Career Information

Whether you've finished up those years and years of career training or you're just finishing up as a student, it's high time you put that education to work—but where? Use the dropdown menu below to find your desired occupation, and prepare to learn all about…

  • Salaries, both national and by metropolitan area
  • Number of people who work in that profession
  • Necessary traits

Your level of education directly affects your employment. Check out how careers that require higher levels of education are projected to grow from 2008-2018:

2008-2018 Projected % Growth

Before you jump headfirst into your life as a graduate, take some time to research your options. Pick an occupation from the dropdown menu, and start on your path to a successful career.

Engineering
Occupation Employees Median
Annual Salary
Median
Hourly Wage
Top 25%
Annual Salary
Top 25%
Hourly Wage
2018
Change
2018
% Change
Chief Drafters 18,290 $45,300 $21.80 $58,500 $28.20 500 2.3%
Civil Drafters 105,320 $45,600 $21.90 $57,400 $27.60 10,800 9.1%
Electronics Drafters 30,590 $52,100 $25.00 $66,300 $31.90 300 0.8%
Environmental Planners 18,940 $60,600 $29.10 $79,900 $38.40 5,300 19.7%
Machine Drafters 71,890 $47,800 $23.00 $59,700 $28.70 -900 -1.1%
Science
Occupation Employees Median
Annual Salary
Median
Hourly Wage
Top 25%
Annual Salary
Top 25%
Hourly Wage
2018
Change
2018
% Change
Licensed Land Surveyors 50,360 $54,200 $26.10 $72,100 $34.70 8,600 14.9%
Surveying Technicians 62,940 $37,200 $17.90 $48,700 $23.40 15,700 20.4%
Technology & IT
Occupation Employees Median
Annual Salary
Median
Hourly Wage
Top 25%
Annual Salary
Top 25%
Hourly Wage
2018
Change
2018
% Change
Computer Applications Developers 495,500 $87,500 $42.10 $107,700 $51.80 175,100 34.0%
Computer Support Technicians 540,560 $44,300 $21.30 $57,300 $27.50 78,000 13.8%
Computer Systems Administrators 338,890 $67,700 $32.60 $85,800 $41.30 78,900 23.2%
Computer Systems Architects 195,890 $77,000 $37.00 $96,900 $46.60 27,500 13.1%
Computer Systems Engineers 385,200 $93,500 $44.90 $116,500 $56.00 120,200 30.4%
Data Communications Analysts 226,080 $73,300 $35.20 $94,300 $45.40 155,800 53.4%
Database Managers 108,080 $71,600 $34.40 $93,300 $44.80 24,400 20.3%
Information Research Scientists 26,130 $101,600 $48.80 $127,600 $61.40 7,000 24.2%
Systems Analysts 512,720 $77,100 $37.10 $97,200 $46.70 108,100 20.3%
Website Developers 367,880 $70,900 $34.10 $91,000 $43.80 -12,300 -2.9%

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