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Welder

  • AVERAGE WAGE:
    $14.84-$28.50 per hour
    JOBS IN THE REGION: 3,528
    • Use hand-welding or flame-cutting equipment to join metal parts or fill holes and seams of metal products
    • Operate precision measuring devices, tools and equipment
    • Recognize characteristics of metals or alloys
    • Read blueprints and technical drawings
  • Work as a welder could be for you if you are:
    • Precise with your hand/eye coordination
    • An excellent, critical thinker
    • Mathematically inclined
    • Able to lift and move heavy objects
    • Welder helper positions are common entry-points to welding career paths.
    • Candidates who have completed short-term training programs in welding will have a competitive advantage.
    • While not required for all jobs, aspiring welders can obtain a multitude of certifications through the American Welding Society in nine different certification categories, from inspectors, supervisors and educators to radiographic interpreters, welding engineers and fabricators.
    • With enough training and on-the-job experience, individuals can obtain high-level credentials such as the AWS Certified Welding Engineer (CWEng) or AWS Certified Welding Supervisor (CWS).

Registered Apprentice

  • AVERAGE WAGE:
    $17.12 - $43.15 per hour
    JOBS IN THE REGION: 21,624
    • Combine on-the-job experience with classroom instruction to learn and grow skills relevant to the work of their individual employer
    • There are more than 116 different occupations in the region that offer apprenticeships to train workers, meaning this work is varied and there is likely an apprenticeship program for you
  • Work as a Registered Apprentice could be for you if you are:
    • A practical, hands-on problem-solver
    • Able to and enjoy work outside
    • Someone who likes to show up to work early and prepared
    • A team-player
    • A licensed motorist
    • At least 18 years old
    • Able to pass a drug test
    • Before becoming an apprentice, many people earn their high school diploma or GED
    • After selecting the specific trade you’d like to pursue (electrician, carpenter, operating engineer, etc) you can apply for a relevant apprenticeship program
    • Apprenticeship programs last between 2-5 years and include classroom and on-the-job paid training

Journey Level Craft Worker

  • AVERAGE WAGE:
    $17.12-$43.15
    JOBS IN THE REGION: 21,624
    • Apply their full-set of skills developed through an apprenticeship program or through experience as a qualified tradesperson independent of supervision
    • These workers can be carpenters, laborers, sheet metal workers, operating engineers, electricians or plumbers
  • Work as a Journey Level Craft Worker could be for you if you are:
    • You have successfully completed a registered apprenticeship program and earned a journey level card
    • A problem-solver
    • Someone who takes initiative on a job site to achieve necessary tasks
    • Prompt and prepared to show up early and with the tools needed to get the job done
    • A licensed motorist/someone who has reliable transportation
    • Able to pass a drug test
    • Typically journey level craft workers have completed a registered apprenticeship program
    • Some possess or earn a journey card and sometimes, a license for their craft if necessary
    • After a few years of work, journey level craft workers often move into crew lead/foreman and superintendent roles

Construction Project Manager

  • AVERAGE WAGE:
    $27.69-$68.56 per hour
    JOBS IN THE REGION: 3,099
    • Schedule construction projects in logical steps and budget time required to meet deadlines
    • Determine labor requirements and dispatch workers to construction sites
    • Inspect and review projects to monitor compliance with building and safety codes, and other regulations
    • Interpret and explain plans and contract terms to administrative staff, workers, and clients, representing the owner or developer
    • Prepare contracts and negotiate revisions, changes and additions to contractual agreements with architects, consultants, clients, suppliers and subcontractors
    • Obtain all necessary permits and licenses
    • Direct and supervise workers
    • Study job specifications to determine appropriate construction methods
    • Select, contract, and oversee workers who complete specific pieces of the project, such as painting or plumbing
  • Work as a Construction Project Manager could be for you if you are:
    • A clear and effective communicator
    • Team-oriented
    • A master delegator who can see and leverage your team’s strengths
    • Quick to adapt to project demands and challenges
    • An excellent, creative problem-solver
    • Able to anticipate potential problems before they happen, and find appropriate solutions
    • Capable of meeting deadlines and reprioritizing to keep projects on track
    • Typically construction project managers have a bachelor’s degree in a construction-related field such as building science, construction management or civil engineering
    • Sometimes construction managers will have worked their way up from being a tradesperson in the field to a superintendent before becoming a construction manager
    • After experience in the field, construction managers may move into senior management or executive officer roles

Dental Hygienist

  • AVERAGE WAGE:
    $30.65-$45.90
    JOBS IN THE REGION: 2,594
    • Clean teeth and examine mouth, head, and neck for signs of oral disease
    • Work with patients to develop good at-home routines for oral hygiene
  • Work as a Dental Hygienist could be for you if you are:
    • Detail-oriented
    • An excellent communicator
    • Customer-service oriented
    • Good with your hands
    • An Applied Associates of Science or Bachelors of Science and a License are required for this role
    • Some dental hygienists go on to further education and training to become dentists

Certified Nursing Assistant 1

  • AVERAGE WAGE:
    $10.88-$18.57
    JOBS IN THE REGION:8,052
    • Provide basic patient care under the direction of nursing staff
    • Assist patients with daily activities that they might have trouble with on their own, such as bathing
  • Work as a Certified Nursing Assistant 1 could be for you if you are:
    • Compassionate and client-focused
    • Reliable
    • Dependable
    • Someone who enjoys helping others and building personal relationships
    • All CNAs must have a CNA1 Certificate
    • Opportunities for upward mobility abound with many CNA1s going on to become further certified as CNA2s or CMAs with more responsibility
    • Some see the CNA track as a great path to a nursing career

