboratory Technician
Average Hourly Wage = $13.45

Performs routine tests in medical laboratory. Prepares vaccines, biologicals, and serums. Prepares tissue samples for Pathologists, takes blood samples, and executes such laboratory tests as blood counts.

Merchandise Displayer & Window Trimmer
Average Hourly Wage = $7.40
Plans and erects commercial displays, such as those in windows and interiors of retail stores and at trade exhibitions.

Metal Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Operator
Average Hourly Wage = $12.86
Operates metal molding, coremaking, or casting machines to mold or cast metal products and parts, such as metal pipes and automobile trim.

Average Hourly Wage = $22.06
Investigates atmospheric phenomena and interprets meteorological data gathered by surface and air stations, satellites, and radar to prepare reports and forecasts for public and other uses. 

Meter Readers, Utilities
Average Hourly Wage = $14.40
Reads electric, gas, water, or steam consumption meters and records volume used by residential and commercial customers.

Average Hourly Wage = $16.24
Installs new machinery and heavy equipment. Dismantles and moves machinery and heavy equipment.

Mining Machine Operator
Average Hourly Wage = $18.21
Operates mining machines, such as self-propelled or truck-mounted drilling machines, continuous mining machines, channeling machines, and cutting machines to extract coal, metal and nonmetal ores, rock, stone, or sand.

Average Hourly Wage = $11.01*
Models garments and other apparel before prospective buyers at fashion shows, private showings, and retail establishments. May pose for photos, paintings, sculptures, or other types of artistic expressions.

Musician, Instrumental
Average Hourly Wage = $15.47*
Plays one or more musical instruments in recital, in accompaniment, or as a member of an orchestra, band, or other musical group.

Nuclear Medicine Technologist
Average Hourly Wage = $17.58
Prepares, administers, and measures radioactive isotopes in therapeutic, diagnostic, and tracer studies. Prepares stock solutions of radioactive materials and calculates doses. Radiates patients.

Numerical Control Machine Tool Operators, Metal & Plastic
Average Hourly Wage = $13.52
Operates computer-numerically controlled machine tools or robots to perform one or more machine functions on metal or plastic workpieces.

Nursing Aide & Orderly
Average Hourly Wage = $7.39
Provides auxiliary services in care of patients. Answers patients’ call bells, serves and collects food trays, and feeds patients. Orderly cares for male patients, sets up equipment, and does heavier chores.

Average Hourly Wage = $31.78
Diagnoses, manages, and treats conditions and diseases of the human eye and visual system. Examines eyes to determine visual efficiency and performance. Prescribes corrective procedures.

Order Clerk
Average Hourly Wage = $10.95
Receives and processes incoming orders. Informs customers of order receipt, prices, shipping dates, and delays. Prepares contracts and handles complaints.

Painter, Paperhanger, Plasterer, and Stucco Mason Helper
Average Hourly Wage = $9.53
Helps painters, paperhangers, plasterers, and stucco masons by performing duties of lesser skill. Duties include supplying or holding tools and materials, and cleaning work area and equipment.

Average Hourly Wage = $11.57
Assists lawyers by doing research in the preparation of lawsuits and/or legal documents. May gather research data as evidence to formulate defense or to initiate legal action. 

Average Hourly Wage = $49.05*
Conducts research dealing with the understanding of human diseases and the improvement of human health. Engages in clinical investigations or other research, production, technical writing, or related activities.

Average Hourly Wage = $30.25
Compounds and dispenses medication following prescriptions issued by physicians, dentists, or other medical practitioners. Weighs, measures, and mixes drugs and compounds and fills bottles or capsules with correct quantity and composition of preparation. Advises patients.

Average Hourly Wage = $9.30
Photographs people, subjects, merchandise, or other commercial products. May develop negatives and produce finished prints.

Photographic Processing Machine Operator
Average Hourly Wage = $6.27
Operates photographic processing machines, such as printing machines, film developing machines, and mounting presses.

Physical Therapist
Average Hourly Wage = $26.49
Applies techniques and treatments that help relieve pain, increase the patient’s strength, and decrease or prevent deformity and crippling.

Physician’s Assistant
Average Hourly Wage = $28.89
Provides patient services under direct supervision and responsibility of doctor of medicine or osteopathy. Elicits detailed patient histories and makes complete physical examinations. Reaches tentative diagnosis and orders appropriate laboratory tests. Requires extensive education.

