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 How were occupations matched to interest areas? 

Via the US Census, the federal Bureau of Labor & Statistics collects extensive information about occupations and the people who work in them through a variety methods. They then compile that information and perform statistical analysis to produce the Standard Occupation Classification system (SOC). This is the system counts occupations and projects future need for this occupation, as well as builds extensive profiles about these occupations.

 

 

 

This system is used for all sorts of organizations to build their products and services, lobby their legislatures of all levels, and to access capital investment, in addition to helping schools align offerings with employment opportunities like this study.

In our case, grant data analysis utilized the major and minor groupings of the SOC to match interest areas that the college uses to categorize it's programs. View this PDF for details on all the associations, but as an example Arts & Humanities includes:


1) all minor groups in the major group Arts, Design, Entertainment and Media Occupations
2) the minor group Religious Workers from the Community and Social Service Occupations
3) all minor groups in Education, Training, and Library Occupations

After making creating the overall groupings, the minimum education was analyzed. When the minimum education (called "Minimum Typical Education", by the BLS) is a degree or industry-recognized credential, the competitive education is the same level. That's because you need that level to get hired as a new entrant into that career, for the most part.

However, many occupations have a spectrum of acceptable levels, even thought the government has determined only one. For example, many occupations officially do not require any formal postsecondary education, but getting some training in that area can be a competitive advantage to the job seeker.  Particularly when that seeker is new to that career, a certificate is a competitive advantage. Additionally, postsecondary educators require a Master's degree in their discipline, but the government has counted a preponderance of doctorate's and so reports doctorate as the minimum education.

As with many data sets, these groupings do not represent the *only* way for a person to gain training for a particular occupation, but they are representative of a path that many institutions and employers would recognize.   

 

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About the Author: Jenny Jones has Master's of Science in Mathematics and an MBA. Her writing stems from her research as a TAACCCT grant data analyst and her passion for empowering individuals to greater intellectual heights through life-long learning.

