BrainTrack Career Resources

BrainTrack’s Career Guide helps visitors evaluate career options and find schools. The guide offers data on hundreds of careers that typically require higher education for entry or advancement and features links to thousands of schools.

See below for quick summaries of each career. Explore original career profiles created by BrainTrack staff, each reviewing a career in detail and listing schools offering relevant programs.

Allied Health

Occupation Jobs Growth’08-’18   Pay Range 2009 Low – Median – High SomeCollege BachelorDegree+
Home Health Aides 955,000 50%    $16k – $20k – $29k 35% 8%
Medical Assistants 496,000 34%    $21k – $29k – $40k 54% 12%
Pharmacy Technicians 332,000 31%    $19k – $28k – $40k 53% 17%
Dental Assistants 294,000 36%    $23k – $33k – $47k 54% 10%
Pharmacists 268,000 17%    $79k – $109k – $134k 2% 97%
EMT And Paramedics 218,000 9%    $19k – $30k – $51k 66% 15%
Radiologic Tech 214,000 17%    $36k – $53k – $75k 67% 24%
Dental Hygienists 174,000 36%    $45k – $67k – $93k 62% 35%
Medical Lab Technologists 167,000 12%    $38k – $55k – $76k 36% 52%
Medical Lab Technicians 152,000 16%    $24k – $36k – $55k 36% 52%
Respiratory Therapists 107,000 21%    $39k – $53k – $72k 69% 28%
Occupational Therapists 98,000 26%    $45k – $70k – $100k 10% 90%
Surgical Technologists 91,000 25%    $28k – $39k – $56k 53% 17%
Dietitians And Nutritionists 53,000 9%    $33k – $52k – $75k 14% 66%
Pharmacy Aides 52,000 -5%    $16k – $21k – $31k 54% 12%
Sonographers 52,000 18%    $44k – $63k – $86k 67% 24%
Cardiovascular Techs 48,000 24%    $26k – $48k – $76k 67% 24%
Dental Laboratory Technicians 40,000 14%    $21k – $35k – $58k 45% 15%
Recreational Therapists 22,000 15%    $25k – $39k – $62k 16% 69%
Radiation Therapists 16,000 27%    $50k – $74k – $107k 52% 44%
Athletic Trainers 15,000 37%    $26k – $41k – $65k 25% 62%
Respiratory Therapy Technicians 15,000 0%    $29k – $45k – $65k 53% 17%

Arts And Entertainment

Occupation Jobs Growth’08-’18   Pay Range 2009Low – Median – High SomeCollege BachelorDegree+
Public Relations Specialists 243,000 24%    $31k – $52k – $97k 16% 77%
Coaches 180,000 25%    $16k – $28k – $63k 26% 60%
Editors 105,000 0%    $28k – $51k – $97k 15% 81%
Producers And Directors 80,000 10%    $31k – $67k – * 22% 70%
Photographers 58,000 12%    $17k – $30k – $62k 37% 47%
Musicians And Singers 47,000 8%    * – * – * 26% 54%
Reporters 46,000 -7%    $20k – $34k – $75k 13% 83%
Writers 43,000 15%    $28k – $54k – $106k 13% 83%
Multimedia Artists 29,000 14%    $32k – $58k – $99k 30% 56%
Broadcast News Analysts 6,000 4%    $25k – $50k – $139k 13% 83%

