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State College Employment

Employment and Industries in the State College, 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 State College than in other US cities; this is useful both for career planning and for understanding the nature of State College.
  • A list of the highest-paying jobs in State College.
  • A list of any large public companies in State College.

Most Popular Jobs in State College, 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 1,180 $50,630 $33,140 - 79,340 24% 56%
2 Elementary school teachers, except special education 650 $52,070 $32,510 - 74,500 14% 95%
3 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 520 $61,810 $31,410 - 110,920 8% 51%
4 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 340 $51,510 $34,290 - 76,190 6% 96%
5 Accountants and auditors 290 $58,660 $34,950 - 94,330 18% 79%
6 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 250 $55,110 $36,630 - 77,960 11% 95%
7 Computer software engineers, applications 240 $83,890 $55,620 - 121,510 45% 85%
8 Computer software engineers, systems software 240 $76,920 $54,620 - 118,730 28% 85%
9 Financial managers 190 $75,980 $42,880 - 114,940 13% 60%
10 Management analysts 180 $101,030 $31,500 - 22% 78%
11 Instructional coordinators 180 $48,610 $32,660 - 66,840 23% 79%
12 Child, family, and school social workers 180 $30,240 $21,650 - 41,880 19% 77%
13 Civil engineers 170 $76,010 $45,510 - 105,820 18% 87%
14 Social and human service assistants 170 $29,300 $21,900 - 39,340 34% 58%
15 Legislators 160 $20,480 $15,370 - 31,870 1% 65%
16 Network and computer systems administrators 150 $51,640 $36,480 - 71,120 27% 50%
17 Teachers and instructors, all other 150 $25,790 $15,340 - 50,280 9% 54%
18 Computer programmers 140 $56,930 $33,180 - 113,300 -4% 73%
19 Training and development specialists 140 $36,000 $17,400 - 58,500 18% 56%
20 Coaches and scouts 140 $34,470 $15,530 - 74,530 15% 60%
21 Market research analysts 130 $70,470 $20,940 - 130,230 20% 82%
22 Chief executives 120 $120,030 $49,500 - 2% 65%
23 Lawyers 120 $108,190 $42,810 - 11% 99%
24 Librarians 120 $59,090 $36,990 - 81,930 4% 85%
25 Computer specialists, all other 120 $53,760 $30,170 - 84,520 15% 68%
26 Public relations specialists 120 $49,250 $28,400 - 87,170 18% 81%
27 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 120 $37,570 $16,580 - 64,100 18% 56%
28 Self-enrichment education teachers 120 $37,280 $21,740 - 55,800 23% 54%
29 Industrial engineers 110 $69,260 $38,060 - 108,950 20% 74%
30 Pharmacists 100 $88,390 $64,970 - 115,990 22% 97%
31 Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 100 $71,280 $25,690 - 125,660 25% 67%
32 Graphic designers 100 $37,790 $25,730 - 57,440 10% 55%
33 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 100 $31,560 $15,160 - 67,590 17% 56%
34 Network systems and data communications analysts 90 $77,820 $40,000 - 125,170 53% 57%
35 Electronics engineers, except computer 80 $86,920 $46,040 - 137,390 4% 81%
36 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 80 $52,270 $35,020 - 76,400 20% 87%
37 Mental health counselors 80 $35,680 $19,810 - 50,880 30% 73%
38 Sales managers 70 $75,870 $36,430 - 121,170 10% 69%
39 Architects, except landscape and naval 70 $61,440 $40,810 - 90,480 18% 88%
40 Personal financial advisors 70 $60,700 $37,420 - 83,950 41% 81%
41 Medical and health services managers 70 $0 $ - 16% 57%
42 Engineering managers 60 $123,790 $43,930 - 7% 84%
43 Marketing managers 60 $107,860 $68,480 - 160,080 14% 69%
44 Special education teachers, middle school 60 $48,580 $24,830 - 73,120 16% 87%
45 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 60 $47,340 $27,700 - 95,490 12% 51%
46 Meeting and convention planners 60 $40,660 $27,200 - 55,040 20% 67%
47 Editors 60 $0 $ - 2% 81%
48 Computer and information systems managers 50 $136,030 $77,420 - 16% 73%
49 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 50 $86,200 $52,670 - 121,690 8% 78%
50 Physical therapists 50 $68,900 $33,100 - 101,830 27% 89%
51 Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors 50 $48,730 $22,470 - 65,360 34% 73%
52 Producers and directors 50 $45,800 $29,980 - 68,090 11% 75%
53 Financial specialists, all other 50 $45,510 $23,650 - 76,760 12% 50%
54 Social and community service managers 50 $45,420 $29,800 - 65,800 25% 72%
55 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 50 $42,720 $27,710 - 67,080 5% 58%
56 Clergy 50 $31,780 $15,690 - 42,810 19% 75%
57 Rehabilitation counselors 50 $29,460 $17,800 - 51,570 23% 73%
