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Altoona Employment

Employment and Industries in the Altoona, Pennsylvania Area

The tables here illustrate essential information about work and employment in the area. Information includes:

  • A table of the most numerous types of work found here, both for jobs generally requiring college degrees and jobs not requiring college degrees.
  • A table listing those careers significantly more common in Altoona than in other US cities; this is useful both for career planning and for understanding the nature of Altoona.
  • A list of the highest-paying jobs in Altoona.
  • A list of any large public companies in Altoona.

Most Popular Jobs in Altoona, Pennsylvania 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 1,350 $51,820 $32,710 - 70,040 24% 56%
2 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 960 $47,460 $22,130 - 73,800 8% 51%
3 Elementary school teachers, except special education 880 $45,060 $27,640 - 65,550 14% 95%
4 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 430 $45,270 $25,950 - 64,180 6% 96%
5 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 270 $47,260 $24,810 - 67,800 11% 95%
6 Accountants and auditors 240 $55,790 $33,760 - 86,360 18% 79%
7 Computer systems analysts 170 $81,690 $38,940 - 130,560 29% 68%
8 Social and human service assistants 160 $22,710 $16,190 - 31,570 34% 58%
9 Civil engineers 150 $63,940 $44,840 - 88,240 18% 87%
10 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 150 $32,740 $24,380 - 42,020 15% 51%
11 Chief executives 130 $111,920 $16,100 - 2% 65%
12 Medical and health services managers 130 $99,590 $53,690 - 16% 57%
13 Pharmacists 120 $93,240 $64,980 - 118,170 22% 97%
14 Financial managers 120 $63,790 $33,640 - 105,290 13% 60%
15 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 120 $47,650 $35,140 - 62,860 12% 51%
16 Child, family, and school social workers 120 $35,650 $22,840 - 52,420 19% 77%
17 Mental health and substance abuse social workers 120 $29,600 $17,460 - 43,100 30% 77%
18 Network and computer systems administrators 110 $55,950 $33,600 - 84,130 27% 50%
19 Physician assistants 100 $59,730 $36,890 - 80,030 27% 67%
20 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 100 $55,890 $15,600 - 84,070 17% 56%
21 Mental health counselors 100 $0 $ - 30% 73%
22 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 90 $80,970 $56,550 - 107,310 8% 78%
23 Computer programmers 90 $46,970 $29,610 - 64,990 -4% 73%
24 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 90 $44,990 $34,500 - 57,160 13% 73%
25 Medical and public health social workers 90 $42,570 $19,320 - 65,010 24% 77%
26 Sales managers 80 $77,330 $54,760 - 112,570 10% 69%
27 Mechanical engineers 80 $69,930 $52,680 - 99,510 4% 78%
28 Marketing managers 80 $55,440 $34,330 - 93,400 14% 69%
29 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 80 $53,060 $35,500 - 77,060 20% 87%
30 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 80 $39,660 $27,240 - 55,790 18% 56%
31 Industrial engineers 70 $69,430 $44,560 - 113,980 20% 74%
32 Occupational therapists 70 $52,490 $43,070 - 68,880 23% 90%
33 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 70 $52,210 $27,900 - 81,930 12% 51%
34 Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 70 $51,880 $20,820 - 96,450 25% 67%
35 Public relations specialists 70 $39,950 $27,890 - 54,300 18% 81%
36 Graphic designers 70 $32,270 $21,540 - 48,700 10% 55%
37 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 70 $31,200 $16,990 - 60,410 5% 58%
38 Physical therapists 60 $70,800 $53,210 - 107,400 27% 89%
39 Market research analysts 60 $53,760 $24,960 - 96,670 20% 82%
40 Social and community service managers 60 $45,620 $28,530 - 72,940 25% 72%
41 Legislators 60 $23,910 $15,340 - 50,300 1% 65%
42 Computer software engineers, applications 50 $74,910 $50,320 - 109,120 45% 85%
43 Network systems and data communications analysts 50 $66,220 $42,090 - 83,770 53% 57%
44 Librarians 50 $47,460 $25,810 - 64,750 4% 85%
45 Dietitians and nutritionists 50 $45,110 $30,080 - 61,010 9% 72%
46 Training and development specialists 50 $38,960 $24,040 - 53,800 18% 56%
47 Tax preparers 50 $24,450 $15,040 - 38,340 -8% 54%
48 Lawyers 50 $0 $ - 11% 99%
49 Engineering managers 40 $89,630 $58,030 - 130,390 7% 84%
50 Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 40 $52,310 $27,610 - 78,300 18% 56%
51 Special education teachers, secondary school 40 $50,780 $35,970 - 70,520 9% 87%
52 Computer and information systems managers 30 $85,810 $49,010 - 130,830 16% 73%
53 Management analysts 30 $83,380 $43,340 - 159,750 22% 78%
54 Veterinarians 30 $63,020 $43,100 - 94,200 35% 100%
55 Advertising sales agents 30 $49,020 $22,840 - 80,190 20% 56%
56 Personal financial advisors 30 $0 $ - 41% 81%
57 Dentists, general 30 $0 $ - 9% 100%
58 Rehabilitation counselors 30 $0 $ - 23% 73%

