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Waterloo Employment

Employment and Industries in the Waterloo, Iowa Area

Waterloo is a center for agriculture and agri-based manufacturing companies. Waterloo includes meat packing plants and tractor and farm equipment manufacturing facilities. Waterloo's top employment sectors include healthcare, education, manufacturing, finance and insurance, social assistance and food.

About 25% of the labor force is found in sales and office jobs. About 23% of the employees in Waterloo work in production, transportation and material moving occupations. Approximately 21% of the workforce is found in management, professional and related occupations. The city also has numerous metal and plastic workers.

The Cedar Valley Tech Works project has been designed to create a prominent bio-product cluster for the Waterloo-Cedar Falls region. The development of a central campus which connects manufacturers, producers, consumers and students has an objective of creating more jobs for the region and creating new biotechnology companies.

Some of the more popular jobs filled by those with a college degree are registered nurses, teachers, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives; child, family and school social workers; industrial engineers, medical and health services managers; advertising sales agents and financial managers.

The following is a list of the largest employers in Waterloo Iowa:

  • John Deere Waterloo Operations
  • Covenant Medical Center
  • Tyson Fresh Meats
  • University of Northern Iowa
  • Allen Memorial Hospital
  • Waterloo Community Schools
  • Bertch Cabinet Manufacturing
  • Omega Cabinet Ltd
  • HyVee Food Stores
  • Walmart
  • Hawkeye Community College
  • GMAC Mortgage
  • Area 267 Education Agency
  • Black Hawk County
  • Target Regional Distribution Center
  • The CBE Group Inc
  • City of Waterloo
  • Viking Pump
  • Cedar Valley Medical Specialists
  • Martin Brothers Distributing
  • Western Home Communities
  • Van G. Miller & Associates, Inc

Notable information about Waterloo Iowa: In 2008 the cost of living index was at 78.3. Regarding the adult population in Waterloo, approximately 19% have earned a bachelor's degree or better. In 2009 the average salary in Waterloo was $31,000.

Waterloo companies have opportunities to collaborate with helpful organizations such as:

WCFcourier.com is a good resource for those seeking to keep current with local business and industry news.

Most Popular Jobs in Waterloo, Iowa Metro Area (2008 data)