Medical Clerk/Receptionist

  • AVERAGE WAGE:
    $13.08-$25.09
    JOBS IN THE REGION: 6,785
    • Answer inquiries and provide information to the general public, customers, and medical office visitors
  • Work as a Medical Clerk/Receptionist could be for you if you are:
    • Customer-service oriented
    • A multi-tasker
    • An excellent communicator
    • This role requires less than one year of training and preferably a certificate
    • Opportunities for advancement both in and outside of the medical field after experience as a Medical Clerk/Receptionist range from nursing and caregiving roles to traditional office admin and management

Surgical Technologist

  • AVERAGE WAGE:
    $19.05-$30.29
    JOBS IN THE REGION: 810
    • Assist with operations, under the supervision of surgeons, doctors, registered nurses or other surgical personnel
    • Prepare operating rooms and equipment
  • Work as a Surgical Technologist could be for you if you are:
    • Articulate
    • Excellent at multitasking
    • A troubleshooter
    • Surgical Technologists need an Associates Degree in a relevant program and a specialized certificate
    • Opportunities to continue into more specialized health care fields such as nursing are common

Medical Assistant

  • AVERAGE WAGE:
    $12.66-$22.73
    JOBS IN THE REGION: 5,641
    • Provide administrative and certain clinical duties under the direction of a physician
    • Medical Assistants can work in a variety of environments from hospitals to physician’s offices and other healthcare facilities
    • Duties are varied from answering phones to providing basic patient care and differ depending on location and specialty
  • Work as a Medical Assistant could be for you if you are:
    • Compassionate and client-focused
    • Detail-oriented
    • A good communicator
    • To become a Medical Assistant you will need 1 year of training and a Certificate
    • Many people who earn experience as Medical Assistants go on to pursue careers in nursing

Sterile Processing Tech

  • AVERAGE WAGE:
    $14.47-$27.34
    JOBS IN THE REGION: 755
    • Prepare, sterilize, install or clean laboratory and health care equipment in a variety of environments including for surgery, physical exams and other medical procedures
  • Work as a Sterile Processing Tech could be for you if you are:
    • Detail-oriented
    • A self-motivated worker who is able to work on your own with minimal supervision
    • Patient and skilled working with small parts and doing repetitive and routine tasks
    • High School Diploma/ GED
    • Specialized training is required but is typically short, with some programs taking only 2-5 months to complete for certification
    • You can progress to become a Sterile Processing Tech II, III and then advance to become a supervisor or manager

Medical Records Coder

  • AVERAGE WAGE:
    $13.79-$29.89
    JOBS IN THE REGION: 1,754
    • Compile, process and maintain medical records of hospital and clinic patients in a variety of settings
    • Utilize medical charts and other documentation from health care professionals to generate billing codes to invoice patients and insurance companies
  • Work as a Medical Records Coder could be for you if you are:
    • Detail-oriented
    • An excellent communicator
    • Someone with strong reading comprehension skills
    • Less than one year of training and a certificate are required and opportunities for advancement include management of coding teams, and health care administration among others

Dental Assistant

  • AVERAGE WAGE:
    $15.54-$27.23
    JOBS IN THE REGION: 3,509
    • Assist the dentist by setting up equipment, preparing patients for treatment, keeping records and helping with patient care and administration of patient records and appointments
  • Work as a Dental Assistant could be for you if you are:
    • Detail-oriented
    • Customer-service oriented
    • Good with your hands
    • Up to one year of specialized training and a certificate is typically required and opportunities for advancement include, with additional training and education, work as a dental hygienist, or as a dentist

Medical Secretary

  • AVERAGE WAGE:
    $13.08-$25.09
    JOBS IN THE REGION: 6,785
    • Perform secretarial/administrative duties using specific knowledge of medical terminology and hospital, clinic, or laboratory procedures
    • Provide support in medical offices around purchases, requisitions, billing, even coding
  • Work as a Medical Secretary could be for you if you are:
    • Detail-oriented
    • Customer-service oriented
    • An excellent multi-tasker
    • This position requires an Associates Degree and can lead to opportunities as an Executive Assistant, Billing Specialist, Medical Coder, Intake Coordinator, among other roles

Licensed Practical Nurse

  • AVERAGE WAGE:
    $19.88-$29.81
    JOBS IN THE REGION: 2,030
    • Provide care for ill, injured or convalescing patients or persons with disabilities in a variety of settings including hospitals, doctors offices, nursing homes, private homes, group homes and similar institutions
    • Plan and manage patient care according to individual needs
    • Record patient medical histories
  • Work as a Licensed Practical Nurse could be for you if you are:
    • Compassionate and client-focused
    • Articulate
    • Someone who thinks on your feet/has good troubleshooting skills
    • Flexible and able to adapt quickly to challenges
    • To become a LPN you need an Associates Degree and to pass a licensing Exam
    • Training and experience as a CNA is preferred by some employers
    • Some LPNs go on to become Registered Nurses, though there are many opportunities for people with experience as LPNs

Registered Nurse

  • AVERAGE WAGE:
    $28.79-$53.91
    JOBS IN THE REGION: 6,353
    • Assess patient health problems and needs
    • Develop and implement nursing care plans
    • Maintain medical records
    • Plan and manage patient care according to individual needs
    • Record patients medical histories
  • Work as a Registered Nurse could be for you if you are:
    • Compassionate and client-focused
    • Detail oriented
    • Adept at assessing and troubleshooting to find solutions to problems
    • An excellent multi-tasker
    • To become a Registered Nurse you need a Bachelor’s Degree and to pass a Licensing Exam (An Associates Degree in Applied Science in Nursing is also a possible education track)