Business

Occupation Jobs Growth’08-’18   Pay Range 2009Low – Median – High SomeCollege BachelorDegree+
Bookkeeping And Accounting Clerks 1,758,000 10%    $21k – $33k – $50k 49% 15%
Accountants 1,107,000 22%    $38k – $60k – $104k 19% 75%
Management Analysts 553,000 24%    $43k – $75k – $135k 17% 76%
Financial Managers 495,000 8%    $55k – $101k – * 27% 59%
Purchasing Agents 282,000 14%    $34k – $55k – $90k 39% 39%
Health Services Managers 272,000 16%    $50k – $82k – $140k 29% 61%
Financial Analysts 235,000 20%    $44k – $74k – $139k 13% 82%
Market Research Analysts 226,000 28%    $34k – $62k – $112k 17% 78%
Employment Specialists 198,000 28%    $28k – $46k – $87k 32% 53%
Personal Financial Advisors 149,000 30%    $34k – $68k – * 17% 78%
Logisticians 100,000 20%    $41k – $68k – $105k 39% 43%
Insurance Underwriters 98,000 -3%    $36k – $58k – $99k 31% 50%
Human Resources Managers 63,000 9%    $58k – $97k – $164k 29% 56%
Tax Preparers 61,000 3%    $18k – $30k – $64k 34% 49%
Compensation And Benefits Managers 36,000 9%    $51k – $88k – $148k 29% 56%
Training And Development Managers 29,000 12%    $50k – $88k – $147k 29% 56%
Emergency Management Specialists 13,000 22%    $28k – $53k – $90k 35% 48%

Community And Social Services

Occupation Jobs Growth’08-’18   Pay Range 2009Low – Median – High SomeCollege BachelorDegree+
Human Service Assistants 344,000 23%    $18k – $28k – $45k 31% 52%
Family And School Social Workers 278,000 12%    $26k – $40k – $67k 16% 76%
Educational Counselors 251,000 14%    $31k – $53k – $84k 16% 75%
Medical And Public Health Social Workers 134,000 22%    $29k – $46k – $71k 16% 76%
Mental Health And Substance Abuse Social Workers 127,000 20%    $25k – $38k – $63k 16% 76%
Social Service Managers 114,000 14%    $33k – $57k – $96k 22% 67%
Mental Health Counselors 107,000 24%    $24k – $38k – $65k 16% 75%
Substance Abuse And Behavioral Counselors 78,000 21%    $25k – $38k – $60k 16% 75%
Clergy 43,000 13%    $23k – $43k – $75k 16% 74%
Marriage And Family Therapists 26,000 14%    $29k – $47k – $74k 16% 75%

Computer

Occupation Jobs Growth’08-’18   Pay Range 2009Low – Median – High SomeCollege BachelorDegree+
Computer Support Specialists 541,000 14%    $27k – $44k – $73k 45% 41%
Systems Analysts 513,000 20%    $47k – $77k – $119k 28% 66%
Software Engineers For Applications 496,000 34%    $55k – $87k – $132k 15% 82%
Software Engineers For Systems 385,000 30%    $60k – $93k – $140k 15% 82%
Computer Programmers 368,000 -2%    $41k – $71k – $113k 24% 70%
Network Admins 339,000 23%    $42k – $68k – $106k 41% 50%
Computer Systems Managers 287,000 17%    $70k – $114k – * 25% 70%
Network And Communications Analysts 226,000 53%    $43k – $73k – $116k 35% 56%
Database Administrators 108,000 20%    $41k – $72k – $114k 26% 69%
Operations Research Analysts 61,000 22%    $40k – $70k – $119k 26% 67%

Construction

Occupation Jobs Growth’08-’18   Pay Range 2009Low – Median – High SomeCollege BachelorDegree+
Supervisors Of Construction And Extraction Workers 532,000 15%    $36k – $58k – $94k 31% 11%
Construction Managers 205,000 17%    $49k – $82k – $152k 33% 29%

Culinary    

Occupation Jobs Growth’08-’18   Pay Range 2009Low – Median – High SomeCollege BachelorDegree+
Restaurant Cooks 899,000 8%    $16k – $22k – $32k 19% 5%
Bartenders 492,000 8%    $15k – $18k – $31k 41% 16%
Food Service Managers 190,000 5%    $30k – $47k – $79k 35% 24%
Bakers 141,000 0%    $17k – $24k – $38k 23% 8%
Chefs 94,000 0%    $23k – $40k – $70k 36% 13%