Where the Majority of Workers Have College Degrees

Rank Title Local Jobs Local Mean Salary Typical Local Salary National Growth % 2006-2016 National % With College Degree
1 Registered nurses 1,890 $49,300 $35,010 - 64,310 24% 56%
2 Elementary school teachers, except special education 1,090 $39,860 $24,890 - 53,550 14% 95%
3 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 960 $51,720 $23,320 - 81,500 8% 51%
4 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 500 $40,490 $24,630 - 60,190 6% 96%
5 Accountants and auditors 430 $52,640 $32,140 - 75,720 18% 79%
6 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 410 $41,070 $22,580 - 59,860 11% 95%
7 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 400 $44,210 $29,790 - 59,890 20% 87%
8 Child, family, and school social workers 390 $32,870 $19,280 - 57,640 19% 77%
9 Industrial engineers 320 $59,170 $45,240 - 76,440 20% 74%
10 Social and human service assistants 290 $20,690 $15,520 - 26,080 34% 58%
11 Medical and health services managers 250 $69,580 $42,890 - 99,070 16% 57%
12 Legislators 250 $27,160 $15,650 - 33,020 1% 65%
13 Advertising sales agents 230 $50,520 $18,490 - 101,200 20% 56%
14 Special education teachers, secondary school 230 $42,380 $30,390 - 54,650 9% 87%
15 Financial managers 200 $88,990 $42,650 - 153,590 13% 60%
16 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 200 $70,500 $34,170 - 119,060 12% 51%
17 Social and community service managers 200 $42,920 $28,080 - 69,460 25% 72%
18 Mechanical engineers 190 $60,260 $40,740 - 82,090 4% 78%
19 Coaches and scouts 190 $29,500 $15,330 - 51,800 15% 60%
20 Speech-language pathologists 180 $50,960 $35,210 - 63,720 11% 98%
21 Chief executives 160 $138,550 $76,910 - 2% 65%
22 Pharmacists 150 $93,740 $73,720 - 119,800 22% 97%
23 Managers, all other 150 $74,990 $32,810 - 123,610 7% 55%
24 Lawyers 150 $70,560 $45,070 - 114,780 11% 99%
25 Computer programmers 140 $59,180 $36,170 - 89,880 -4% 73%
26 Training and development specialists 130 $40,540 $23,700 - 61,530 18% 56%
27 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 130 $34,150 $23,550 - 47,670 15% 51%
28 Mental health and substance abuse social workers 120 $39,050 $25,500 - 58,780 30% 77%
29 Graphic designers 120 $36,820 $20,330 - 54,820 10% 55%
30 Sales managers 110 $87,180 $44,220 - 125,450 10% 69%
31 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 110 $74,830 $51,920 - 99,770 8% 78%
32 Physical therapists 110 $63,410 $43,340 - 85,550 27% 89%
33 Network and computer systems administrators 110 $52,980 $39,300 - 74,170 27% 50%
34 Rehabilitation counselors 110 $34,530 $19,420 - 50,110 23% 73%
35 Community and social service specialists, all other 110 $26,480 $17,910 - 35,900 25% 58%
36 Computer systems analysts 100 $57,720 $37,240 - 81,420 29% 68%
37 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 100 $46,320 $33,640 - 67,880 17% 56%
38 Market research analysts 100 $42,530 $24,540 - 64,230 20% 82%
39 Education administrators, postsecondary 90 $84,240 $35,830 - 139,170 14% 78%
40 Management analysts 90 $66,810 $30,610 - 97,460 22% 78%
41 Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 90 $58,360 $29,310 - 100,240 25% 67%
42 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 90 $50,600 $36,740 - 64,160 12% 51%
43 Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 90 $39,400 $23,980 - 54,880 18% 56%
44 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 80 $48,610 $29,290 - 77,180 5% 58%
45 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 80 $43,300 $28,160 - 61,160 13% 73%
46 Public relations specialists 80 $41,480 $27,890 - 61,030 18% 81%
47 Engineering managers 70 $88,190 $62,420 - 107,440 7% 84%
48 Marketing managers 70 $88,090 $45,850 - 132,780 14% 69%
49 Personal financial advisors 70 $56,170 $30,140 - 88,900 41% 81%
50 Floral designers 70 $23,340 $18,250 - 30,350 -9% 55%
51 Librarians 60 $53,110 $39,030 - 70,210 4% 85%
52 Computer software engineers, applications 60 $50,440 $41,030 - 64,040 45% 85%
53 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 60 $47,270 $27,270 - 64,330 18% 56%
54 Commercial and industrial designers 60 $35,920 $22,840 - 54,470 7% 55%
55 Computer and information systems managers 50 $81,570 $51,700 - 114,410 16% 73%
56 Insurance underwriters 50 $73,800 $37,600 - 119,540 6% 53%
57 Occupational therapists 50 $57,150 $39,360 - 76,180 23% 90%
58 Medical and public health social workers 50 $40,780 $27,480 - 52,150 24% 77%
59 Surveyors 50 $39,280 $17,890 - 59,870 24% 82%
60 Editors 50 $33,580 $17,020 - 50,270 2% 81%
61 Education administrators, all other 40 $91,010 $53,820 - 136,150 13% 78%
62 Physician assistants 40 $85,800 $57,180 - 111,400 27% 67%
63 Civil engineers 40 $59,130 $45,630 - 79,120 18% 87%
64 Vocational education teachers, secondary school 40 $38,150 $25,180 - 49,200 -5% 96%
65 Health educators 40 $34,840 $22,930 - 51,500 26% 58%
66 Recreational therapists 40 $29,860 $18,730 - 43,060 4% 77%
67 Dentists, general 30 $163,160 $98,790 - 9% 100%
68 Veterinarians 30 $102,430 $60,930 - 156,570 35% 100%
69 Purchasing managers 30 $71,710 $50,060 - 101,180 3% 57%
70 Human resources managers, all other 30 $70,510 $53,880 - 100,180 11% 58%
71 Database administrators 30 $65,120 $40,400 - 91,200 29% 72%
72 Network systems and data communications analysts 30 $56,030 $34,660 - 80,900 53% 57%
73 Occupational health and safety specialists 30 $43,640 $27,730 - 63,100 8% 72%
74 Financial specialists, all other 30 $40,880 $27,270 - 63,590 12% 50%
75 Education administrators, preschool and child care center/program 30 $28,830 $20,630 - 39,620 24% 78%