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 3,200 $21,500 $15,290 - 32,250 12% 25%
2 Cashiers 2,120 $16,920 $15,110 - 20,270 -3% 10%
3 Office clerks, general 1,860 $22,850 $15,660 - 32,160 13% 19%
4 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 1,510 $17,400 $15,230 - 20,720 18% 5%
5 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 1,360 $22,740 $16,170 - 34,620 2% 5%
6 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 1,320 $35,560 $16,510 - 54,070 10% 4%
7 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 1,040 $23,730 $15,750 - 32,980 1% 18%
8 Waiters and waitresses 990 $18,250 $15,300 - 24,320 11% 14%
9 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 850 $22,680 $15,390 - 36,660 15% 4%
10 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 840 $25,270 $18,600 - 33,890 18% 7%
11 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 800 $27,190 $16,240 - 41,070 13% 16%
12 Stock clerks and order fillers 790 $22,540 $15,390 - 33,110 -8% 8%
13 Paper goods machine setters, operators, and tenders 770 $34,210 $19,100 - 48,660 -18% 0%
14 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 760 $27,040 $15,610 - 45,420 8% 4%
15 Teacher assistants 740 $17,940 $15,280 - 23,680 10% 18%
16 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 690 $30,550 $22,650 - 39,540 14% 7%
17 Customer service representatives 610 $26,710 $16,330 - 39,160 25% 22%
18 Carpenters 600 $29,220 $17,160 - 43,290 10% 6%
19 Receptionists and information clerks 580 $20,750 $15,920 - 27,750 17% 13%
20 Maintenance and repair workers, general 540 $29,650 $18,210 - 40,300 10% 6%
21 Home health aides 520 $20,210 $15,540 - 27,740 49% 7%
22 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 490 $43,620 $25,530 - 63,660 6% 29%
23 Packers and packagers, hand 490 $20,850 $15,270 - 33,060 -12% 3%
24 Personal and home care aides 450 $17,430 $15,380 - 20,310 51% 10%
25 Cooks, restaurant 440 $20,410 $15,820 - 25,480 12% 5%
26 Food preparation workers 430 $18,490 $15,380 - 24,010 15% 7%
27 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 420 $41,670 $23,530 - 62,170 4% 25%
28 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 420 $26,340 $15,730 - 45,860 14% 4%
29 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 390 $31,710 $18,910 - 40,370 4% 6%
30 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 390 $18,790 $15,360 - 24,630 13% 5%
31 Construction laborers 380 $24,480 $16,930 - 35,120 11% 5%
32 Bartenders 380 $17,410 $15,280 - 21,710 11% 17%
33 Team assemblers 370 $27,830 $20,730 - 44,030 0% 5%
34 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 330 $41,210 $17,960 - 51,520 11% 14%
35 General and operations managers 320 $77,650 $32,800 - 124,950 2% 48%
36 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 310 $49,360 $26,180 - 78,060 -5% 15%
37 Medical secretaries 310 $26,770 $18,650 - 34,060 17% 18%
38 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 310 $21,040 $15,210 - 31,020 18% 6%
39 Helpers--production workers 300 $24,130 $16,160 - 43,750 -1% 4%
40 Medical assistants 300 $23,810 $17,620 - 31,960 35% 10%
41 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 300 $19,720 $15,430 - 27,430 12% 6%
42 Security guards 280 $20,110 $15,430 - 30,770 17% 13%
43 Industrial truck and tractor operators 270 $25,960 $19,260 - 32,580 -2% 2%
44 Tellers 270 $22,600 $17,590 - 28,260 14% 16%
45 Counter and rental clerks 270 $21,600 $15,520 - 31,170 23% 16%
46 Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 260 $0 $ - -5% 5%
47 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 250 $23,220 $16,010 - 32,020 11% 5%
48 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 240 $43,070 $24,180 - 73,560 11% 33%
49 Child care workers 230 $17,740 $15,530 - 20,450 18% 15%
50 Dishwashers 230 $16,340 $15,250 - 18,650 10% 3%
51 Parts salespersons 200 $28,120 $17,070 - 38,320 -2% 6%
52 Pharmacy technicians 200 $25,750 $15,900 - 35,670 32% 16%
53 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 200 $17,670 $15,300 - 22,320 10% 17%
54 Driver/sales workers 190 $23,430 $15,390 - 34,480 -5% 4%
55 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 180 $47,850 $30,820 - 66,740 9% 10%
56 Telecommunications line installers and repairers 180 $43,980 $30,340 - 57,950 5% 8%
57 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 180 $33,180 $22,320 - 48,080 15% 18%
58 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 180 $26,840 $18,830 - 35,840 4% 15%
59 Machinists 170 $34,520 $23,540 - 45,230 -3% 3%
60 Insurance sales agents 160 $40,000 $18,170 - 74,060 13% 45%
61 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 160 $32,700 $18,510 - 55,270 -7% 14%
62 Computer support specialists 160 $32,590 $22,000 - 46,280 13% 43%
63 Postal service mail carriers 160 $0 $ - 1% 11%
64 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 150 $52,430 $32,710 - 78,730 7% 13%
65 Mixing and blending machine setters, operators, and tenders 150 $43,120 $34,310 - 49,700 -5% 4%
66 Family and general practitioners 140 $188,630 $51,150 - 0% 0%
67 Cost estimators 140 $57,610 $30,080 - 80,100 19% 32%
68 Radiologic technologists and technicians 130 $43,720 $30,370 - 55,250 15% 25%
69 Eligibility interviewers, government programs 130 $40,750 $29,810 - 54,980 3% 38%