Physician, General Practice
Average Hourly Wage = $55.12
Examines patients, performs medical tests and reviews personal health records to diagnose conditions of illness, disease, and assorted maladies. Administers and prescribes treatment and drugs to restore health. May specialize in one field such as surgery, obstetrics, or psychiatry.

Planning/Production/Expediting Clerk
Average Hourly Wage = $14.28
Coordinates and expedites the flow of work and materials within or between department of an establishment according to a production schedule. Duties, primarily clerical in nature, include reviewing and distributing production schedules, completion dates, and work orders.

Average Hourly Wage = $15.91
Assembles, installs, alters and repairs pipe systems that carry water, steam, air, or other liquids or gases. Cuts and threads pipe. Assembles and installs valves, pipe fittings, and pipes.

Police Patrol Officer
Average Hourly Wage = $14.42
Maintains order, enforces laws and ordinances, and protects life and property in an assigned patrol district or beat. Patrols an area on foot or in a vehicle; directs traffic; issues traffic summonses; investigates accidents; apprehends and arrests prisoners. Gives evidence in court.

Postal Mail Carrier
Average Hourly Wage = $17.90
Sorts mail for delivery. Delivers mail on established routes by vehicle or on foot.

Postmaster and Mail Superintendent
Average Hourly Wage = $19.51
Directs and coordinates operational, administrative, management, and supportive services of a U.S. post office. Coordinates activities of workers engaged in postal and related work in assigned post offices.

Power Plant Operator
Average Hourly Wage = $21.18*
Controls or operates machinery, such as steam-driven turbogenerators, to generate electric power.

Precision Instrument Repairer
Average Hourly Wage = $14.67
Installs, tests, repairs, maintains, and adjusts indicating, recording, telemetering, and controlling instruments used to control variables such as pressure, flow, temperature, motion, force, and chemical composition.

Printing Press Machine Operator & Tender
Average Hourly Wage = $10.88
Operates various types of printing machines, such as offset lithographic presses, letter or letterset presses, flexographic or gravure presses to produce print on paper or other materials such as plastic, cloth, or rubber.

Average Hourly Wage = $11.62
Produces, directs, or plays parts in stage, television, radio, or motion picture productions for entertainment, information, or instruction.

Proofreader & Copy Marker
Average Hourly Wage = $10.12*
Reads transcripts or proofs type setup to detect and mark for correction any grammatical, typographical, or compositional errors.

Average Hourly Wage = $23.23
Collects, interprets, and applies scientific data relating to human behavior and mental processes. Activities are in either applied fields of psychology or in basic science fields and research.

Public Relations Specialist
Average Hourly Wage = $15.45
Concerned with promoting or creating good will by writing or selecting favorable publicity material for media release, preparing and arranging displays, making speeches and performing related publicity efforts.

Purchasing Agent
Average Hourly Wage = $19.02
Purchases raw or semi-finished materials for manufacturing. Purchases machinery, equipment, tools, parts, supplies, or services necessary for the operation of an establishment.

Radiologic Technologist
Average Hourly Wage = $17.39
Takes X-rays and CAT scans or administers nonradioactive materials into patient's blood stream for diagnostic purposes.

Railroad Brake, Signal, & Switch Operator
Average Hourly Wage = $15.98
Operates railroad track switches. Couples or uncouples rolling stock to makeup or breakup trains. Signals engineers and sets warning signals. May inspect couplings, air hoses, journal boxes, and hand brakes.

Railroad Conductor & Yardmaster
Average Hourly Wage = $18.66
Coordinates activities of train crew engaged in transporting or providing services to passengers on passenger train, or in transporting freight on freight trains. Coordinates activities of workers engaged in railroad traffic operations, such as makeup or breakup of trains and track switching.

Real Estate Appraiser
Average Hourly Wage = $19.37*
Appraises real property to determine its value for purchase, sales, investment, mortgage, or loan purposes.

Real Estate Sales Agent
Average Hourly Wage = $19.86
Rents, buys, and sells property to clients. Duties include studying property listings, interviewing clients, showing property to clients, discussing conditions or sale, and drawing up real estate contracts.

