Specialty Trade Contractors Opportunities

Construction – Relative Sector Size and Growth

The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that the Construction sector will grow substantially over the next several years.

Projected Growth for Main Industry Sectors
Projected Growth for Main Industry Sectors

Projected Growth for Main Industry Sectors

Specialty Trade Contractors

Within the Construction sector, Specialty Trade Contractors is the largest industry with more than 60% of the employment for the entire sector.

Construction Industry Segments

Specialty Trade Contractors Industry Groups

The Specialty Trade Contractors industry includes the following industry groups

  • Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors
  • Building Equipment Contractors
  • Building Finishing Contractors
  • Other Specialty Trade Contractors

Specialty Trade Contractors Occupational Opportunities

The following lists the largest and fastest growing occupations in the Specialty Trade Contractors industry for 2026.

  • Electricians (largest)
  • Construction laborers (largest)
  • Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters (largest and fastest growing)
  • Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers (largest and fastest growing)
  • Carpenters (largest)
  • First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers (largest)
  • Painters, construction and maintenance (largest)
  • Office clerks, general (largest)
  • Cement masons and concrete finishers (largest)
  • Roofers (largest)
  • Solar photovoltaic installers (fastest growing)
  • Computer numerically controlled machine tool programmers, metal and plastic (fastest growing)
  • Stationary engineers and boiler operators (fastest growing)
  • Helpers–pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters (fastest growing)

Electricians Outlook

Electricians are projected to be one of the largest occupations in the Specialty Trade Contractors industry.

Electricians- Size and Growth

The following indicates the projected size and growth for electricians.

Occupation 2026 Projected Employment (in thousands) 2026 Projected Percent of Subsector Percent Employment Change (2016-2026) Education Requirements OJT Requirements
Electricians 491.7 10.3 10.5 High school diploma or equivalent Apprenticeship

Electricians – Highest Proportional Concentrations by State

The following shows the states with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for electricians.

State Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
North Dakota 3,540 8.49 1.92 $30.18 $62,780
Wyoming 2,240 8.37 1.89 $27.62 $57,460
Utah 9,430 6.68 1.51 $25.61 $53,280
Louisiana 11,470 6.03 1.36 $24.56 $51,090
Colorado 15,070 5.90 1.33 $25.57 $53,180

Electricians – Highest Proportional Concentrations by Metropolitan Area

The following shows the metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for electricians.

Metropolitan area Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS 2,180 14.53 3.28 $26.46 $55,040
Provo-Orem, UT 3,090 13.47 3.04 $26.08 $54,240
Odessa, TX 820 12.00 2.71 $22.39 $46,570
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 1,030 11.91 2.69 $26.93 $56,010
Homosassa Springs, FL 370 11.42 2.58 $18.56 $38,600
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 1,670 10.73 2.42 $28.55 $59,380
Mobile, AL 1,790 10.37 2.34 $22.97 $47,780
Decatur, IL 500 10.14 2.29 $29.90 $62,190
Casper, WY 370 9.71 2.19 $27.84 $57,920
Oshkosh-Neenah, WI 860 9.02 2.04 $26.61 $55,360

Construction Laborers Outlook

Construction laborers are projected to be one of the largest occupations in the Specialty Trade Contractors industry.

Construction Laborers – Size and Growth

The following indicates the projected size and growth for construction laborers.

Occupation 2026 Projected Employment (in thousands) 2026 Projected Percent of Subsector Percent Employment Change (2016-2026) Education Requirements OJT Requirements
Construction laborers 376.6 7.9 12.0 No formal educational credential Short-term on-the-job training

Construction Laborers – Highest Proportional Concentrations by State

The following shows the states with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for construction laborers.

State Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
North Dakota 4,960 11.89 1.76 $19.56 $40,680
West Virginia 7,410 10.77 1.60 $16.97 $35,290
New Mexico 8,630 10.77 1.60 $14.89 $30,960
Wyoming 2,860 10.67 1.58 $17.29 $35,970
Montana 4,850 10.52 1.56 $17.99 $37,430

Construction Laborers – Highest Proportional Concentrations by Metropolitan Area

The following shows the metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for construction laborers.