58 Compensation and benefits managers 40 $86,190 $55,180 - 123,580 12% 58%
59 Materials scientists 40 $77,330 $48,330 - 104,710 9% 93%
60 Financial analysts 40 $64,960 $44,420 - 95,560 34% 87%
61 Special education teachers, secondary school 40 $54,570 $38,360 - 79,970 9% 87%
62 Surveyors 40 $47,260 $30,950 - 62,260 24% 82%
63 Advertising sales agents 40 $43,640 $30,710 - 73,660 20% 56%
64 Mechanical engineers 30 $68,340 $49,260 - 84,040 4% 78%
65 Medical and public health social workers 30 $46,380 $29,420 - 65,830 24% 77%

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 2,900 $23,340 $15,330 - 37,840 12% 25%
2 Cashiers 2,060 $17,640 $15,240 - 22,010 -3% 10%
3 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 1,440 $28,330 $20,640 - 37,240 1% 18%
4 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 1,400 $24,610 $16,380 - 32,340 15% 4%
5 Waiters and waitresses 1,370 $17,840 $15,290 - 20,880 11% 14%
6 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 1,290 $18,100 $15,280 - 24,060 18% 5%
7 Teacher assistants 1,250 $35,680 $15,970 - 64,590 10% 18%
8 Customer service representatives 1,050 $27,780 $16,420 - 42,230 25% 22%
9 Maintenance and repair workers, general 950 $27,670 $16,080 - 40,650 10% 6%
10 Home health aides 780 $19,950 $15,410 - 25,840 49% 7%
11 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 730 $28,740 $16,450 - 40,950 13% 16%
12 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 700 $41,320 $20,580 - 61,390 15% 18%
13 Construction laborers 670 $26,510 $20,860 - 32,600 11% 5%
14 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 640 $40,830 $26,110 - 56,000 10% 4%
15 Stock clerks and order fillers 620 $23,450 $16,060 - 37,220 -8% 8%
16 Food preparation workers 590 $24,850 $16,020 - 35,900 15% 7%
17 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 580 $22,990 $16,740 - 30,200 18% 7%
18 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 560 $30,980 $17,480 - 43,530 11% 14%
19 Receptionists and information clerks 540 $23,160 $16,150 - 31,430 17% 13%
20 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 500 $21,900 $15,580 - 30,310 2% 5%
21 Cooks, restaurant 500 $21,680 $15,510 - 33,580 12% 5%
22 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 450 $44,590 $27,830 - 62,920 6% 29%
23 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 450 $40,100 $26,090 - 56,600 4% 25%
24 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 450 $26,150 $16,930 - 39,060 18% 6%
25 Bus drivers, school 450 $25,590 $15,500 - 32,670 9% 4%
26 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 440 $19,120 $15,260 - 25,250 13% 5%
27 Bartenders 440 $17,380 $15,270 - 20,560 11% 17%
28 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 420 $46,890 $28,630 - 70,640 8% 3%
29 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 420 $33,290 $16,240 - 50,820 14% 4%
30 Computer support specialists 370 $40,940 $27,750 - 59,890 13% 43%
31 General and operations managers 360 $83,570 $31,780 - 140,170 2% 48%
32 Carpenters 350 $48,180 $25,450 - 99,890 10% 6%
33 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 350 $30,720 $18,120 - 46,350 8% 4%
34 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 330 $29,640 $23,070 - 37,220 14% 7%
35 Counter and rental clerks 320 $20,600 $15,180 - 33,310 23% 16%
36 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 290 $47,450 $35,650 - 60,120 9% 10%
37 Team assemblers 290 $21,390 $15,490 - 34,820 0% 5%
38 Tellers 280 $23,090 $17,830 - 30,120 14% 16%
39 Cooks, short order 280 $19,340 $15,720 - 26,000 5% 5%
40 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 270 $16,580 $15,220 - 19,610 12% 6%
41 Dishwashers 250 $16,580 $15,240 - 19,320 10% 3%
42 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 230 $28,810 $21,370 - 44,880 -7% 14%
43 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 210 $48,140 $28,710 - 68,910 -5% 15%
44 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 200 $56,320 $38,890 - 74,590 11% 33%
45 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 200 $22,690 $15,300 - 45,460 10% 17%
46 Preschool teachers, except special education 200 $21,380 $15,730 - 27,870 26% 43%
47 Child care workers 200 $20,290 $15,540 - 27,450 18% 15%
48 Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 200 $19,700 $15,390 - 28,710 17% 14%
49 Cooks, fast food 200 $19,140 $15,420 - 25,520 8% 5%
50 Insurance sales agents 190 $43,800 $18,690 - 67,450 13% 45%
51 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 190 $40,120 $25,830 - 57,460 11% 4%
52 Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 190 $39,070 $24,440 - 51,100 9% 3%