Where the Majority of Workers Do Not Have College Degrees

Rank Title Local Jobs Local Mean Salary Typical Local Salary National Growth % 2006-2016 National % With College Degree
1 Retail salespersons 3,390 $21,520 $15,360 - 31,610 12% 25%
2 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 2,470 $16,750 $15,220 - 19,630 18% 5%
3 Cashiers 2,190 $18,010 $15,320 - 23,030 -3% 10%
4 Office clerks, general 1,840 $25,070 $16,120 - 35,850 13% 19%
5 Customer service representatives 1,800 $28,610 $17,530 - 40,880 25% 22%
6 Waiters and waitresses 1,610 $17,020 $15,190 - 21,640 11% 14%
7 Industrial truck and tractor operators 1,560 $29,120 $22,720 - 37,000 -2% 2%
8 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 1,560 $22,820 $15,900 - 32,300 15% 4%
9 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 1,380 $32,760 $20,930 - 50,250 10% 4%
10 Teacher assistants 1,280 $16,580 $15,160 - 19,620 10% 18%
11 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 1,220 $22,860 $17,930 - 29,130 18% 7%
12 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 1,180 $29,720 $16,400 - 42,800 13% 16%
13 Stock clerks and order fillers 1,140 $20,550 $15,500 - 29,120 -8% 8%
14 Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters 1,030 $23,870 $17,500 - 31,590 3% 4%
15 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 1,010 $26,850 $17,120 - 40,550 1% 18%
16 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 960 $24,330 $15,800 - 32,420 2% 5%
17 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 840 $38,330 $21,480 - 56,730 4% 25%
18 Maintenance and repair workers, general 830 $33,770 $21,290 - 49,140 10% 6%
19 Home health aides 830 $21,220 $17,330 - 25,980 49% 7%
20 Cooks, restaurant 830 $19,030 $15,670 - 24,490 12% 5%
21 Machinists 820 $34,330 $22,670 - 48,020 -3% 3%
22 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 760 $33,350 $24,370 - 41,330 5% 2%
23 Meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers 750 $0 $ - 11% 2%
24 Receptionists and information clerks 710 $24,160 $16,260 - 31,110 17% 13%
25 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 670 $41,060 $22,940 - 57,160 -7% 14%
26 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 670 $34,060 $27,490 - 41,730 14% 7%
27 Industrial machinery mechanics 620 $44,610 $33,340 - 57,320 9% 5%
28 Sawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, wood 610 $26,540 $19,260 - 31,680 4% 0%
29 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 600 $50,040 $28,140 - 68,460 -5% 15%
30 Bartenders 600 $16,890 $15,200 - 20,740 11% 17%
31 Child care workers 590 $16,480 $15,210 - 19,080 18% 15%
32 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 560 $35,260 $23,000 - 48,580 15% 18%
33 Multiple machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 550 $32,440 $25,630 - 47,070 0% 3%
34 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 540 $25,600 $17,080 - 38,830 11% 14%
35 Construction laborers 530 $28,900 $21,820 - 37,970 11% 5%
36 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 520 $45,800 $24,700 - 65,400 6% 29%
37 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 510 $20,860 $16,220 - 27,570 13% 5%
38 General and operations managers 470 $94,270 $48,590 - 2% 48%
39 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 470 $42,320 $32,550 - 52,340 8% 3%
40 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 450 $30,850 $18,360 - 46,360 14% 4%
41 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 450 $27,810 $18,040 - 41,350 4% 6%
42 Carpenters 430 $29,550 $20,670 - 39,480 10% 6%
43 Tellers 430 $22,670 $16,820 - 29,490 14% 16%
44 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 420 $21,710 $15,620 - 29,190 11% 5%
45 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 390 $30,140 $16,980 - 56,720 8% 4%
46 Packers and packagers, hand 390 $24,160 $16,420 - 31,090 -12% 3%
47 Business operations specialists, all other 360 $44,810 $26,560 - 66,300 21% 49%
48 Production workers, all other 360 $27,680 $17,410 - 39,890 2% 5%
49 Electricians 350 $44,310 $29,120 - 59,460 7% 7%
50 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 350 $23,700 $17,160 - 32,030 18% 6%
51 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 340 $45,380 $34,330 - 58,980 11% 33%
52 Personal and home care aides 330 $21,830 $17,050 - 29,070 51% 10%
53 Food preparation workers 330 $18,140 $15,370 - 22,880 15% 7%
54 Dishwashers 330 $17,470 $15,310 - 21,440 10% 3%
55 Bus drivers, school 330 $0 $ - 9% 4%
56 Coating, painting, and spraying machine setters, operators, and tenders 320 $27,890 $21,430 - 40,510 -13% 4%
57 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 320 $17,510 $15,200 - 20,450 12% 6%
58 Loan officers 300 $52,590 $29,360 - 83,530 12% 49%
59 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 300 $30,380 $22,790 - 39,750 4% 15%
60 Helpers--production workers 300 $26,660 $16,940 - 36,390 -1% 4%
61 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 270 $41,940 $24,620 - 67,000 11% 4%
62 Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 260 $35,090 $23,720 - 48,950 12% 3%
63 Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 260 $25,570 $15,530 - 39,640 -15% 0%
64 Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 260 $17,040 $15,350 - 19,690 10% 8%
65 Computer support specialists 250 $37,610 $24,080 - 54,040 13% 43%
66 Production, planning, and expediting clerks 240 $33,690 $15,580 - 59,990 4% 30%