Occupations in Trade & Technical

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How this list was compiled

Minimum Education Competitive Education Occupation (click on name for Oregon profile!) National Average
HS/GED Certificate** Advertising Sales Agents $50,380
HS/GED Certificate** Ambulance Drivers and Attendants, Except Emergency $23,850
HS/GED Certificate** Bill and Account Collectors $35,350
HS/GED Certificate** Billing and Posting Clerks $36,150
Some College Certificate** Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks $38,390
HS/GED Certificate** Brokerage Clerks $49,200
HS/GED Certificate** Childcare Workers $21,170
Associate Associate** Computer Network Support Specialists $62,670
Some College Certificate** Computer User Support Specialists $49,390
HS/GED Certificate** Correspondence Clerks $36,370
HS/GED Certificate** Court, Municipal, and License Clerks $36,670
HS/GED Certificate** Credit Authorizers, Checkers, and Clerks $36,930
HS/GED Certificate** Customer Service Representatives $32,300
HS/GED Credential** Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Oper $38,000
HS/GED Certificate** Data Entry Keyers $30,100
Credential Credential** Dental Assistants $36,940
Associate Associate** Desktop Publishers $41,090
HS/GED Credential** Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operator $39,500
HS/GED Certificate** Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs $43,350
Credential Credential** Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics $32,670
HS/GED Certificate** Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative $55,860
HS/GED Credential** Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, $34,500
HS/GED Certificate** File Clerks $29,090
HS/GED Certificate** Financial Clerks, All Other $39,540
HS/GED Certificate** First-Line Supervisors of Housekeeping and Janitor $38,190
HS/GED Certificate** First-Line Supervisors of Landscaping, Lawn Servic $45,740
HS/GED Certificate** First-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers $73,150
HS/GED Certificate** First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrativ $54,340
HS/GED Certificate** First-Line Supervisors of Personal Service Workers $36,700
HS/GED Certificate** First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers $39,040
Associate Associate** Forest and Conservation Technicians $35,560
HS/GED Certificate** Forest and Conservation Workers $26,940
HS/GED Credential** Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, M $39,000
HS/GED Credential Foundry Mold and Coremakers $40,000
HS/GED Credential** Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine $49,000
HS/GED Certificate** Healthcare Support Workers, All Other $36,330
HS/GED Credential** Heat Treating Equipment Setters, Operators, and Te $40,000
HS/GED Credential** Helpers--Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and St $37,500
None Certificate** Home Health Aides (in Healthcare Career Core Pathw $22,600
None Certificate** Home Health Aides (in Medical Assisting Pathway) $22,600
Associate Associate** Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll and Tim $39,020
HS/GED Certificate** Information and Record Clerks, All Other $39,260
HS/GED Certificate** Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks $38,430
HS/GED Certificate** Insurance Sales Agents $49,990
HS/GED Credential** Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, $55,000
HS/GED Credential** Layout Workers, Metal and Plastic $50,000
HS/GED Certificate** Legal Secretaries $44,180
HS/GED Certificate** Library Assistants, Clerical $25,220
HS/GED Certificate** Loan Interviewers and Clerks $38,630
HS/GED Associate** Machinists $49,000
HS/GED Certificate** Media and Communication Workers, All Other $43,600
HS/GED Certificate** Medical Appliance Technicians $35,980
Credential Credential** Medical Assistants $31,540
Credential Credential** Medical Assistants (in Healthcare Career Core Path $31,540
HS/GED Certificate** Medical Equipment Preparers $34,400
HS/GED Certificate** Medical Secretaries $33,730
HS/GED Credential Metal Workers and Plastic Workers, All Other $29,000
HS/GED Credential** Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators, an $43,000
HS/GED Credential** Model Makers, Metal and Plastic $67,000
HS/GED Certificate** New Accounts Clerks $34,990
Credential Credential** Nursing Assistants $26,590
HS/GED Certificate** Occupational Therapy Aides $28,330
HS/GED Certificate** Office and Administrative Support Workers, All Oth $34,020
HS/GED Certificate** Office Clerks, General $30,580
HS/GED Certificate** Order Clerks $33,370
HS/GED Credential** Patternmakers, Metal and Plastic $54,000
HS/GED Certificate** Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks $42,390
None Certificate** Personal Care Aides $21,920
HS/GED Certificate** Pharmacy Aides $25,240
Credential Credential** Phlebotomists $32,710
HS/GED Certificate** Physical Therapist Aides $25,680
None Certificate** Pipelayers $50,000
HS/GED Credential** Plating and Coating Machine Setters, Operators, an $38,000
HS/GED Associate** Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters $75,000
HS/GED Credential** Pourers and Casters, Metal $36,000
Associate Associate** Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education $28,790
HS/GED Certificate** Procurement Clerks $41,410
HS/GED Certificate** Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks $46,760
HS/GED Certificate** Psychiatric Aides (in Healthcare Career Core Pathw $26,720
HS/GED Certificate** Psychiatric Aides (in Medical Assisting Pathway) $26,720
HS/GED Certificate** Receptionists and Information Clerks $27,920
None Certificate** Retail Salespersons $22,680
HS/GED Credential** Rolling Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, M $44,000
HS/GED Certificate** Sales and Related Workers, All Other $37,190
HS/GED Certificate** Sales Representatives, Services, All Other $52,490
HS/GED Certificate** Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing $57,140
HS/GED Certificate** Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except $34,820
HS/GED Associate** Sheet Metal Workers $51,000
HS/GED Certificate** Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks $31,180
HS/GED Certificate** Social and Human Service Assistants $31,810
HS/GED Associate** Structural Iron and Steel Workers $65,000
HS/GED Credential** Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters $44,000
HS/GED Certificate** Surveying and Mapping Technicians $42,450
HS/GED Certificate** Tax Preparers $36,550
Some College Certificate** Teacher Assistants $25,410
HS/GED Credential** Tool and Die Makers $59,000
HS/GED Credential** Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners $45,000
Associate Associate** Web Developers (in Digital Design Pathway) $66,130
Associate Associate** Web Developers (in Software Development Pathway) $66,130
HS/GED Credential** Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers $43,000
HS/GED Credential** Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, O $38,000

 

About the Author: Jenny Jones has Master's of Science in Mathematics and an MBA. Her writing stems from her research as a TAACCCT grant data analyst and her passion for empowering individuals to greater intellectual heights through life-long learning.