Average Hourly Wage = $8.09
Answers inquiries and obtains information for general public concerning activities conducted at an establishment, location of offices or persons within a firm, department, or store. May perform other clerical duties.

Registered Nurse
Average Hourly Wage = $17.93
Provides nursing care to ill or injured persons. Gives medications and treatments according to doctor guidelines. Takes vital signs. Includes administrative, public health, private duty, and surgical nurses.

Reporter & Correspondent (Except Radio & Television)
Average Hourly Wage = $9.03
Collects and analyzes facts about newsworthy events by interview, investigation, or observation. Reports and writes stories for newspapers, news magazines, radio, or television. 

Respiratory Therapist
Average Hourly Wage = $14.53
Provides assessment, diagnostic evaluation, and care for patients with breathing disorders. Responsible for respiratory modalities. Initiates and conducts therapeutic procedures and maintains equipment.

Retail Salesperson
Average Hourly Wage = $7.88
Sells to the public any of a wide variety of merchandise, such as furniture, motor vehicles, appliances, or apparel.

Rotary Drill Operator, Oil & Gas Extraction
Average Hourly Wage = $24.11
Operates a variety of drills to remove petroleum products from the earth and to remove core samples for testing during oil and gas exploration.

Average Hourly Wage = $11.77
Perform a variety of assigned tasks in or around an oil field such as assembling or repairing equipment, digging drainage trenches, and loading/unloading trucks.

Sales & Related Worker
Average Hourly Wage = $7.96
Sells a variety of services and products for businesses, organizations, wholesalers, or manufacturers. May involve ordering supplies, cashier duties, reports, and stocking inventory.

Average Hourly Wage = $9.35
Performs clerical work and minor administrative detail by scheduling appointments, directing  callers, taking dictation, composing and typing correspondence, routing incoming mail, and maintaining files.

Service Unit Operator
Average Hourly Wage = $11.85
Operates equipment to increase oil flow from producing wells or to remove stuck pipe, casing, tools, or other obstructions from drilling wells.

Social  Worker
Average Hourly Wage = $13.45
Counsels and aids individuals and families following the recovery from physical or mental illness by providing supportive services designed to help the persons understand, accept, and follow medical advise.

Speech-Language Pathologist & Audiologist
Average Hourly Wage = $19.43
Examines and provides remedial services for persons with speech and hearing disorders. Performs research related to speech and language problems.

Stenographer and/or Court Reporter
Average Hourly Wage = $12.66
Uses shorthand or speedwriting notes to take dictation, record correspondence, reports, court testimony, examinations, instructions, or other material and transcribes recorded material.

Still & Related Machine Operator
Average Hourly Wage = $16.10
Operates machines such as filter presses, centrifuges, fermenting tanks, and batch stills to extract, sort, or separate liquids, gases, or solid materials from other materials to produce a refined product.

Average Hourly Wage = $33.10
Buys and sells securities or calls upon businesses and individuals to sell financial services. Provides financial services, such as loans, tax, securities counseling, and advise on stocks, bonds, and market conditions.

Stock Clerk, Stockroom/Warehouse
Average Hourly Wage = $10.56
Receives, stores, and issues materials, equipment, and other items from stockroom, warehouse, or storage yard. Keeps records and compiles stock reports.

Surveying & Mapping Technician
Average Hourly Wage = $12.81
Performs surveying and mapping duties to obtain data pertaining to angles, elevations, points, and contours. Calculates mapmaking information from field notes using reference tables. Draws maps.

Surveyor and Cartographer

Average Hourly Wage = $18.45
Uses surveying, engineering, and scientific data to determine and identify fixed points or boundaries, and prepares maps. Provides data on the shape, contour, gravitation, location, or dimension of land or land features.

Switchboard Operator
Average Hourly Wage = $7.88
Operates cord or cordless switchboard to relay incoming, outgoing, and interoffice calls. May supply information to callers and record messages. May also act as receptionist, perform routine clerical work, and type.

Systems Analyst, Electronic Data Processing
Average Hourly Wage = $19.53
Analyzes business, scientific, and technical problems with electronic data processing systems.

Teacher’s Aide & Assistant
Average Hourly Wage = $6.79
Arranges work materials, supervises students at play, and operates audio-visual equipment under guidance of a teacher.