53 Helpers--production workers 190 $21,880 $17,020 - 29,350 -1% 4%
54 Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 180 $22,020 $15,440 - 31,950 10% 5%
55 Library assistants, clerical 170 $0 $ - 8% 37%
56 Driver/sales workers 160 $27,660 $15,500 - 46,330 -5% 4%
57 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 160 $26,890 $16,340 - 41,680 4% 6%
58 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 160 $23,960 $15,720 - 34,200 11% 5%
59 Personal and home care aides 160 $19,160 $16,310 - 23,690 51% 10%
60 Loan officers 150 $46,370 $27,180 - 67,160 12% 49%
61 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 150 $45,850 $27,960 - 73,130 0% 42%
62 Postal service mail carriers 150 $0 $ - 1% 11%
63 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 140 $51,450 $35,470 - 70,130 7% 13%
64 Food service managers 140 $40,030 $16,810 - 72,000 5% 24%
65 Machinists 140 $34,580 $25,500 - 48,960 -3% 3%
66 Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic 140 $33,030 $23,070 - 42,390 -3% 6%
67 Amusement and recreation attendants 140 $17,070 $15,000 - 22,970 24% 22%
68 Administrative services managers 130 $59,610 $34,860 - 96,970 12% 40%
69 Cost estimators 130 $48,930 $26,210 - 80,520 19% 32%
70 Dental assistants 130 $29,810 $21,840 - 39,630 29% 9%
71 Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers 130 $29,360 $21,140 - 39,580 -27% 6%
72 Security guards 130 $28,900 $18,680 - 45,870 17% 13%
73 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 130 $25,240 $16,110 - 33,870 12% 6%
74 Medical records and health information technicians 130 $0 $ - 18% 12%
75 Real estate sales agents 120 $52,180 $28,630 - 77,380 11% 45%
76 Telecommunications line installers and repairers 120 $41,170 $30,390 - 51,200 5% 8%
77 Electricians 120 $39,650 $25,880 - 51,940 7% 7%
78 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 120 $31,480 $22,630 - 47,150 5% 2%
79 Lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers 120 $17,130 $15,120 - 19,830 19% 31%
80 Production, planning, and expediting clerks 110 $38,020 $26,610 - 50,640 4% 30%
81 Medical assistants 110 $23,620 $17,450 - 31,110 35% 10%
82 Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 110 $21,100 $15,340 - 30,660 27% 47%
83 Packers and packagers, hand 110 $17,990 $15,310 - 24,130 -12% 3%
84 Chefs and head cooks 100 $32,910 $18,490 - 51,000 8% 14%
85 Printing machine operators 100 $31,280 $15,710 - 47,980 -6% 6%
86 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 100 $30,900 $17,730 - 47,160 4% 15%
87 Molding, coremaking, and casting machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 100 $24,270 $18,410 - 31,150 -13% 0%
88 First-line supervisors/managers of housekeeping and janitorial workers 90 $36,820 $24,100 - 50,000 13% 11%
89 Painters, construction and maintenance 90 $32,020 $15,570 - 50,250 12% 6%
90 Loan interviewers and clerks 90 $28,400 $20,100 - 35,030 -1% 24%
91 Medical secretaries 90 $27,400 $17,860 - 38,340 17% 18%
92 Order clerks 90 $26,740 $19,050 - 33,720 -24% 16%
93 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 90 $20,430 $15,450 - 28,720 14% 3%
94 First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 80 $50,760 $32,220 - 73,390 10% 17%
95 Radiologic technologists and technicians 80 $45,690 $28,390 - 64,010 15% 25%
96 Electrical and electronic engineering technicians 80 $44,620 $27,440 - 62,940 4% 18%
97 First-line supervisors/managers of landscaping, lawn service, and groundskeeping workers 80 $41,220 $25,720 - 52,720 18% 15%
98 Industrial machinery mechanics 80 $39,750 $17,490 - 56,290 9% 5%
99 Legal secretaries 80 $34,400 $27,060 - 44,850 12% 18%
100 Motor vehicle operators, all other 80 $27,760 $17,330 - 44,880 11% 0%
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Jobs More Common Near State College Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Legislators 20,480 160 9.8
Cooks, short order 19,340 280 5.1
Library assistants, clerical 0 170 4.4
Instructional coordinators 48,610 180 3.9
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 46,890 420 3.2
Lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers 17,130 120 3.2
Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic 33,030 140 3.1
Bus drivers, school 25,590 450 3
Chefs and head cooks 32,910 100 2.8
Teacher assistants 35,680 1,250 2.8
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 19,700 200 2.6
Home health aides 19,950 780 2.4
Bartenders 17,380 440 2.4
Molding, coremaking, and casting machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 24,270 100 2.3