Occupations in Social Sciences

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Generate ideas here, then connect with our staff advisors or your faculty advisor to make a plan.

 There are frequently many education paths to a target occupation, and there are many occupations your education could apply to! Some occupations in this area have short-term certificates that expand your opportunities as you learn.

 

 

 

How this list was compiled

Minimum Education Competitive Education Occupation (click to see this job's Oregon profile!) National Average
Master Master Anthropologists and Archeologists $63,000
Doctorate Doctorate Anthropology and Archeology Teachers, Postsecondary $81,000
Doctorate Doctorate Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary $73,000
Bachelor Bachelor Child, Family, and School Social Workers $43,000
Doctorate Doctorate Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists $73,000
Master Master Community and Social Service Specialists, All Other $43,000
HS/GED Certificate Community Health Workers $37,000
Master Master Counselors, All Other $44,000
Doctorate Doctorate Economics Teachers, Postsecondary $95,000
Master Master Economists $101,000
Master Master Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors $54,000
Bachelor Bachelor Geographers $74,000
Doctorate Doctorate Geography Teachers, Postsecondary $76,000
Bachelor Bachelor Health Educators $53,000
Master Master Healthcare Social Workers $53,000
Master Master Historians $55,000
Master Master Industrial-Organizational Psychologists $82,000
Master Master Marriage and Family Therapists $49,000
Bachelor Bachelor Medical and Health Services Managers $96,000
Bachelor Bachelor Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers $42,000
Master Master Mental Health Counselors $42,000
Doctorate Doctorate Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary $79,000
Master Master Political Scientists $114,000
Bachelor Bachelor Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists $50,000
Master Master Psychologists, All Other $95,000
Doctorate Doctorate Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary $73,000
Master Master Rehabilitation Counselors $34,000
Bachelor Bachelor Social and Community Service Managers $64,000
HS/GED Certificate** Social and Human Service Assistants $31,000
Doctorate Doctorate Social Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary, All Other $70,000
Bachelor Bachelor Social Scientists and Related Workers, All Other $77,000
Bachelor Bachelor Social Workers, All Other $60,000
Master Master Sociologists $79,000
Doctorate Doctorate Sociology Teachers, Postsecondary $71,000
Bachelor Bachelor Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors $41,000
Master Master Survey Researchers $54,000
Master Master Urban and Regional Planners $70,000

 

About the Author: Jenny Jones has Master's of Science in Mathematics and an MBA. Her writing stems from her research as a TAACCCT grant data analyst and her passion for empowering individuals to greater intellectual heights through life-long learning.

Occupations in Science & Math

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Generate ideas here, then connect with our staff advisors or your faculty advisor to make a plan.

 There are frequently many education paths to a target occupation, and there are many occupations your education could apply to! Some occupations in this area have short-term certificates that expand your opportunities as you learn.

 

 

 