Assembler

  • AVERAGE WAGE:
    $11.25-$22.06 per hour
    JOBS IN THE REGION: 3,876
    • Assemblers put things together – from small parts to large hunks of raw materials
    • Work collaboratively with the rest of the team to assemble entire products or a component of a product
    • Keep things running smoothly and are quick on their feet problem-solvers
    • Find fast solutions when things go wrong
    • Are detail-oriented and focused at each step in the assembly process
    • Perform repetitive tasks while maintaining consistent quality
  • Work as an assembler could be for you if you are:
    • Good with your hands/have great manual dexterity
    • A problem solver
    • Team-oriented
  • While an assembler position is considered entry-level, some foundational skill trainings and credentials will make you a stronger candidate for open positions such as:
    • Certified Production Technician (CPT)
    • OSHA 10
    • Forklift Certification
    • Manufacturing Pre-Apprenticeship
    After gaining experience combined with on-the-job training, assemblers can transition into many higher-skilled and higher-paying positions such as machine operator, machining and quality control.

Welder Helper

  • AVERAGE WAGE:
    $10.56-$22.83
    JOBS IN THE REGION: 2,796
    • Provide support directly to welders, working as their extra hands and eyes throughout the welding process so the welder can focus on welding
    • Supply or hold materials or tools
    • Clean work areas and equipment
  • Work as a welder helper could be for you if you are:
    • Good with your hands/have great manual dexterity
    • Detail-oriented
    • Able to lift and move heavy objects
    • A cooperative, team-player
    • Many welder helper positions require little to no previous manufacturing experience.
    • Work in other entry-level manufacturing jobs,like as an assembler,could make transitioning into a welder helper position easier.
    • Candidates with some transferrable skills and/or a foundational manufacturing knowledge base such as an understanding of safety, quality and production practices will be more competitive.
    • However, candidates with a willingness to learn, some aptitude and the right attitude can acquire these jobs without previous experience.

Maintenance Mechanic

  • AVERAGE WAGE:
    $12.16-$31.21
    JOBS IN THE REGION: 9,621
    • Monitor, troubleshoot, maintain and repair manufacturing equipment
    • Adjust and repair mechanical controls
    • Apply electrical and hydraulics principles
    • Read blueprints and technical drawings
  • Work as a maintenance mechanic could be for you if you are:
    • Able to work with mechanical elements and inspired by the challenges that come with them
    • Skilled and knowledgeable about monitoring, troubleshooting and repairing machines
    • A talented handy person who likes fixing things
    • Most openings as a maintenance mechanic require 1-3 years’ experience in mechanical/electrical maintenance.
    • Workers with experience in other manufacturing roles can transition into these positions with additional training.
    • Candidates who have completed a 1-2 year training program in Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance will have a competitive advantage. Many of these jobs require a Limited Maintenance Electrician (LME) license.
    • With additional training and experience, workers can transition into Maintenance Supervisor roles.

Machinist

  • AVERAGE WAGE:
    $15.60-$32.19
    JOBS IN THE REGION: 3,033
    Machinists are at the core of the manufacturing process. As such they:
    • Set-up and operate a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments.
    • Fabricate and modify parts to make or repair machine tools or maintain industrial machines
    • Apply knowledge of mechanics, mathematics, metal properties, layout, and machining procedures.
  • Work as a machinist could be for you if you are:
    • Mathematically inclined
    • Able to work with mechanical elements and inspired by the challenges that come with them
    • Skilled and knowledgeable about production and processing
    • Talented at dimension/tolerance calculation
    • Most openings as a machinist require 1-3 years’ prior experience in machine operation and manufacturing.
    • Candidates who have completed a 1-2 year training program in Machining or Manufacturing Technology will have a competitive advantage.
    • With additional training and experience, machinists can transition into CNC Machine Programming, CAD/CAM Programming, supervisory and management roles.

Machine Operator

  • AVERAGE WAGE:
    $11.95-$28.38
    JOBS IN THE REGION: 5,832
    • Set up and operate machines such as lathes, cutters, shears, borers, millers, grinders, presses, drills, and auxiliary machines, to make metallic and plastic workpieces
    • Read blueprints or job orders to determine product specifications and tooling instructions and to plan operational sequences
    • Observe machine operation to detect workpiece defects or machine malfunctions, adjusting machines as necessary
    • Inspect workpieces for defects, and measure workpieces to determine accuracy of machine operation, using rules, templates, or other measuring instruments
  • Work as a machine operator could be for you if you are:
    • Detail-oriented
    • An excellent problem solver
    • Mathematically inclined
    • Able to work with mechanical elements and inspired by the challenges that come with them
    • There are machine operator opportunities at many different levels.
    • Some machine operator positions are entry-level while others require additional training and skills such as set-up operators.
    • Experience and skills can be acquired on-the-job or through short-term (3-12 month) vocational training programs.
    • With additional experience and training, machine operators can transition into higher-skilled positions such as CNC Machinists, CNC Programmers and Tool and Die Makers.