Metropolitan area Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Lake Charles, LA 3,910 34.92 5.17 $19.73 $41,050
Parkersburg-Vienna, WV 760 20.40 3.02 $15.93 $33,140
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 4,850 18.79 2.78 $14.37 $29,900
Greeley, CO 1,790 18.43 2.73 $17.43 $36,260
St. George, UT 1,080 17.16 2.54 $14.59 $30,350
Great Falls, MT 610 17.15 2.54 $19.22 $39,980
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 2,700 16.83 2.49 $16.17 $33,630
Pittsfield, MA 640 16.13 2.39 $22.54 $46,870
Farmington, NM 760 15.60 2.31 $14.75 $30,680
Odessa, TX 1,020 14.91 2.21 $17.61 $36,620

Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters Outlook

Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters are projected to be one of the largest and fastest growing occupations in the Specialty Trade Contractors industry.

Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters – Size and Growth

The following indicates the projected size and growth for plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters.

Occupation 2026 Projected Employment (in thousands) 2026 Projected Percent of Subsector Percent Employment Change (2016-2026) Education Requirements OJT Requirements
Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 372.9 7.8 19.4 High school diploma or equivalent Apprenticeship

Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters – Highest Proportional Concentrations by State

The following shows the states with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters.

State Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Louisiana 10,850 5.70 1.90 $25.45 $52,930
North Dakota 1,760 4.23 1.41 $24.01 $49,950
Oklahoma 6,600 4.19 1.40 $23.36 $48,600
Montana 1,890 4.11 1.37 $30.70 $63,860
Nebraska 3,900 4.02 1.34 $25.42 $52,880

Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters – Highest Proportional Concentrations by Metropolitan Area

The following shows the metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters.

Metropolitan area Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Lake Charles, LA 2,100 18.75 6.24 $28.86 $60,030
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 980 11.33 3.77 $28.59 $59,460
Odessa, TX 640 9.37 3.12 $20.21 $42,030
Baton Rouge, LA 3,570 9.12 3.03 $26.80 $55,740
Midland, MI 300 8.69 2.89 $25.06 $52,120
Kokomo, IN 340 8.62 2.87 $34.11 $70,950
Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, KY 430 7.93 2.64 $26.19 $54,480
Homosassa Springs, FL 250 7.78 2.59 $19.73 $41,030
Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS 1,140 7.59 2.53 $23.94 $49,790
Ocean City, NJ 290 7.39 2.46 $33.99 $70,700

Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers Outlook

Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers is projected to be one of the largest and fastest growing occupations in the Specialty Trade Contractors industry.

Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers – Size and Growth

The following indicates the projected size and growth for heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers.

Occupation 2026 Projected Employment (in thousands) 2026 Projected Percent of Subsector Percent Employment Change (2016-2026) Education Requirements OJT Requirements
Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 262.5 5.5 19.5 Postsecondary nondegree award Long-term on-the-job training

Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers – Highest Proportional Concentrations by State

The following shows the states with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers.

State Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Florida 29,450 3.50 1.62 $20.32 $42,260
Delaware 1,530 3.45 1.60 $24.73 $51,440
North Carolina 13,890 3.23 1.50 $20.47 $42,580
Virginia 11,690 3.09 1.43 $23.81 $49,520
Vermont 930 3.05 1.42 $23.88 $49,670

Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers – Highest Proportional Concentrations by Metropolitan Area

The following shows the metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers.

Metropolitan area Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 1,680 6.50 3.02 $20.94 $43,550
Wilmington, NC 730 5.94 2.76 $21.45 $44,620
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 630 5.90 2.74 $20.04 $41,680
Panama City, FL 450 5.59 2.60 $18.85 $39,200
Punta Gorda, FL 250 5.46 2.53 $19.04 $39,600
Lawton, OK 230 5.35 2.48 $19.18 $39,890
Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL 730 5.10 2.37 $21.71 $45,160
Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC 770 4.88 2.27 $18.36 $38,200
Salisbury, MD-DE 720 4.58 2.13 $22.36 $46,500
Manhattan, KS 170 4.58 2.13 $22.17 $46,110

Carpenters Outlook

Carpenters is projected to be one of the largest occupations in the Specialty Trade Contractors industry.