67 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 230 $53,030 $35,660 - 81,420 9% 10%
68 Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic 230 $33,700 $26,960 - 40,560 -3% 6%
69 Security guards 230 $27,010 $16,750 - 40,450 17% 13%
70 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 230 $21,700 $15,980 - 29,370 12% 6%
71 Medical assistants 220 $30,670 $23,090 - 39,500 35% 10%
72 Medical secretaries 220 $25,820 $17,520 - 36,480 17% 18%
73 Tool and die makers 210 $45,200 $33,140 - 58,800 -10% 5%
74 Parts salespersons 210 $32,660 $17,820 - 48,690 -2% 6%
75 Loan interviewers and clerks 210 $28,390 $17,380 - 46,550 -1% 24%
76 Assemblers and fabricators, all other 210 $25,930 $20,990 - 33,090 -9% 5%
77 Recreation workers 210 $20,050 $15,260 - 29,010 13% 47%
78 Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 210 $18,820 $15,440 - 24,150 10% 5%
79 Postal service mail carriers 210 $0 $ - 1% 11%
80 Dental assistants 200 $33,340 $26,920 - 44,250 29% 9%
81 Preschool teachers, except special education 200 $26,590 $16,780 - 43,580 26% 43%
82 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 200 $21,620 $15,360 - 30,630 14% 3%
83 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 190 $58,820 $32,400 - 91,500 7% 13%
84 Pharmacy technicians 190 $25,360 $17,320 - 33,590 32% 16%
85 Counter and rental clerks 190 $19,920 $15,400 - 30,460 23% 16%
86 Administrative services managers 180 $73,850 $38,040 - 119,320 12% 40%
87 Sales representatives, services, all other 180 $59,280 $28,340 - 113,210 28% 48%
88 Radiologic technologists and technicians 180 $46,150 $33,180 - 65,670 15% 25%
89 Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 170 $34,520 $23,970 - 50,150 9% 3%
90 Automotive body and related repairers 170 $33,340 $21,360 - 47,240 12% 3%
91 Medical records and health information technicians 170 $28,730 $20,820 - 40,640 18% 12%
92 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 170 $16,970 $15,270 - 20,000 10% 17%
93 First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 150 $94,850 $42,350 - 4% 38%
94 Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 150 $28,950 $21,360 - 38,780 -5% 5%
95 Healthcare support workers, all other 150 $27,340 $21,860 - 35,520 16% 10%
96 Taxi drivers and chauffeurs 150 $19,250 $15,520 - 24,120 13% 15%
97 Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 150 $17,690 $15,350 - 21,670 17% 14%
98 Medical transcriptionists 140 $32,360 $22,350 - 41,700 14% 10%
99 Butchers and meat cutters 140 $25,230 $16,560 - 35,470 2% 2%
100 Highway maintenance workers 130 $35,770 $21,380 - 48,510 9% 5%
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Jobs More Common Near Waterloo Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Sawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, wood 26,540 610 45.9
Meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers 0 750 19.3
Agricultural equipment operators 24,830 110 18.8
Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters 23,870 1,030 16.7
Multiple machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 32,440 550 13.6
Legislators 27,160 250 9.7
Coating, painting, and spraying machine setters, operators, and tenders 27,890 320 6.5
Welding, soldering, and brazing machine setters, operators, and tenders 36,320 100 5
Tool and die makers 45,200 210 4.8
Industrial truck and tractor operators 29,120 1,560 4.5
Industrial machinery mechanics 44,610 620 4.2
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 33,350 760 3.8
Machinists 34,330 820 3.6
Paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators 37,780 100 3.6
Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 44,210 400 3.3
Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic 33,700 230 3.3
Medical transcriptionists 32,360 140 3
Special education teachers, secondary school 42,380 230 3
Social and community service managers 42,920 200 2.9
Speech-language pathologists 50,960 180 2.9
Health technologists and technicians, all other 38,050 110 2.8
Production workers, all other 27,680 360 2.8
Industrial engineers 59,170 320 2.7
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 41,060 670 2.6
Child, family, and school social workers 32,870 390 2.5
Highway maintenance workers 35,770 130 2.5
Advertising sales agents 50,520 230 2.3
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 42,320 470 2.3
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 21,710 420 2.2
Family and general practitioners 146,020 120 2.2
Butchers and meat cutters 25,230 140 2.1
Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 25,570 260 2.1
Bartenders 16,890 600 2
Rehabilitation counselors 34,530 110 2
Library technicians 26,460 120 2
Automotive body and related repairers 33,340 170 2
Coaches and scouts 29,500 190 2
Community and social service specialists, all other 26,480 110 1.9
Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 35,090 260 1.9
Teacher assistants 16,580 1,280 1.8
Medical records and health information technicians 28,730 170 1.7
Mental health and substance abuse social workers 39,050 120 1.7
Child care workers 16,480 590 1.7
Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 18,820 210 1.7
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 34,060 670 1.7
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 50,040 600 1.7
Parts salespersons 32,660 210 1.7
Home health aides 21,220 830 1.6
Loan interviewers and clerks 28,390 210 1.6
Medical and health services managers 69,580 250 1.6