Engineering Technician

  • AVERAGE WAGE:
    $19.83-$44.14
    JOBS IN THE REGION: 7,379
    • Electromechanical and industrial engineering technicians work with engineers to develop manufacturing processes, instruments, and machines.
    • Work collaboratively with engineers, machinists, designers, and drafters to design products and create manufacturing systems that meet customer needs
    • Troubleshoot any issues on the production line and perform the right repairs, making sure that every step of the manufacturing system runs smoothly and efficiently
  • Work as an engineering technician could be for you if you are:
    • Analytical with critical thinking and problem solving skills
    • Mathematically inclined
    • Able to work with electrical and mechanical systems and inspired by the challenges that come with them
    • Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for work as an engineering technician.
    • Workers typically have an Associates Degree in electromechanical engineering or industrial engineering technology
    • With additional training and experience workers can transition into higher skilled and higher paying engineering roles such as Process Engineer, Industrial Engineer and Manufacturing Engineer.

Engineer

  • AVERAGE WAGE:
    $29.89-$69.45
    JOBS IN THE REGION: 10,400
    • Work in a variety of manufacturing settings from mechanical, design, process, electrical, industrial and quality disciplines
    • Apply scientific knowledge to solve complex problems and implement solutions in cost effective and practical ways
    • Design products, create manufacturing systems, and monitor the process as it operates
    • Recognize and understand product defects and how to modify the process to fix them
    • Use strong mathematical skills and knowledge of various engineering principles to design quality control tests to make sure products are free of problems
  • Work as a engineer could be for you if you are:
    • Able to work with mechanical elements and inspired by the challenges that come with them
    • Skilled and knowledgeable in design and planning
    • Inventive
    • Skilled with computers and electronics
    • Excellent at complex problem solving
    • The typical entry point for an engineer in manufacturing is in an engineering technician role.
    • A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations.
    • All engineers are required to have a 4-year degree and typically have a BS or Masters degree in electrical, electronic, mechanical, process or industrial engineering technology.
    • Engineers may also be required to pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam and/or the Professional Engineering (PE) exam.
    • With additional work experience and education engineers can move into engineering management and project engineer roles.

Computer User Support Specialist

  • AVERAGE WAGE:
    $15.37-$37.45
    JOBS IN THE REGION: 6,353
    • Oversee the daily performance of computer systems
    • Answer user inquiries regarding computer software or hardware operation to resolve problems
    • Enter commands and observe system functioning to verify correct operations and detect errors
    • Set up equipment for employee use, performing or ensuring proper installation of cables, operating systems, or appropriate software
  • Work as a computer user support specialist could be for you if you are:
    • A practical, hands-on problem-solver
    • Someone who likes working with ideas and thinking through solutions
    • Customer-service oriented
    • A team-player
    • Computer user support specialists are entry-level positions.
    • About a third of all computer user support specialists have a Bachelor’s degree, 40% have some college or an Associates degree
    • With experience as a computer support specialist you could move on to become a Network Support Specialist/Administrator, then a Network and Computer System Administrator, Customer Success Manager or Systems Analyst.

Business Analyst

  • AVERAGE WAGE:
    $25.27-$68.70
    JOBS IN THE REGION: 3,989
    • Analyze competitive market strategies by studying related product, market or share trends
    • Synthesize current business intelligence or trend data to support changes and action
    • Communicate with customers, competitors, suppliers, professional organizations or others to stay in tune with industry and business trends
  • Work as a computer user support specialist could be for you if you are:
    • Someone who likes working with ideas and thinking through solutions
    • A problem-solver who likes to explore facts and information to fuel solutions
    • A data lover with a keen eye for details
    • A fan of routine and procedure
    • Computer user support specialists are entry-level positions.
    • More than half of all business analysts have a Bachelor’s degree, a third have a Masters and only 4% have some college but not degree
    • With experience in this role you could move on to become a computer system analyst and then a data analyst.

Web Developer

  • AVERAGE WAGE:
    $17.08-$47.84
    JOBS IN THE REGION: 2,537
    • Design, build or maintain websites, using authoring and scripting languages, content creation tools, management tools and digital media
    • Perform or direct website updates
    • Write, design or edit webpage content, or direct others who are producing content
    • Help clients and management or development teams prioritize needs, resolve conflicts, develop content criteria and apply solutions
  • Work as a Web Developer could be for you if you are:
    • Problem-solver
    • A lifelong learners/Adaptable to learn new technologies
    • Creative/ Design-oriented
    • Detail-oriented and focused
    • A problem-solver
    • Collaborative
    • Someone who likes systems thinking & integration
    • Many web developers have a Bachelor’s degree and a majority have at least an Associate’s degree
    • After a few years of experience, some web developers see working as a software developer as a logical next step in their career

Network and Computer Systems Administrator

  • AVERAGE WAGE:
    $24.61-$55.22 Per Hour
    JOBS IN THE REGION: 2,532
    • Responsible for the day-to-day operation of networks and computer systems
    • Install, configure and support computer systems, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), network segments, intranets, and other data communication systems
    • Monitor networks and perform necessary maintenance to ensure network availability to all system users
    • Administration of network security measures
    • Some supervision of computer user and computer network support specialists
  • Work as a Network and Computer Systems Administrator could be for you if you are:
    • Someone who likes working with data and details more than ideas
    • A problem-solver who likes details and is thorough in your approach to work
    • Logic-driven with a love for information analysis
    • Comfortable explaining complex things to users
    • Good with working on a team and as a team leader
    • Many network and computer systems administrators have a Bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field
    • There are numerous certifications that will help advance candidates interested in this field