Carpenters – Size and Growth

The following indicates the projected size and growth for carpenters.

Occupation 2026 Projected Employment (in thousands) 2026 Projected Percent of Subsector Percent Employment Change (2016-2026) Education Requirements OJT Requirements
Carpenters 247.4 5.2 10.1 High school diploma or equivalent Apprenticeship

Carpenters – Highest Proportional Concentrations by State

The following shows the states with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for carpenters.

State Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Wyoming 2,760 10.29 2.12 $23.53 $48,940
South Dakota 4,100 9.79 2.01 $17.20 $35,770
Montana 4,300 9.33 1.92 $21.11 $43,900
Idaho 6,300 9.18 1.89 $17.53 $36,460
Vermont 2,780 9.11 1.87 $20.77 $43,200

Carpenters – Highest Proportional Concentrations by Metropolitan Area

The following shows the metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for carpenters.

Metropolitan area Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Lake Charles, LA 2,190 19.57 4.02 $28.55 $59,390
Bend-Redmond, OR 1,230 15.69 3.23 $19.51 $40,570
San Rafael, CA Metropolitan Division 1,660 14.42 2.97 $34.60 $71,970
Coeur d’Alene, ID 840 14.06 2.89 $18.52 $38,510
Rapid City, SD 820 12.43 2.56 $17.42 $36,240
Lancaster, PA 2,780 11.53 2.37 $19.33 $40,210
Punta Gorda, FL 530 11.42 2.35 $18.29 $38,040
Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL 1,600 11.22 2.31 $20.38 $42,380
Ocean City, NJ 430 11.12 2.29 $23.52 $48,920
Barnstable Town, MA 1,140 11.07 2.28 $28.83 $59,960

First-line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers Outlook

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers is projected to be one of the largest occupations in the Specialty Trade Contractors industry.

First-line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers – Size and Growth

The following indicates the projected size and growth for first-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers.

Occupation 2026 Projected Employment (in thousands) 2026 Projected Percent of Subsector Percent Employment Change (2016-2026) Education Requirements OJT Requirements
First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers 217.2 4.6 11.7 High school diploma or equivalent None

First-line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers – Highest Proportional Concentrations by State

The following shows the states with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for first-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers.

State Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Wyoming 2,360 8.79 2.25 $35.83 $74,540
North Dakota 3,500 8.39 2.15 $35.68 $74,220
New Mexico 5,750 7.18 1.84 $30.19 $62,790
Montana 3,090 6.71 1.72 $31.43 $65,370
West Virginia 4,470 6.49 1.66 $33.86 $70,420

First-line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers – Highest Proportional Concentrations by Metropolitan Area

The following shows the metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for first-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers.

Metropolitan area Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Midland, TX 1,520 17.27 4.43 $41.24 $85,770
Odessa, TX 1,070 15.70 4.02 $36.50 $75,920
Farmington, NM 690 14.21 3.64 $34.81 $72,400
Greeley, CO 1,290 13.26 3.40 $32.43 $67,450
Enid, OK 300 11.79 3.02 $37.51 $78,030
Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL 1,650 11.59 2.97 $31.09 $64,660
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 1,680 10.48 2.69 $32.76 $68,140
Baton Rouge, LA 4,040 10.30 2.64 $32.57 $67,750
Lake Charles, LA 1,040 9.32 2.39 $31.36 $65,220
Longview, TX 830 9.24 2.37 $31.83 $66,200

Painters, Construction and Maintenance Outlook

Painters, construction and maintenance is projected to be one of the largest occupations in the Specialty Trade Contractors industry.

Painters, Construction and Maintenance – Size and Growth

The following indicates the projected size and growth for painters, construction and maintenance.

Occupation 2026 Projected Employment (in thousands) 2026 Projected Percent of Subsector Percent Employment Change (2016-2026) Education Requirements OJT Requirements
Painters, construction and maintenance 156.1 3.3 2.9 No formal educational credential Moderate-term on-the-job training

Painters, Construction and Maintenance – Highest Proportional Concentrations by State

The following shows the states with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for painters, construction and maintenance.

State Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Hawaii 2,010 3.18 2.05 $26.39 $54,900
Washington 9,670 3.04 1.95 $19.82 $41,220
Louisiana 5,330 2.80 1.80 $19.46 $40,480
Nevada 3,410 2.60 1.67 $21.58 $44,900
Idaho 1,680 2.46 1.58 $16.15 $33,590

Painters, Construction and Maintenance – Highest Proportional Concentrations by Metropolitan Area

The following shows the metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for painters, construction and maintenance.

Metropolitan area Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 820 9.49 6.11 $25.25 $52,530
Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL 1,190 8.34 5.37 $16.03 $33,340
Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 340 6.71 4.32 $15.71 $32,670
San Rafael, CA Metropolitan Division 690 5.99 3.86 $23.08 $48,000
Corpus Christi, TX 870 4.58 2.95 $20.59 $42,830
Lynn-Saugus-Marblehead, MA NECTA Division 200 4.57 2.94 $21.71 $45,150
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 350 4.16 2.68 $18.06 $37,570
Salem, OR 670 4.06 2.62 $15.81 $32,890
Warner Robins, GA 280 4.03 2.60 $25.15 $52,310
Napa, CA 290 4.00 2.58 $25.38 $52,790

Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers Outlook

Cement masons and concrete finishers is projected to be one of the largest occupations in the Specialty Trade Contractors industry.

Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers – Size and Growth

The following indicates the projected size and growth for cement masons and concrete finishers.

Occupation 2026 Projected Employment (in thousands) 2026 Projected Percent of Subsector Percent Employment Change (2016-2026) Education Requirements OJT Requirements
Cement masons and concrete finishers 137.4 2.9 12.2 No formal educational credential Moderate-term on-the-job training

Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers – Highest Proportional Concentrations by State

The following shows the states with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for cement masons and concrete finishers.

State Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
South Dakota 2,080 4.97 3.96 $17.80 $37,030
Nebraska 3,310 3.41 2.72 $17.73 $36,880
Idaho 2,260 3.29 2.63 $17.63 $36,680
Wyoming 690 2.56 2.05 $19.30 $40,150
North Dakota 1,000 2.40 1.92 $22.18 $46,130

Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers – Highest Proportional Concentrations by Metropolitan Area

The following shows the metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for cement masons and concrete finishers.

Metropolitan area Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Rapid City, SD 440 6.77 5.40 $17.36 $36,120
Sioux Falls, SD 700 4.63 3.69 $18.44 $38,360
Grand Island, NE 160 4.11 3.28 $18.78 $39,070
Lincoln, NE 710 4.02 3.21 $17.73 $36,880
Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL 570 3.99 3.18 $16.91 $35,160
Provo-Orem, UT 910 3.97 3.17 $18.70 $38,890
Boise City, ID 1,220 3.96 3.16 $17.51 $36,410
Greeley, CO 360 3.73 2.98 $20.24 $42,100
Iowa City, IA 330 3.55 2.83 $19.49 $40,540
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 880 3.52 2.81 $18.33 $38,130

Roofers Outlook

Roofers is projected to be one of the largest occupations in the Specialty Trade Contractors industry.

Roofers – Size and Growth

The following indicates the projected size and growth for roofers.

Occupation 2026 Projected Employment (in thousands) 2026 Projected Percent of Subsector Percent Employment Change (2016-2026) Education Requirements OJT Requirements
Roofers 121.1 2.5 12.5 No formal educational credential Moderate-term on-the-job training

Roofers – Highest Proportional Concentrations by State

The following shows the states with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for roofers.

State Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Florida 17,860 2.12 2.50 $16.59 $34,510
Oregon 3,010 1.64 1.93 $19.70 $40,980
New Mexico 1,300 1.62 1.91 $15.07 $31,350
Utah 2,170 1.54 1.81 $17.76 $36,930
Hawaii 960 1.52 1.79 $25.53 $53,100

Roofers – Highest Proportional Concentrations by Metropolitan Area

The following shows the metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for roofers.