Design

Occupation Jobs Growth’08-’18   Pay Range 2009Low – Median – High SomeCollege BachelorDegree+
Graphic Designers 201,000 13%    $26k – $43k – $76k 34% 51%
Interior Designers 46,000 19%    $27k – $46k – $84k 34% 51%
Industrial Designers 29,000 9%    $32k – $58k – $96k 34% 51%
Fashion Designers 16,000 1%    $32k – $64k – $131k 34% 51%

Education

Occupation Jobs Growth’08-’18   Pay Range 2009Low – Median – High SomeCollege BachelorDegree+
Elementary School Teachers 1,544,000 16%    $34k – $51k – $79k 5% 94%
Teacher Assistants 1,275,000 10%    $16k – $23k – $35k 45% 19%
Secondary School Teachers 1,092,000 9%    $35k – $52k – $82k 4% 95%
Middle School Teachers 665,000 15%    $34k – $51k – $79k 5% 94%
Preschool Teachers 390,000 19%    $16k – $25k – $44k 38% 44%
Preschool And Elementary School Special Education Teachers 229,000 20%    $34k – $51k – $80k 10% 85%
Elementary And Secondary School Administrators 219,000 9%    $57k – $85k – $125k 14% 80%
Kindergarten Teachers 182,000 15%    $31k – $48k – $75k 38% 44%
Librarians 151,000 8%    $33k – $54k – $82k 15% 83%
Secondary School Special Education Teachers 146,000 13%    $36k – $53k – $84k 10% 85%
Instructional Coordinators 124,000 23%    $34k – $59k – $93k 16% 78%
Library Technicians 111,000 9%    $18k – $30k – $47k 28% 34%
Postsecondary Administrators 106,000 2%    $46k – $83k – $162k 14% 80%

Engineering

Occupation Jobs Growth’08-’18   Pay Range 2009Low – Median – High SomeCollege BachelorDegree+
Civil Engineers 259,000 24%    $50k – $77k – $118k 12% 85%
Mechanical Engineers 233,000 6%    $50k – $77k – $118k 22% 73%
Industrial Engineers 209,000 14%    $49k – $75k – $109k 24% 68%
Engineering Managers 178,000 6%    $75k – $117k – * 13% 82%
Electrical Engineers 152,000 2%    $54k – $83k – $127k 18% 78%
Electronics Engineers 136,000 0%    $57k – $89k – $133k 18% 78%
Architects 102,000 16%    $42k – $73k – $123k 10% 88%
Aerospace Engineers 71,000 10%    $60k – $95k – $138k 14% 83%
Computer Hardware Engineers 65,000 4%    $61k – $99k – $149k 22% 72%
Environmental Engineers 51,000 31%    $48k – $77k – $116k 9% 87%
Chemical Engineers 29,000 -1%    $56k – $88k – $133k 7% 91%

Farming Fishing And Forestry

Occupation Jobs Growth’08-’18   Pay Range 2009Low – Median – High SomeCollege BachelorDegree+
Agricultural Inspectors 14,000 13%    $25k – $42k – $60k 33% 30%

Hospitality And Travel

Occupation Jobs Growth

’08-’18  Pay Range 2009

Low – Median – HighSome

CollegeBachelor

Degree+Travel Agents77,0000%   $19k – $31k – $47k44%34%Meeting And Convention Planners52,00016%   $28k – $45k – $75k30%59%Lodging Managers32,0005%   $28k – $46k – $86k35%39%

Installation And Repair

Occupation Jobs Growth

’08-’18  Pay Range 2009

Low – Median – HighSome

CollegeBachelor

Degree+Supervisors Of Mechanics And Installers428,0004%   $36k – $59k – $90k41%12%HVAC Mechanics And Installers244,00028%   $26k – $41k – $66k39%5%Telecommunications Equipment Installers And Repairers190,0000%   $31k – $56k – $72k52%13%Medical Equipment Repairers35,00027%   $26k – $42k – $68k54%19%

Legal

Occupation Jobs Growth

’08-’18  Pay Range 2009

Low – Median – HighSome

CollegeBachelor

Degree+Lawyers557,00013%   $55k – $113k – *1%98%Paralegals247,00028%   $30k – $47k – $76k45%40%Legal Secretaries244,00018%   $26k – $41k – $64k48%17%Legal Support Workers40,00011%   $31k – $52k – $97k41%38%