Construction Craft Laborer

  • AVERAGE WAGE:
    $11.77- $30.14 per hour
    JOBS IN THE REGION: 7,545
    • Control traffic passing near, in, or around work zones
    • Clean or prepare construction sites to eliminate possible hazards
    • Signal equipment operators to facilitate alignment, movement, or adjustment of machinery, equipment, or materials
    • Read plans, instructions, or specifications to determine work activities
    • Load, unload, or identify building materials, machinery, or tools, distributing them to the appropriate locations, according to project plans or specifications
  • Work as a Construction Craft Laborer could be for you if you are:
    • A problem-solver
    • Someone who takes initiative on a job site to achieve necessary tasks
    • Prompt and prepared to show up early and with the tools needed to get the job done
    • Someone with manual dexterity, physical coordination skills, static strength and control precision
    • A licensed motorist/someone who has reliable transportation
    • Able to pass a drug test
    • Apprenticeship programs last 2-3 years and include classroom and on-the-job paid training
    • Once the apprenticeship is completed, a journey card is issued

Electrician

  • AVERAGE WAGE:
    $18.51-$47.43 per hour
    JOBS IN THE REGION:5,022
    • Plan layout and installation of electrical wiring, equipment, or fixtures, based on job specifications and local codes
    • Connect wires to circuit breakers, transformers, or other components
    • Test electrical systems or continuity of circuits in electrical wiring, equipment, or fixtures using testing devices such as ohmmeters, voltmeters, or oscilloscopes, to ensure compatibility and safety of system
    • Use a variety of tools or equipment, such as power construction equipment, measuring devices, power tools, and testing equipment, such as oscilloscopes, ammeters, or test lamps
    • Inspect electrical systems, equipment, or components to identify hazards, defects, or the need for adjustment or repair, and to ensure compliance with codes
  • Work as an Electrician could be for you if you are:
    • A problem-solver
    • Someone who takes initiative on a job site to achieve necessary tasks
    • Prompt and prepared to show up early and with the tools needed to get the job done
    • Someone who is able to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense
    • Someone who can combine pieces of information to form general conclusions
    • Someone with good near vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer)
    • Mathematically-inclined
    • A critical thinker and can use good judgment in decision making
    • Apprenticeship programs last 5 years and includes classroom and on-the-job, paid training
    • Once the apprenticeship is completed, a journey card is issued and a license can be applied for and earned

Carpenter

  • AVERAGE WAGE:
    $14.73-$37.61 per hour
    JOBS IN THE REGION:8,798
    • Construct, erect, install, and repair structures and fixtures of wood, plywood, and wallboard, using carpenter's hand tools and power tools
    • Follow established safety rules and regulations and maintain a safe and clean environment
    • Study specifications in blueprints, sketches, or building plans to prepare project layout and determine dimensions and materials required
    • Measure and mark cutting lines on materials, using a ruler, pencil, chalk, and marking gauge
    • Shape or cut materials to specified measurements, using hand tools, machines, or power saws
    • Install structures or fixtures, such as windows, frames, floorings, trim, or hardware, using carpenters' hand or power tools
  • Work as a Carpenter could be for you if you are:
    • A problem-solver
    • Someone who takes initiative on a job site to achieve necessary tasks
    • Prompt and prepared to show up early and with the tools needed to get the job done
    • Someone who possesses manual dexterity and has the ability to perform general physical activities
    • Able to organize, plan and prioritize work
    • An active learner and listener who is able to assess situations to make real-time improvements
    • Apprenticeship programs lasts 3-4 years and include classroom and on-the-job, paid training
    • Once the apprenticeship is completed, a journey card is issued

Plumber

  • AVERAGE WAGE:
    $20.50-$53.73 per hour
    JOBS IN THE REGION:4,329
    • Assemble, install, or repair pipes, fittings, or fixtures of heating, water, or drainage systems, according to specifications or plumbing codes
    • Assemble pipe sections, tubing, or fittings, using couplings, clamps, screws, bolts, cement, plastic solvent, caulking, or soldering, brazing, or welding equipment
    • Install pipe assemblies, fittings, valves, appliances such as dishwashers or water heaters, or fixtures such as sinks or toilets, using hand or power tools
    • Keep records of work assignments
    • Fill pipes or plumbing fixtures with water or air and observe pressure gauges to detect and locate leaks
    • Direct helpers engaged in pipe cutting, preassembly, or installation of plumbing systems or components
    • Maintain or repair plumbing by replacing defective washers, replacing or mending broken pipes, or opening clogged drains
    • Locate and mark the position of pipe installations, connections, passage holes, or fixtures in structures, using measuring instruments such as rulers or levels
    • Measure, cut, thread, or bend pipe to required angle, using hand or power tools or machines, such as pipe cutters, pipe-threading machines, or pipe-bending machines
    • Review blueprints, building codes, or specifications to determine work details or procedures
    • Anchor steel supports from ceiling joists to hold pipes in place
  • Work as a Plumber could be for you if you are:
    • A problem-solver
    • Someone who takes initiative on a job site to achieve necessary tasks
    • Prompt and prepared to show up early and with the tools needed to get the job done
    • A critical thinker and an active listener
    • Someone who enjoys having tangible projects to tackle and enjoys working with their hands
    • A good communicator who enjoys working with people to evaluate issues and implement solutions
    • Apprenticeship programs last 4-5 years and include classroom and on-the-job paid training
    • Once the apprenticeship is completed, a journey card is issued and a license is applied for and earned