Metropolitan area Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Morristown, TN 230 5.47 6.43 $12.84 $26,700
Longview, WA 200 5.34 6.29 $22.45 $46,700
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 1,210 4.67 5.49 $17.26 $35,910
North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL 1,340 4.62 5.44 $15.53 $32,300
Homosassa Springs, FL 150 4.59 5.40 $18.89 $39,290
Elmira, NY 150 4.40 5.17 $19.11 $39,760
Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 210 4.18 4.92 $20.59 $42,830
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL 790 4.14 4.87 $15.25 $31,730
Port St. Lucie, FL 510 3.63 4.27 $17.95 $37,330
Greeley, CO 300 3.05 3.58 $20.71 $43,090

Solar Photovoltaic Installers Outlook

Solar photovoltaic installers is projected to be one of the fastest growing occupations in the Specialty Trade Contractors industry.

Solar Photovoltaic Installers – Size and Growth

The following indicates the projected size and growth for solar photovoltaic installers.

Occupation 2026 Projected Employment (in thousands) 2026 Projected Percent of Subsector Percent Employment Change (2016-2026) Education Requirements OJT Requirements
Solar photovoltaic installers 18.8 0.4 148.1 High school diploma or equivalent Moderate-term on-the-job training

Solar Photovoltaic Installers – Highest Proportional Concentrations by State

The following shows the states with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for solar photovoltaic installers.

State Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Vermont 370 1.21 19.09 $19.01 $39,540
Hawaii 190 0.30 4.68 $26.41 $54,930
California 3,900 0.23 3.70 $21.61 $44,950
New Jersey 750 0.19 2.95 $20.97 $43,620
North Carolina 500 0.12 1.83 $16.66 $34,650

Solar Photovoltaic Installers – Highest Proportional Concentrations by Metropolitan Area

The following shows the metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for solar photovoltaic installers.

Metropolitan area Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
San Rafael, CA Metropolitan Division 120 1.07 17.02 $23.45 $48,770
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 540 0.47 7.52 $19.92 $41,440
Santa Rosa, CA 80 0.42 6.60 $26.53 $55,180
Urban Honolulu, HI 90 0.19 2.98 $29.07 $60,470
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 230 0.16 2.55 $21.11 $43,910
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 190 0.10 1.61 $27.64 $57,490
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 30 0.10 1.51 $17.08 $35,520
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 620 0.09 1.46 $20.59 $42,820
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 70 0.06 0.99 $14.78 $30,730
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 40 0.04 0.63 $23.93 $49,780

Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic Outlook

Computer numerically controlled machine tool programmers, metal and plastic is projected to be one of the fastest growing occupations in the Specialty Trade Contractors industry.

Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic – Size and Growth

The following indicates the projected size and growth for computer numerically controlled machine tool programmers, metal and plastic.

Occupation 2026 Projected Employment (in thousands) 2026 Projected Percent of Subsector Percent Employment Change (2016-2026) Education Requirements OJT Requirements
Computer numerically controlled machine tool programmers, metal and plastic 0.1 0.0 31.8 High school diploma or equivalent Long-term on-the-job training

Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic – Highest Proportional Concentrations by State

The following shows the states with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for computer numerically controlled machine tool programmers, metal and plastic.

State Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Wisconsin 1,420 0.50 3.01 $25.89 $53,860
Michigan 2,100 0.49 2.95 $24.99 $51,990
Connecticut 770 0.47 2.79 $32.34 $67,270
Kansas 610 0.44 2.67 $29.18 $60,700
New Hampshire 230 0.36 2.13 $28.26 $58,790

Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic – Highest Proportional Concentrations by Metropolitan Area

The following shows the metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for computer numerically controlled machine tool programmers, metal and plastic.