Teacher, Elementary
Average Hourly Wage = $23.58
Teaches elementary pupils in public or private schools basic skills. Maintains order and discipline in classroom and on playground. Prepares, administers, grades and records lessons/tests.

Teacher, Engineering, Postsecondary
Average Hourly Wage = $30.81
Teaches courses in engineering at the college/university level. Includes courses in engineering specialties (i.e., chemical, civil, electrical, mechanical, petroleum, etc.).

Teacher, Secondary
Average Hourly Wage = $22.59
Instructs students in public or private schools in one or more subjects. Maintains discipline and order in classroom. Prepares, administers, grades, and records lessons/grades.

Teacher, Special Education
Average Hourly Wage = $18.95
Teaches elementary and secondary school subjects to educationally, audibly, visually and physically handicapped students. May teach basic academic and life processes skills to the mentally retarded.

Teacher, Vocational Education
Average Hourly Wage = $20.68
Teaches or instructs vocational and/or occupational subjects at the postsecondary level (but at less than the baccalaureate). Subjects include business, secretarial science, data processing, trades, and practical nursing.

Technical Writer
Average Hourly Wage = $21.24*
Writes or edits technical materials, such as manuals, appendices, and operating and maintenance instructions. May oversee preparation of illustrations, photographs, diagrams, and charts and assist in layout work.

Telephone & Cable TV Installer & Repairer
Average Hourly Wage = $14.14
Strings and repairs telephone and television cable and other equipment for transmitting messages or TV programming. Locates and repairs defects in existing systems.

Telephone Station Installer & Repairer
Average Hourly Wage = $17.38
Installs and repairs telephone station equipment, such as telephones, coin collectors, telephone booths, and switching-key equipment.

Title Searcher
Average Hourly Wage = $8.99
Compiles lists of mortgages, deeds, contracts, judgements, and other instruments pertaining to titles by searching records of real estate and title insurance companies.

Title Examiner & Abstractor
Average Hourly Wage = $11.74
Determines legal condition of property titles. Copies or summarizes documents which affect condition of titles. Guarantees legality of titles. 

Tool & Die Maker
Average Hourly Wage = $18.16
Analyzes specifications, lays out metal stock, sets up and operates machine tools, and fits and assembles parts to make and repair dies, cutting tools, jogs, fixtures, gauges, and machinist’s hand tools.

Travel Agent
Average Hourly Wage = $7.29
Plans trips for travel agency customers. Duties include determining destination, transportation, travel dates, costs, and accommodations. May specialize in foreign or domestic service.

Truck Driver, Heavy
Average Hourly Wage = $12.28
Drives tractor-trailer combination or truck with a capacity of at least 3 tons to transport and deliver goods, livestock, or materials in liquid, loose or packaged form. May be required to unload truck.

Truck Driver, Light
Average Hourly Wage = $9.50
Drives truck, van, or automobile with a capacity under 3 tons. May drive light truck to deliver or pick up merchandise and load and unload truck.

Urban & Regional Planner
Average Hourly Wage = $19.56
Develops comprehensive plans and programs for use of land and physical facilities of cities, counties, and metropolitan areas.

Average Hourly Wage = $19.85
Diagnoses and treats diseases and dysfunctions of animals. May engage in research and development, consultation, administration, technical writing, sale or production of commercial products or render technical services. Includes veterinary inspectors.

Veterinary Technician
Average Hourly Wage = $8.22
Performs medical tests in a lab for use in the treatment of diseases in animals. Prepares vaccines and serums. Prepares tissue and blood samples and executes lab tests such as urinalysis and blood counts. 

Average Hourly Wage = $5.54
Serves food and/or beverages to patrons. Usually takes orders from patrons and makes out the check. May set table or counter with linen and silverware and take payment from patrons. 

Welder & Cutter
Average Hourly Wage = $14.54
Uses hand welding and flamecutting equipment to weld together metal components or join together components of fabricated sheet metal assemblies. Cuts, trims or scarfs metal as specified by blueprints.

Writer & Editor
Average Hourly Wage = $11.91
Originates and prepares written material such as scripts, stories, new items, advertisements, and other material. Coordinates, edits, and analyzes prepared written material. Includes managing editors.


*These wages are based on the National average. All other wages are Wyoming-based wages.


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