Sheet Metal Worker

  • AVERAGE WAGE:
    $13.82-$38.31 per hour
    JOBS IN THE REGION:4,329
    • Fabricate, assemble, install, and repair sheet metal products and equipment, such as ducts, control boxes, drainpipes, and furnace casings
    • Set up and operate fabricating machines to cut, bend, and straighten sheet metal
    • Shape metal over anvils, blocks, or forms using hammer
    • Operate soldering and welding equipment to join sheet metal parts
    • Inspect, assemble, and smooth seams and joints of burred surfaces
    • Install prefabricated sheet metal ducts used for heating, air conditioning, or other purposes (sheet metal duct installers)
  • Work as a Sheet Metal Worker could be for you if you are:
    • A problem-solver
    • Someone who takes initiative on a job site to achieve necessary tasks
    • Prompt and prepared to show up early and with the tools needed to get the job done
    • A critical thinker and an active listener
    • Physically coordinated with arm-hand steadiness and near vision
    • Mathematically adept
    • Apprenticeship programs last 4-5 years and include classroom and on-the-job paid training
    • Once the apprenticeship is completed, a journey card is issued

Network Support Specialist

  • AVERAGE WAGE:
    $17.46-$40.90 per hour
    JOBS IN THE REGION:2,532
    • Back up network data
    • Configure security settings or access permissions for groups or individuals
    • Analyze network data to determine network usage, disk space availability, server function and security breaches
    • Identify the causes of networking problems, using diagnostic testing software and equipment
    • Perform routine maintenance or standard repairs to networking components or equipment
    • Document network support activities
  • Work as a Network Support Specialist could be for you if you are:
    • A good listener -- taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate to clarify the situation
    • A person who is able to identify complex problems and use logic and reasoning to weigh the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
    • Able to determine how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes
    • An excellent communicator who can convey information effectively both verbally and written
    • About 60% of network support specialist positions require a Bachelor degree in a computer-related field, with additional certifications necessary
    • The remaining 40% of people are able to work in this occupation with attainment of a wide variety of certifications
    • A next step for Network Support Specialists could be a move into a Network and Computer Systems Administrator position, or to pursue a career as a Systems Software Engineer

Customer Service Success Team Member

  • AVERAGE WAGE:
    $15.37-$37.45 per hour
    JOBS IN THE REGION:6,353
    • Answer user inquiries and resolve implementation problems regarding software product
    • Provide online training to new users learning the products
    • Reach out to new and existing customers to increase product knowledge and ensure satisfaction and retention
    • Assist in providing input to the knowledge base, FAQs, product documentation and training
    • Work with the software development team to advocate customer needs, resolve issues, and make suggestions for future product enhancements
  • Work as a Customer Success Team Member could be for you if you are:
    • Able to understand complex client challenges and apply solutions to those challenges
    • Someone who has a genuine desire to help customers
    • A person who learns quickly to ensure product expertise
    • An attentive listener
    • An excellent communicator who can convey information effectively both verbally and written.
    • A person who has the skills and desire to thrive as part of a team
    • A Bachelor Degree in Sales is helpful, but not required
    • Customer service courses or experience in other fields will transfer nicely to the software industry
    • As a Customer Success Team Member you may naturally progress into a lead or manager of the department, or you may seek out additional technical training to move over to the development team, or you may be inclined to move into the sales department

Quality Assurance Tester

  • AVERAGE WAGE:
    $21.15- $59.92 per hour
    JOBS IN THE REGION:4,155
    • Identify, analyze, and document problems with program function, output, online screen, or content
    • Document software defects, using a bug tracking system, and report defects to software developers
    • Conduct software compatibility tests with programs, hardware, operating systems, or network environments
    • Investigate customer problems referred by technical support and troubleshoot issues with computer applications or systems
    • Develop, document, and maintain test cases and scenarios
    • Test system modifications to prepare for implementation
    • Provide feedback and recommendations to developers on software usability and functionality
  • Work as a QA Tester could be for you if you are:
    • Detail-oriented; must be able to meticulously analyze documentation and applications to ensure quality
    • An analytical thinker — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems
    • Able to sense when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong including finding relationships among seemingly unrelated events
    • Able to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions and then apply these rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense
    • Able to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations)
    • Most QA Testers have a bachelor’s degree in computer science, programming, or a related field
    • As demand for programming skills has grown, a variety of online and in-person code schools have emerged to prepare job candidates with the skills to perform this job
    • Quality assurance is a vital part of the software development process, so knowledge of and experience working in an Agile/Scrum development process will be a big plus
    • A next step for QA Tester can include QA Engineer, computer programmer, or software developer

Technical Project Manager

  • AVERAGE WAGE:
    $21.15- $59.92 per hour
    JOBS IN THE REGION:4,155
    • Plan, initiate, and manage technology projects
    • Lead and guide the work of technical staff
    • Serve as liaison between business and technical aspects of project
    • Plan project stages and assess business implications for each stage
    • Monitor progress to assure deadlines, standards, and cost targets are met
  • Work as a Technical Project Manager could be for you if you are:
    • A planner. This job involves lots of coordination of various activities and people and monitoring execution during the project to make improvements or take corrective action
    • Someone who likes working with ideas and thinking through solutions
    • A problem-solver who likes to explore facts and information to fuel solutions
    • Typically a bachelor’s degree and relevant experience is pretty much a requirement
    • If you have experience as a project manager in other industries, you can bone up on your technical skills to make the transition to tech