How this list was compiled

Minimum Education Competitive Education Occupation (click to see this job's Oregon profile!) National Average
Bachelor Bachelor Actuaries $100,000
Associate Associate Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians $68,000
Bachelor Bachelor Aerospace Engineers $109,000
Associate Associate Agricultural and Food Science Technicians $37,000
Bachelor Bachelor Agricultural Engineers $73,000
Doctorate Doctorate Agricultural Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary $91,000
Bachelor Bachelor Animal Scientists $60,000
Bachelor Bachelor Architects, Except Landscape and Naval $76,000
Associate Associate Architectural and Civil Drafters $51,000
Bachelor Bachelor Architectural and Engineering Managers $134,000
Doctorate Doctorate Architecture Teachers, Postsecondary $79,000
Doctorate Doctorate Astronomers $104,000
Bachelor Bachelor Atmospheric and Space Scientists $92,000
Doctorate Doctorate Atmospheric/Earth/Marine/Space Sciences Teachers, Post2nd $85,000
Doctorate Doctorate Biochemists and Biophysicists $82,000
Doctorate Doctorate Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary $76,000
Bachelor Bachelor Biological Scientists, All Other $74,000
Bachelor Bachelor Biological Technicians $42,000
Bachelor Bachelor Biomedical Engineers $85,000
Bachelor Bachelor Cartographers and Photogrammetrists $62,000
Bachelor Bachelor Chemical Engineers $98,000
Associate Associate Chemical Technicians $45,000
Doctorate Doctorate Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary $76,000
Bachelor Bachelor Chemists $73,000
Associate Associate Civil Engineering Technicians $49,000
Bachelor Bachelor Civil Engineers $83,000
Bachelor Bachelor Computer Hardware Engineers $115,000
Bachelor Bachelor Conservation Scientists $61,000
Associate Associate Drafters, All Other $50,000
Associate Associate Electrical and Electronics Drafters $59,000
Associate Associate Electrical And Electronics Engineering Technicians $62,000
Bachelor Bachelor Electrical Engineers $94,000
Associate Associate Electro-Mechanical Technicians $55,000
Bachelor Bachelor Electronics Engineers, Except Computer $99,000
Doctorate Doctorate Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary $97,000
Associate Associate Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other $62,000
Bachelor Bachelor Engineers, All Other $97,000
Associate Associate Environmental Engineering Technicians $49,000
Bachelor Bachelor Environmental Engineers $84,000
Associate Associate Environmental Science and Protection Technicians $44,000
Doctorate Doctorate Environmental Science Teachers, Postsecondary $78,000
Bachelor Bachelor Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health $68,000
Master Master Epidemiologists $70,000
Bachelor Bachelor Food Scientists and Technologists $63,000
Bachelor Bachelor Forensic Science Technicians $56,000
Associate Associate** Forest and Conservation Technicians $35,000
Bachelor Bachelor** Foresters $58,000
Doctorate Doctorate Forestry and Conservation Science Teachers, Postsecondary $85,000
Doctorate Doctorate Geography Teachers, Postsecondary $76,000
Associate Associate Geological and Petroleum Technicians $56,000
Bachelor Bachelor Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers $89,000
Bachelor Bachelor Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining $86,000
Bachelor Bachelor Hydrologists $80,000
Associate Associate Industrial Engineering Technicians $53,000
Bachelor Bachelor Industrial Engineers $84,000
Bachelor Bachelor Landscape Architects $63,000
Bachelor Bachelor Life Scientists, All Other $73,000
Associate Associate Life, Physical, and Social Science Technicians, All Other $46,000
Bachelor Bachelor Marine Engineers and Naval Architects $93,000
Bachelor Bachelor Materials Engineers $93,000
Bachelor Bachelor Materials Scientists $99,000
Bachelor Bachelor Mathematical Science Occupations, All Other $65,000
Doctorate Doctorate Mathematical Science Teachers, Postsecondary $69,000
Bachelor Bachelor Mathematical Technicians $49,000
Master Master Mathematicians $105,000
Associate Associate Mechanical Drafters $54,000
Associate Associate Mechanical Engineering Technicians $54,000
Bachelor Bachelor Mechanical Engineers $84,000
Bachelor Bachelor Medical and Health Services Managers $96,000
Doctorate Doctorate Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists $80,000
Bachelor Bachelor Microbiologists $66,000
Bachelor Bachelor Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety $93,000
Bachelor Bachelor Natural Sciences Managers $119,000
Bachelor Bachelor Nuclear Engineers $102,000
Associate Associate Nuclear Technicians $79,000
Bachelor Bachelor Operations Research Analysts $79,000
Bachelor Bachelor Petroleum Engineers $128,000
Bachelor Bachelor Physical Scientists, All Other $96,000
Doctorate Doctorate Physicists $115,000
Doctorate Doctorate Physics Teachers, Postsecondary $84,000
Bachelor Bachelor Social Science Research Assistants $43,000
Bachelor Bachelor Soil and Plant Scientists $62,000
Master Master Statisticians $80,000
HS/GED Certificate** Surveying and Mapping Technicians $42,000
Bachelor Bachelor Surveyors $59,000
Bachelor Bachelor Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists $60,000

 

About the Author: Jenny Jones has Master's of Science in Mathematics and an MBA. Her writing stems from her research as a TAACCCT grant data analyst and her passion for empowering individuals to greater intellectual heights through life-long learning. 

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