70 Construction and building inspectors 130 $40,610 $24,500 - 52,730 18% 23%
71 Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 130 $39,000 $23,950 - 53,290 12% 3%
72 Industrial machinery mechanics 130 $32,050 $17,640 - 50,750 9% 5%
73 Bill and account collectors 130 $27,660 $21,380 - 38,690 23% 13%
74 Electrical power-line installers and repairers 120 $50,290 $36,150 - 65,510 7% 6%
75 Electricians 120 $44,990 $22,810 - 62,760 7% 7%
76 Water and liquid waste treatment plant and system operators 120 $36,000 $26,580 - 49,810 14% 8%
77 Medical records and health information technicians 120 $31,110 $21,860 - 43,590 18% 12%
78 Legal secretaries 120 $29,600 $20,910 - 40,000 12% 18%
79 Dental assistants 120 $27,250 $21,630 - 32,610 29% 9%
80 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 120 $19,720 $15,680 - 24,500 14% 3%
81 Cooks, short order 120 $19,330 $15,300 - 25,420 5% 5%
82 Business operations specialists, all other 110 $38,890 $15,560 - 75,780 21% 49%
83 Highway maintenance workers 110 $35,340 $21,320 - 44,420 9% 5%
84 Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 110 $32,310 $23,920 - 39,640 9% 3%
85 Printing machine operators 110 $28,510 $17,610 - 44,010 -6% 6%
86 Healthcare support workers, all other 110 $25,900 $16,290 - 34,250 16% 10%
87 Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 110 $22,290 $16,490 - 30,410 10% 5%
88 Sewing machine operators 110 $21,350 $16,050 - 27,590 -27% 5%
89 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 100 $50,110 $31,500 - 77,960 0% 42%
90 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 100 $49,270 $30,870 - 62,380 11% 4%
91 First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 100 $48,130 $29,750 - 69,060 10% 17%
92 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 100 $35,890 $27,660 - 42,850 8% 3%
93 Production, planning, and expediting clerks 100 $35,490 $20,800 - 56,380 4% 30%
94 Word processors and typists 100 $30,250 $25,930 - 38,090 -12% 19%
95 Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators 100 $0 $ - -8% 12%
96 Physicians and surgeons, all other 90 $219,530 $164,270 - 0% 0%
97 Electrical and electronics repairers, commercial and industrial equipment 90 $45,840 $29,400 - 62,270 7% 0%
98 Furnace, kiln, oven, drier, and kettle operators and tenders 90 $42,770 $34,760 - 49,610 -9% 0%
99 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 90 $35,210 $27,940 - 40,700 5% 2%
100 Insurance claims and policy processing clerks 90 $32,630 $25,560 - 42,190 -1% 22%
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Jobs More Common Near Altoona Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Paper goods machine setters, operators, and tenders 34,210 770 24.3
Eligibility interviewers, government programs 40,750 130 4.2
Electrical power-line installers and repairers 50,290 120 3.9
Family and general practitioners 188,630 140 3.8
Physician assistants 59,730 100 3.6
Construction and building inspectors 40,610 130 3.4
Water and liquid waste treatment plant and system operators 36,000 120 3.4
Mixing and blending machine setters, operators, and tenders 43,120 150 3.1
Highway maintenance workers 35,340 110 3.1
Telecommunications line installers and repairers 43,980 180 2.9
Mental health counselors 0 100 2.6
Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 32,740 150 2.6
Mental health and substance abuse social workers 29,600 120 2.6
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 30,550 690 2.5
Personal and home care aides 17,430 450 2.5
Parts salespersons 28,120 200 2.3
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 35,560 1,320 2.1
Sewing machine operators 21,350 110 2.1
Truck drivers, light or delivery services 27,040 760 2.1
Word processors and typists 30,250 100 2.1
Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 0 260 2.1
Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 19,720 300 2
Cooks, short order 19,330 120 2
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 23,220 250 1.9
Bartenders 17,410 380 1.9
Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 47,650 120 1.8
Medical records and health information technicians 31,110 120 1.8
Retail salespersons 21,500 3,200 1.8
Helpers--production workers 24,130 300 1.7
Carpenters 29,220 600 1.7
Medical secretaries 26,770 310 1.7
Packers and packagers, hand 20,850 490 1.7
Automotive service technicians and mechanics 26,340 420 1.6
Elementary school teachers, except special education 45,060 880 1.6
Office clerks, general 22,850 1,860 1.6
Radiologic technologists and technicians 43,720 130 1.6
Teacher assistants 17,940 740 1.6
Pharmacy technicians 25,750 200 1.6
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 25,270 840 1.6
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 47,460 960 1.5
Cashiers 16,920 2,120 1.5
Medical assistants 23,810 300 1.5
Home health aides 20,210 520 1.5
Cost estimators 57,610 140 1.5
Healthcare support workers, all other 25,900 110 1.5
Counter and rental clerks 21,600 270 1.5
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 22,740 1,360 1.5
Printing machine operators 28,510 110 1.4
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 17,400 1,510 1.4
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 23,730 1,040 1.4