Software Developer – Applications or Systems

  • AVERAGE WAGE:
    $27.90-$73.15 per hour
    JOBS IN THE REGION:14,376
    • Analyze user needs and software requirements to determine feasibility of design within time and cost constraints and then design, test, and develop software to meet those needs
    • Modify existing software to correct errors, to adapt it to new hardware, or to upgrade interfaces and improve performance
    • Document every aspect of an application or a system as a reference for future maintenance and upgrades
    • Develop and direct software system testing and validation procedures, and coordinate software deployment and monitoring
    • Confer and collaborate with systems analysts, engineers, programmers and others to create optimum software within time and budget constraints
  • Work as a Software Developer (Systems or Applications) could be for you if you are:
    • A creative problem solver who can come up with multiple solutions to a given problem
    • A natural collaborator and team player – remember it takes a team to design, develop, and program successful software.
    • Able to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions and apply these rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense
    • Likely to recognize patterns that others don’t see including finding relationships among seemingly unrelated events
    • A great verbal and written communicator who is able to translate solutions into clear language
    • Detail oriented with a wicked ability to concentrate on a problem for long periods of time without being distracted
    • 80% of Software Developers hold a Bachelor Degree in Software Development or Software Engineering
    • The remaining Software Developers gain expertise in their field through on-the-job training and self-teaching
    • A Systems Developer may wish to move on to become a Systems Architect
    • Application Developers often take their creativity to the next level by developing their own product and becoming an entrepreneur

Web Developer – Front-End, Back-End, Full-Stack

  • AVERAGE WAGE:
    $$17.08-$47.84 per hour
    JOBS IN THE REGION: 2,537
    • Meet with clients or management to discuss their needs and translate those needs in the technical specifications for a website
    • Write and maintain the technical code that powers a website and knits together the application, the server, and the database
    • Apply design principles to achieve desired aesthetics and usability
    • Integrate applications, graphics, audio, and video into the website
    • Work as a team member
    • Test for errors and usability
  • Work as a Web Developer could be for you if you are:
    • Problem-solver
    • A lifelong learners/Adaptable to learn new technologies
    • Creative/ Design-oriented
    • Detail-oriented and focused
    • A problem-solver
    • Collaborative
    • Someone who likes systems thinking & integration
    • Educational requirements for web developers vary with the setting they work in and the type of work they do. Requirements range from a high school diploma to a bachelor’s degree
    • Web developers need to have a thorough understanding of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript programming languages. Throughout their career, web developers must keep up to date on new tools and computer languages
    • A Web Developer can focus on the look and feel of a website (Front-End), how the site interacts with the server and database (Back-End) or some developers handle all aspects of a website’s construction
    • Some Web Developers may choose to advance their technical skills and move into Software Development or focus on leading teams and projects and move into more of Technical Project Management role

Information Security Analyst

  • AVERAGE WAGE:
    $23.05-$71.69 per hour
    JOBS IN THE REGION: 620
    • Monitor their organization’s networks for security breaches and investigate a violation when one occurs
    • Install and use software, such as firewalls and data encryption programs, to protect sensitive information
    • Prepare reports that document security breaches and the extent of the damage caused by the breaches
    • Conduct penetration testing, which is when analysts simulate attacks to look for vulnerabilities in their systems before they can be exploited
    • Monitor use of data files and regulate access to safeguard information in computer files
  • WWork as a Information Security Analysts could be for you if you are:
    • Someone who likes learning new things- Information security analysts must continually adapt to stay a step ahead of cyberattackers
    • Analytical - Information security analysts must carefully study computer systems and networks and assess risks to determine how security policies and protocols can be improved
    • Detail-oriented - Because cyberattacks can be difficult to detect, information security analysts pay careful attention to their computer systems and watch for minor changes in performance
    • A creative problem-solver: Information security analysts anticipate information security risks and implement new ways to protect their organizations’ computer systems and networks
    • Information security analysts usually need at least a bachelor’s degree in computer science, programming, or a related field
    • As demand for these skills has grown many community colleges and technical schools are responding with information/cyber-security programs
    • Security analysts need to continue to take courses throughout their careers and attend information technology (IT) conferences to keep up with the latest developments and changes in network technology
    • Information security analysts can advance to become chief security officers or another type of computer and information systems manager

Computer System Analyst

  • AVERAGE WAGE:
    $26.91-$60.77 per hour
    JOBS IN THE REGION:4,410
    • Research emerging technologies to decide if installing them can increase the organization’s efficiency and effectiveness
    • Devise ways to add new functionality to existing computer systems
    • Synthesize current business intelligence or trend data to support changes and action
    • Prepare an analysis of costs and benefits so that management can decide if IT systems and computing infrastructure upgrades are financially worthwhile
    • Oversee the installation and configuration of new systems to customize them for the organization
    • Train the systems’ end users and write instruction manuals
  • Work as a Computer Systems Analyst could be for you if you are:
    • Someone who likes working with ideas and thinking through solutions
    • A problem-solver who likes to explore facts and information to fuel solutions
    • A data lover with a keen eye for details
    • A great communicator who explain complex issues in a way that both IT workers and management will understand
    • Most computer systems analysts have a bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field. Because these analysts also are heavily involved in the business side of a company, it may be helpful to take business courses or major in management information systems Although many computer systems analysts have technical degrees, such a degree is not always a requirement. Many analysts have liberal arts degrees and have gained programming or technical expertise elsewhere.
    • Individuals that work in Systems Analyst positions can transition into lead worker or leadership positions

Data Analyst

  • AVERAGE WAGE:
    $21.15- $59.92 per hour
    JOBS IN THE REGION:4,155
    • Design, implement, or operate comprehensive data warehouse systems to balance optimization of data access with batch loading and resource utilization factors, according to customer requirements
    • Develop data warehouse process models, including sourcing, loading, transformation, and extraction
    • Create plans, test files, and scripts for data warehouse testing, ranging from unit to integration testing
  • Working as a Data Analyst could be for you if you are:
    • Someone who enjoys working with ideas, and requires an extensive amount of thinking
    • Someone who enjoy searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally
    • Someone who enjoys working with data and details
    • Common Business intelligence and data analysis software, IBM Cognos Impromptu, MicroStrategy and Qlik Tech QlikView
    • Common Data base reporting software, Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services, SAP Crystal Reports and Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer
    • Individuals that work in Data Analyst positions can transition into lead worker or leadership positions