Management

Occupation Jobs Growth

’08-’18  Pay Range 2009

Low – Median – HighSome

CollegeBachelor

Degree+General Managers1,690,0000%   $46k – $93k – *32%49%Chief Executives298,0000%   $71k – $161k – *23%64%Administrative Services Managers244,00012%   $39k – $76k – $132k41%38%Marketing Managers169,00012%   $56k – $110k – *24%66%Property Managers151,0008%   $24k – $48k – $104k35%38%Transportation Managers92,000-4%   $46k – $79k – $132k36%26%Purchasing Managers65,0002%   $53k – $91k – $146k31%56%Public Relations Managers53,00013%   $48k – $90k – *20%70%Advertising Managers36,000-1%   $41k – $82k – *18%73%Agricultural Managers3,0006%   $32k – $59k – $103k29%26%

Massage And Physical Therapy

Occupation Jobs Growth

’08-’18  Pay Range 2009

Low – Median – HighSome

CollegeBachelor

Degree+Fitness Trainers And Aerobics Instructors228,00029%   $16k – $31k – $62k35%42%Physical Therapists174,00030%   $52k – $74k – $106k9%89%Physical Therapist Assistants64,00033%   $30k – $48k – $66k66%20%Massage Therapists56,00019%   $17k – $35k – $69k51%31%Occupational Therapist Assistants27,00030%   $33k – $50k – $68k84%13%

Mechanic

Occupation Jobs Growth

’08-’18  Pay Range 2009

Low – Median – HighSome

CollegeBachelor

Degree+Auto Mechanics607,0005%   $20k – $35k – $60k31%4%Industrial Machinery Mechanics276,0007%   $29k – $44k – $67k38%6%Automotive Body Repairers133,0000%   $23k – $38k – $64k21%3%Aircraft Mechanics112,0006%   $33k – $53k – $72k57%12%Surveyors50,00015%   $30k – $54k – $89k22%75%

Medical

Occupation Jobs Growth

’08-’18  Pay Range 2009

Low – Median – HighSome

CollegeBachelor

Degree+General Practitioners99,000*   $83k – $161k – ***Clinical Psychologists98,00011%   $39k – $66k – $109k1%99%General Dentists86,00015%   $70k – $142k – *1%99%Internists48,000*   $94k – * – ***Surgeons45,000*   $122k – * – ***Chiropractors26,00020%   $33k – $68k – $151k2%97%Psychiatrists22,000*   $66k – $160k – ***OBGYN20,000*   $100k – * – ***

Medical Office

Occupation Jobs Growth

’08-’18  Pay Range 2009

Low – Median – HighSome

CollegeBachelor

Degree+Medical Secretaries470,00027%   $21k – $30k – $44k48%17%Medical Records And Health Information Technicians171,00020%   $21k – $31k – $52k48%15%Medical Transcriptionists83,00011%   $22k – $33k – $46k54%12%

Nursing

Occupation Jobs Growth

’08-’18  Pay Range 2009

Low – Median – HighSome

CollegeBachelor

Degree+Nurses2,584,00022%   $44k – $64k – $94k43%56%Nursing Aides And Attendants1,438,00019%   $18k – $24k – $34k35%8%LPNs729,00021%   $29k – $40k – $55k71%7%

Office Support

Occupation Jobs Growth

’08-’18  Pay Range 2009

Low – Median – HighSome

CollegeBachelor

Degree+Customer Service Representatives2,196,00018%   $19k – $30k – $49k43%22%Secretaries1,798,0005%   $19k – $30k – $45k48%17%Supervisors Of Office Workers1,381,00011%   $28k – $47k – $76k42%29%Executive Secretaries And Administrative Assistants1,361,00013%   $28k – $42k – $64k48%17%Desktop Publishers23,000-22%   $22k – $36k – $59k43%30%