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Waterloo, Iowa Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 94,850 1.36 150
Insurance sales agents 72,410 1.29 110
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 41,060 1.23 670
Packers and packagers, hand 24,160 1.18 390
Sales representatives, services, all other 59,280 1.14 180
Helpers--production workers 26,660 1.13 300
Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 28,950 1.11 150
Personal and home care aides 21,830 1.09 330
Medical assistants 30,670 1.09 220
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 20,860 1.09 510
Advertising sales agents 50,520 1.08 230
Parts salespersons 32,660 1.07 210
Security guards 27,010 1.07 230
Preschool teachers, except special education 26,590 1.04 200
Truck drivers, light or delivery services 30,140 1.04 390
Dental assistants 33,340 1.03 200
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 58,820 1.03 190
Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 21,620 1.03 200
Multiple machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 32,440 1.03 550
Highway maintenance workers 35,770 1.02 130
First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 45,800 1.02 520
Dishwashers 17,470 1.01 330
Administrative services managers 73,850 1.01 180
Receptionists and information clerks 24,160 1.01 710
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 24,330 1.01 960
Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 17,510 1.01 320
Medical transcriptionists 32,360 1 140
Industrial machinery mechanics 44,610 1 620
Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 30,380 1 300
Cost estimators 56,000 1 120
Home health aides 21,220 1 830
Agricultural equipment operators 24,830 1 110
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 22,820 1 1,560
Sawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, wood 26,540 1 610
Tool and die makers 45,200 1 210
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 38,330 0.99 840
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 42,320 0.99 470
Office clerks, general 25,070 0.99 1,840
Maintenance and repair workers, general 33,770 0.98 830
Mental health and substance abuse social workers 39,050 0.98 120
Assemblers and fabricators, all other 25,930 0.98 210
General and operations managers 94,270 0.98 470
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 23,700 0.98 350
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 27,810 0.98 450
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 16,750 0.97 2,470
Cashiers 18,010 0.97 2,190
Industrial truck and tractor operators 29,120 0.97 1,560
Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic 33,700 0.97 230
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 70,500 0.97 200
Customer service representatives 28,610 0.96 1,800

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