Construction Helper

  • AVERAGE WAGE:
    $11.69 - $30.15 per hour
    JOBS IN THE REGION:7,341
    • Clean work areas, machines, or equipment, to maintain a clean and safe job site
    • Fasten timber or lumber with glue, screws, pegs, or nails, and install hardware
    • Perform tie spacing layout and measure, mark, drill or cut
    • Select tools, equipment, or materials from storage and transport items to work site
    • Drill holes in timber or lumber
    • Transport materials, tools, or machines to installation sites, manually or using conveyance equipment
    • Transfer tools, parts, equipment, and supplies to and from work stations and other areas
    • Examine and test machinery, equipment, components, and parts for defects to ensure proper function
    • Hold or supply tools, parts, equipment, and supplies for other workers
    • Clean work areas and equipment
  • Working as a Construction Helper could be for you if you are:
    • A problem solver
    • Someone who takes initiative on a job site to achieve necessary tasks
    • Prompt and prepared to show up early and with the tools needed to get the job done
    • Physically strong, with multi-limb coordination and manual dexterity
    • An active listener able to take direction and take initiative
    • A critical thinker and can use good judgement in decision making
    • High School diploma or GED preferred but not required
    • Ability to pass a drug test
    • This position can lead to qualifying for a higher level position in construction

Material Handler

  • AVERAGE WAGE:
    $11.25 - $21.97 per hour
    JOBS IN THE REGION:14,864
    • Move freight, stock, or other materials to and from storage or production areas, loading docks, delivery vehicles, ships, or containers, by hand or using trucks, tractors, or other equipment
    • Sort materials before loading and unloading
    • Attach identifying tags to containers or mark them with identifying information
    • Read work orders or receive oral instructions to determine work assignments or material or equipment needs
    • Stack materials in locations such as transit sheds or in holds of ships as directed, using pallets or cargo boards
  • Working as a (Construction Helper) could be for you if you are:
    • A problem solver
    • Someone who takes initiative on a job site to achieve necessary tasks
    • Prompt and prepared to show up early and with the tools needed to get the job done
    • Physically strong, with multi-limb coordination and manual dexterity
    • An active listener able to take direction and take initiative
    • A critical thinker and can use good judgement in decision making
    • High School diploma or GED preferred but not required
    • Ability to pass a drug test
    • This position can lead to qualifying for a higher level position in construction

Traffic Controller/Flagger

  • AVERAGE WAGE:
    $11.25 - $24.00 per hour
    JOBS IN THE REGION:1,463
    • Flaggers control traffic on and around construction sites
    • They help traffic keep flowing through a construction zone, despite a shutdown of lanes
    • Flaggers often work in teams, with each person controlling the flow of traffic in a certain direction
  • Working as a Traffic Controller/Flagger could be for you if you are:
    • A problem solver
    • Someone who takes initiative on a job site to achieve necessary tasks
    • Prompt and prepared to show up early and with the tools needed to get the job done
    • Someone with high stamina: Flaggers are on their feet for long periods, often in adverse conditions
    • A team-player: Flaggers work on a team to keep traffic moving, and have to be able to work and communicate with others
    • A good communicator: Flaggers need to speak to and understand bosses, co-workers and drivers during their work day
    • High School diploma or GED preferred but not required
    • Ability to pass a drug test
    • This position can lead to qualifying for a higher level position in construction

Craft Laborer

  • AVERAGE WAGE:
    $11.77 - $30.14 per hour
    JOBS IN THE REGION: 7,545
    • Control traffic passing near, in, or around work zones
    • Clean or prepare construction sites to eliminate possible hazards
    • Signal equipment operators to facilitate alignment, movement, or adjustment of machinery, equipment, or materials
    • Read plans, instructions, or specifications to determine work activities
    • Load, unload, or identify building materials, machinery, or tools, distributing them to the appropriate locations, according to project plans or specifications
  • Working as a Craft Laborer could be for you if you are:
    • A problem-solver
    • Someone who takes initiative on a job site to achieve necessary tasks
    • Prompt and prepared to show up early and with the tools needed to get the job done
    • Possess manual dexterity, physical coordination skills, static strength and control precision
    • A licensed motorist/someone who has reliable transportation
    • Able to pass a drug test
    • Apprenticeship programs last 2-3 years and include classroom and on-the-job paid training
    • Once the apprenticeship is completed, a journey card is issued

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  • AVERAGE WAGE:
    $21.15- $59.92 per hour
    JOBS IN THE REGION:4,155
    • Plan, initiate, and manage technology projects
    • Lead and guide the work of technical staff
    • Serve as liaison between business and technical aspects of project
    • Plan project stages and assess business implications for each stage
    • Monitor progress to assure deadlines, standards, and cost targets are met
  • Work as a Technical Project Manager could be for you if you are:
    • A planner. This job involves lots of coordination of various activities and people and monitoring execution during the project to make improvements or take corrective action
    • Someone who likes working with ideas and thinking through solutions
    • A problem-solver who likes to explore facts and information to fuel solutions
    • Typically a bachelor’s degree and relevant experience is pretty much a requirement
    • If you have experience as a project manager in other industries, you can bone up on your technical skills to make the transition to tech