Personal Care And Service

Occupation Jobs Growth

’08-’18  Pay Range 2009

Low – Median – HighSome

CollegeBachelor

Degree+Personal And Home Care Aides631,00046%   $15k – $20k – $26k31%11%Child Care Workers596,00011%   $15k – $19k – $30k34%13%Hairdressers And Cosmetologists349,00020%   $16k – $23k – $43k38%7%Manicurists And Pedicurists53,00019%   $16k – $20k – $32k29%12%

Production

Occupation Jobs Growth

’08-’18  Pay Range 2009

Low – Median – HighSome

CollegeBachelor

Degree+Supervisors Of Production And Operating Workers606,000-4%   $32k – $52k – $84k33%15%Machinists381,000-4%   $24k – $38k – $57k36%4%Computer Controlled Machine Tool Operators130,0007%   $23k – $34k – $51k41%6%

Protective Service

Occupation Jobs Growth

’08-’18  Pay Range 2009

Low – Median – HighSome

CollegeBachelor

Degree+Police And Sheriffs Patrol Officers642,0009%   $31k – $53k – $84k51%32%Correctional Officers And Jailers455,0009%   $26k – $39k – $65k49%12%Fire Fighters306,00019%   $23k – $45k – $74k60%18%Detectives And Criminal Investigators110,00017%   $38k – $62k – $100k38%52%Supervisors Of Police And Detectives100,0008%   $47k – $77k – $116k46%38%Probation Officers93,00019%   $31k – $47k – $79k31%52%

Sales

Occupation Jobs Growth

’08-’18  Pay Range 2009

Low – Median – HighSome

CollegeBachelor

Degree+Retail Salespersons4,210,0008%   $15k – $20k – $38k36%25%Product Sales Representatives1,410,0007%   $26k – $51k – $106k31%47%Supervisors Of Retail Sales Workers1,163,0005%   $22k – $35k – $60k36%25%Technical Products Sales Representatives406,00010%   $36k – $71k – $137k31%47%Sales Managers329,00015%   $48k – $97k – *24%66%Insurance Sales Agents326,00012%   $26k – $46k – $115k36%45%Securities And Financial Services Sales Agents272,0009%   $30k – $67k – *24%65%Real Estate Sales Agents152,00016%   $21k – $40k – $96k38%45%

Science

Occupation Jobs Growth

’08-’18  Pay Range 2009

Low – Median – HighSome

CollegeBachelor

Degree+Medical Scientists102,00040%   $41k – $75k – $139k1%98%Environmental Scientists84,00028%   $37k – $61k – $107k7%92%Chemists80,0002%   $39k – $68k – $115k7%92%Microbiologists16,00012%   $39k – $67k – $113k6%93%Physicists14,00016%   $56k – $106k – $166k6%94%Food Scientists11,00016%   $35k – $60k – $103k16%79%Foresters10,00012%   $35k – $54k – $75k14%84%Materials Scientists9,00012%   $44k – $80k – $126k7%92%Sociologists4,00022%   $42k – $70k – $123k11%88%

Technician    

Occupation Jobs Growth

’08-’18  Pay Range 2009

Low – Median – HighSome

CollegeBachelor

Degree+Electrical And Electronic Technicians154,000-1%   $33k – $55k – $80k56%17%Architectural And Civil Drafters105,0009%   $29k – $46k – $70k61%25%Mechanical Drafters72,0000%   $31k – $48k – $73k61%25%Mechanical Engineering Technicians44,0000%   $32k – $49k – $73k56%17%Electrical And Electronics Drafters31,0001%   $33k – $52k – $81k61%25%

Transportation

Occupation Jobs Growth

’08-’18  Pay Range 2009

Low – Median – HighSome

CollegeBachelor

Degree+Airline Pilots And Flight Engineers74,0008%   $57k – $106k – *21%72%Commercial Pilots29,00019%   $33k – $66k – $121k21%72%

Veterinary    

Occupation Jobs Growth

’08-’18  Pay Range 2009

Low – Median – HighSome

CollegeBachelor

Degree+Vet Techs79,00036%   $20k – $29k – $43k53%17%

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