Coaches and scouts 34,470 140 2.3
Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 22,020 180 2.3
Librarians 59,090 120 2.2
Medical records and health information technicians 0 130 2.1
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 28,330 1,440 2.1
Telecommunications line installers and repairers 41,170 120 2.1
Maintenance and repair workers, general 27,670 950 2
Self-enrichment education teachers 37,280 120 2
Real estate sales agents 52,180 120 2
Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 39,070 190 1.9
Food service managers 40,030 140 1.9
Counter and rental clerks 20,600 320 1.9
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 30,980 560 1.9
Child, family, and school social workers 30,240 180 1.9
Food preparation workers 24,850 590 1.8
Construction laborers 26,510 670 1.8
Automotive service technicians and mechanics 33,290 420 1.7
Training and development specialists 36,000 140 1.7
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 24,610 1,400 1.7
Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers 29,360 130 1.7
Retail salespersons 23,340 2,900 1.7
Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 16,580 270 1.7
Computer support specialists 40,940 370 1.7
Civil engineers 76,010 170 1.6
Cashiers 17,640 2,060 1.6
Computer specialists, all other 53,760 120 1.6
Amusement and recreation attendants 17,070 140 1.6
Computer software engineers, systems software 76,920 240 1.5
Waiters and waitresses 17,840 1,370 1.5
Insurance sales agents 43,800 190 1.5
Cost estimators 48,930 130 1.5
Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 37,570 120 1.5
Cooks, restaurant 21,680 500 1.5
Social and human service assistants 29,300 170 1.5
Industrial engineers 69,260 110 1.5
Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 22,690 200 1.5

Work Paying Relatively Well in the State College, Pennsylvania Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Teacher assistants 35,680 1.6 1,250
Management analysts 101,030 1.37 180
Food preparation workers 24,850 1.29 590
Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 22,690 1.28 200
Carpenters 48,180 1.23 350
Market research analysts 70,470 1.2 130
Police and sheriff's patrol officers 56,320 1.16 200
Security guards 28,900 1.15 130
Librarians 59,090 1.12 120
Real estate sales agents 52,180 1.11 120
Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 22,020 1.11 180
Cooks, fast food 19,140 1.1 200
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 46,890 1.1 420
Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 55,110 1.09 250
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 61,810 1.09 520
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 40,830 1.09 640
Computer software engineers, applications 83,890 1.09 240
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 26,150 1.08 450
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 24,610 1.07 1,400
Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 41,320 1.07 700
Truck drivers, light or delivery services 30,720 1.06 350
Driver/sales workers 27,660 1.06 160
Lawyers 108,190 1.06 120
Child care workers 20,290 1.05 200
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 18,100 1.05 1,290
Elementary school teachers, except special education 52,070 1.05 650
Civil engineers 76,010 1.04 170
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 40,100 1.04 450
Social and human service assistants 29,300 1.03 170
Stock clerks and order fillers 23,450 1.03 620
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 30,980 1.02 560
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 23,960 1.01 160
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 19,700 1.01 200
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 51,510 1.01 340
Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 25,240 1 130
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 19,120 1 440
Cooks, restaurant 21,680 1 500
Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers 29,360 0.99 130
First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 44,590 0.99 450
Accountants and auditors 58,660 0.98 290
Bus drivers, school 25,590 0.98 450
Public relations specialists 49,250 0.98 120
Computer support specialists 40,940 0.98 370
Tellers 23,090 0.98 280
Self-enrichment education teachers 37,280 0.97 120
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 28,330 0.97 1,440
Cooks, short order 19,340 0.97 280
Receptionists and information clerks 23,160 0.97 540
Coaches and scouts 34,470 0.97 140
Dishwashers 16,580 0.96 250

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