Metropolitan area Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Jackson, MI 130 2.22 13.28 $25.46 $52,960
Wichita, KS 330 1.12 6.71 $35.34 $73,520
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 70 1.06 6.35 $25.37 $52,770
Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL 40 1.00 5.99 $21.66 $45,050
Racine, WI 70 0.94 5.64 $21.51 $44,750
Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL 50 0.90 5.39 $18.51 $38,500
Haverhill-Newburyport-Amesbury Town, MA-NH NECTA Division 60 0.88 5.25 $29.67 $61,700
Mansfield, OH 40 0.86 5.13 $18.67 $38,840
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 450 0.77 4.62 $34.71 $72,210
Rockford, IL 110 0.76 4.57 $25.25 $52,510

Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators Outlook

Stationary engineers and boiler operators is projected to be one of the fastest growing occupations in the Specialty Trade Contractors industry.

Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators – Size and Growth

The following indicates the projected size and growth for stationary engineers and boiler operators.

Occupation 2026 Projected Employment (in thousands) 2026 Projected Percent of Subsector Percent Employment Change (2016-2026) Education Requirements OJT Requirements
Stationary engineers and boiler operators 0.3 0.0 19.6 High school diploma or equivalent Long-term on-the-job training

Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators – Highest Proportional Concentrations by State

The following shows the states with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for stationary engineers and boiler operators.

State Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
District of Columbia 730 1.03 4.46 $36.97 $76,900
Nebraska 500 0.51 2.23 $22.66 $47,130
Maine 300 0.51 2.21 $24.00 $49,920
Montana 210 0.46 1.99 $25.41 $52,850
Maryland 1,160 0.44 1.89 $27.74 $57,700

Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators – Highest Proportional Concentrations by Metropolitan Area

The following shows the metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for stationary engineers and boiler operators.

Metropolitan area Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Danville, IL 40 1.36 5.89 $23.60 $49,090
Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA 50 1.18 5.12 $22.14 $46,050
Worcester, MA-CT 270 0.95 4.14 $30.64 $63,740
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 380 0.85 3.69 $25.35 $52,730
Albany, OR 30 0.78 3.37 $26.36 $54,840
Glens Falls, NY 40 0.72 3.13 $31.00 $64,490
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 340 0.70 3.05 $22.97 $47,780
Kennewick-Richland, WA 80 0.70 3.06 $35.35 $73,530
Springfield, IL 70 0.69 3.02 $46.11 $95,900
Grand Forks, ND-MN 30 0.69 3.00 $25.40 $52,840

Helpers–Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters Outlook

Helpers–pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters is projected to be one of the fastest growing occupations in the Specialty Trade Contractors industry.

Helpers–Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters – Size and Growth

The following indicates the projected size and growth for helpers–pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters.

Occupation 2026 Projected Employment (in thousands) 2026 Projected Percent of Subsector Percent Employment Change (2016-2026) Education Requirements OJT Requirements
Helpers–pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 52.1 1.1 19.5 High school diploma or equivalent Short-term on-the-job training

Helpers–Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters – Highest Proportional Concentrations by State

The following shows the states with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for helpers–pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters.

State Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Louisiana 3,170 1.67 4.34 $15.91 $33,100
New Mexico 750 0.94 2.44 $15.52 $32,270
District of Columbia 600 0.85 2.20 $19.38 $40,320
Texas 9,520 0.80 2.08 $15.36 $31,940
South Carolina 1,420 0.71 1.84 $14.28 $29,710

Helpers–Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters – Highest Proportional Concentrations by Metropolitan Area

The following shows the metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for helpers–pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters.

Metropolitan area Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Lake Charles, LA 860 7.68 19.97 (8) (8)
Hattiesburg, MS 120 1.97 5.13 $12.58 $26,160
Baton Rouge, LA 750 1.90 4.95 $14.44 $30,030
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 450 1.81 4.70 $15.34 $31,910
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 920 1.66 4.31 $14.35 $29,840
Alexandria, LA 100 1.60 4.17 $15.06 $31,320
Jacksonville, FL 1,010 1.52 3.95 $12.74 $26,500
Santa Fe, NM 80 1.37 3.56 $15.95 $33,180
Hammond, LA 60 1.36 3.55 $14.97 $31,150
Austin-Round Rock, TX 1,310 1.31 3.41 $13.78 $28,660

Specialty Trade Contractors Training Providers

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