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Altoona, Pennsylvania 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 food preparation and serving workers 41,210 1.36 330
Mixing and blending machine setters, operators, and tenders 43,120 1.34 150
Computer systems analysts 81,690 1.19 170
Medical and health services managers 99,590 1.18 130
Family and general practitioners 188,630 1.15 140
Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 22,290 1.12 110
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 31,710 1.11 390
Eligibility interviewers, government programs 40,750 1.08 130
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 41,670 1.08 420
Paper goods machine setters, operators, and tenders 34,210 1.07 770
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 25,270 1.05 840
Cost estimators 57,610 1.03 140
Packers and packagers, hand 20,850 1.02 490
Helpers--production workers 24,130 1.02 300
Team assemblers 27,830 1.02 370
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 17,400 1.01 1,510
Highway maintenance workers 35,340 1.01 110
Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 17,670 1 200
Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 39,000 0.99 130
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 22,680 0.99 850
Stock clerks and order fillers 22,540 0.99 790
Medical records and health information technicians 31,110 0.99 120
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 23,220 0.98 250
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 18,790 0.98 390
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 32,700 0.98 160
Waiters and waitresses 18,250 0.98 990
Cooks, short order 19,330 0.97 120
First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 43,620 0.97 490
Food preparation workers 18,490 0.96 430
Telecommunications line installers and repairers 43,980 0.96 180
Electricians 44,990 0.96 120
Tellers 22,600 0.95 270
Home health aides 20,210 0.95 520
Sewing machine operators 21,350 0.95 110
Dishwashers 16,340 0.95 230
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 35,560 0.95 1,320
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 22,740 0.94 1,360
Cooks, restaurant 20,410 0.94 440
Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 19,720 0.94 120
Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 47,260 0.94 270
Machinists 34,520 0.93 170
Accountants and auditors 55,790 0.93 240
Truck drivers, light or delivery services 27,040 0.93 760
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 49,360 0.93 310
Counter and rental clerks 21,600 0.93 270
Medical secretaries 26,770 0.92 310
Parts salespersons 28,120 0.92 200
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 52,430 0.92 150
Child care workers 17,740 0.92 230
Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 32,740 0.92 150

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